Graduate Program

Director
Kristine Tollestrup, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; M.P.H., University of Washington


Mission Statement

The mission of the Public Health program at the University of New Mexico is to provide leadership in graduate and community-based education and research grounded in social justice to improve the health of the diverse populations in New Mexico and the Southwest.


Degree Offered

  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
    Concentrations: Community Health; Epidemiology; Health Systems, Services, and Policy. 

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) at UNM promotes an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to research and interventions to address health problems. It also provides multiple opportunities for students to practice public health skills in communities and organizations, and fosters critical thinking about issues addressed by the students. Students come to the program from a broad range of social science, biomedical science and clinical disciplines. To complete the degree, students must complete 42 credit hours that include completion of a practicum experience, and either a thesis, professional paper, or the integrative experience courses (PH 595 and 597). All students must also complete an oral master’s examination. Students may enroll either full-time or part-time and have seven years to complete the degree from the time they take their first course applying towards the M.P.H. 

Dual Degree Programs

Master of Public Health and Doctor of Medicine: The College of Population Health and the School of Medicine offer a Dual Degree Program leading to the M.P.H. and the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) See the Graduate and Professional Dual Degree Programs section of this Catalog.

Master of Public Health and Master of Arts in Latin American Studies: The College of Population Health and the Latin American Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences offer a Dual Degree Program leading to the M.P.H. and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Latin American Studies. See the Graduate and Professional Dual Degree Programs section of this Catalog.

Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nursing: The College of Population Health and the College of Nursing offer a Dual Degree Program leading to the M.P.H and the Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing. See the Graduate and Professional Dual Degree Programs section of this Catalog.

Individual Dual Degree Program: Individual dual degrees with the M.P.H. may be organized by students with any department. Students in dual degree programs must complete both degrees in the same semester. The students must prepare a written rationale for the dual degree and a chart outlining the requirements for both degrees and the shared credit hours. This must be approved by the Public Health Program Director, the Director or Chair of the other Department and with student advisors of both departments. The agreement must be signed by all parties involved. The student must meet all requirements for both master's degrees; a maximum of 6 credit hours from each field may be shared between the two programs. See the Graduate Program section of this Catalog.


Admission Requirements

The program only reviews applicants who have met all admission requirements listed below:

1.  B.A., B.S., or equivalent from an accredited U.S. institution or a recognized foreign institution.

2.  GPA of at least 3.0 is required in undergraduate upper-level courses (300- to 400-level), or 9 credit hours with GPA of 3.0 or better in public health-related graduate courses.

3.  An undergraduate basic statistics course or a graduate-level basic statistics course with a 3.0 GPA or higher must have been completed within the previous 7 years.

4.  All students must have recent (within five years):
     •    GRE scores with preferred verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores around the 50th percentile, or 
     •    MCAT with preferred total score of 491, or 
     •    GMAT with preferred score of 500 and above. 
Applicants with a Master's or terminal degree (M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., J.D., etc) from an accredited institution are exempt from submitting the above test scores. Foreign medical graduates must be licensed to practice in the U.S. or must have received their degrees from an accredited U.S. institution to be exempt from the test scores requirement. 

5.  Foreign applicants must submit one of the following English proficiency tests: 

Paper Test Computer Test IBT
Graduate TOEFL 550 213 79-80
Graduate IELTS 7.0 7.0 7.0
Cambridge English: CAE or CPE grade of "C" or better.


Additional Information

Preference is given to students who have public health experience. The experience may be in public health practice in a health department, community development, research, health education, health science, health promotion, or other health-related work. Experience may be paid or voluntary.

Students may transfer up to 17 credit hours with grades of "B" or better to the program from other institutions or other non-degree or graduate programs within UNM. However, those credit hours cannot have been used to meet the requirements of another degree program.

For Graduate Studies admissions requirements, refer to Graduate Studies Web site.


Master of Public Health Requirements

The M.P.H. is completed in four required components:

  • M.P.H. Core Courses
  • Practicum Experience
  • Culminating Experience
  • Concentration Courses and Electives
   

Credit
Hours

M.P.H. Core Courses
PH 501 Principles of Public Health 3
PH 502 Epidemiologic Methods I 3
PH 506 Environmental-Occupational Health 3
PH 511 Writing for Public Health Professionals 1
PH 513 Public Health Seminar 1
PH 538 Public Health Biostatistical Methods I 3
PH 552 Public Health Program Planning 3
Subtotal 17
  Practicum Experience
PH 598 Public Health Practicum 2
Subtotal 2
Culminating Experience (choose from):
PH 595
-and-
PH 597
Introduction to Public Health Integrative Experience

Public Health Integrative Experience
3
-or-
PH 596

Professional Paper
3
Subtotal 3

Community Health Concentration

The mission of the Community Health concentration is to prepare students for leadership roles in population-based disease prevention and health promotion in public and private settings. The philosophical foundation of the concentration relies on a community capacity building, empowerment approach to promote social justice and equity in health. The concentration is designed for students with prior experience, education or interest in community-focused public health practice or research that values diversity, self-reflection and critical analysis of evidence-based practice and practice-based public health approaches. The purpose of this concentration is to provide students with the multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs at multiple levels of the social-ecologic framework.

