Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) at UNM promotes an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to research and interventions to address health problems. It also provides multiple opportunities for students to practice public health skills in communities and organizations, and fosters critical thinking about issues addressed by the students. Students come to the program from a broad range of social science, biomedical science and clinical disciplines. To complete the degree, students must complete 42 credit hours that include completion of a practicum experience, and either a thesis, professional paper, or an integrative experience course (PH 597). All students must also complete an oral master’s examination. Students may enroll either full-time or part-time and have seven years to complete the degree from the time they take their first course applying towards the MPH.

Master of Public Health Concentrations

Community Health Concentration

The mission of the Community Health Concentration is to prepare students for leadership roles in population-based disease prevention and health promotion in public and private settings. The philosophical foundation of the concentration relies on a community capacity building, empowerment approach to promote social justice and equity in health. The concentration is designed for students with prior experience, education, or interest in community-focused public health practice or research that values diversity, self-reflection and critical analysis of evidence-based practice and practice-based public health approaches.

Description: Guided by the social ecological approach, the Community Health Concentration emphasizes:

  • Basic core principles and skills of community needs;
  • Basic core principles and skills of assets assessment;
  • Program planning;
  • Program implementation and evaluation;
  • Policy development and application for a broad array of health and social issues in population and community-based public health disease prevention and health promotion.

The purpose of this concentration is to provide students with the multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs at multiple levels of the social-ecologic framework.

The Community Health Concentration competencies can be found here.

Requirements:

The Community Health Concentration requires:

  • Completion of 19 credits of MPH core courses and at least 18 credits in graduate-level course in public and community health as outlined here;
  • Completion of 2 credits of a practical field experience (PH 598 - Public Health Practicum) in a community public health setting; and
  • Completion of at least 3 credits demonstrating competencies in integrating community health perspectives through one of the culminating experience options (Professional Paper, Integrative Experience, or Thesis, and the Oral Master’s Examination).

In addition, for students in this concentration, the chair of their culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the concentration. Dr. Victoria Sanchez is the Director of the Community Health Concentration.

Epidemiology Concentration

The concentration in epidemiology will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret epidemiologic data for the solution of public health problems. The concentration will prepare students for employment as a master’s level epidemiologist or research scientist in various settings such as the New Mexico Department of Health, the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and other public health research and service organizations.

The Epidemiology Concentration Competencies are delineated here.

Requirements The Epidemiology Concentration requires:

  • Completion of 19 credits of MPH core courses and 18 credits of required and elective graduate-level courses in the concentration as outlined here;
  • Completion of 2 credits of a practical field experience (PH 598 - Public Health Practicum) in an epidemiologic setting; and,
  • Completion of at least 3 credits demonstrating competencies in epidemiology through one of the culminating experience options (Professional Paper, Integrative Experience, or Thesis and the Oral Master’s Examination).

In addition, for students in this concentration, the chair of their culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the Epidemiology Concentration.

Questions about the Epidemiology Concentration can be directed to Drs. Andrew RowlandKristine Tollestrup, or Alexis Handal.

Health Systems, Services & Policy Concentration

The concentration in Health Systems, Services, and Policy will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze health systems, public health and health care services and programs, and related governmental and non-governmental policies. Students will develop the capacity to analyze and develop interventions and health policies at local, national and global levels. The goal of the concentration is to prepare students to work in health organizations and policy arenas to improve population health and decrease health inequities.

Health Systems, Services, and Policy Concentration Competencies are delineated here.

Requirements:

The Health Systems, Services, and Policy Concentration requires:

  • Completion of 19 credits of MPH core courses and of 18 credits in graduate-level courses as outlined here;
  • Completion of 2 credits of a practical field experience (PH 598 - Public Health Practicum) in policy, public health or health care service settings; and,
  • Completion of at least 3 credits demonstrating competencies in integrating health systems, services, and policy perspectives through one of the culminating experience options (Professional Paper, Integrative Experience, or Thesis, and the Oral Master’s Examination).

In addition, for students in this concentration, the chair of their culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the concentration. Dr. Celia Iriart is the Director of the Health Systems, Services, and Policy Concentration.

Additional Requirements

Practicum

All students in the PH Program must complete two credits in a public health practicum experience prior to graduation. Students with five or more years of public health experience are exempt from the two credits, upon written approval by the Practicum Director.

