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Master of Public Health Program

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  • Mary L. Aquilino
Graduate degree: M.P.H.
Web site: http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/mph/

The Master of Public Health is recognized as the primary professional degree in public health. The objective of Iowa's M.P.H. program is to provide education and practical training in public health to students who will be leaders in their respective communities. The program is appropriate for individuals who already have professional experience and/or training in public health as well as for those whose expertise lies outside of public health.

The Master of Public Health program is offered by the College of Public Health; the degree is awarded by the Graduate College.

Graduate Program of Study

  • Master of Public Health

Students may earn the M.P.H. as a single degree, or they may pursue one of several joint degree programs. The College of Public Health offers joint M.P.H./professional degree programs with the Carver College of Medicine and the Colleges of Law and Pharmacy. It also offers two programs in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Science at Iowa State University. See "M.P.H. for Practicing Veterinarians" and descriptions of the joint degree programs later in this section.

In addition, the college collaborates with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to offer joint B.A. or B.S./M.P.H. programs for undergraduate students majoring in biology, psychology, or statistics; see "Joint B.A. or B.S./M.P.H. Degrees" below.

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health requires 42-59 s.h. of graduate credit, depending on the student's choice of specialization. Students must choose one of seven subtracks: community and behavioral health, epidemiology, ergonomics, health communication, occupational and environmental health, policy, or quantitative methods.

Degree requirements include a core course in public health practice and in each of the five core disciplines of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences); a practicum; a set of content-specific required courses; and a set of content-specific electives. Students in the epidemiology subtrack and the occupational and environmental health subtrack also must complete a bioscience course. A final written report with oral presentation or a poster presentation related to the practicum constitutes the final examination.

All M.P.H. students complete the course work listed under "Common Requirements." In addition, each student completes the course work listed for his or her chosen subtrack.

Common Requirements

The following course work is required for all M.P.H. students. Students must earn a B-minus or higher in each core course. Students may repeat courses to achieve this standard.

CORE COURSES

All of these (15 s.h.): 

170:101 (MPH:5100) Introduction to Public Health3 s.h.
171:161 (BIOS:5110) Introduction to Biostatistics (biostatistics subtrack students may substitute 171:201 for 4 s.h.)3 s.h.
172:101 (CBH:5105) Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3 s.h.
173:140 (EPID:4400) Epidemiology I: Principles3 s.h.
175:197 (OEH:4240) Global Environmental Health3 s.h.

One of these (3 s.h.): 

174:102 (HMP:4000) Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System3 s.h.
174:200 (HMP:5005) Introduction to Health Care Organization and Policy (policy students only)3 s.h.
PRACTICUM

The practicum is a fieldwork experience in which students show proficiency in applying academic principles in community settings. There are many practicum opportunities for M.P.H. students in Iowa and surrounding states; the college's Institute for Public Health Practice coordinates placements. The practicum is the culmination of the M.P.H. program.

Before they register for and begin the practicum, students must choose an approved topic and must complete most of the M.P.H. course work, including all of the six M.P.H. core courses. A final written report with an oral presentation or a poster presentation is required. The practicum constitutes the final examination for the M.P.H. 

170:299 (MPH:7000) M.P.H. Practicum Experience3 s.h.

Community and Behavioral Health Subtrack

The Master of Public Health with community and behavioral health subtrack requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subtrack is offered by the Department of Community and Behavioral Health (College of Public Health).

The subtrack prepares public health practitioners for a variety of positions related to community development, health program implementation, and health education. Students learn how to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions directed toward identified public health problems in populations.

A bachelor's degree in the social and behavioral sciences is good preparation for this program, but students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Preference is given to applicants who have professional experience.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the community and behavioral health subtrack requires the following courses.

