Degrees and Certificates
DVM/Master of Public Health,Master of Science
DVM/Master of Public Health - August 2021 Entrants,Master of Science
DVM/Master of Public Health - January 2022 Entrants,Master of Science
The course content will build on the foundations of scientific knowledge, including the biological and life sciences and the concepts of health and disease. Through a multidisciplinary approach students will explore the determinants of health, and the philosophical and organizational foundations of the professional practice of public health. It also provides an integrated overview of the filed by surveying epidemiology, biostatistics, preventative medicine, environmental health, social and behavioral aspects of health and health policy. It also introduces students to the core public health functions of assessment, policy. The course will include didactic lectures, case study, online discussions and oral presentations. Students will be required to apply core public health knowledge towards, critiquing the available scientific literature, evaluating case based scenarios to engage in analysis and problem solving, discussing current and significant local and global public health events, and effectively communicating health education and promotion strategies across the disease spectrum.
Principles of Epidemiology is the investigation of the factors that determine the distribution and dynamics of health and disease in human populations. This course covers the measure of disease frequency, descriptive epidemiology, study types, and methods to document variation in disease occurrence. The tools of epidemiology are used in all aspects of public health to describe the patterns of illness in populations, design research studies, evaluate public health programs, and keep abreast of changes in the health status of populations.
Principles of Biostatistics presents the principles and methods of data description and statistical analysis used for planning, development, and evaluation of health problems. This course provides an introduction to descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, inference, and basic parametric and nonparametric tests. A program called Epi Info™, developed by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, is the primary computer program used for the course, although other computing programs will be demonstrated. Emphasis is placed on understanding and interpretation of data used in public health.
The focus is on a comprehensive background in the organizational, financial, legal, and political issues surrounding the health care environment. Health Policy and Management examines the major substantive issues confronting health policy makers in the areas of health systems, health sector reform, family and community health, and environmental and occupational health.
This course explores the influence of social, psychological, and cultural factors on the health status of individuals and communities. While this topic may be studied from many perspectives, the class seeks to understand the origins of health-compromising behaviors, their distribution in the population, and ways to change or prevent them.
In this course, students learn about the interaction between humans and physical, chemical, and biological agents, in addition to the important impact they have on health. This course considers important environmental health issues facing society. Topics include population dynamics, occupational health, air pollution control, water and wastewater management, food protection, hazardous material management, ecology and control of animal vectors of disease, and basic community sanitation issues.
This course is one of four that the department requires of all graduate students in the Master of Public Health program. It focuses on the determinants of health, and the philosophical and organizational foundations of the professional practice of the core areas of public health. It provides an integrated overview of the field by surveying epidemiology, biostatistics, preventive medicine, environmental health, social and behavioral aspects of health, and health policy. The course will also give students an understanding of the tools needed to be effective leaders in carrying out the core public health functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance.
As the second course required by the department, Public Health Research Methods and Ethics covers basic research tools needed to work successfully in public health and explores some of the common types of research encountered in public health settings. Topics include qualitative and quantitative data collection, design of research instruments, interpretation and dissemination of data, community assessments, and presentation of research findings. The course integrates case studies in public health ethics throughout the discussion of research so that the latter is considered in light of moral and ethical dilemmas that often occur. A combination of lecture, discussion, reading of literature, and computer applications are used to familiarize students with public research methods in public health.
The Leadership and Decision-Making course concentrates on the concepts, theories and models that influence, shape and guide a leader and their decision-making within any public health organization. The traits, skills and styles of leadership are first examined to help students define and develop their own individual style. Building on this foundation of leadership styles, the principles and approaches which guide a leader to effectively practice within any public health organization, are then examined. These practical guiding principles for a leader include: culture and diversity; team leadership; the role of power; and being able to prepare for a response to any crisis. These theoretical concepts are guided by the decision making process of a leader. Analysis of an evidenced based decision-making model, will be used to establish a framework which, will lead to more successful outcomes and becoming an more effective public health leader.
This course will be offered as a dual delivery where students have the option of either attending lectures in person or via web conference.
Over the 12 weeks of the course, there is a total of 48 contact hours with students, with 4 hours per week, where each lecture session is 2 hours.
