Generalist Track

college of physicians 5/2015MPH students in the Generalist track:

Penn's Generalist Track provides the most flexibility in your public health training. Students have the opportunity to either uniquely focus or remain broad in the selection of their elective courses, their Capstone project, and required fieldwork experience. 

The fourteen course units (14 cu) required for the MPH Generalist Track are described below. Students must take a minimum of 11 cu's under the PUBH prefix.

Core MPH Requirements (9.0 cu)

  • PUBH 501 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • PUBH 502 Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • PUBH 503 Environmental and Occupational Health
  • PUBH 504 Public Health Theories & Frameworks
  • PUBH 505 Public Health Policy and Administration
  • PUBH 506 Methods for Public Health Practice
  • PUBH 507 Public Health Law & Ethics
  • PUBH 508 Capstone I
  • PUBH 509 Capstone II

Required Fieldwork Experience 125 hours: Students within the Generalist Track will identify (with assistance from MPH program staff and faculty) a practical fieldwork experience that addresses their key public health interests.

Capstone Culminating Experience

In two Capstone Seminars, students will have an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and public health competencies they have acquired through their coursework, apply them to solving public health problems in their area of interest as well as those of their peers, reflect together to learn from each other and from the relevant body of public health experience including the scientific literature, and begin to develop a common grounding and identity as public health professionals.

Electives

All students are required to complete 5.0 cu of elective coursework. A minimum of 2 out of 5 electives must carry the PUBH prefix. 

Click here to browse a list of public health electives. 

Possible Non-PUBH Generalist Track Electives (up to 3.0 CUs) 

  • BIOE 550 Bioethics & Society

  • BIOE 550 Ethics of Public Health

  • BIOE 601 Intro to Bioethics

  • CPLN 621 Metropolitan Food Systems

  • ENVS 611 Environmental Law

  • ENVS 616 Environmental Risk Assessment

  • ENVS 648 Food and Agriculture Policy

  • EPID 516 Disease Ecology

  • EPID 575 Intro to Genetic Epi

  • EPID 582 Systemic Reviews

  • EPID 646 Reproductive Epidemiology

  • ESE 560 Sustainable Development of Water Resource Systems

  • ESE 567 Risk Analysis and Environmental Management

  • GAFL 748 Foundation and Grant Management

  • HCMG 580 Managed Care and Industrial Org. of Health Care

  • HCMG 845 Managed Care and Integrated Health Care

  • HCMG 849 Financial Management of Health Institutions

  • HCMG 852 Health Care Services Delivery

  • HCMG 854 Legal Aspects of Health Care

  • HCMG 855 Management Health Care for Elderly

  • HPR 607 Health Services Policy Research Methods

  • LAW 606 Refugee Law

  • LAW 918 Food Law and Policy

  • MSSP 628 Policy Analysis

  • MSSP 629 Research Evaluation Design

  • NPLD 510 Social Innovation

  • NPLD 595 The Strategy of Social Media: Effective Decision

  • NPLD 789 Budgeting

  • NPLD 796 Philanthropy and Fundraising

  • NURS 513 Obesity and Society

  • NURS 515 Sociocultural Influences on Health

  • NURS 516 International Nutrition

  • NURS 532 Cognitive Behavioral Strategies in Health Care

  • NURS 533 Victimology

  • NURS 535 Comparative Health Care Systems

  • NURS 540 Current Issues in Health & Social Policy

  • NURS 610 Concentration in Health Care Economics

  • NURS 612 Principles and Practices of Quality Improvement

  • NURS 650 Systems Thinking and Patient Safety

  • NURS 708 Public Policy Leadership Health Care Systems

  • NURS 749 Health, History and Social Policy

  • SWRK 611 Contemporary Social Policy

  • SWRK 703 Impacting Government Policy in Pennsylvania

  • SWRK 706 Policy for Children and Their Families

  • SWRK 713 Understanding Social Change: Issues of Race and Gender

  • SWRK 730 Community Mapping

  • SWRK 736 Building Community Capacity

  • SWRK 757 Loss Through the Life Cycle

  • SWRK 759 Substance Abuse Intervention

  • SWRK 760 Mental Health Diagnostic