MS in Population Health Informatics (online program)

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MS in Population Health Informatics (online program)

Population Health Informatics addresses the growing opportunity to use technology to implement evidence-based solutions for the improvement of population health outcomes. While most health informatics programs take a hospital-centric approach, this innovative first-of-its-kind program focuses on how to operationalize informatics solutions to address important public health challenges impacting individuals, families, communities, and the environment in which they live. Students will acquire skills on how technology can be used at the intersection of clinical care and health sciences to strengthen the efforts for preventive care at the population level. The program offers practical coverage of critical topics such as big data, cloud computing, mobile health, surveillance and visualization all from the perspective of the end user. Further, the program will offer students the skills and expertise to design, develop, implement and evaluate technology enabled interventions and solutions to address the population health challenges of the 21st century. This program is fully online.

While we cannot issue I-20 forms for a fully online degree program, our online offerings provide a chance for international students to earn an affordable, quality degree from the City University of New York while residing in their home country.

Admissions Requirements
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA (overall and major) of at least 3.0
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose (recommended length is 500 words)
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
    • Paper-based test: 550
    • Computer administered test: 233
    • Internet-based test: 60 (reading score, writing score, and listening score)
  • Transcript evaluation from WES or ECE for foreign transcripts
Deadline to Apply
Spring 2020: December 1, 2019
Fall 2020: March 1, 2020

This degree program is fully online.

Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*

 

Core Coursework (15 credits) PUBH 610 Public Health Leadership and Management
PUBH 611 Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy
PUBH 612 – Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
PUBH 613 Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research
PUBH 614 Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research
Required Coursework (18 credits) EPID 630 Fundamentals of Population Health Informatics
EPID 631 Principles of Consumer Health Informatics
EPID 632 Applications of Population Health Informatics
EPID 633 Design and Development of Population Health Information Systems
EPID 634 Population Health Dashboards
EPID 635 Mobile Health Interventions: Opportunities, Challenges, and Applications
Practice and Culminating Experience (6 credits) EPID 700 PopHI Project
Total Credits Required 39

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.

Core Competencies:

  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue
  • Apply concepts from relevant scientific disciplines, such as toxicology and physiology, to anticipate effects of environmental, occupational and nutritional exposures on both human health and overall planetary health.

Concentration Competencies:

  • Assess stakeholder data, information, and knowledge needs
  • Manage and direct health informatics planning for projects related to public health and information technology
  • Apply informatics standards appropriately and contribute to standards development efforts
  • Design, develop, and implement user-centered population health information systems effectively
  • Establish frameworks for evaluating the implementation process of information systems and applications, and make recommendations to improve user satisfaction and outcomes
  • Recommend strategies and solutions that integrate informatics knowledge within organizations and communities and ensure confidentiality, security, and integrity

For students beginning their program during the fall semester:

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
EPID 630: Fundamentals of Population Health Informatics 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
EPID 631: Principles of Consumer Health Informatics 3
EPID 633: Design and Development of Population Health Information Systems 3
Year 2 Fall EPID 632: Applications of Population Health Informatics 3
EPID 634: Population Health Dashboards 3
EPID 635: Mobile Health Interventions: Opportunities, Challenges, and Applications 3
EPID 700: PopHI Project 6

 

For students beginning their program during the spring semester:

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Spring PUBH 601: Foundations of Public Health Knowledge* 0
PUBH 610: Public Health Leadership and Management 3
PUBH 611: Health Equity, Communication, and Advocacy 3
PUBH 612: Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions 3
PUBH 613: Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research 3
Year 1 Fall PUBH 614: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research 3
EPID 630: Fundamentals of Population Health Informatics 3
EPID 632: Applications of Population Health Informatics 3
EPID 634: Population Health Dashboards 3
EPID 635: Mobile Health Interventions: Opportunities, Challenges, and Applications 3
Year 2 Spring EPID 631: Principles of Consumer Health Informatics 3
EPID 633: Design and Development of Population Health Information Systems 3
EPID 700: PopHI Project 6

*PUBH 601 must be completed during a student’s first semester. Students who obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CEPH-accredited college will be waived from this requirement.