SUBTRACK CORE

At least 12 s.h. chosen from these: 

172:106 (CBH:6205) Designing and Implementing Interventions3 s.h.
172:130 (CBH:5205) Social Determinants of Health3 s.h.
172:135 (CBH:5225) Health Disparities and Cultural Competence3 s.h.
172:150 (CBH:5220) Health Behavior and Health Education3 s.h.
172:181 (CBH:5305) Evaluation I: Theory and Applications3 s.h.
172:183 (CBH:5310) Qualitative Research for Public Health3 s.h.
172:185 (CBH:5420) Communicating with the Community3 s.h.
172:240 (CBH:6210) Health Communication3 s.h.
172:248 (CBH:6225) Health Information and Health Literacy3 s.h.
ELECTIVES

At least 9 s.h. chosen from these: 

044:106 (GEOG:3505) Foundations of GIS3 s.h.
172:110 (CBH:5210) Community Development in Public Health3 s.h.
172:115 (CBH:5215) Community Preventive Programs and Services3 s.h.
172:122 (CBH:6405) Maternal, Child, and Family Health3 s.h.
172:131 (CBH:5415) Anthropology and International Health3 s.h.
172:133 (CBH:5140) The Anthropology of Women's Health3 s.h.
172:140 (CBH:4825) Media and Health3 s.h.
172:161 (CBH:5435) Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention3 s.h.
172:162 (CBH:5440) Prevention and Early Intervention of Mental Health Disorders3 s.h.
172:170 (CBH:6410) Special Topicsarr.
172:202 (CBH:6115)/113:202 (ANTH:6115) Ethnographic Field Methods3 s.h.
172:242 (CBH:6215) Persuasion and Health3 s.h.
172:246 (CBH:6220) Health Communication Campaigns3 s.h.
172:270 (CBH:6415) Independent Study in Community and Behavioral Healtharr.
172:282 (CBH:6305) Evaluation II: Design and Methods3 s.h.
172:285 (CBH:6335) Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health3 s.h.

Epidemiology Subtrack

The Master of Public Health with epidemiology subtrack requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subtrack is offered by the Department of Epidemiology (College of Public Health).

The subtrack focuses on fundamental epidemiological concepts and methods and provides training in the use of public health data and methods for disease assessment and in methods for evaluating the need and outcome of programs and interventions. Graduates of the program work in public health departments and other health care settings.

Epidemiology subtrack students are required to attend departmental seminars and journal club. They also must present one scientific poster at an international, national, regional, state, university, or departmental poster session.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the epidemiology subtrack requires the following courses.

SUBTRACK CORE

All of these (10 s.h.):

171:162 (BIOS:5120) Design and Analysis of Biomedical Studies3 s.h.
173:158 (EPID:5580) Public Health Laboratory Techniques1 s.h.
173:160 (EPID:5600) Introduction to Epidemiology Data Analysis With Computers2 s.h.
173:240 (EPID:6400) Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods4 s.h.

One of these (2-3 s.h.):

173:145 (EPID:4450) Public Health Data2 s.h.
173:199 (EPID:4990) Practicing Evidence-Based Public Health3 s.h.

One of these (2 s.h.):

173:153 (EPID:5530) Surveillance Internship: IRCID2 s.h.
173:154 (EPID:5540) Cancer Registration Internship2 s.h.

Bioscience—one of these (3-4 s.h.):

069:133 (PATH:8133) Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students4 s.h.
069:270 (PATH:5270) Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases3 s.h.

Students who already have completed a course equivalent to one of these bioscience courses may substitute an additional elective.

ELECTIVES

Students earn at least 2 s.h. in elective courses (or 5 s.h. if they substitute an elective for the bioscience requirement). At least 3 s.h. of elective credit must be earned in courses offered by the Department of Epidemiology (prefix 173) or in one of the following biostatistics courses. 

171:241 (BIOS:6110) Applied Categorical Data Analysis3 s.h.
171:242 (BIOS:6210) Applied Survival Analysis3 s.h.

Ergonomics Subtrack

The Master of Public Health with ergonomics subtrack requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subtrack is offered by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (College of Public Health).

The subtrack takes advantage of interdisciplinary faculty strengths in the Colleges of Public Health and Engineering and the Carver College of Medicine. Ergonomics students gain a thorough understanding of workplace physical environments that contribute to musculoskeletal injuries and illness. They also acquire knowledge of engineering and administrative methods to control workplace risk factors. The program prepares students for work in industry and government agencies, as well as for further academic training.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the ergonomics subtrack requires the following courses.

