Course Description

Core MPH Courses – All Students Take

Course Description Cr
Public Health Foundations I (VTPMD 6101)

Introduces students to the history and role of public health, and to set the foundation of public health practice on the two guiding paradigms of Cornell’s MPH program: The 10 core functions of public health practitioner; and the One Health approach to public health prevention and problem solving. Students build their public health competency via investigating a breadth of public health issues, including both chronic and infectious disease, and the impact of our environment on disease spread and impact.

Public Health Foundations II

(VTPMD 6102)

 The goal of this course is to reinforce and expand upon learning from the first Foundations course. Upon completion, students will be versed in the elements that make up Cornell’s focal public health paradigm: One Health.

Public Health Leadership & Ethics (VTPMD 6103)

 The goal of this course is to ensure that students have the tools to enter the public health workforce as professionals. The course will introduce students to the key elements of professionalism, and will characterize the elements within the public health practice context. This course will prepare students to excel within their 300‐ hour practicum, and after further honing their skills, excel as recognized leaders in the public health workforce.

Epidemiology in Practice

(VTPMD 6104)

This applied course will cover foundational concepts of epidemiology, including data collection, measures of disease frequency and association, diagnostic testing, bias, and study design.

Biostatistics for Health Sciences (VTPMD 6105)

 Teaches statistical concepts and application for health related data analysis. The course will relate health and biological sciences data back to Gaussian, non‐Gaussian, Poisson, Binomial, and other distributions. Topics in descriptive statistics include summary measures, measure of association, concepts related to data distribution, and confidence intervals. Topics related to analytical analysis include categorical data, parametric and non‐parametric population comparisons and correlation, and regression techniques. Students will be exposed to software packages, but will also be expected to calculate the simple statistical approaches as well. Emphasizes the understanding of statistical concepts and application and the structure of health data.

Health Policy (BME 4440 – (Science Policy Bootcamp)





(HD 6580 –Translation of Research into Policy and Practice)

This course explores the trends that shape science and innovation policy, and allows students to engage in active policymaking work. Working in small groups, students will identify a key science policy issue; thoroughly research the issue and contact key stakeholders; formulate a detailed plan to address the issue; and implement their plan for solving the problem. Examples include drafting legislation, commenting on Federal or State rulemaking procedures, launching public outreach campaigns, or raising press awareness of an issue. This aspect of the course will include both mentored work in developing the idea and advocacy plan, as well as activities to build the skills necessary to be an effective policy advocate.

This course explores the principles and current state of the field known as translational research: the application of research‐based knowledge or evidence to the development and dissemination of programs, practices, and policies. This course is particularly focused on social and health‐related programs and policies. Via this course, students will learn: concepts and how to translate research knowledge into practice, programs, or policy; how to think critically about the research and policy literatures; and how to develop increased sensitivity to issues related to the conduct of research in diverse community‐based settings.








Special Topics in Public Health

(VTPMD 6193)

Seminar course that introduces students to public health practitioners and the work that they do. This course supports professional development, and reinforces professionalism and public health communication skills.

Total Core Credits 19

See IDE or FSH page for concentration-specific courses.

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