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Program Directors

Dr. Keisha T. Robinson, YSU Program Coordinator
1080 Cushwa Hall
(330) 941-1901

Dr. Amy Lee, CEOMPH Program Director
Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
(330) 325-6179

Program Description

The Master of Public Health program at Youngstown State University is part of Consor­tium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH). CEOMPH is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental, and interinstitutional program that provides opportunities for graduate stud­ies in public health. It is housed in the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. Although the M.P.H. degree is awarded by Youngstown State University, the M.P.H. program is consor­tium-based. It draws its faculty from several departments at The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, the Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Ohio University, and Youngstown State University.

The mission of the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health program is to provide accredited public health education designed for the working professional. It does this through a collaborative learning community, drawing on the collective resources of its five member institutions and partnering community agencies. The program strives to produce respected and competent professionals able to improve public health practice, especially in eastern Ohio. Other unique features of the program include the use of distance learning and Saturday course offerings, which accommodate the typical professional student’s work schedule.

The program is structured as a weekend college program with core courses scheduled on Sat­urdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Alternate scheduling will be considered to accommodate stu­dents with special circumstances. Students take core courses at any one of the distance learning sites on the participating campuses. Electives are taken at The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, NEOMED, Ohio University, or YSU. Electives are tak­en on the campus where they are being offered and may be taken anytime during the program.


4+ 1 Bachelor of Science in Applied Science/Master of Public
Health Program

The accelerated "4+ 1 + program allows students to earn the Master of Public Health degree in one year after completing their Bachelor's degree. Undergraduate students can apply for admission into the accelerated program after completing 78 semester hours with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. While in the accelerated program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students can take a maximum of twelve semester hours of graduate work that can count both towards the Bachelor's degree and Master of Public Health degree.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum College of Graduate Studies admission require­ments, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Applicants must have successfully completed a college-level mathematics or statistics course, and a college social science or natural science course, and have acceptable GRE scores within the last five years.

GRE scores may be waived if the applicant has a professional degree (master’s or doctorate) in a relevant area.  Official results from other equivalent standardized tests used for graduate admissions, also taken within the last five years, may be substituted. These accepted tests are the following: DAT, GMAT, MCAT, and PCAT. Please use institution code #1903 in the designated area of your GRE application form. TOEFL is required from applicants from countries where English is not the language of instruction; the minimum score must be 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 with read/speak/listen=17, write=14 (Internet-based). Please use the institution code #1903 in the designated area on your TOEFL application form.

Two years of work experience in a relevant field is highly recommended. The applicant must provide three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional background. If the applicant has not been involved in an academic institution for two years or more, he or she may submit letters of recommendation by supervisors from his or her place of employment. The letters should include an assessment of the applicant’s current work quality and ability to successfully complete graduate training. Letters are to be mailed to the fol­lowing address:

M.P.H. Admissions Committee
Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
4209 State Route 44
PO Box 95
Rootstown, Ohio 44272

Graduate Faculty

Guang-Hwa (Andy) Chang, Ph.D., Professor

Alan M. Jacobs, Ph.D., Professor
Environmental health sciences in public health

Rachael J. Pohle-Krauza, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Keisha T. Robinson, Dr.P.H., Associate Professor
Epidemiology and health education/health promotion

Degree Requirements

The curriculum consists of eight core courses, directed elective, required capstone project, and electives. In addition, a portfolio, and an exit presen­tation are required. Students should plan on taking the core courses as a cohort. Core courses will be offered on Saturdays, one course in the morning and one in the afternoon. Students may take core courses in any one of the distance learning classrooms at the partner universities. Dis­tance learning will involve interactive electronic technology and web-based learning. Students may take electives at any time in the program, and may select an elective from any of the partner universities from a list of approved electives.

If the student is interested in an elective that is not on the approved list, an Elective Approval form must be submitted, along with the course syllabus, for review and approval by the CEOMPH Curriculum Committee:

CEOMPH Curriculum Committee
Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
4209 State Route 44
PO Box 95
Rootstown, Ohio 44272

Students will be assigned an advisor upon entering the program. The advisor will offer guid­ance on choosing electives appropriate to student career goals and interest. Students must main­tain a minimum GPA of 3.0. The program requires 42 semester hours to com­ply with accreditation criteria.

Core Courses
MPH 6901Public Health Concepts3
MPH 6902Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
MPH 6903Epidemiology in Public Health3
MPH 6904Biostatistics in Public Health3
MPH 6905Health Services Administration in Public Health3
MPH 6906Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health3
Generalist Track
MPH 6907Grant Writing in Public Health Practice3
MPH 6908Public Health Practice and Issues3
MPH 6909Public Health Research and Evaluation3
MPH 6994Individual Investigation in Public Health1-3
MPH 6996MPH Practicum3
Required Project
MPH 6998Capstone Project 13
MPH 6999Capstone Project 23
Total Semester Hours42

Core Competencies

Use basic techniques and statistical software to access, evaluate, and interpret health data.

Apply analytic reasoning and methods.

Interpret scientific and statistical results, including the strengths and limitations of scientific articles.

Explain characteristics, strengths and limitations of epidemiological study design types.

Apply behavioral health theories/models in developing community health promotion and intervention programs, and applications for research funding.

Apply principles of strategic planning to public health, including continuous quality improvement, leadership, teamwork, systems thinking, and social marketing.

Assess associations found between environmental hazards and health outcomes to influence environmental policies designed to protect populations.