SUBTRACK CORE

All of these (16 s.h.): 

056:144 (IE:3400) Human Factors3 s.h.
056:147 (IE:3450) Ergonomics3 s.h.
175:180 (OEH:5010) Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar1 s.h.
175:190 (OEH:4310) Occupational Ergonomics I3 s.h.
175:230 (OEH:5620) Occupational Health3 s.h.
175:295 (OEH:6310) Clinical Ergonomics3 s.h.
650:270 (GRAD:7270) Principles of Scholarly Integrity0-1 s.h.
ELECTIVES

Ergonomics subtrack students earn 5 s.h. in elective courses. Electives may be chosen from the following list or may include a related course approved by the student's advisor. 

175:192 (OEH:5410) Occupational Safety3 s.h.
175:231 (OEH:6420) Industrial Hygiene Fundamentals3 s.h.
175:251 (OEH:6520) Injury Epidemiology3 s.h.
175:253 (OEH:6530) Epidemiology of Occupational Injuries3 s.h.

Health Communication Subtrack

The Master of Public Health with health communication subtrack requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subtrack is offered by the Department of Community and Behavioral Health (College of Public Health.

The subtrack provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skill in designing, evaluating, and implementing effective communication strategies and messages that speak to the health needs of diverse audiences. The program addresses clinician-patient interaction, family communication, group and organizational communication, and mass media and web-based campaigns. The M.P.H. may be of interest to clinicians, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists, as well as other professionals who do not wish to earn a Ph.D.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the health communications subtrack requires the following courses.

SUBTRACK CORE: HEALTH COMMUNICATION

Four of these (12 s.h.): 

036:371 (COMM:6371) Communication Theory3 s.h.
172:140 (CBH:4825)/019:160 (JMC:4825) Media and Health3 s.h.
172:240 (CBH:6210)/036:270 (COMM:6210) Health Communication3 s.h.
172:242 (CBH:6215) Persuasion and Health3 s.h.
172:246 (CBH:6220)/036:379 (COMM:6220) Health Communication Campaigns3 s.h.
SUBTRACK CORE: COMMUNITY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Three of these (9 s.h.): 

044:106 (GEOG:3505) Foundations of GIS3 s.h.
172:106 (CBH:6205) Designing and Implementing Interventions3 s.h.
172:130 (CBH:5205) Social Determinants of Health3 s.h.
172:135 (CBH:5225) Health Disparities and Cultural Competence3 s.h.
172:150 (CBH:5220) Health Behavior and Health Education3 s.h.
172:181 (CBH:5305) Evaluation I: Theory and Applications3 s.h.
172:183 (CBH:5310) Qualitative Research for Public Health3 s.h.
172:202 (CBH:6115)/113:202 (ANTH:6115) Ethnographic Field Methods3 s.h.

Occupational and Environmental Health Subtrack

The Master of Public Health with occupational and environmental health subtrack requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subtrack is offered by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (College of Public Health).

The subtrack provides students with a broad perspective on public health and career preparation for a variety of professional positions in occupational and environmental health. Public health experience provides desirable background for this subtrack.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the occupational and environmental health subtrack requires the following courses.

SUBTRACK CORE

All of these (18-22 s.h.): 

175:180 (OEH:5010) Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar1 s.h.
Occupational and environmental health courses not already listed, or other approved courses17-21 s.h.

Bioscience—one of these (3-4 s.h.):

069:133 (PATH:8133) Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students4 s.h.
069:270 (PATH:5270) Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases3 s.h.

Students who already have completed a course equivalent to one of these bioscience courses may substitute an additional elective.

Policy Subtrack

The Master of Public Health with policy subtrack requires 59 s.h. of graduate credit. The subtrack is offered by the Department of Health Management and Policy (College of Public Health).

The subtrack offers course work and applied learning experiences that prepare students for careers in health policy analysis, system and organizational planning, and program evaluation. Graduates of the program find positions in federal, state, and local government; professional associations; and private agencies. Varied academic backgrounds are appropriate preparation for this program, including business, liberal arts and sciences, and the health professions.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the policy and administration subtrack requires the following courses.