The practicum will provide MPH students with the opportunity to gain skills and experience public health in real world setting. National, state and local organizations, agencies, and institutions interact with the PH faculty and staff to provide students with opportunities to refine their professional public health skills, as well as practice the concepts acquired through the academic program.

This information is merely a summary of the practicum experience. All necessary forms are contained in the Practicum Handbook.

Integrative Experience & Master Exam

For more specific information on the Masters Examination, please contact your faculty advisor for specific details regarding the Master Exam.

Professional Paper & Master Exam

To complete the Master of Public Health degree, students have to submit an approved professional paper or thesis. The professional paper or thesis must be prepared following a specific process detailed here. Please contact your faculty advisor for specific details regarding the Master Exam. 

Thesis

Students interested in this culminating experience need to contact his/her advisor for specific guidelines.

 

Course Schedule

Schedule as of June 27, 2016

Public Health - Summer 2016

PH 521 - Introduction to Epidemiology

Designed for students pursuing an MPH certificate. Provides students with basic epidemiologic background and methods to analyze and interpret disease occurrence in populations. Emphasizes community assessment, surveillance, problem solving, health promotion, and disease prevention.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 16010 Seminar Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 17

PH 540 - Introduction to Public Health

This course creates a conceptual framework for understanding health and illness from a socio-ecological perspective, and lays the groundwork for public health and health equity concepts that will be reinforced and augmented throughout medical school. Restriction: M.D. students only.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
002 25204


Lecture/Practice Experience
Staff 3 10
003 25205


Lecture/Practice Experience
Staff 3 120

PH 556 - CBPR for Health

Presents historical background, underlying assumptions, principles and steps for conducting CBPR. Introduces indigenous and decolonizing theories and methodologies of CBPR. Develops perspective on roles of culture, race, gender, and power in academic-community research partnerships.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 25239

T 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

W R F S 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Seminar
Nina B Wallerstein - NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu Lorenda Belone - LJoe@salud.unm.edu Tassy Parker - TaParker@salud.unm.edu Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 2 TO 3 1
Fees: $40

PH 560 - ST: Public Health

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Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 25830


Topics
Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 13

PH 593 - Independent Studies

Students work individually with faculty members on projects with individual supervision.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 18926 Seminar Nina B Wallerstein - NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
002 18928 Seminar Floyd Frost - FFrost@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
003 18929 Seminar Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 2
004 19412


Seminar
Lawrence M Leeman - LLeeman@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
005 18930 Seminar Alexis J Handal - AJHandal@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
008 18932 Seminar Andrew Rowland - ARowland@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
010 18934 Seminar Lily A Dow - LIVelarde@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
011 18935 Seminar Celia B Iriart - CIriart@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
012 18936 Seminar Lisa M Cacari Stone - LCacari-Stone@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
014 22310


Seminar
James E Cheek - JCheek@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
015 22311


Seminar
Francisco G Soto Mas - FSotoMas@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
016 24166


Seminar
Staff 1 TO 3 5
023 18937 Seminar Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5

PH 596 - Professional Paper

The professional paper allows the student to engage in analyzing or solving a real public health problem.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 13286 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Nina B Wallerstein - NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
002 13295 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Floyd Frost - FFrost@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
003 13303 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
004 17496 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Lisa M Cacari Stone - LCacari-Stone@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
005 13310 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Alexis J Handal - AJHandal@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
008 13320 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Andrew Rowland - ARowland@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
011 13326 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Celia B Iriart - CIriart@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
012 16480 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
013 22312


Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj
James E Cheek - JCheek@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
014 22313


Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj
Francisco G Soto Mas - FSotoMas@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5

PH 598 - Publ Hlth Practicum

Individually arranged field experience to develop and refine professional public health skills. Offered on a CR/NC basis only. Restriction: permission of instructor.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 13327 Practice Experience Lily A Dow - LIVelarde@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5

PH 599 - Master's Thesis

Offered on a CR/NC basis only. Restriction: permission of instructor.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 13329 Thesis Nina B Wallerstein - NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
002 13330 Thesis Floyd Frost - FFrost@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
003 13331 Thesis Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
004 17497 Thesis Alexis J Handal - AJHandal@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
005 13333 Thesis Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
006 17498 Thesis Lisa M Cacari Stone - LCacari-Stone@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
008 13336 Thesis Andrew Rowland - ARowland@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
011 13339 Thesis Celia B Iriart - CIriart@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
012 22316


Thesis
James E Cheek - JCheek@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
013 22317


Thesis
Francisco G Soto Mas - FSotoMas@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5