One-credit online course during the fall and spring semesters are 13 weeks; summer session is seven weeks. Each week consists of roughly one-hour pre-recorded lecture and one hour of real-time class discussion in the evening (quantitative courses may include additional discussion time), led by either the faculty member or a trained discussion leader.
The curriculum is 16 credits, combining required courses to ensure broad competency, and the flexibility to choose six courses in areas of interest. It is built around four themes (Management and Leadership, Core Public Health Knowledge, Specialization, and Integration) that are integrated to achieve maximum and lasting impact.
1. Management and Leadership
These courses provide essential skills in problem solving, management, and leadership. Using a model that combines deep understanding of concepts and principals, with opportunities to apply newly acquired skills, you will develop a set of tools that you can use today and in the future. The three intensives—five-day courses on the Yale campus—also allow students to grow their professional networks through interactions with peers and faculty.
Using Evidence to Drive Decisions
Students study and apply principles of evidence-based decision-making in public health to their specific areas of interest. You will learn how to define evidence and explore different types of data and information that are and have been used in public health evidence-informed decision-making.
Leadership is commonly described as the process of engaging others to set and achieve a common goal. This intensive will prepare students to work in high-functioning interdisciplinary leadership teams in public health.
Design Thinking Intensive
Solution-focused problem-solving is an essential competency for healthcare professionals. This intensive will introduce an iterative framework to innovatively solve complex challenges from the perspective of target user groups. Students will address complex public health challenges utilizing design thinking, an important and widely adopted framework for informed and impactful change.
Strategic Management in Complex Systems Intensive
Implementation of solutions to health and health care issues requires strategic management of resources in the context of complexity. This intensive will prepare students to effectively manage human, financial, and political resources to effectively implement programs and strategies.
2. Core Public Health Knowledge
Our foundational classes in biostatistics, epidemiology, major challenges in public health, health behavior change, health policy and health care systems, and ethics ground students with the breadth of skill sets and perspectives essential to careers in public health. Classes are designed for working professionals and use cases and small group discussions to enrich the learning experience.
Biostatistics in Public Health
This course introduces the use of statistics in medicine and public health. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of contingency tables, analysis of variance, regression models, and sample size and power considerations. Students develop the skills necessary to perform, present, and interpret statistical analyses using R software.
Foundations of Epidemiology for Public Health
An introduction to epidemiologic definitions, concepts, and methods. Topics include history of epidemiology, descriptive epidemiology, measurement of disease occurrence and association, study design, surveillance, measurement validity and screening, bias, confounding, and causality. Develop skills for quantitative problem solving and for understanding epidemiologic concepts in the literature.
Health Policy and Healthcare Systems
This course provides an introduction to the making, understanding, and consequences of health policy. The design and performance of the health care system are assessed, with particular attention to the complex and often contested manner in which health care is organized, financed, and delivered in the United States compared to other countries.
Frontiers of Public Health
Explore the major public health achievements in the last century and acquire a conceptual interdisciplinary framework by which effective interventions are developed and implemented. Case studies and discussions examine the advances across public health disciplines with a global perspective.
Health Behavior Change
This course introduces behavioral theory as it pertains to health and health care delivery. The focus is on the integration of social, psychological, and behavioral factors that must be considered in developing and implementing best clinical practice and public health initiatives. Students will learn and practice the fundamentals of behavior change (i.e., behavioral theory) via experiential exercises.
Ethics in Public Health
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with critical foundations of public health ethics and to foster sophisticated ethical reasoning so that students may carefully apply and negotiate different ethical principles in relation to current public health challenges. The course examines ethical frameworks across cultures and considers sociohistorical context in relation to ethical constructs and applications. Attention is given to the interplay of race, gender, social inequalities, and marginalized populations when approaching matters of public health ethics.
Working with senior faculty at the school, we have designed four tracks to provide a deeper understanding of important areas of public health. You will develop a high level of knowledge and develop the skills to utilize what you learn in the service of your work. All students are required to select one track and may select a second track or pick three courses from the other tracks.
Health Informatics Track:
Introduction to Health Informatics
The course introduces clinical and translational informatics. Topics include (1) overview of biomedical informatics, (2) design, function, and evaluation of clinical information systems, (3) clinical decision making and practice guidelines, (4) clinical decision support systems, (5) informatics support of clinical research, (6) privacy and confidentiality of clinical data, (7) standards, and (8) topics in translational bioinformatics.
Computational Methods of Informatics
This course introduces the key computational methods and concepts necessary for taking an informatics project from start to finish: using APIs to query online resources, reading and writing common biomedical data formats, choosing appropriate data structures for storing and manipulating data, implementing computationally efficient and parallelizable algorithms for analyzing data, and developing appropriate visualizations for communicating health information.
Core Topics in Biomedical Informatics
Students learn the common unifying themes that serve as the foundation for different areas of biomedical informatics, including clinical, neuro-, and genome informatics. The course is designed for learners with coursework and coding experience using Structured Query Language (SQL) and Python, who plan to build databases and computational tools for use in biomedical research.
Environmental Health Sciences Track:
Individuals are exposed to a multitude of chemical, biological, and physical environmental agents as they carry out their daily activities. This course will provide tools to assess environmental stressors encountered in the indoor, outdoor, and occupational environment and review methods for evaluating the quality of exposure data. Students will consider how to apply the latest epidemiological and toxicological research to their own work and projects.
Learn the foundation for understanding the role of toxicology in public health protection, with a focus on 21st century techniques and challenges. Students will be introduced to basic principles of toxicology (such as dose-response, mechanisms of toxicity and cellular defense), and then move on to advanced topics, such as early life vulnerability, low-level exposure to mixtures, systems biology approaches, green chemistry solutions, and the problems presented by chemicals that are common in consumer products and the built environment.
Risk Assessment and Policy
This course introduces the methodology, interpretation, applications and communication surrounding the use of risk assessment in public health. Students will gain an understanding of how toxicology information on hazard and dose-response is incorporated with exposure information to predict the health risk to a wide variety of populations. Students will develop a risk assessment for a real-world exposure issue.
Applied Analytic Methods and Epidemiology Track:
Principles of Epidemiology II
This is an intermediate-level course on epidemiologic principles and methods. Students learn to (1) evaluate the scientific merit and feasibility of epidemiologic study designs; (2) review, critique, and evaluate epidemiologic reports and research articles; (3) perform epidemiologic calculations; and (4) draw appropriate inferences from epidemiologic data, all at the intermediate level.
Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology
Students are given a comprehensive overview of data management and data analysis techniques. The SAS statistical software program is used. Students learn how to create and manipulate data sets and variables using SAS; identify appropriate statistical tests and modeling approaches to evaluate epidemiologic associations; and perform a broad array of univariate, bivariate, and multivariable analyses using SAS and interpret the results.
Advanced Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology and Public Health
This course provides students with the theoretical and analytical tools necessary to address complex research questions in epidemiology and public health, with a focus on advanced modeling techniques that are gaining in popularity in these fields. Students learn how to conduct advanced analyses using the SAS programming software.
Critical Topics in Public Health Track:
Monitoring and Evaluation
Lack of proper formative, process and impact program monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is one of the biggest roadblocks for delivering cost-effective public health programs. This highly interactive course will cover M&E principles, concepts, frameworks, and methods. You will apply real world case studies to learn how M&E can be used in the design, implementation, and maintenance of high quality and equitable public health programs on a large scale.
Leading Transformational Change
Leading transformational change within institutions and organizations is one of the most challenging and critically important endeavors of our time. This course provides real-life examples, experience-based insights, and practical guidance on how to maneuver through the minefields and affect positive disruptive change within healthcare organizations.
Introduction to Public Health Modeling
Public health modeling is a powerful systems-based approach to understand and manage the complex forces that drive the health of populations. In this course students will understand the main applications of different modeling approaches and the types of scientific questions that can be answered using modeling methods; acquire knowledge of key modeling concepts and techniques necessary to understand and interpret scientific literature; and develop skills necessary to critically evaluate the role of assumptions and uncertainty in model validity.
The Capstone Course is a year-long practice-based experience that provides the opportunity to apply what you have learned and are learning to a project in your institution or elsewhere. Using evidence-based tools and skills, you will work under the guidance of the capstone teaching team to identify a challenge, develop and implement a solution, and present your findings to faculty fellow students.