SUBTRACK CORE

All of these: 

174:144 (HMP:5750) Medicare and Medicaid Policy3 s.h.
174:212 (HMP:5410) Health Economics I3 s.h.
174:217 (HMP:5450) Health Insurance and Managed Care3 s.h.
174:221 (HMP:6120) Evaluation and Outcomes in Health Care2 s.h.
174:223 (HMP:6315) Seminar in Health Care Ethics2 s.h.
174:237 (HMP:6610) Legal Aspects of Health and Medical Care3 s.h.
174:242 (HMP:6710) Federalism and Health Policy3 s.h.
174:243 (HMP:5610) Health Policy3 s.h.
174:245 (HMP:6750) Seminar in Health Policy3 s.h.
ELECTIVES

At least 6 s.h. chosen from these: 

030:113 (POLI:3100) American State Politics3 s.h.
030:120 (POLI:3117) Public Administration and Bureaucratic Politics3 s.h.
030:125 (POLI:3118) Interest Groups3 s.h.
030:126 (POLI:3111) American Public Policy3 s.h.
030:150 (POLI:3404) Public Policy Around the World3 s.h.
030:151 (POLI:3417) Political Leadership3 s.h.
030:152 (POLI:3102) The U.S. Congress3 s.h.
030:153 (POLI:3121) The Judicial Process3 s.h.
030:200 (POLI:5000) Introduction to Political Analysis4 s.h.
030:310 (POLI:7100) Modeling American Politics4 s.h.
030:315 (POLI:7102) The Presidency4 s.h.
030:319 (POLI:7150) Problems in American Politics4 s.h.
030:339 (POLI:7350) Problems in Political Theory4 s.h.
030:352 (POLI:7200) Legislative Behavior4 s.h.
091:261 (LAW:8562) Health Law3 s.h.
Policy courses not already listed in the required section, or other approved courses

Quantitative Methods Subtrack

The Master of Public Health with quantitative methods subtrack requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The subtrack is offered by the Department of Biostatistics (College of Public Health).

The subtrack is designed to train public health professionals who can provide leadership in the analysis of public health data and the design of studies for public health investigations. It is intended for individuals who are interested in public health and who have quantitative ability but not advanced mathematics training.

Applicants to the subtrack must meet all M.P.H. admission requirements; see "Admission" toward the end of this Catalog section. They also should have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 and should have completed the following math and computer science course work: single variable calculus and matrix algebra, satisfied by one semester of calculus equivalent to AP Calculus AB and a high school algebra course involving matrices; and elementary computer programming instruction in any commonly used modern programming language (e.g. Python, Java, C++). Individuals who are admitted to the subtrack without having met all of these requirements must satisfy unmet requirements during their first semester of enrollment in the program.

In addition to the M.P.H. course work listed under "Common Requirements" above, the biostatistics subtrack requires the following courses.

Subtrack Core

All of these (12 s.h.): 

171:162 (BIOS:5120) Design and Analysis of Biomedical Studies3 s.h.
171:164 (BIOS:5310) Research Data Management3 s.h.
171:178 (BIOS:5510) Biostatistical Computing3 s.h.
171:241 (BIOS:6110) Applied Categorical Data Analysis3 s.h.
Electives

At least 9 s.h. chosen from these:

002:170 (BIOL:4213) Bioinformatics4 s.h.
22S:105 (STAT:4200) Statistical Methods and Computing3 s.h.
22S:130 (STAT:3100) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I3 s.h.
22S:131 (STAT:3101) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II3 s.h.
22S:138 (STAT:4520) Bayesian Statistics3 s.h.
22S:153 (STAT:4100) Mathematical Statistics I3 s.h.
22S:154 (STAT:4101) Mathematical Statistics II3 s.h.
22S:156 (STAT:6560) Applied Time Series Analysis3 s.h.
22S:158 (STAT:3210) Experimental Design and Analysis3 s.h.
22S:161 (STAT:6540) Applied Multivariate Analysis3 s.h.
22S:193 (STAT:5100) Statistical Inference I3 s.h.
22S:194 (STAT:5101) Statistical Inference II3 s.h.
061:147 (MICR:3147) Survey of Immunology3 s.h.
061:157 (MICR:2157) General Microbiology5 s.h.
171:174 (BIOS:6310) Introductory Longitudinal Data Analysis3 s.h.
171:242 (BIOS:6210) Applied Survival Analysis3 s.h.
171:266 (BIOS:6610) Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials3 s.h.
171:290 (BIOS:7600) Advanced Biostatistics Seminar0-3 s.h.

