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1 and 2 Year Program of Study

The department of Health and Human Performance offers a 1 and 2 year plan for the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance:  Public Health Education concentration degree.  Please see the links below for the recommended course sequence.

MS in HHP: Public Health Education concentration - 1 year plan

MS in HHP: Public Health Education concentration - 2 year plan

Course Descriptions

The concentration in Public Health Education is a 10-month program with 10 classes offered in three semesters (it is not mandatory that students complete the program in 10 months).  The following are the course descriptions related to the program:

Course Sequence:
Fall

HHP 5000 - Introduction to Research Methods
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair 
An introduction to quantitative research methods in health and human performance. Designed to develop competency in analyzing research through the use of health related data bases and methodologies. Also to provide the experience of developing a research problem.

HHP 5010 - Foundation in Health Education
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair 
Historical, philosophical foundations, and theoretical models of health and health education will be studied. Additionally, professional ethical issues, current trends, and future directions affecting health education will be examined.

HHP 5050 - Administration for Health Educators and Managers
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair 
Students will explore the functions and processes needed in administering health care organizations and systems. Some focus will be on planning, organizing, leading, motivating, controlling, decision making, and problem solving.

HHP 5250 - Statistics and Assessment
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair 
The purpose of this course is to teach the student to (1) structure, administer and evaluate tests, (2) utilize appropriate statistical procedures in evaluating test results, (3) apply computer skills in data analyses techniques to test construction and evaluation, and (4) interpret statistical methods for specific research design.

Spring

HHP 5300 - Community Organizing in Public Health
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair
Students will develop knowledge and skills to promote and improve health in communities and to become an effective advocate for health on local, state, and national levels.  Goals include prioritizing health information/needs, developing advocacy strategies, delivering messages, and engaging in community organizing and advocacy to influence policy and promote health.

HHP 5390 - Law, Policy, and Advocacy
Prerequisite: HHP 5000 and HHP major or permission of the Chair 
Students will explore legal processes, policies, and the role of advocacy that affect health care organizations, systems, and the related environment. Some focus will be on constitutional issues, contracts, liability, negligence, torts, ethics, and employment law.

HHP 5500 - Epidemiology and Vital Statistics
Prerequisite: HHP major or permission of the Chair 
An introductory course that covers basic concepts and methods of epidemiology for public health and health education professionals. Sources of population data in terms of demographics, health statistics, and vital statistics will be explored. An overview of study designs used in epidemiology will be presented along with the ethical issues relevant to epidemiological research.

HHP 5800 - Program Planning and Evaluation for Health Educators and Administrators
Prerequisite: HHP 5000 and HHP major or permission of the Chair 
This course is a systematic approach to planning and evaluation of health promotion and services programs. Fundamentals of planning will include needs assessment, objectives, and partnership development. A variety of evaluation methods (formative, process, outcome, impact) will be considered.

Summer

HHP 5810 – Grant Writing
Prerequisite: HHP 5010
Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to secure external funding through grant proposal writing.  Focus will be on funding sources, the grant writing process, grant management/evaluation, and continued funding.

HHP 5900 - Advanced Research Methods
Prerequisite: HHP 5000, HHP 5250, and HHP major or permission of the Chair 
A supervised research writing experience that provides the opportunity to extend the depth and professionalism of research which began in HHP 5000.