Graduate Catalog
2021-2022
 
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Public Health
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Houses the Veterinary labs and classrooms.
Population Health Sciences (0442) 205 Duck Pond Drive Blacksburg VA 24061
VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Building
Degree(s) Offered:
• MPH
MPH Degree in Public Health
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-3945
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Mar 01
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Department Head : Laura Hungerford
Graduate Program Director : Laura Hungerford (Interim MPH Program Director)
Emeriti Faculty: Frank Pierson
Professor: Jennifer Hodgson; Laura Hungerford; Kerry Redican
Associate Professor: Andrea Bertke; Julia Gohlke; Kathryn Hosig; Patrick Pithua
Assistant Professor: Charlotte Baker; Ryan Calder; Alasdair Cohen; Natalie Cook; Cornelia Deagle; Cassidy Rist; Nick Ruktanonchai; Jennifer Zambriski
Associate Professor of Practice: Jacquelyn Pelzer; Valerie Ragan
Assistant Professor of Practice: Sophie Wenzel

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional degree that prepares graduates to practice public health in local, state, regional, national, and global settings. The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredits schools and programs in public health to ensure that their curriculum is appropriate to effectively prepare students to enter the public health workforce. Requirements include a supervised practice experience where the student assumes job functions in public health. Additionally, participation in a final culminating experience demonstrating competence in the field is required. Students in other graduate or professional degree programs often add the MPH degree to broaden their training and job prospects.

In order for students to fully appreciate and assimilate the content, the 42-credit program is designed as a two-year, four-semester experience for full-time students with options for part-time, accelerated, dual, and simultaneous degree studies. The program intentionally sequences the courses to ensure continuity in course materials and effective preparation for public health practice. Students formulate their plan of study with faculty advisors to include 22 core credits, 9 concentration credits, and 8 professional preparation credits. The MPH degree program offers two concentrations: public health education and infectious disease.

Standalone MPH applicants may only apply for admission to enter the program in the fall semester. All application materials are due by March 1 (Review of verified applications will begin January 5). Standalone degree MPH applicants should submit all of the required application materials listed below to SOPHAS. More information about the application process for standalone MPH applicants can be found on our website here

Entry terms and application instructions for our accelerated (BSPH/MPH, BS/MPH, BA/MPH), dual (DVM/MPH, MD/MPH), and simultaneous degree (PhD/MPH, MS/MPH, MA/MPH, etc.) vary. Information on each of these programs can be found on our website here

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:

The 42-credit program is designed as a two-year, four-semester experience for full-time students with options for part-time, accelerated, dual, and simultaneous degree studies. The program intentionally sequences the courses to ensure continuity in course materials and effective preparation for public health practice. Students formulate their plan of study with faculty advisors to include 22 core credits, 9 concentration credits, and 8 professional preparation credits. The MPH degree program offers two concentrations: public health education and infectious disease.

For information on degree requirements, please visit our website or contact us at phs@vt.edu or 540-231-3945.

MPH Core Courses:

  • PHS 5004: Foundations of Public Health
  • PHS 5054: Public Health Leadership and Interprofessionalism
  • PHS 5025: Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Public Health I
  • PHS 5026: Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods in Public Health II
  • PHS 5024: Lab for Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods
  • PHS 5034: Health Behavior and Health Education
  • PHS 5044: Public Health Policy and Administration
  • PHS 5984: Public Health Program Development and Evaluation
  • PHS 5014: Environmental Health

MPH Professional Preparation Courses:

  • PHS 5935: Preparation for Public Health Practice I
  • PHS 5936: Preparation for Public Health Practice II
  • PHS 5964: Public Health Practice Experience (PHPE)
  • PHS 5934: Public Health Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

Concentrations

Public Health Education Concentration

Public Health Education Concentration Competencies: Upon completion of the MPH degree, graduates from the Public Health Education concentration will demonstrate proficiency in the main areas of responsibility defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC):
  • Area I: Assessment of Needs and Capacity
  • Area II: Planning
  • Area III: Implementation
  • Area IV: Evaluation and Research
  • Area V: Advocacy
  • Area VI: Communication
  • Area VII: Leadership and Management
  • Area VIII: Ethics and Professionalism
Public Health Education Concentration Courses:
  • PHS 5204: Principles of Community Health Education
  • PHS 5254: Social Epidemiology and Health Inequities
  • PHS 5984: Methods in Community Health Engagement

Infectious Disease Concentration

Infectious Disease Concentration Competencies:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infectious disease processes in individuals, including microbiology and pathogenesis of bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal organisms, and the host response.
  • Design effective communication strategies to convey infectious disease information to a variety of audiences.
  • Identify and evaluate the temporal and spatial dynamics of causes and risk factors for infectious diseases in populations.
  • Describe and analyze host, agent, and environmental dynamics, including ecological, genetic, economic and social factors for infectious disease transmission in populations.
  • Design interventions, policies, and procedures for control and prevention of infectious diseases in communities and populations, including sources, dissemination, antimicrobial resistance, vaccines, food and water safety, and hospital-based infections.
  • Develop evaluation plans for infection control and prevention applicable to broad variety of settings, from local community to global settings.
  • Critically evaluate global health challenges that contribute to persistence of neglected infectious diseases and emergence of new infectious diseases.
  • Apply public health and research concepts to One Health oriented interventions and studies, including the ability to critically assess current practices and research, define problems, and design strategies to eradicate and respond to infectious diseases.
Infectious Disease Concentration Courses:
  • PHS 5334: Principles of Infectious Disease
  • PHS 5314: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • PHS 5324: Public Health Infection Control and Prevention

Facilities

The MPH program is primarily physically located in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) on the Virginia Tech campus. The majority of faculty and staff offices are located at the VMCVM, and the majority of MPH classes are held at the VMCVM. 
Additional program faculty have their offices adjacent to their labs in other Virginia Tech buildings, including the Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB) and the Center for One Health Research (COHR). 

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine - Blacksburg campus

Address: 205 Duck Pond Drive (0442), Blacksburg, VA 24061
Resource: VMCVM website (https://vetmed.vt.edu/)
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