Joint B.A. or B.S./M.P.H. Degrees

The College of Public Health collaborates with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to offer joint bachelor's degree/Master of Public Health programs for undergraduate students majoring in biology, psychology, or statistics who would like to earn an M.P.H. degree. The joint programs permit students to count a limited amount of credit toward the requirements of both degrees, enabling them to begin the study of public health before they complete the bachelor's degree. Each joint program pairs an undergraduate major with a specific M.P.H. subtrack, as follows.

Joint B.A. in biology/M.P.H. with epidemiology subtrack; see Biology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in the Catalog for information about the biology major.

Joint B.A. in psychology/M.P.H. with community and behavioral health subtrack; see Psychology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in the Catalog for information about the psychology major.

Joint B.S. in statistics/M.P.H. with quantitative methods subtrack; see Statistics and Actuarial Science (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in the Catalog for information about the statistics major.

Undergraduate students must apply to the joint programs. They should consult their undergraduate advisors. Visit Areas of Study/Undergrad to Grad on the Master of Public Health web site to learn more.

M.P.H. for Practicing Veterinarians

The Master of Public Health for practicing veterinarians requires a minimum of 42 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is presented through a collaboration between the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and is offered primarily by distance learning. It enables students to prepare for new career opportunities and equips them to respond to public health challenges such as zoonotic diseases, food security and foodborne illnesses, bioterrorism, and environmental health.

Students participate in two summer institutes, one on each campus during consecutive summers (two weeks in May and June); the rest of the program is Internet-based, so students may complete requirements at times that fit their schedules. Specific courses are required each semester of the program.

The M.P.H. for practicing veterinarians requires the following course work.

M.P.H. COMMON REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete courses listed under "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) for the Master of Public Health; see the beginning of this Catalog section.

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES

All of these (21 s.h.): 

170:175 (MPH:6700) Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines2 s.h.
173:120 (EPID:5200) Principles of Public Health Informatics3 s.h.
173:130 (EPID:5300) Food Safety3 s.h.
173:132 (EPID:5320) Exotic and Emerging Diseases of Animals1 s.h.
173:147 (EPID:5470) Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics3 s.h.
173:155 (EPID:5550) Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology3 s.h.
173:159 (EPID:5590) Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology2 s.h.
175:209 (OEH:6110) Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine3 s.h.
175:211 (OEH:5120) Veterinary Public Health: The Profession1 s.h.

Joint M.P.H./D.V.M.

The joint Master of Public Health/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is offered by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (ISU). It requires a minimum of 42 s.h. in addition to the requirements of the D.V.M. degree (see College of Veterinary Medicine in the Iowa State University catalog). The program prepares students for work as state veterinarians, as college and university faculty members, in local and state departments of public health, in the Public Health Commissions Corp., in state agricultural departments, and for public health positions in the military.

Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the joint degree program. For M.P.H. admission requirements, see "Admission" later in this section.

The joint M.P.H./D.V.M. requires the following course work.

M.P.H. COMMON REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete courses listed under "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) for the Master of Public Health; see the beginning of this Catalog section.

M.P.H. ELECTIVES

Students must earn at least 9 s.h. from the following courses. 

173:130 (EPID:5300) Food Safety3 s.h.
173:147 (EPID:5470) Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics3 s.h.
173:155 (EPID:5550) Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology (offered by distance education)3 s.h.
173:159 (EPID:5590) Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology2 s.h.
173:255 (EPID:6550) Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (offered by distance education)3 s.h.
175:170 (OEH:4510) Injury and Violence Prevention (offered by distance education)3 s.h.
175:209 (OEH:6110) Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine (offered by distance education)3 s.h.
175:210 (OEH:6120) Current Topics in Agricultural Health (offered by distance education)0-1 s.h.
175:211 (OEH:5120) Veterinary Public Health: The Profession1 s.h.
REQUIRED D.V.M. COURSES

All of these (ISU courses): 

Public Health and the Role of the Veterinary Profession (VMPM 388)3 s.h.
Small Animal Internal Medicine (VCS 436)2 s.h.
Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine (VMPM 437)3 s.h.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (BMS 443)3 s.h.
Laboratories in Public Health (VMPM 486)1 s.h.