Apply principles of program planning, development, implementation, management, and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.

Use collaborative strategies in the design of policies, interventions, and programs.

Communicate public health information to lay and professional audiences, using appropriate channels and technologies and with linguistic and cultural proficiency.

Demonstrate ability to use credible evidence and rationale to guide well-reasoned decisions, proposals, and attitudes.

Use individual, team and organizational learning opportunities for personal and professional development.

Generalist Competencies

Prepare proposals for funding from external sources.

Demonstrate the ability to design, implement and execute a research protocol.

Consider the role of cultural and social factors in the planning and delivery of public health services and interventions.

Demonstrate critical evaluation of ethical values, theories, and principles that guide public health inquiry and decision-making.

Analyze the public health information infrastructure used to collect, process, maintain, and disseminate data in order to allow for decision-making at an administrative level.

Apply theory and strategy-based communication principles adapted to different contexts.

Explain how biological, chemical, and physical agents affect human health.

Graduate Courses

MPH 6901    Public Health Concepts    3 s.h.

Organizational structure, history, law, ethics, essential services, global problems, and future of public health.
Prereq.: Graduate standing, permission of course director required for non-MPH students.

MPH 6902    Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health    3 s.h.

Theories of health education and promotion; intervention (communication, collaboration, and strategies): sociocultural, diversity, and regional issues as pertains to public health.
Prereq.: Graduate standing, permission of course director required for non-MPH students.

MPH 6903    Epidemiology in Public Health    3 s.h.

Epidemiological methods, including study design, legal/ethical aspects, and Epi Info, applications of methods including screening, disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and community needs assessment. Student presentations to focus on special topics such as infectious diseases, chronic conditions, etc.
Prereq.: Graduate standing, permission of course director required for non-MPH students.

MPH 6904    Biostatistics in Public Health    3 s.h.

Principles of biostatistics in the context of multiple public health applications, Epi Info, SAS, and JMP statistical packages to be used.
Prereq.: Graduate standing, permission of course director required for non-MPH students.

MPH 6905    Health Services Administration in Public Health    3 s.h.

Management principles, including personnel administration, budgeting, financing, and continuous quality improvement as pertains to public health. Planning and evaluation principles, grant writing, public health economics, public health policy, and data sources.
Prereq.: Graduate standing, permission of course director required for non-MPH students.

MPH 6906    Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health    3 s.h.

Air quality, water quality, food hygiene, sanitation, solid waste management, hazardous materials management, vector-borne disease, other special topics, occupational health, legal issues, environmental hazard identification and response.
Prereq.: Graduate standing, permission of course director required for non-MPH students.

MPH 6907    Grant Writing in Public Health Practice    3 s.h.

Methods and techniques for writing and managing grant proposals to support public health programs.
Prereq.: Permission of instructor required for non-MPH students.

MPH 6908    Public Health Practice and Issues    3 s.h.

In an organizational setting, the following topics will be explored: informatics and communication, diversity and cultural proficiency, ethics, and biology. These topics are emerging public health issues, which will be applied in a practice setting.
Prereq.: Graduate standing and MPH 6901.

MPH 6909    Public Health Research and Evaluation    3 s.h.

Students will critically review journal articles, create research questions, conduct comprehensive literature reviews, employ quantitative and qualitative research methods that fall within institutional review board parameters, develop and execute a data analysis plan. Culmination of coursework will be individual oral presentation and mock journal article.
Prereq.: Graduate standing; MPH 6903 and MPH 6904.

MPH 6994    Individual Investigation in Public Health    1-3 s.h.

Intensive research or readings on selected topic or problem to be selected in consultation with MPH graduate faculty.
Prereq.: MPH 6901 and MPH 6904.

MPH 6995    Special Topics    1-5 s.h.

Specialized sections selected by faculty will focus on specific topics of current interest to public health practice. May be repeated with different topics up to 15 semester hours.
Prereq.: Graduate standing, permission of program director required for non-MPH students.

MPH 6996    MPH Practicum    3 s.h.

Student is teamed with a faculty advisor and community preceptor(s) to work on a meaningful public health issue. For students who desire additional field experience. students.
Prereq.: Graduate standing, permission of program director required for non-MPH.

MPH 6997    MPH Capstone Project    3-6 s.h.

A faculty advisor and community preceptor(s) are teamed with each student who will develop a paper (i.e., grant, study, proposal) on a meaningful public health issue learned from the core MPH courses.
Prereq.: Graduate standing; MPH 6901, MPH 6902, MPH 6903, MPH 6904, MPH 6905, and MPH 6906.

MPH 6998    Capstone Project 1    3 s.h.

In-depth assessment of public health competencies and preparation for the culminating community experience in MPH Capstone II.
Prereq.: graduate standing; MPH 6901, MPH 6902, MPH 6903, MPH 6904, MPH 6905, and MPH 6906.

MPH 6999    Capstone Project 2    3 s.h.

A required culminating experience for MPH students to be taken after all core courses and MPH 6998 Capstone Project I are completed. In partnership with a community organization/agency.
Prereq.: graduate standing, MPH 6901, MPH 6902, MPH 6903, MPH 6904, MPH 6905, MPH 6906, and MPH 6998.

MPH 7008    Schools and Health    3 s.h.

Population focus survey of children's health issues and K-12 schools using CDC Coordinated School Program model as an organizing framework. Topics include school health policy, relationship of health and academic outcomes, and Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance (YRBSS). Current research infused into the course.
Cross-listed: NURS 7008.