Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program

Mayur M. Desai, M.P.H., Ph.D., Director

The eleven-month Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program provides rigorous public health training to:

  1. individuals with a doctoral-level (or international equivalent) degree in a field related to public health (e.g., physicians, dentists, veterinarians, attorneys, and those with a doctorate in the biological, behavioral, or social sciences);
  2. individuals with a master’s degree and at least two years of relevant work experience;
  3. individuals with a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant work experience; and
  4. students who have completed their third year in an accredited medical, dental, or podiatric school in the United States.

The program is designed for mature individuals with clear goals in public health.

Students can enter the program to gain skills in the public health sciences and to prepare for careers in a variety of settings, including academia; local, national, or international public health agencies; industry; and nonprofit foundations and research organizations. Physicians in preventive medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and aerospace medicine residency programs can enter the program to complete their M.P.H. degree requirement.

Students concentrate in one of six tracks: Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Health Policy, Global Health, Preventive Medicine, or Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The program begins with an intensive seven-week summer session (July–August), followed by two full-time terms of study. After completing the seven-week summer session, students may choose to complete the remainder of the program on a part-time basis; however, all requirements must be completed within three years of the date of matriculation.

Curriculum for the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program

Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology Track

Core Requirements

BIS 515Accelerated Biostatistics2
CDE 515Accelerated Epidemiology1
EPH 510Health Policy and Health Care Systems1
EPH 513Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions1
EPH 515Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction0
SBS 505Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health1
One of the following:
EMD/SBS 596Health Justice Practicum and Fieldwork2
EPH 500Public Health Practicum1
EPH 542Practice-Based Community Health Research1
EPH 555Clinic in Climate Justice, Climate Policy, Law, and Public Health1
HPM 555Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum1
SBS 541Community Health Program Evaluation1

Track Requirements

CDE 534Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology1
Two of the following:
BIS 621Regression Models for Public Health1
or BIS 623 Advanced Regression Models
BIS 628Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis1
BIS 630Applied Survival Analysis1
BIS 639Descriptive Analysis of Public Health Data1
S&DS 563Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences 11
Two additional biostatistics and/or epidemiology courses2
Three elective courses3
One of the following capstone courses:
CDE 617Developing a Research Proposal1
EPH 608Frontiers of Public Health1
SBS 574Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention1

Social and Behavioral Sciences Track

Core Requirements

BIS 515Accelerated Biostatistics2
CDE 515Accelerated Epidemiology1
EPH 510Health Policy and Health Care Systems1
EPH 513Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions1
EPH 515Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction0
SBS 505Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health1
One of the following:
EMD/SBS 596Health Justice Practicum and Fieldwork2
EPH 500Public Health Practicum1
EPH 542Practice-Based Community Health Research1
EPH 555Clinic in Climate Justice, Climate Policy, Law, and Public Health1
HPM 555Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum1

Track Requirements

CDE 534Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology1
SBS 541Community Health Program Evaluation1
One of the following:
SBS 580Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health1
SBS 676Questionnaire Development1
Two of the following (or permission of academic adviser to substitute):
CDE 545Health Disparities by Race and Social Class: Application to Chronic Disease Epidemiology1
CDE 572Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions1
HPM 545Health Disparities1
SBS 531Health and Aging1
SBS 537Social and Interpersonal Influences on Health1
SBS 568Public Health Communication1
SBS 570LGBTQ Population Health1
SBS 573Social and Cultural Factors in Mental Health and Illness1
SBS 581Stigma and Health1
SBS 583Sexual and Reproductive Health1
SBS 585Sexuality, Gender, Health, and Human Rights1
SBS 594Maternal-Child Public Health Nutrition1
Three elective courses3
One of the following capstone courses:
CDE 617Developing a Research Proposal1
EPH 608Frontiers of Public Health1
SBS 574Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention1

