Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Mission of the Master of Public Health Program

The mission of the MPH program at the University of San Francisco is to develop a cadre of public health leaders and generalists who will advance public health, social justice, and well being in the City of San Francisco, the State of California, the United States, and the world, and to create an educational public health presence that promotes community engagement, professional collaborations, evidence-based practice, and public health advocacy.

The mission of the USF MPH program aligns well with the vision and mission of the overall University and the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP). Most specifically, the USF MPH program was created and is administered with the perspective of educating leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world through socially responsible learning within a community of high quality scholarship and academic rigor and sustained by a faith that does justice.

Statement of Values that Guide the Program

The University of San Francisco is an internationally recognized premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world. The core values of the University (global focus, social justice, leadership, compassion and humanity, and the development of a moral, spiritual compass) along with those of the SONHP are threaded throughout the MPH curriculum and program outcomes. It is the expectation that all SONHP graduate programs utilize and operationalize the school values in a unique and appropriate fashion.

The MPH program, its policies, curriculum, and learning culture demonstrate adoption of these values in a very tangible fashion.

Program Goals

Program Goal I – Education

To educate individuals for professional careers in public health by offering a high-quality educational program focused on identified core competencies in public health using innovative and effective pedagogy (e.g. Ignatian Pedagogy), taught by well-qualified faculty and practicing professionals, while incorporating faculty, student, and community feedback for continuous improvement.

Program Goal II – Discovery

To enhance public health knowledge in the local, national, and global public health communities through evidence-based public health practice.

Program Goal III – Service

To provide faculty leadership and expertise in forms of managerial and programmatic support that enhances student learning through active service to local, national, and global public health communities.

Program Goal IV – Workforce Development

To provide the pedagogy to prepare public health professionals who implement socially just strategies to identify, prevent, and solve community health problems with a focus on the needs of vulnerable populations.

Program Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon completion of the MPH program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Assess, monitor, and review the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the proper statistical and epidemiologic tools to assess community needs and program outcomes.
  3. Identify and prioritize the key dimensions of a public health problem by critically assessing public health literature utilizing both quantitative and qualitative sources.
  4. Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and safety.
  5. Apply theoretical constructs of social change, health behavior and social justice in planning community interventions.
  6. Articulate the relationship between health care delivery and financing, public health systems, and public policy.
  7. Apply evidence-based principles to the process of program planning, development, budgeting, management, and evaluation in public health organizations and initiatives.
  8. Demonstrate leadership abilities as collaborators and coordinators of evidence based public health projects.
  9. Identify and apply ethical, moral, and legal principles in all aspects of public health practice.
  10. Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.
  11. Effectively communicate public health messages to a variety of audiences from professionals to the general public.
  12. Advance the mission and core values of the University of San Francisco.