Joint M.P.H./J.D.

The joint Master of Public Health/Juris Doctor requires a minimum of 42 s.h. of graduate credit in addition to the requirements of the J.D. degree. The program helps students develop special expertise in public health legal issues. It is designed to train qualified students for leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the joint degree program.

The joint M.P.H./J.D. requires the following course work.

M.P.H. COMMON REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete courses listed under "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) for the Master of Public Health; see the beginning of this Catalog section.

M.P.H. ELECTIVES

Students earn 9 s.h. in elective courses chosen from one of the following public health areas: aging studies; biostatistics; community and behavioral health; epidemiology; global health; health policy; maternal, child, and family health; nutrition and exercise; or occupational and environmental health. Students choose electives in consultation with their advisors in the College of Law and the College of Public Health.

J.D. REQUIREMENTS

Students in the joint M.P.H./J.D. program must complete the curriculum of the J.D. program; see College of Law in the Catalog. Students must be enrolled in the College of Law to take College of Law courses.

COURSES THAT COUNT TOWARD BOTH DEGREES

Students may count up to 12 s.h. earned in the following College of Law courses toward the M.P.H. degree.

091:204 (LAW:8105) Administrative Law3 s.h.
091:250 (LAW:8421) Employment Law2-3 s.h.
091:251 (LAW:8407) Topics in Employee Benefits Lawarr.
091:255 (LAW:8433) Environmental Law3 s.h.
091:261 (LAW:8562) Health Law2-3 s.h.
091:268 (LAW:8467) Family Law3-4 s.h.
091:291 (LAW:8622) International Environmental Law3 s.h.
091:292 (LAW:8670) Labor Law3-4 s.h.
091:320 (LAW:8751) Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3 s.h.
091:322 (LAW:8752) Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3 s.h.
091:341 (LAW:8714) Managing National Security1-3 s.h.
091:342 (LAW:8742) Negotiations2-4 s.h.
091:354 (LAW:8887) State and Local Government1-3 s.h.
091:455 (LAW:9413) Health and Elder Law Practicum1-3 s.h.

Joint M.P.H./M.D.

The joint Master of Public Health/Doctor of Medicine requires a minimum of 42 s.h. of graduate credit in addition to the requirements of the M.D. degree. Students who complete the program enjoy expanded career opportunities and are well prepared to apply the principles of medicine and public health in their work. Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the joint program.

The joint M.P.H./M.D. requires the following course work.

M.P.H. COMMON REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete courses listed under "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) for the Master of Public Health; see the beginning of this Catalog section.

M.P.H. ELECTIVES

Students earn 9 s.h. in elective courses chosen from one of the following public health areas: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health communication, health policy, occupational and environmental health. Students choose electives in consultation with their advisors in the Carver College of Medicine and the College of Public Health.

M.D. REQUIREMENTS

Students in the joint M.P.H./M.D. program must complete the curriculum of the M.D. program; see Doctor of Medicine (Carver College of Medicine) in the Catalog.

COURSES THAT COUNT TOWARD BOTH DEGREES

Students may count up to 12 s.h. earned in the following M.D. courses toward the M.P.H. degree.

050:180 (MED:8301) Community-Based Primary Care (up to 10 s.h.)arr.
050:183 (MED:8213) Healthcare Ethics, Law, and Policy2 s.h.
078:101 (IM:8301) Inpatient Internal Medicinearr.
078:102 (IM:8302) Outpatient Internal Medicine3-4 s.h.

Joint M.P.H./Pharm.D.

The joint Master of Public Health/Doctor of Pharmacy requires 42 s.h. of graduate credit in addition to the requirements of the Pharm.D. degree. The program helps students develop expertise in public health related to pharmacotherapy, health promotion, disease prevention, and medication safety.

Graduates of the program may work in areas of interest common to pharmacy and public health, such as spread and treatment of disease, community health, and immunology; bioterrorism, terrorism, and preparedness; genetics; insurance; managed care; family and juvenile health; and protection of special populations. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals and clinics and with health care providers; private practice; insurance and managed care organizations; local, county, state, and federal government; public health governmental agencies; and colleges and universities.

Separate application to each degree program is required; applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the joint degree program.

The joint M.P.H./Pharm.D. requires the following course work.

