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 May 28, 2016

Public Health - Spring 2016

PH 101 - Intro to Population Health

Introduction to Population Health provides a population perspective on the multi-level (ecologic) determinants of health, disease and injury; the programs, policies and services that protect and promote health and prevent disease; and the analytic tools used by population health professionals.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 54832

T R 3:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Mitchell Hall 221

Lecture
Robert S Olds - ROlds@salud.unm.edu 3 13
Fees: $30

PH 102 - Global Health Challenges

Global health is concerned with developing theories and methods to understand the roots of social, economic, political and environmental determinants of health, with a focus on the nature of health inequalities across the world.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 54833

T R 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Mitchell Hall 121

Lecture
Victor K Barbiero - VBarbiero@salud.unm.edu 3 15
Fees: $30

PH 506 - Environmental Occupatnl Health

Applies the public health perspective to environmental and occupational disease. Students will learn to apply the ecologic principles of agent, host and environment to diseases associated with exposures to the physical environment and chemical contaminants. Prerequisite: 501.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 26641

T R 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed B116

Lecture
William F Athas - WAthas@salud.unm.edu 3 2
Fees: $30

PH 507 - Health Care Systems

Provides an overview of how health care is delivered in the United States. A wide variety of delivery and payment methods are examined. In addition, the U.S. health care delivery systems will be compared to Native American, U.S. Mexican Border, Canadian and Cuban systems. Core option for students admitted any year; required for students year 2000 and later.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
002 42607

R 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed B112

Lecture
Celia B Iriart - CIriart@salud.unm.edu 3 9
Fees: $30

PH 508 - Theory & Practice

Teaches students the core public health principles of assessment. Restricted to MPH students only. Restriction: enrolled in M.P.H. degree program.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
001
54828 Lecture Staff 2 2
Fees: $20
002 56688

M 4:00 PM - 6:40 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed B116

Lecture
Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 2 1
Fees: $20

PH 513 - Public Health Seminar

A graduate seminar and journal club focusing on a wide range of PH topics. Speakers present original research. Journal club guides students to critically assess literature. Two semesters required for credit. Prerequisite: 502.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 51828

T 12:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed 2112

T 12:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed 2112

T 12:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed 2112

T 12:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed 2112

T 12:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed 2112

T 12:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed 2112

T 12:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed 2112

T 12:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed 2112

Seminar
Sue N Stone - SStone@salud.unm.edu 0 TO 1 Section Full
Fees: $10

PH 520 - Epidemiologic Methods II

Provides a good understanding of the principles and methods involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic research. Prerequisite: 502 with a grade of "B" or better. Restriction: permission of instructor.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 26607

M W 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed B116

Lecture
Alexis J Handal - AJHandal@salud.unm.edu 3 4
Fees: $30

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 26646 Seminar Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 14
Fees: $20

PH 531 - Perinatal Epidemiol

Review of a wide range of topics central to perinatal epidemiology. Highlighted topics will include conception and early fetal loss, design issues in studies of adverse reproductive outcomes and epidemiologic aspects and public health approaches to prevention of congenital malformation. Prerequisite: 502.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
002 56196

T 2:00 PM - 4:40 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed B112

Lecture
Andrew Rowland - ARowland@salud.unm.edu 2 13

PH 533 - PH Research Methods

Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods of applying and understanding the scientific inquiry used in health and social sciences research. Identify health-related problems and formulate questions that can be translated into sound research designs.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 56194

W 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Family Practice Center 165

Lecture
Francisco G Soto Mas - FSotoMas@salud.unm.edu 3 13

PH 539 - PH Biostat Methods II

Covers basic models used in the statistical analysis of studies in the medical sciences and public health field, with an emphasis on epidemiology. Linear regression, analysis of variance, logistic regression, and survival models are studied. Prerequisite: 538.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
001
54829 Lecture Staff 3 11
Fees: $30
002 56851

R 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
School of Medicine Building #2

T 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM
School of Medicine Building #2

Lecture
Fares Qeadan - FQeadan@salud.unm.edu 3 5
Fees: $30

PH 541 - Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Fundamental elements of study design and statistical analysis are presented to enable students to critically evaluate/interpret the medical/scientific literature, conduct sound research, and gain a broad perspective of factors that influence health and disease. Restriction: M.D. students only.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 54600


Lecture
Charles L Wiggins - CWiggins@salud.unm.edu 2 8

PH 542 - Community-Based Learning

Students will spend 4-6 weeks in a New Mexico community examining community health issues, identifying solutions and devising interventions for these issues. Restriction: M.D. students only.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 54602


