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Master of Public Health

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Master of Public Health

Address:
Sturzebecker Health Science Center
855 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Name: Dr. Lynn Carson
Phone: 610-436-2245 | 610-436-2138
Email: lcarson@wcupa.edu


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Overview

Mission and Values

The mission of the MPH Program in the Department of Health is to enable students to develop skills and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of health in human populations and to serve as effective practitioners and leaders in the fields of community health, health care management, environmental health, or nutrition.

Core Values of MPH Program

The core values of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program are shaped by the following two interrelated convictions:

  • Health is central to human existence, as it impacts both the quality and quantity of life of all individuals.
  • Public health is vital for enhancing the health of individuals and their communities.

To promote the health of individuals and communities, all public health professionals (students, staff, faculty, and others affiliated with the program) are invited to adopt and further the following core values:

  • Seeking and sharing knowledge and wisdom.
  • Lifelong learning for self and others.
  • Taking responsibility for one's actions.
  • Ensuring the highest personal and professional integrity.
  • Cultivating deep compassion for those suffering from ill health.
  • Committing to and supporting diversity of individuals, views, programs, and institutions.
  • Respecting, always, human dignity and human rights.
  • Promoting social justice and justice for all.

We believe the cultivation and practice of these personal and professional values translates into the following for our MPH Program:

  • An academic model that values the integration of the scholarship of teaching, research, and community service.
  • A commitment to student-centered learning.
  • Shared governance of every aspect of the program.
  • A learning environment characterized by objective, evidence-based knowledge.
  • Meaningful, active experiential learning and community service.
  • Collaboration and mentoring not only among the faculty but also between the faculty and our students.
  • A global public health view.
  • An engaged, seriousness of purpose to improve the health of individuals and the communities in which they live.

Goals and Objectives

Goal statements and objectives for the MPH Program include the following:

Education

Goal Statement

To provide students with relevant marketable skills that prepare graduates for successful careers in the field of public health.

Objectives

  1. To recruit and retain qualified graduate students.
  2. Students will gain relevant public health knowledge and skills through MPH core/track courses and related practicum.
  3. Graduates of the MPH program will be valuable skilled professionals in the public health-related workforce.

Research

Research Goal Statement

MPH faculty and students will engage in research and scholarly activity reflecting the theory and practice of public health.

Objectives

  1. MPH faculty will participate in research and/or evaluation projects or other scholarly activities.
  2. MPH students will participate in Research Methods (HEA 648), Applied Learning Experience (ALE) and/or individual faculty led research projects.

Service

Goal Statement

To involve students and faculty in activities which promote and support service to the university, public health profession, and the community.

Objectives

  1. MPH faculty will participate in service activities in the public health profession and the community.
  2. MPH students will have opportunities to participate in service activities in the public health profession, in the community and in the university.
  3. The MPH program will sponsor public health-related workforce professional development opportunities annually.

MPH Fiscal Resources

Goal Statement

The MPH Program will have sufficient financial resources to support the program for each academic year as approved by the Dean, College of Health Sciences and the Department of Health Chair

Objectives

  1. The MPH budget reflects sufficient income to support the program activities designed to meet the mission, goals and objectives.
  2. The MPH Program will provide alternative workload assignments (AWAs) for program administration to the MPH Program Director and graduate workload assignments to MPH Coordinators (based on collateral duties and track enrollments) for fall and spring semesters.
  3. The Department of Health will provide resources for professional growth and development for each academic year for all MPH faculty members.

MPH Diversity

Goal Statement

THe MPH Program will acheive a diverse complement of faculty and students.

Objectives

  1. Students enrolled in the MPH Program will represent minority population groups.
  2. The majority of students enrolled in the MPH Program will represent women
  3. Students enrolled in the MPH Program will represent international population groups.
  4. MPH faculty will represent minority and women population groups.

MPH Faculty Qualifications

Goal Statement

The MPH Program will ensure that its faculty complement possess the requisite qualifications for the training of MPH-level public health professionals

Objectives

  1. Retain high quality faculty to support the continued growth and development of the MPH Program.
  2. MPH faculty will hold additional certifications/licensures beyond the doctoral degree.
  3. MPH faculty will demonstrate continued professional growth and development.
 

MPH Faculty and Other Resources

Goal Statement

The MPH Program will provide personnel and other resources sufficient to fulfill its stated mission, goals and objectives.

Objectives

  1. Retain sufficient faculty and staff resources to maintain the MPH Program.
  2. Retain sufficient resources for the growth and devlopment of the MPH Program.