Core Courses

The Council on Education in Public Health requires accredited programs to offer core curriculum in the five areas of knowledge basic to public health. These courses are listed below.

Area of Knowledge Core Courses Credits
Health Services Administration MPH 6000 Public Health Practice
Foundation for public health administration. Introduces MPH degree program. Applied focus on public health problems, issues, and resources of eastern North Carolina. Describes how empirical assessment of population health status informs managerial decision-making and describes the organization of the public health infrastructure. Overview range of practice in public health and of tools and resources for health improvement.
  MPH 6002 Ethics and Law in Public Health
P: MPH 6000 or consent of instructor. Core issues and skills for public health administration and practice. Focuses on public health law, ethics, legislation, media relations, human services management, and emergency preparedness.
  MPH/NURS 6035 Interdisciplinary Rural Health
Theoretical base and skills for interdisciplinary rural health practice.
Environmental Health MPH/EHST 6010 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
Effects of environment on human health with focus on rural environment. Considers water supply and wastewater disposal, water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, air quality, occupational health and safety, food protection, and vector control.
Epidemiology MPH 6011 Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduces methods and concepts of epidemiologic methodology and application of epidemiology in public health.
  MPH 6020 Research Methods
Synthesize material from social and behavioral sciences, biostatistics, and epidemiology to better understand health problems.
Social and Behavioral Sciences MPH/HLTH 6013 Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
Introduces concepts of role of social factors in health and illness as well as health education/promotion. Overview of relationships between various social factors, with health outcomes. Includes theories and approaches of health education/promotion programs.
Biostatistics BIOS 7021 Biostatistics for Health Professionals I
P: MATH 1065 or consent of instructor. Applies statistical methods to health sciences. Types, organization, and display of data; elementary probability; parametric and nonparametric techniques when dealing with one or two samples (matched and independent); one way ANOVA; and simple linear regression.
Total Credits 24