Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics offers academic coursework in support of the MPH and PhD degree programs. Coursework focuses on quantitative skills in epidemiology and biostatistics to enable identification, measurement, and analysis of community health needs as well as investigation of the impact of biological, environmental, and/or behavioral factors to address public health problems. Faculty in this division. conduct research related to TBI, PTSD, respiratory conditions, neurological conditions, cancer, environmental exposures, occupational exposures, endocrine disrupting chemicals, infectious disease (COVID-19), assessment of intermediate biomarkers, and machine learning.
Epidemiology coursework prepares students to (1) discuss the basic concepts pertaining to the natural history of disease in populations, (2) identify and list the strengths and weaknesses of various sources of data and study designs, (3) define measures of disease in populations, (4) critically assess the validity and relevance of descriptive and analytical studies, and (5) design and conduct population studies to address issues of public health concern.
Biostatistics coursework prepares students to analyze and interpret data of public health importance using appropriate descriptive statistics, basic parametric and non-parametric statistical inferences on estimation and hypothesis testing, and advanced multivariable statistical methods.
Division of Global Health
The Global Health Concentration provides a strategic and operational perspective of global health issues. Military coordination and communication with civil society organizations are emphasized as well as addressing the roles of health organizations in both public and private sectors. Political, economic and socio-cultural factors of population health are considered especially within the context of developing countries. Healthcare delivery systems are examined with a focus on resources, access, policies, current challenges, potential solutions and opportunities for reform.
Health Services Administration
Health Services Administration (HSA) involves the body of knowledge and experience of the effective organization of health care delivery systems. It is a discipline necessary to the proper and successful provision of public health and the care of populations, as well as in the organization of systems to deliver care to individual patients, and it is firmly rooted in the societal values and cultures of a community and nation. Health Services Administration is not simply managing resources, rather it encompasses leadership, insight, planning, and an ability to deal with uncertainty based on learned skills and concepts. These concepts include organizational theory, human resource management and leadership, technology assessment and operating concepts, importance of measurement and feedback in designing and improving work systems, the politics of policy making and alliances within organizations and how to effect change within an organization to maintain currency. Another important concept in health services administration is the approach to the future of health care delivery and how to overcome barriers and anticipate difficulties. The HSA track in the Masters of Public Health curriculum is designed to provide practitioners with these insights and knowledge.
Division of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
The mission of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (OEHS) is to produce well-trained graduates who understand the theory, research, and practice of public health in aerospace, occupational, and environmental situations. OEHS trains graduate students in both masters and doctoral degree programs. Currently, the division includes faculty members trained in environmental health science, industrial hygiene, aerospace physiology, aerospace medicine, and occupational medicine.
Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) was founded in 2000, in recognition of behavior's critical link to human health. Risky and protective behaviors can influence the likelihood that individuals will develop disease, be injured or suffer a premature death. In addition to the behavior of individuals who are at risk, it is also important to consider the actions of other important players in the social context. Policy makers, for example, determine which behaviors are legal, whether laws are enforced, tax incentives, consumer product regulation, and the funding levels of agencies that are charged with protecting the public's health. Health care providers' practice patterns influence their patients' health both directly and indirectly. Parents are role models for their children, and control to a large extent the hazards that they are exposed to. Manufacturers and the media also influence our health and safety, through the products and norms that they promote. Health is created in a very complex environment, and behavior change programs must reflect that reality. Our students learn how to analyze the web of causation that precedes negative health outcomes, and how to design and evaluate interventions that promote health.
Division of Tropical Public Health
The Division of Tropical Public Health of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics offers graduate programs leading to a DrPH, a PhD in Medical Zoology, a Master's of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a Master's of Science in Public Health (Medical Zoology), and a Tropical Public Health concentration within the MPH degree program. The division, in partnership with the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Medicine, offers a three-month course that leads to a Certificate in Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health approved by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Additionally, the division serves as the host for the annual four-week course Military Tropical Medicine-Didactics provided by the Navy Medicine Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education Command. The division annually funds over 30 trainees, including medical students and residents, to participate in tropical medicine rotations at overseas locations through a grant provided by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. Division of Tropical Public Health faculty teach both medical and graduate students. They perform research in the areas of entomology, parasitology, and tropical infectious diseases. Through a variety of collaborations, the division and its faculty are engaged in military related education, research and training in the developing world.