Case Western Reserve University, located 5 miles from downtown Cleveland Ohio, is a private coed research university offering a broad range of top-rated programs within 9 schools including 902 undergraduate, 1,211 master’s and 655 doctorate degrees. With more than 150 student organizations the university provides ample opportunity for students to get involved in outside activities. The Case Western “Spartans” varsity teams compete in the University Athletic Association in Division III sports. About one third of all students are actively participating in the Greek system (which outlines the schools commitment and dedication to on-campus and community service).
Case Western Reserve University
The School of Medicine
Founded in 1826, Case Western Reserve University is a private coed university. The campus is located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland and has a current total undergraduate enrollment of 4,911 students, as well as graduate and professional enrollment of more than 6,200 students. The university offers 95 undergraduate degree, 135 graduate programs and more than 140 dual degree programs. In 2016, US News and World Report ranked Case Western Reserve University as 37th for best National Universities. Case Western Spartans varsity teams compete in the Division III University Athletic Association. The School of Medicine, through a dynamic program of collaborative education, research and service, upholds the mission of the CWRU MPH Program to “prepare graduates to develop, implement and evaluate authentic solutions to community health problems that promote and protect the health of diverse populations”.
Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health program prepares graduates by helping them learn to develop, implement, and evaluate effective solutions to community health problems to promote and protect the health of diverse populations. The program prepares students to address the broad mission of public health – enhancing health in human populations through organized community effort – and utilizing education, research and community service. Graduates are prepared to enter successful careers in local and state health departments, universities and colleges, hospitals, ambulatory medical centers, non-profit organizations, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Completion of the MPH Program requires 42 credits and can be completed in as little as two years. Twenty-one credits are required in the seven core fundamental domains of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, public health history and social and behavioral sciences. Students earn 9-credits in the major of their choice, a three credits elective course, and a 3 credit public health field practicum and a 6 credit capstone project. Students can elect a part-time program taking required coursework over a 3-5 year period. The CWRU MPH Program offers four different majors to allow students to fulfill specific career goals.
Master of Public Health in Population Health Research
Students in the Population Health Research major will be able to demonstrate the following program competencies:
- Interpret results of statistical analyses in public health studies
- Apply descriptive and inferential methodologies based on the type of study design in a particular research question
- Developing solid, focused research goals with specific, testable hypotheses needed in addressing specific public health issues affecting populations and communities
- Design, analyze and present data best suited for an appropriately identified target audience
- Develop presentations (written and oral) based on statistical analyses for both public health professionals and educated lay audiences
Master of Public Health in Global Health
Graduates of the Global Health major will be able to demonstrate the following program competencies:
- Describe epidemiology of diseases of global significance
- Identification methods for strengthening and focusing existing capacities and resources to achieve health program sustainability
- Safeguard collaborations represent the social, economic, and cultural diversity within the community
- Apply fundamental principles of international standards for protecting human research subjects in culturally diverse settings
- Employ framework of social justice to highlight the root causes of health inequalities
- Develop method for distribute messages about a project’s progress and impact
- Combine multi-dimensional factors into planning, implementing, and evaluating health interventions
- Presenting evaluation findings to program beneficiaries and stakeholders
Master of Public Health in Health Informatics
The Master of Public Health in Health Informatics program allows graduates the following competencies:
- Understanding of methods that clinical data is collected and coded
- Aggregate, normalize, and integrate clinical and claims data from contrasting platforms
- Understand standard health data exchange formats and vocabularies, to include Health Level 7, the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, the Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine
- Understand the ethical, regulatory, and practical aspects of data security
- Identify and retrieve data from social media
Master of Public Health in Healthcare Policy and Administration
Students in the Health Care Policy & Administration major will have the following competencies upon graduation:
- Define legal and ethical bases for public health and health services
- Examine policy process for improving health status in populations
- Apply program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives
- Describe the characteristics of leadership in public health
- Demonstrate skills in team building, negotiation, and conflict management
- Analyze the impact of legal and regulatory environments on the conduct of ethical public health research and practice
- Analyze effects of political, social and economic policies on public health systems at the local, state, national and international levels
Master of Science in Biostatistics
The Master of Science in Biostatistics program requires 31 credits and can be completed in as little as 1 year, which includes fall, spring and summer sessions. The summer session mandates that students complete an internship or practicum in Cleveland. Students can elect a part time program as well to better suit their educational needs. Students choose one of three tracks from the following:
The Biostatistics Track provides students with knowledge and exposure to core biostatistics theory and methods. Students in this program gain mastery of basic probability theory and statistical inference, learn the methods of longitudinal analysis. Students also choose from the following electives: Data mining, Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining, Causal Inference and Statistical Computing. Completion of the program allows students to pursue an even more advanced degree or careers as master’s level bio/statistician in a variety of settings including academia, pharmaceutical and general industry and government agencies. Required Courses for the program include: Introduction to Statistical Theory, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Data Mining and Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining.
