Department of Public Health
Chairperson: Dr. Eva Doyle
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Eva Doyle
MPH@Baylor (online) Director: Dr. Jasmine Opusunju
The Department of Public Health is home to all accredited public health degree programs (undergraduate and graduate) at Baylor University. Students in these programs are prepared for public health practice and research in a variety of work settings. Our graduates promote health in local and global settings as they work in government-sponsored public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities, corporate wellness programs, and population health programs in healthcare settings.
All components of the graduate degree program are the ultimate responsibility of the Graduate Program Director (GPD) and Chairperson of the Department of Public Health. However, each degree option is directed by a different faculty member. Students interested in the on-campus MPH program should contact the GPD for general information and the concentration director for concentration details. Students interested in the online MPH program should contact the MPH@Baylor Director for information specific to the online program. For the Ph.D. program, students should contact the Director of the Ph.D. in Public Health program.
At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health degree. The MPH degree program contains three concentration (specialization) options (and a joint-degree option) from which students may choose in the on-campus program and one concentration in the online program.
- MPH in Community Health
- Joint degree: Bachelor of Science in Public Health/MPH in Community Health
- MPH in Epidemiology
- MPH in Environmental Health Science (in partnership with the Department of Environmental Science)
- Joint degree: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science/MPH in Environmental Health Science (in partnership with the Department of Environmental Science)
The Ph.D. in Public Health degree program contains two concentration (specialization) options from which eligible students may choose: Epidemiology or Social and Behavioral Health Science. The Ph.D. program is an on-campus (residential) program only.
Public Health (PUBH)
Orients students in the Baylor Master of Public Health program to the degree program purpose, requirements, and opportunities. Includes concepts and practical guides for developing professional skills and preparing to enter the public health workforce.
Interprofessional experience with graduate students and professionals from diverse sectors to assess community needs and assets in order to generate collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to community health.
Students engage in literature reviews and data collection to facilitate the development of a graduate project proposal for field-based practice.
To fulfill requirements for non-thesis master's students who need to complete final degree requirements other than coursework during their last semester. This may include such things as a comprehensive examination, oral examination, or foreign language requirement. Students are required to be registered during the semester they graduate.
Interprofessional experience with graduate students and professionals from diverse sectors to assess community needs and assets in order to generate collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to community health. Literature reviews and data collection facilitate the development of a graduate project proposal for field-based practice.
See ENV 5302 for course information.
Theoretical models and concepts of social and behavioral health. Theory-based approaches to public health education and health promotion.
Current health issues and directed study to provide appropriate graduate-level experience in health-content areas.
Foundational concepts, principles, and practices of public health and population health.
A foundational course in study designs and descriptive and analytic epidemiologic methods.
This course provides an in-depth study of common methods used by epidemiologists to obtain valid measures of associations of exposures and outcomes. Basic principles of causal inference, the identification and control of confounding and effect measure modification, and regression-based methods will be covered. In addition, the course covers survival analysis and an overview of methods to handle missing data.
An in-depth study of the application of epidemiology to improve global health through a multidisciplinary approach. Topics include utilizing epidemiological tools to help generate evidence on interventions; determining how social and economic factors influence the spread/distribution of diseases, particularly in low-income settings; estimating disease burden; and translating epidemiologic evidence to policy.
An applied computer analytic course designed to provide a foundational background in health-related data management and analysis using SAS software. Topics include primary data collection, importing and managing data sets, creating and modifying variables, univariate analysis, bivariate analysis, and introduction to linear and logistic regression models.
Principles, models, and methods of assessment and program planning in public health.
Global Public Health is an introductory course for graduate students in community/public health and allied health fields to provide a foundation in key global health concepts. Topics include global health determinants and trends, global health economics and system, culture, grassroots community development, and specific global health issues. Class lectures are interspersed with active learning exercises and in-class practice problems.
Program evaluation and measurement concepts and practical applications in public health.
This course introduces and explores the social and behavioral epidemiology of physical activity in public health, including outcomes, influences, and promotion for individuals, various settings, communities, and the population at large. In addition, this course will develop an understanding of policy and advocacy as it pertains to physical activity promotion.