Requirements

  • Completion of 17 credit hours of M.P.H. core courses.
  • Completion of 2 credit hours of practical field experience in a community public health setting.
  • Completion of at least 3 credit hours demonstrating competencies in integrating community health perspectives through one of the culminating experience options. The Chair of the culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the concentration.
  • Completion of at least 20 credit hours in concentration requirements and electives in public and community health. 
  Credit
Hours
Concentration Courses
PH 510 Public Health and Health Care Management 3
PH 555 Public Health Evaluation Methods 3
PH 556 Community Participatory-Based Research 3
Research Courses (choose one):
PH 533 Public Health Research Methods 3
PH 558 Intervention Research with Marginalized Populations 3
Subtotal 12
Electives
Choose from the following list or from other courses offered by the Public Health program and/or UNM colleges or departments. Electives are subject to approval of the academic advisor.
PH 507 Health Care Systems 3
PH 520 Epidemiologic Methods II 3
PH 534 Epidemiology Data Analysis 3
PH 539 Public Health Biostatistical Methods II 3
PH 554 Health Policy, Politics and Social Equity 3
PH 560 ST: Public Health 3
PH 564 Public Health and Health Care Communication 3
PH 575 Public Health Leadership on Facilitation 2
PH 579 New Mexico Border Health: US - Mexico Border Migration and Latino Health 2
CJ 550 Health Communication 3
  Subtotal 8
Total 20
Degree Total 42

Epidemiology Concentration

The concentration in Epidemiology provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret epidemiologic data for the solution of public health problems. The concentration prepares students for employment as a master’s level epidemiologist or research scientist in various settings such as the New Mexico Department of Health, the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and other public health research and service organizations.

Requirements

  • Completion of 17 credit hours of M.P.H. core courses.
  • Completion of 2 credit hours of practical field experience in an epidemiologic setting.
  • Completion of at least 3 credit hours demonstrating competencies in epidemiology through one of the culminating experience options. The Chair of the culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the concentration.
  • Completion of at least 20 credit hours in concentration requirements and electives in public and community health. 

Credit
Hours
Concentration Courses
PH 507
-or-
PH 510
Health Care Systems

Public Health and Health Care Management
3
PH 520 Epidemiologic Methods II 3
PH 534 Epidemiology Data Analysis 3
PH 539 Public Health Biostatistical Methods II 3
Subtotal 12
Electives
Choose from the following list or from other courses offered by the Public Health program and/or UNM colleges or departments. Electives are subject to approval of the academic advisor.
PH 524 Social Epidemiology 2
PH 528 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 2
PH 529 Introduction to Developmental Epidemiology 2
PH 531 Perinatal Epidemiology 2
PH 532 Cancer Epidemiology 2
PH 533 Public Health Research Methods 3
PH 555 Public Health Evaluation Methods 3
PH 556 Community Participatory-Based Research 3
STAT 574 Biostatistical Methods: Survival Analysis and Logistic Regression 3
Subtotal 8
Total 20
Degree Total 42

Health Systems, Services, and Policy Concentration

The concentration in Health Systems, Services, and Policy provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze health systems, public health and health care services and programs, and related governmental and non-governmental policies. Students develop the capacity to analyze and develop interventions and health policies at local, national, and global levels. The goal of the concentration is to prepare students to work in health organizations and policy arenas to improve population health and decrease health inequities.

Requirements

  • Completion of 17 credit hours of M.P.H. core courses.
  • Completion of 2 credit hours of practical field experience in policy, public health or health care service settings.
  • Completion of at least 3 credit hours demonstrating competencies in integrating health systems, services, and policy perspectives through one of the culminating experience options. The Chair of the culminating experience committee must be a core faculty member of the concentration.
  • Completion of at least 20 credit hours in concentration requirements and electives in public and community health. 
   