The Genomics and Bioinformatics Track provides coursework in genomics and bioinformatics areas where students learn design, methods, techniques, and tools commonly used in genetic epidemiology, statistical genomics, and bioinformatics research. Future careers include positions as analysts, statisticians and bio-informatics in a genomics or genetic epidemiology research team, as well as research or large pharmaceutical companies. Required courses for the track include: Bioinformatics and Genetic Epidemiology, Sequencing, and advanced Methods in Genetic Epidemiology.
Health Care Analytics Track provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to enter careers as part of multi-disciplinary teams with clinical and statistical investigators to develop and execute study designs and analysis plans and in support of regulatory requirements. Students completing the track are prepared to enter careers in industry, academia and government. Required Courses for the program include Large Health Care Databases and Electronic Health Records, and two of the following courses: Longitudinal Data Analysis, Observational Studies, Clinical Trials, and Machine Learning and Data Mining
Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Nursing
The School of Nursing, in conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies, supports the concurrent Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in advanced public health nursing. The MSN requires completion of 41 credit hours and can be completed in as few as four semesters. The 42-credit MPH program can be completed in as little as two years in a full time program format. Students enrolled in the the dual MSN/MPH program must complete 27 core credits, 9 major credits and 3 elective credits for the MPH Program. Additionally 9 credits can be shared between the MSN and MPH programs. The majority of MSN/MPH students pursue careers in in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention.
Master of Arts in Bioethics and Master of Public Health
The School of Graduate Studies and The Department of Biostatistics offer the dual Master of Arts in Bioethics and Public Health (MA/MPH) program in conjunction. Coursework for this MPH program prepares graduates students to gain the skills required to enhance health in human populations, through organized community effort in an effort to utilize education, research, and community service. Practitioners in public health must have the skills to identify and assess health needs of different populations, in order to plan, implement and evaluate programs and to effectively respond to those needs. The MPH provides education in public health basics, including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health policy and social and behavioral sciences. The Master of Arts in Bioethics, offered through the Department of Bioethics, allows students to respond effectively to the current challenges of healthcare in today’s society. The joint degree option prepares students to enter careers in public health including international and global health, public health preparedness and function, environmental health sciences, behavioral sciences, health education, health communications and health policy and management. The MA/MPH program requires a minimum of 57 credits and can be completed in as little as three years in full-time format. Each program has a set of core courses that must be completed as well as a 9-credit Capstone experience is also required of all public health students. Joint MA/MPH candidates combine their Bioethics electives and Public Health concentration and elective courses to complete a total of 18 credit hours of advanced electives.
Medical Doctor/Master of Public Health
The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies award the dual Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health (MD/MPH) degree in conjunction. Pursuing the MPH degree adds one additional year of study to the MD degree (for School of Medicine medical students) to complete the (5-year) dual degree program. Students begin taking public health courses for graduate school credit in their first year and after their second year of Medical School students generally elect to spend the following year as an MPH dedicated year. Any remaining credits are then completed during the fourth medical school year elective schedule. MPH courses can fill up to 9 elective credits for the School of Medicine and 42 MPH credits are required of all students. Graduates of the dual MD/MPH program are prepared for careers in local and state health departments, universities and colleges, hospitals, ambulatory medical centers, non-profit organizations and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. There are additionally four areas of concentration in the MPH program including:
- Health Care Policy & Administration
- Global Health
- Health Promotion / Disease Prevention
- Population Health Research
Student must apply to each program separately.
Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Public Health
The joint degree program in medical anthropology and public health is awarded collaboratively by the Department of Anthropology and the Case School of Medicine. Curriculum for the Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Public Health (PhD/MPH) prepares graduate students for careers in Anthropology and Public Health. The joint program provides a robust investigation of health and society. Students entering the dual program must choose a home department (Anthropology or Public Health program) working with an advisor to develop a study plan that will meet all program requirements. Nine credit hours are shared between departments to reduce completion time for the joint degrees. The MPH program includes a 9-credit capstone program where students are placed in local public health-oriented organizations gaining real world experience. Coursework for the PhD/MPH can be completed in as little as 4 years.
Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health
The Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health (MBA/MPH) dual-degree program is offered in conjunction by the School of Medicine, the School of Graduate Studies and Weatherhead School of Management. The dual degree program provides graduates with the skills and knowledge required to enter careers working to improve the health of their communities. Students learn to identify and assess the health needs of the general population, and plan and implement programs to meet those needs. Coursework for the MBA/MPH program provides leadership skills needed to ensure continued economic viability, human development, and effective communication in public health organizations and in the communities they practice in. Candidates for the MBA/MPH must complete separate applications and must be admitted to each program separately. Joint degree students can use 6 credits from MBA electives toward their MPH degree to replace 3 MPH concentration credits and 3 elective credits. The credit requirement for pursuing both degrees separately is reduced from 111 to 99 credits. The dual degree can be completed full time in three years and those students choosing to complete their education on a part-time basis may complete the program in 4 to 4-1/2 years.
Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Public Health
Case Western Reserve University offers a dual degree program in dental medicine and public health in order to train graduates to promote the oral health of the public. The objective for the Five year Doctor of Dental Medicine and Master of Public Health (DMD-MPH) program is imparting the required knowledge and skills necessary to expand the practice of dentistry in communities proactively to foster improved oral health resulting in improvement of the overall health of the populations involved. One year of the dual degree program will be dedicated to MPH courses (can be before the first DMD year, between the 1st and 2nd years, or between the 2nd and 3rd DMD years). Curriculum for the DMD requires completion of 141.5 credits and the MPH program requires 42 credit hours. Dual degree students must apply and be accepted in each program separately. Future careers opportunities for its graduates include the following:
- Clinical Practices in Federal Community Health Centers
- Local, County and State Health Departments
- Administrative positions as dental directors
- In research at teaching institutions
- Local, state and federal public health agencies
- Insurance companies
- The Dental industry
- Faculty in dental schools or schools of public health
Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health
The Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health (JD/MPH) dual degree program provides students the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the area of health law and policy. Law is central to protecting public health and core skills and knowledge in public health practices are essential to current health law practice. With a mission to “protect and enhance the health of individual and general populations” students receive diversity in their education in order to properly identify and resolve complex problems. Students also gain the ability to identify in what manner law should apply in practice. The MPH degree requires one additional year of coursework to the JD degree and can be completed in four years. Completion of the JD degree requires 88 credits offers several health law courses that meet the MPH elective requirements. Law students enrolled in the dual JD/MPH degree program may earn up to 12 credits toward the JD in graduate level MPH courses (with prior approval of a advisor). No credit is given for work done before the student completes the first year of law school. The JD/MPH students are required to complete 42 credits of MPH courses that includes a non credit MPH seminar (2 parts) series.
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC)
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
American Medical Association and Association of American Medical Colleges (AMA-AAMC)
Commission of Dental Accreditation (CDA)
Case Western Reserve University
Aylin S. Drabousky, MA
Master of Public Health Program Administrative Director
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7027
With the many changes in healthcare mandated by the Affordable Care Act and as a result of the aging baby boomers, the healthcare segment of US employment continues to grow at an exponential rate. In 2015 an increase of more than 34,000 newly employed Healthcare employees continues to add to the need for educated Healthcare Managers. Case Western Reserve University provides top quality accredited master’s degree programs at the School of Medicine to fill this expanding area of the Healthcare market. Those interested in exciting careers in various areas of healthcare can look forward to an exciting and rewarding future.