Practice Experience
James E Cheek - JCheek@salud.unm.edu 3 20

PH 544 - Health Policy and Advocacy

This course will examine a variety of health policy, legislative and health system issues. A final policy presentation and community project are required. Restriction: M.D. students only.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 57559


Lecture
Staff 2 27

PH 552 - PH Program Planning

An exploration of rational health planning methods. Methods will be applied in the development of a health program plan within a social context where public health planning actually occurs. Involves the development of a realistic program plan addressing a health-related problem and writing a proposal for funding.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 53108

W 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed B116

Seminar
Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 3 4
Fees: $30

PH 560 - ST: Public Health

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Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 53109


Topics
Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 2 13
002 56641

T F 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Bratton Hall (Law School) 3406

Topics
Robert L Schwartz - schwartz@law.unm.edu 2 6
CANCELLED
006
54580 Topics Staff 3 Section Full
050 54650

T R 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Domenici Ctr for Health Sci Ed B112

Topics
Jennifer M Sims - jsims@unm.edu 1 20
Fees: $10

PH 579 - NM Border Health

Gives students applied understanding of public health disparities, equity challenges, and assets in the US-Mexico border region. Community based learning via site visit to border region with Web-CT enhanced instruction.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
CANCELLED
002
56195 Lecture Staff 2 2
Fees: $150

PH 593 - Independent Studies

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

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 45988


Seminar
Francisco G Soto Mas - FSotoMas@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
002 37282 Seminar Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 Section Full
003 37283 Seminar Nina B Wallerstein - NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
004 37284 Seminar Alexis J Handal - AJHandal@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
005 37285 Seminar Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
006 37286 Seminar Andrew Rowland - ARowland@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
007 37287 Seminar Lisa M Cacari Stone - LCacari-Stone@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
008 37288 Seminar Lily A Dow Velarde - LIVelarde@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
009 37289 Seminar Celia B Iriart - CIriart@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
010 37290 Seminar Toby B Palley - TPalley@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
011 37291 Seminar William F Athas - WAthas@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
012 39690


Seminar
Floyd Frost - FFrost@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 3
014 42843


Seminar
Lawrence M Leeman - LLeeman@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
015 45990


Seminar
James E Cheek - JCheek@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
016 48920


Seminar
Robert L Rhyne - RRhyne@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
017 48921


Seminar
Sally N Bachofer - SBachofer@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
018 54346


Seminar
William F Athas - WAthas@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4

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 14488 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 2
003 14490 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Lisa M Cacari Stone - LCacari-Stone@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
004 14491 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Celia B Iriart - CIriart@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
005 45991


Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj
Francisco G Soto Mas - FSotoMas@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4
006 14493 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Andrew Rowland - ARowland@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
007 14498 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 1
008 14500 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Lily A Dow Velarde - LIVelarde@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
009 14508 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Alexis J Handal - AJHandal@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
010 14511 Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj Nina B Wallerstein - NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 5
012 45992


Prof Paper/Project/Design Proj
James E Cheek - JCheek@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 3 4

PH 597 - PH Integrative Exp

One of three options for Culminating Experience. Students will conduct a computer-based systematic review of the epidemiologic and health intervention literature, perform epi data analysis and apply other planning and evaluation techniques to develop a prevention plan for a New Mexico population. Restriction: enrolled in M.P.H. degree program.

Sections
# CRN Time/Location Instructor Credits Seats Available
001 48032

M 11:00 AM - 4:40 PM
Family Practice Center 165

Seminar
Francisco G Soto Mas - FSotoMas@salud.unm.edu Lisa Marie Cacari Stone - LCacari-Stone@salud.unm.edu James E Cheek - JCheek@salud.unm.edu 2 17
Fees: $50

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 14547 Practice Experience Lily A Dow Velarde - LIVelarde@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 17

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 14548 Thesis Victoria C Sanchez - ViSanchez@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
002 45993


Thesis
Francisco G Soto Mas - FSotoMas@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
003 14563 Thesis Alexis J Handal - AJHandal@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
004 14551 Thesis Celia B Iriart - CIriart@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
005 14552 Thesis Lisa M Cacari Stone - LCacari-Stone@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
006 14553 Thesis Andrew Rowland - ARowland@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
007 45994


Thesis
James E Cheek - JCheek@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
008 14555 Thesis Lily A Dow Velarde - LIVelarde@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
009 37292 Thesis Kristine Tollestrup - KTollestrup@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5
010 14557 Thesis Nina B Wallerstein - NWallerstein@salud.unm.edu 1 TO 6 5