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Learning Objectives for the MPH in Health Services

To meet the learning objectives of the Master of Public Health program in Health Services, students acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas: determinants of health and disease; external and internal factors shaping health care and public health systems; structure, functioning, and performance of health systems; policy analysis and development; management; strategies for improving health; evaluation and methods; and individual skills.

Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH program in Health Services, students should be able to:
  • Explain and apply an understanding of the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, and societal determinants of health and disease.
  • Understand the factors affecting the etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major health problems in populations
  • Explain the sociocultural and health sector responses to health conditions in society
  • Understand the factors affecting the need, demand, and use of health care and public health services
  • Explain and apply an understanding of the economic, social, technological, political, and regulatory factors shaping the financing and organization of health services
  • Explain how the availability, financing, and organization of health services affects access, costs, quality, and outcomes
  • Explain the context, structure, functioning, and effectiveness of public health systems and other programs aimed at protecting and promoting the health of the public
  • Explain and apply an understanding of the economic, social, and political factors that influence health policy
  • Understand the importance of and be able to balance science and values in the development and advocacy of policy positions
  • Plan, implement, manage, evaluate, and continuously improve health programs and services
  • Collaborate with the community in assessing health problems, designing and implementing programs to address these problems, and mobilizing action
  • Design and conduct assessments of the health status and health needs of communities and populations
  • Describe and be able to apply principles and strategies for improving access to and delivery of health services and for addressing community health problems, drawing on health sector and non-health sector resources
  • Describe and be able to apply strategies for health promotion at the individual and community levels
  • Design and conduct evaluation studies of the effectiveness, efficiency, and outcomes of programs, interventions, and policies aimed at improving the health of individuals, populations, and/or communities
  • Critically read and apply quantitative and qualitative research findings contained in medical, public health, and social science journals
  • Describe and be able to apply epidemiological principles and techniques to the measurement of health and disease
  • Evaluate the validity and weaknesses of data, information, and study designs
  • Describe and be able to apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods in the design and conduct of scholarly studies to answer meaningful questions
  • Promote creativity, inquisitiveness, and lifelong learning
  • Develop the competence to work in and with diverse cultures and communities
  • Develop change agent skills
  • Strengthen analytic and problem-solving skills; and
  • Strengthen the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing.