Concentrations

Currently, five different concentrations are offered by the CWRU MPH Program: Population Health Research, Global Health, Health Policy & Management, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, and Health Informatics. Each concentration has a required course or courses (in addition to the core required courses), plus selective offerings to be combined for a total of 9 credit hours in concentration coursework. Students develop a Capstone project relevant to the concentration area to expand and apply the knowledge of the subject. Individual emphasis will differ from student to student within each concentration. MPH students can also choose to expand the emphasis and depth of their program of study by electing to do a double concentration plan of study for three additional credit hours (for a total of 45 credit hours). For the double concentration, the student chooses two concentrations of equal emphasis and takes 3 courses in each area. This means that the student’s two free electives must be taken in the second concentration, along with three additional credits in that concentration. It should be noted that no double-counting of credits can take place. In other words, one course cannot count towards both concentrations. The double concentration Capstone project must embrace and integrate both emphases. Students choosing this study option should also work closely with their advisor to ensure optimal course selection and foster the evolution of a successful Capstone project.

The five concentrations are described below.


Population Health Research Concentration

Coordinator - Mendel Singer, PhD, MPH (mendel@case.edu)

In addition to the general competencies expected of all students, students in the Population Health Research concentration will be able to demonstrate the following competencies upon graduation:

Concentration Competencies:
  • Design efficient computer programs for data management and manipulation, statistical analysis, as well as presentation using R (or another statistical programming language, such as SAS).
  • Apply advanced statistical methods for analyzing count data, categorical data and time to event data; specifically, Poisson regression models, multinomial and ordinal logistic regression models and Cox proportional hazard models.
  • Perform predictive modeling employing different strategies for model selection (best subsets and shrinkage approaches), imputation of missing values and splitting data into training and test data sets.
  • Select an appropriate existing data set, such as electronic health records, Medicare/Medicaid, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Health Care Utilization Project and Health and Retirement Study, to address a population health research question.
  • Design and perform a study consisting of a retrospective analysis of an existing data set to address a population health research question of interest.

Global Health Concentration

Coordinator - Peter Zimmerman, PhD, MPH (paz@case.edu)

In addition to the general competencies expected of all students, students in the Global Health concentration will be able to demonstrate the following competencies upon graduation:

Concentration Competencies:
  • Describe the relationships among agencies focused on colonial health, tropical medicine, international health and global health in a historical context.
  • Prioritize diseases of global health importance and their epidemiological context.
  • Apply methods for strengthening and focusing existing capacities and resources for health program sustainability and enhancement.
  • Contrast application of technology to impact priority diseases with addressing the underlying social and economic determinants of global health linked to health care delivery systems.
  • Apply the fundamental international principles and standards for the protection of human research subjects in diverse cultural settings. 

Health Policy & Management Concentration

Coordinator - Kate Nagel, DrPH (kfn@case.edu)

In addition to the general competencies expected of all students, students in the Health Policy & Management concentration will be able to demonstrate the following competencies upon graduation:

Concentration Competencies:
  • Apply the principles of program development, planning, budgeting, and resource management in organizational or community initiatives.
  • Describe how policy impacts healthcare delivery and outcomes.
  • Apply a continuous quality and performance improvement framework to address organizational coordination and performance.
  • Identify methods for decision making using evidence-based, systems thinking, and data-driven approaches to health policy and management.
  • Identify how access, quality, and cost are influenced by organizational and financial structures.

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Concentration

Coordinator - Erika Trapl, PhD (erika.trapl@case.edu)

In addition to the general competencies expected of all students (page 7), students in the Health Promotion & Disease Prevention concentration will be able to demonstrate the following competencies upon graduation:

Concentration Competencies:
  • Assess needs for health interventions for the general public as well as at-risk populations.
  • Systematically evaluate health promotion strategies across typologies of evidence.
  • Apply system complexity concepts in the context of nested individuals, social networks, organizations, and communities (ie. systems nested within systems) in the analysis of public health problems and solutions.
  • Develop health education/health promotion strategies that create an understanding of and respect for the importance of culture in practice and policy.
  • Apply social and behavioral theory and planning models and evidence-based health promotion strategies for a variety of populations in the development of a health education/health promotion plan

Health Informatics Concentration

Coordinator - Siran Koroukian, PhD (skoroukian@case.edu)

In addition to the general competencies expected of all students, students in the Health Informatics concentration will be able to demonstrate the following competencies upon graduation:

Concentration Competencies:
  • Understand the fundamentals of using biomedical ontologies for integration of biomedical and health data.
  • Differentiate between standard health data exchange formats and vocabularies.
  • Explain how clinical data originating from different systems are collected and coded; and how they are normalized, aggregated, and analyzed.
  • Describe how biomedical terminological systems are used in natural language processing workflow for unstructured biomedical text.
  • Describe the ethical, regulatory, managerial, financial, and practical aspects of data security.