M.P.H. COMMON REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete courses listed under "Common Requirements" (core courses and practicum) for the Master of Public Health; see the beginning of this Catalog section.

M.P.H. ELECTIVES

Students select electives totaling 9 s.h. from one of the following public health areas: biostatistics, community and behavioral health, epidemiology, health communication, health policy, or occupational and environmental health. Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisors in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health.

PHARM.D. REQUIREMENTS

Students in the joint M.P.H./Pharm.D. program must complete the curriculum of the Pharm.D. program; see the College of Pharmacy section of the Catalog. Students must be enrolled in the College of Pharmacy in order to take College of Pharmacy courses.

COURSES THAT COUNT TOWARD BOTH DEGREES

Students may count up to 12 s.h. earned in the following Pharm.D. courses toward the M.P.H. degree.

046:117 (PHAR:8204) Pharmacy Practice Lab IV (1 s.h. counts toward both degrees )2 s.h.
046:122 (PHAR:8105) Social Aspects of Pharmacy Care2 s.h.
046:129 (PHAR:8308) Pharmaceutical Economics and Insurance3 s.h.
046:154 (PHAR:8241) Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Women's and Men's Health Therapeutics2 s.h.
046:156 (PHAR:8243) Cardiovascular Therapeutics2 s.h.
046:165 (PHAR:8343) Infectious Disease Therapeutics2 s.h.

Admission

Applicants to the M.P.H. program must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS); they also must apply for admission to the Graduate College through the University of Iowa Office of Admissions. Applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test, LSAT, DAT, VCAT, GMAT, or another professional placement exam; scores must be at or above the median scores for test takers applying to similar programs. For detailed application information, visit Admissions/Application Process on the Master of Public Health web site.

Applicants to the M.P.H. program must have successfully completed one semester each of college algebra and biology.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, or New Zealand must score at least 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who score 550-599 (paper-based) or 81-99 (Internet-based) are required to take English fluency courses. Applicants who score below those ranges are not considered for admission.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College or the Graduate College section of the Catalog.

Students may enter the M.P.H. program in fall and summer. Application deadlines for fall entrance to the M.P.H. program are May 1 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, April 1 for international applicants. Application deadlines for summer entrance are April 1 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, March 15 for international applicants.

Application deadline for the M.P.H. for practicing veterinarians is March 1.

Students may enter the M.P.H. joint programs in fall, spring, and summer. Contact the individual joint programs for deadline information.

Financial Support

A limited number of modest tuition awards are available each year for M.P.H. students. For information on financing education through jobs, grants, and loans, contact the University's Office of Student Financial Aid.

Courses

170:099 (MPH:3000) Fundamentals of Public Health3 s.h.
Introduction to public health; emphasis on issues, challenges, achievements, careers; historical events that serve as a foundation for public health practice.
 
170:101 (MPH:5100) Introduction to Public Health3 s.h.
Concepts, structures, and activities in public health practice. Offered fall semesters and summer sessions.
 
170:172 (MPH:6500) Independent Study in Public Healtharr.
In‑depth pursuit of an area of special interest in public health.
 
170:173 (MPH:6600) Service-Learning in Public Healtharr.
Community service learning experience directly related to goals and objectives of a specific public health course; faculty‑guided planning and reflection.
 
170:175 (MPH:6700) Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians and Other Public Health Disciplines2-3 s.h.
Introduction to public health emergency preparedness from a one health perspective; emergency preparedness from federal, state, and local perspectives; important elements for preparing responders; preparedness information systems and communication techniques.
 
170:200 (MPH:6100) Essentials of Public Healtharr.
Introduction and overview of the scope of public health; emphasis on history, definitions, issues, achievements, and future challenges; examples of public health research and practice.
 
170:299 (MPH:7000) M.P.H. Practicum Experience0-6 s.h.
Comprehensive and integrated application of knowledge acquired in the M.P.H. program in a practice setting; demonstration of professional competence in public health practice. Prerequisites: 170:101 (MPH:5100), 171:161 (BIOS:5110), 172:101 (CBH:5105), 173:140 (EPID:4400), 174:102 (HMP:4000) or 174:200 (HMP:5005), and 175:197 (OEH:4240). Requirements: an approved practicum proposal.