Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Public Health
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Houses the Veterinary labs and classrooms.
Population Health Sciences (0395) 205 Duck Pond Drive Blacksburg, VA 24061 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: Nov 15
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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 (Blacksburg, VA); Kerry Redican
Associate Professor: Julia Gohlke; Kathryn Hosig; Patrick Pithua
Assistant Professor: Charlotte Baker; Andrea Bertke; Cassidy Rist; Jennifer Zambriski
Affiliated Faculty: Sophie Wenzel
Emeriti Professor:
Associate Professor of Practice: Jacquelyn Pelzer; Valerie Ragan
Lecturer: 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 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 19 core credits, 12 concentration credits, and 8 professional preparation credits. The MPH degree program offers two concentrations: public health education and infectious disease.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • GRE
    • Verbal
      • Recommended minimum : 150.0
    • Quantitative
      • Recommended minimum : 150.0

The 42-credit program is designed as a two-year, four-semester experience for full-time students with options for part-time 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 19 core credits, 12 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.

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: Assess Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education
  • Area II: Plan Health Education
  • Area III: Implement Health Education
  • Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
  • Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education
  • Area VI: Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
  • Area VII: Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education
Public Health Education Concentration Courses:
  • PHS 5214: Program Development in Health Education
  • PHS 5204: Principles of Community Health Education
  • PHS 5644: Program Evaluation
  • PHS 5254: Social Epidemiology and Health Inequities


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
    • PHS 5344: Neglected and Emerging Infectious Diseases

    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 (0395), Blacksburg, VA 24061
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