The Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health offers an online graduate certificate in Core Disciplines of Public Health. The courses that make up this certificate serve as the core courses required of students who are pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from MSU. This certificate is designed to provide students with a basis for understanding the breadth and scope of the public health field. The core public health disciplines include biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health sciences. Students gain competence in all of the core disciplines through these courses.
This certificate is appropriate for an endless variety of students. Current public health professionals benefit by enhancing their existing skills and gaining an official credential. Medical students find this certificate enhances their education by learning the population-based side of medicine in addition to their traditional patient-centric training. Other professionals who also benefit from this certificate include, as examples, nurses who want to broaden their clinical perspectives, accountants who work in health and want to gain a greater understanding of the health care industry, or an attorney who wants to utilize this certificate to help specialize in public health and health policy. Since public health affects every aspect of modern society, the applications of this knowledge are far reaching into many other professional disciplines.
HM 801: Introduction to Public Health Introduces core public health concepts of protection, disease prevention, and health promotion. Discussion covers the history, development, and philosophy of the profession with ethical, legal, and political considerations.
HM 802: Biostatistics for Public Health Students learn data management, analysis, and presentation of public health data. The course includes techniques and methods for calculating population-based statistics and utilizes instruction with the Epi-Info software package.
HM 803: Epidemiology and Public Health Provides students instruction in the distributions and determinants of disease at the population level. Students develop skills in epidemiological research and quantitative methods as they gain knowledge of various study design strengths and limitations.
HM 804: Public Health Administration Offers instruction on public health planning, organization, administration management, evaluation, and policy analysis. Students gain knowledge of the legal and ethical considerations of public health programs.
HM 805: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health Discusses concepts/methods of social and behavioral sciences concerned with individual public health and well-being, globally and domestically. Students learn about physical, social, and cultural factors that shape individual and community health, providing an interdisciplinary perspective on public health programs.
HM 806: Environmental Factors of Health This course examines the biological, physical, and chemical factors that affect the health of populations. Discussion involves potential impact of environmental agents on health, regulatory approaches to environmental hazards, and preventative management approaches.