Health Policy Track

Core Requirements

BIS 515Accelerated Biostatistics2
CDE 515Accelerated Epidemiology1
EPH 510Health Policy and Health Care Systems1
EPH 513Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions1
EPH 515Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction0
SBS 505Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health1
One of the following:
EMD/SBS 596Health Justice Practicum and Fieldwork2
EPH 500Public Health Practicum1
EPH 542Practice-Based Community Health Research1
EPH 555Clinic in Climate Justice, Climate Policy, Law, and Public Health1
HPM 555Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum1
SBS 541Community Health Program Evaluation1

Track Requirements

HPM 514Health Politics, Governance, and Policy1
HPM 570Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision-Making1
HPM 583Methods in Health Services Research1
HPM 586Microeconomics for Health Policy and Health Management1
One additional Health Policy and Management course1
Three elective courses3
One of the following capstone courses:
HPM 597Capstone Course in Health Policy1
HPM 688Managing Health Care in Complex Systems1

Global Health Track

Core Requirements

BIS 515Accelerated Biostatistics2
CDE 515Accelerated Epidemiology1
EPH 510Health Policy and Health Care Systems1
EPH 513Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions1
EPH 515Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction0
SBS 505Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health1
One of the following:
EMD/SBS 596Health Justice Practicum and Fieldwork2
EPH 500Public Health Practicum1
EPH 542Practice-Based Community Health Research1
EPH 555Clinic in Climate Justice, Climate Policy, Law, and Public Health1
HPM 555Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum1
SBS 541Community Health Program Evaluation1

Track Requirements

EMD/HPM 566Critical Issues in Global Health1
EPH 557Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Global Health1
EPH 591Global Health Seminar0
One of the following:
CDE 534Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology1
HPM 583Methods in Health Services Research1
Three Global Health courses from at least two of the five perspectives on public health (list of courses published each fall)3
Three elective courses3

Preventive Medicine Track

Core Requirements

BIS 515Accelerated Biostatistics2
CDE 515Accelerated Epidemiology1
EPH 510Health Policy and Health Care Systems1
EPH 513Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions1
EPH 515Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction0
SBS 505Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health1
One of the following:
EMD/SBS 596Health Justice Practicum and Fieldwork2
EPH 500Public Health Practicum1
EPH 542Practice-Based Community Health Research1
EPH 555Clinic in Climate Justice, Climate Policy, Law, and Public Health1
HPM 555Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum1
SBS 541Community Health Program Evaluation1

Track Requirements

CDE 534Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology1
EHS 575Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine1
HPM 570Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision-Making1
One of the following:
CDE 562Nutrition and Chronic Disease1
CDE 572Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions1
SBS 594Maternal-Child Public Health Nutrition1
One of the following:
BIS 540Fundamentals of Clinical Trials1
CDE 650Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care1
SBS 580Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health1
SBS 676Questionnaire Development1
One of the following:
EHS 503Public Health Toxicology1
EHS 508Environmental and Occupational Exposure Science1
EHS 511Principles of Risk Assessment1
EHS 573Epidemiological Issues in Occupational and Environmental Medicine1
Two elective courses2
One of the following capstone courses:
CDE 617Developing a Research Proposal1
EPH 608Frontiers of Public Health1
SBS 574Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention1

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Track (Yale OEM Fellows)

Core Requirements

EPH 505Biostatistics in Public Health1
EPH 507Social Justice and Health Equity1
EPH 508Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health1
EPH 510Health Policy and Health Care Systems1
EPH 513Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions1
EPH 515Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction0

Track Requirements

CDE 534Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology1
EHS 508Environmental and Occupational Exposure Science1
EHS 511Principles of Risk Assessment1
EHS 573Epidemiological Issues in Occupational and Environmental Medicine1
EHS 575Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine1
EPH 525Thesis2
Four elective courses4

Note: Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellows may count their practicum year, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, as the required practice experience for the M.P.H. program.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Track (11-Month Students)

