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.
The core values of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program are shaped by the following two interrelated convictions:
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:
We believe the cultivation and practice of these personal and professional values translates into the following for our MPH Program:
Competencies define what a successful student in the Master of Public Health program in the Department of Health at West Chester University should know and be able to do upon completion of the MPH core and track courses. The MPH Program has a set of competencies for the core courses and the program tracks. MPH core and track competencies are addressed throughout core and track courses. Students should become familiar with the core and track competencies as these are competencies provide the foundation for professional standards in the MPH Program.
All students regardless of their elective tracks need to meet the following MPH core competencies.
*MPH Core Competencies are adapted from the MPH Core Competency Model from the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH).
To meet the needs of the individual elective track areas, each elective track has its own set of competencies. These competences have been adapted from each elective track's professional affiliations.
Upon completion of the Community Health Track*, graduates will be able to:
*Community Health competencies are adopted from The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., Responsibilities and Competencies.
Upon completion of the Health Care Management Track*, graduates will be able to:
*The competencies for the Health Care Management follow the criteria set forth by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Upon completion of the Environmental Health Track, graduates will be able to:
*The competencies for Environmental Health are an adaptation of the requirements for industrial hygiene practice set up by the American Board of Engineering Technology (ABET) which accredits industrial hygiene programs. These industrial hygiene concepts have been broadened to include the whole field of environmental health and some aspects of emergency preparedness.
Upon completion of the Nutrition Track, graduates will be able to:
*Nutrition track competencies are adapted from the American Dietetic Association's, Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group guidelines and American Dietetic Association's knowledge, skills and competencies for community nutrition emphasis.
Goal statements and objectives for the MPH Program include the following:
To provide students with relevant marketable skills that prepare graduates for successful careers in the field of public health.
MPH faculty and students will engage in research and scholarly activity reflecting the theory and practice of public health.
To involve students and faculty in activities which promote and support service to the university, public health profession, and the community.
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.
THe MPH Program will achieve a diverse complement of faculty and students.
The MPH Program will ensure that its faculty complement possess the requisite qualifications for the training of MPH-level public health professionals.
The MPH Program will provide personnel and other resources sufficient to fulfill its stated mission, goals and objectives.