Bases of principles, the evolution of principles and philosophies, and the interpretation and application of principles to program development and conduct.
Public health policy and systems thinking. Administrative and leadership approaches to developing and managing fiscal and human resources in public health programs.
Developmental theory, investigation and gathering of data, statistical analysis and evaluation, and research reporting as these relate to research in public health.
This course provides an overview of health disparities and inequities in the U.S., based on the social determinants of health, and prepares students to be effective practitioners by approaching public health practice with a focus on equity and the root causes of health outcomes. Factors such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health communication, urban and rural contexts, the built environment, and cultural competency are also examined.
This course introduces students to health care policymaking and the impact of decision-making processes on health care delivery in the United States. Students utilize a health in all policies framework to examine current health care policies and understand the significance of equity to advance public health policy and practice.
This course pursues the integration of epidemiology competencies through an independent research investigation and publication of findings. Students conduct independent data analyses, make written and oral presentations of findings, and practice peer review to simulate a professional research and practice experience.
Students integrate public health and community health competencies into a culminating experiential learning project.
Opportunities for intensive, in-depth study of areas of public health of special professional interest and need to the student. Supervision and support is given by selected resource persons.
Supervised readings in public health. May be repeated once.
Seminar topics in Public Health.
Full-time experience in an agency, corporation, or hospital for on the job training in a professional field.
Part-time experience in an agency, corporation, or hospital for exposure to various professional areas of employment. Lab fee $50.
Credit received when thesis approved. A total of six hours will be required
Doctoral students in public health are assigned to an experienced public health instructor as a teaching mentor and a course taught by the mentor. They observe the mentor in each class period, assist with various teaching aspects, develop and teach some course lectures and class activities, and obtain feedback from the mentor.
Doctoral students in public health are assigned to an experienced public health instructor as a teaching mentor and a course taught by the mentor. They co-teach the course and assist with various teaching aspects, lecture and lead class activities and projects, and help revise course materials for future use.
Doctoral students in public health work with their faculty mentors on various aspects of research (e.g., literature review, study design/instrument development, study implementation, data analysis/interpretation, manuscript development, grant and report writing). Projects are specific to the student’s research interests and needed skills. Students enroll in this 3-hour course in each of 3 semesters for a total of 9 credit hours.
Advanced study of sociobehavioral theories and applications in public health research. Focus on societal-level influences, social structures, sociocultural factors, and individual attitudes and beliefs. Procedures for developing and validating quantitative and qualitative instruments that assess health behaviors and related theoretical constructs examined. Adapting measurement approaches to address cultural and sociodemographic factors included.
Building upon PUBH 6321 Advanced Theory & Practice in Behavioral Health I, content focuses on additional methods of theory testing, assessment design, scale validation for different populations, and application to community based participatory research (CBPR).
Study of methodologic issues and epidemiologic applications in public health and medicine. Includes causation and causal inference, measures of occurrence, measures of effect and measures of association, concepts of interaction, validity and precision in epidemiologic studies, design strategies to improve study accuracy, applications of stratified analysis methods, social epidemiology, meta-analysis, and emerging ethical issues in research.
Study of advanced epidemiologic data analysis: underlying principles and assumptions, practical application, and correct interpretation of epidemiologic multivariable models. Includes exploratory and descriptive statistical methods, linear regression, logistic regression, survival analysis, repeated measures and longitudinal data analysis, generalized linear models, causal inference, predictor selection, missing data, and complex surveys.
Focus on grant writing process, seeking and securing funding, and grant management. Students apply advanced methods from their respective public health concentrations to write external grant proposals appropriate for their proposed lines of public health research and participate in the peer-review of proposals drafted by other students. Ethics, principles, and regulations applicable to prevention and public health research are also addressed.
Development of technical writing skills among students pursuing a Public Health doctorate. Students learn writing and manuscript development basics and work with their faculty mentors to write literature review/research-focused manuscripts designed for publication.
Must have completed all required courses and passed qualifying exam. Doctoral students in public health gain approval of a written dissertation and research, analyze, write, and defend their dissertation. A total of 12 credit hours of dissertation work is required and counts toward the degree. These credits are commonly divided across multiple semesters and only begin after students have successfully completed all course work and passed their doctoral qualifying examinations.