Core Requirements

BIS 515Accelerated Biostatistics2
CDE 515Accelerated Epidemiology1
EPH 510Health Policy and Health Care Systems1
EPH 513Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions1
EPH 515Ethics and Public Health: An Introduction0
SBS 505Accelerated Social and Behavioral Foundations of Health1
One of the following:
EMD/SBS 596Health Justice Practicum and Fieldwork2
EPH 500Public Health Practicum1
EPH 542Practice-Based Community Health Research1
EPH 555Clinic in Climate Justice, Climate Policy, Law, and Public Health1
HPM 555Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum1
SBS 541Community Health Program Evaluation1

Track Requirements

EHS 503Public Health Toxicology1
EHS 508Environmental and Occupational Exposure Science1
EHS 511Principles of Risk Assessment1
EHS 573Epidemiological Issues in Occupational and Environmental Medicine1
EHS 575Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Medicine1
Four elective courses4
One of the following capstone courses:
CDE 617Developing a Research Proposal1
EPH 608Frontiers of Public Health1
SBS 574Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention1

Competencies for the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program

The following competencies for the Advanced Professional M.P.H. program are currently under review and will be updated in fall 2020.

Core Curriculum

Upon completing the core curriculum of the Advanced Professional M.P.H. program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in the disciplines of biostatistics, chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, health systems, public policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.
  • Apply basic research skills to specific public health problems in both group and individual settings, including the ability to define problems; construct, articulate, and test hypotheses; draw conclusions; and communicate findings to a variety of audiences.
  • Explain the interrelationships among a multitude of factors that can impact a public health problem, including scientific, medical, environmental, cultural, social, behavioral, economic, political, and ethical factors.
  • Review, critique, and evaluate public health reports and research articles.
  • Apply public health concepts, principles, and methodologies obtained through formal course work to actual problems experienced in the community or work environment.
  • Critically evaluate programs, interventions, and outcomes that relate to public health practice.
  • Apply ethical standards and professional values as they relate to the practice of public health.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the social context within which public health professionals practice.

Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology, the student will be able to:

  • Describe intermediate to advanced concepts of random variation and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
  • Develop an efficient design for collecting, recording, and storing data collected in the conduct of public health and medical research.
  • Design efficient computer programs for study management, statistical analysis, as well as presentation using SAS and other programming languages.
  • Produce edited data sets suitable for statistical analyses.
  • Produce working tables and statistical summaries describing research in health science.
  • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs.
  • Describe the epidemiology of common chronic diseases.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of epidemiologic and related studies.
  • Design and carry out epidemiologic studies, with minimal supervision.
  • Analyze data and draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic studies at an intermediate to advanced level, using a variety of analytical tools.
  • Write an NIH-type epidemiologic research proposal.
  • Identify, interpret, and use routinely collected data on disease occurrence.
  • Review, critique, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles, as well as the broader health sciences literature, at an intermediate level, using principles of epidemiology and biostatistics.
  • Develop written presentations based on intermediate to advanced statistical and epidemiologic analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the effects of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on individual and population health, including prevention, treatment, and management of chronic disease, adjustment to illness, adherence to treatment regimens, and promotion of recovery.
  • Analyze health from multiple levels, including the individual, social group, community, and society.
  • Critically evaluate and interpret the public health scientific literature as presented in professional journals and the popular media, including descriptive, analytic, and intervention studies.
  • Construct research hypotheses and design a study to test these hypotheses.
  • Apply social, psychological, and behavioral theory in the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention interventions aimed toward: (a) decreasing health-damaging behaviors (e.g., risky sex); (b) increasing health-promoting behaviors (e.g., exercise); and (c) increasing psychosocial well-being (e.g., coping with chronic illness).
  • Design an intervention aimed at changing a particular health behavior or preventing a disease.
  • Develop procedures and training materials to implement effective behavioral interventions.
  • Describe how culture, social inequities, and biology influence health across the lifespan.
  • Identify ways to address health inequalities and promote health equity.
  • Describe the appropriate statistical analyses to examine different types of research questions in the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate and disseminate results to various professional and community audiences.
  • Explain the dynamic interaction between policies and the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Apply the ethical principles involved in social and behavioral sciences as they relate to public health.
  • Write an NIH-type research proposal.