Credit
Hours

Concentration Courses 3
PH 507 Health Care Systems 3
PH 520 Epidemiologic Methods II 3
PH 539 Public Health Biostatistical Methods II 3
PH 554 Health Policy, Politics and Social Equity 3
Subtotal 12
Electives
Choose from the following list or from other courses offered by the Public Health program and/or UNM colleges or departments. Electives are subject to approval of the academic advisor
PH 510 Public Health and Health Care Management 3
PH 524 Social Epidemiology 2
PH 532 Cancer Epidemiology 2
PH 533 Public Health Research Methods 3
PH 534 Epidemiology Data Analysis 3
PH 555 Public Health Evaluation Methods 3
PH 556 Community Participatory-Based Research 3
PH 565 Public Health Leadership on Facilitation 3
PH 575 Public Health Leadership on Facilitation 1-2
PH 579 New Mexico Border Health: US - Mexico Border Migration and Latino Health 3
PADM 500 Public Management and Policy 3
PADM 521 Institutional Development and Behavior 3
PADM 525 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector 3
PADM 544 Public Budgeting 3
Subtotal 6
Total 20
Degree Total 42

Public Health Minor

The Public Health minor provides a basic understanding of the core principles, sciences, and skills behind the discipline of public health. The two core classes in the minor include basic behavioral and social sciences, and the science of disease causation and distribution. One other course is required from a menu of M.P.H. core courses. Two additional M.P.H. electives can be of student choosing.

Credit
Hours
Required Core Courses
PH 501 Principles of Public Health (fall course) 3
PH 502
-or-
PH 521
Epidemiology Methods I (fall course)

Introduction to Epidemiology
3
Subtotal 6
One Other Core Course from:
PH 506 Environmental-Occupational Health 3
PH 507 Health Care Systems 3
PH 510 Public Health and Health Care Management 3
PH 552 Public Health Program Planning 3
Subtotal 3
Public Health Minor Selected Electives
Choose a minimum of 6 credit hours from other Public Health program courses. The elective courses are selected to further the student's own research or professional project. All courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better. 
Subtotal 6
Total 15

Courses

PH 101. Introduction to Population Health. (3)



PH 102. Global Health Challenges and Responses. (3)



PH 201. Population Health Biology. (3)



PH 221. Population Health: Introduction to Social, Cultural, Behavioral Theory. (3)



PH 230. Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health. (3)



PH 240. Health Systems, Services and Policies. (3)



PH 241. Fundamentals of Health Care Finance. (3)



PH 260. Special Topics in Population Health. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



PH 310. Population Health Research Methods. (3)



PH 311 [210]. Essentials of Epidemiology: The Language of Population Health. (3)



PH 350. Health Data Systems. (3)



PH 360. Population Health Management. (3)



PH 375. Population Health Field Experience. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)



PH 420. Population Health Evidenced-Based Practices. (3)



PH 421. Population Health Planning I. (3)



PH 422. Population Health Planning II. (3)



PH 460. Special Topics in Population Health. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



PH 475. Population Health Capstone. (6)



PH 501. Principles of Public Health. (3)



PH 502. Epidemiologic Methods I. (3)



PH 506. Environmental-Occupational Health. (3)



PH 507. Health Care Systems. (3)



PH 508. Theory and Practice. (2)



PH 510. Public Health and Health Care Management. (3)



PH 511. Writing for Public Health Professionals. (1 to a maximum of 3 Δ)



PH 513. Public Health Seminar. (0-1 to a maximum of 3 Δ)



PH 520. Epidemiologic Methods II. (3)



PH 521. Introduction to Epidemiology. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)



PH 524. Social Epidemiology. (2)



PH 528. Infectious Disease Epidemiology. (2)



PH 529. Introduction to Developmental Epidemiology. (2)



PH 531. Perinatal Epidemiology. (2)



PH 532. Cancer Epidemiology. (2)



PH 533. Public Health Research Methods. (3)



PH 534. Epidemiology Data Analysis. (3)



PH 538. Public Health Biostatistical Methods I. (3)



PH 539. Public Health Biostatistical Methods II. (3)



PH 543. Evidenced-Based Practice. (2)



PH 544. Health Policy and Advocacy for Medical Practitioners. (2)



PH 552. Public Health Program Planning. (3)



PH 554. Health Policy, Politics and Social Equity. (3)



PH 555. Public Health Evaluation Methods. (3)



PH 556. Community Participatory-Based Research. (2-3)



PH 558. Intervention Research with Marginalized Populations. (3)



PH 560. Special Topics in Public Health. (1-3, no limit Δ)



PH 564. Public Health and Health Care Communication. (3)



PH 575. Public Health Leadership on Facilitation. (1-2)



PH 579. New Mexico Border Health: U.S. - Mexico Border Migration and Latino Health. (2)



PH 593. Independent Studies. (1-3, no limit Δ)



PH 595. Introduction to Public Health Integrative Experience. (1)



PH 596. Professional Paper. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)



PH 597. Public Health Integrative Experience. (2)



PH 598. Public Health Practicum. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



PH 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



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