For each lecture, the following breakdown is a general guideline as to how the contact time of 2-hours will be divided:
- 1 1/2 hour lecture time
- 1/2 hour discussion on pre-assigned case study/video/article associated with the specific lecture topic.
The course covers basic principles of toxicology and mechanisms by which chemicals cause health problems and environmental damage. The student will be able to apply the principles of toxicology for compounds found in the environment and workplace.
Foundations in Health Policy Analysis is the introductory course to health policy concepts and analysis, with special emphasis on the political framework and the problemcentered model. This is based on the thinking that good policy analysis is built on economics, resource management strategies, and political processes. Policy analysis can be described as the science and the art of giving advice that affects public policy decisions. This course familiarizes students with the policy process, the role of political actors, and the implications of research and resources within health policy-making.
The larger economic, political, and governmental context on health policy decisions is introduced, as well as an understanding of the effect or impact of policies on target groups, institutions, and society more generally. Specific global health policy issues are chosen for discussion on the basis of their relevance to current public policy debates. Particular emphases are placed on students' ability to understand, assess and critique the policy process, and apply concepts within real-world settings and initiatives
The course will introduce students to the main concepts of the public health field and the critical links between global health and social and economic development. Students will get an overview:
- To provide an economics perspective for management decision-making
- To provide theoretical groundwork for the study of finance, accounting, marketing, and planning
- To enable them as future health care managers to play positive roles in the reform of health care. The course will cover key concepts and frameworks but be very practical in orientation
One Health is a course for persons interested in the knowledge and application of medicine, veterinary medicine, environmental health, and public health. The course is divided into seven modules each highlighting One Health in the following areas: 1. History of Health, 2. Introducing to the One Health Concept, 3. Embracing Infectious Diseases, 4. Zoonotic Diseases, 5. Food Safety, 6. Environmental Health and 7. International Health
The Practicum in Public Health (PUBH 889), hereafter known as "Practicum", is a required course in the MPH program.
It comprises of two(2) components:
- Course-based activities (experiential learning within core and program-required courses) Students will be required to upload to E-Value the finished product(s) for each of their course-based activities (instructions will come from individual courses).
- 120-hours internship completed outside of school term: A planned, supervised and evaluated field-based exercise, to be conducted at a Public Health related organization, agency, department or community based organization.
As with all other MPH courses, students are required to register for Practicum/APEX to ensure it is properly logged in their course listing for the following term.
The Practicum is designed with the student in mind, starting from its seamless integration into coursework, followed by an on-site real world internship experience of 120 hours, which is student driven and facilitated by the Practicum Coordinators. For the 120-hour internship, the student, along with their site supervisor, will plan and identify activities/tasks and MPH Competencies to be fulfilled whilst on site. This must be approved by the practicum coordinator prior to commencing the internship.
In planning the internship, it is recommended that students begin their search for an appropriate site, whether in Grenada, the wider Caribbean, the United States, or elsewhere in the world, as early as possible to mitigate any unforeseen challenges which could impact their MPH completion date.
Capstone Integrated Learning Experience (CILE) is an integrated experience in the Master of Public Health (MPH) that allows students to apply and synthesize the concepts, knowledge and skills acquired throughout their course of study to successfully demonstrate public health competency.
CILE's integration process starts during the first term with the completion of 10 brief modules aimed at enhancing the students' writing skills (PUBH 893) and with the selection of a CILE topic in Concepts, Practice & Leadership in Public Health (PUBH 831). The process continues into Public Health Research Methods and Ethics (PUBH 832) before terminating in the submission of the final Capstone paper and oral presentation (PUBH 893). The CILE final paper and presentation must meet the scholarly requirements of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM), which include addressing the MPH's foundational and track specific competencies.
Students are required to enroll in PUBH 893 in every term until the completion of the MPH. Upon successful completion students are awarded three (3) graduate level credits.
All new, (incoming) students will be enrolled in the MPH Onboarding course. This is a zero credit mandatory course that must be completed before the start of classes. It will prepare you on how to use our online Learning Management platform (MyCourses) and other software programs you will have to use in most of your MPH course (e.g. Zoom, Panopto, ProctorTrack).
This Onboarding course will also list all of the university services that are available for you to use as well as providing in one location important information about the program (e.g. descriptions of all courses, program policies, professional requirements)