Health Policy Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Health Policy, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of microeconomics (e.g., markets and market failure) in a health policy context.
  • Conduct economic analysis, including cost-effectiveness analysis, to inform public health decision-making.
  • Describe and assess the historical evolution of the U.S. health care system.
  • Describe the role of the major U.S. political institutions in health policy and politics.
  • Utilize statistical analysis skills to conduct health systems and policy research.
  • Utilize research design and data management skills to conduct health policy and management research.
  • Evaluate health care financing, regulatory, and delivery systems.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings.
  • Demonstrate oral communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate in professional health policy and community settings.
  • Describe conceptual frameworks for political agenda setting.
  • Perform strategic analysis and planning for public health care organizations.
  • Evaluate health policies in terms of efficiency, efficacy, equity, and feasibility.
  • Describe legal perspectives on health policy and management issues, including assessment of legal and regulatory environments in the context of public health.
  • Apply ethical decision-making in a health care context.
  • Demonstrate leadership, team-based collaboration, and management skills.
  • Work with and incorporate the perspectives of culturally diverse groups.

Global Health Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Global Health, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the world and in the world’s major regions.
  • Describe the epidemiology, transmission, and pathogenesis of global infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases.
  • Apply burden of disease measures to the analysis of global health disparities.
  • Explain the causes of global health disparities.
  • Review methods available to control each of the world’s major diseases.
  • Evaluate which disease control measures would be most appropriate for a given setting.
  • Describe cross-national determinants of health, including globalization, international trade policy, practices of multinational corporations, urbanization, migration, international conflict, and environmental change.
  • Analyze global health problems, taking into account their social, political, economic, legal, and human rights dimensions.
  • Critically assess the global health governance infrastructure and analyze alternative approaches for health care delivery, regulation, and financing.
  • Apply relevant concepts and theories to policy and management challenges faced by health systems in low-, middle-, and high-income countries.
  • Assess global health issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, including public health disciplines, medicine, international relations, environmental studies, political science, law, anthropology, and others.
  • Apply necessary leadership skills to serve as bridges between the global health research and practice settings.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods to global health issues.
  •  Explain and propose solutions for the unique challenges involved in conducting public health research in low-resource settings.

Preventive Medicine Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Preventive Medicine, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs.
  • Construct research hypotheses and design a study to test these hypotheses.
  • Synthesize information from a variety of epidemiologic and related studies.
  • Describe the appropriate statistical analyses to examine different types of epidemiologic and social and behavioral research questions.
  • Identify, interpret, and use routinely collected data on disease occurrence.
  • Review, critique, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles at an intermediate level.
  • Write an NIH-type research proposal.
  • Apply social, psychological, and behavioral theory in the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention interventions.
  • Describe the role of health behavior in disease.
  • Evaluate and interpret health behavior change interventions.
  • Review, interpret, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles pertaining to occupational and environmental risk factors.
  • Review, interpret, and evaluate toxicological reports and research articles pertaining to occupational and environmental risk factors.
  • Synthesize complex data sources about occupational and environmental hazards to make inferences about human risk.

Occupational & Environmental Medicine Track

Upon receiving an M.P.H. degree in the Advanced Professional M.P.H. Program, with a concentration in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of occupational and environmental health study designs.
  • Describe and apply alternative strategies for assessment of occupational and environmental exposures.
  • Design and conduct an occupational/environmental health study, with minimal supervision.
  • Review, interpret, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles pertaining to occupational and environmental risk factors.
  • Review, interpret, and evaluate toxicological reports and research articles pertaining to occupational and environmental risk factors.
  • Synthesize complex data sources about occupational and environmental hazards to make inferences about human risk.
  • Evaluate work, home, and other environments for potential hazardous exposures.
  • Utilize industrial hygiene principles to develop a plan to evaluate and control workplace hazards.
  • Communicate occupational and environmental health information to employers, workers, professional audiences, and the general public, orally and in writing.