UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES
F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
Revised March 2015
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This Handbook is subject to change. The curricula for all of graduate degree programs described in this edition of the Handbook (and on the web site) are continually updated and may be revised. Since academic requirements may vary from that which is currently listed, all quarterly course registrations must be reviewed and approved by the student's Academic Advisor. Please consult the web site for periodic updates during the academic year: http://www.usuhs.mil/pmb/pmb.html
PMB Graduate Program 2015/2016 Calendar Pre-Fall Session
Monday, 6 Jul 2015 – Orientation, Incoming PMB Graduate Students
Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 – Pre-Fall Session Classes Begin
Friday, 17 Jul 2015 – PMB Orientation for Fall Quarter
Monday-Friday, 20 - 24 Jul 2015 – Registration for Fall Quarter Classes
Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 – Pre-Fall Session Classes End
Wednesday – Friday, 19-21 Aug 2014 – End of Session Recess
Monday, 24 Aug 2015 – Fall Quarter Classes Begin
Friday, 4 Sep 2015 – Last Day to Drop/Add Fall Courses
Monday, 7 Sep 2015 – Labor Day (Holiday)
Monday, 12 Oct 2015 – Columbus Day (Holiday)
Tuesday – Friday, 13-16 Oct 2015 – Registration for Winter Quarter Classes
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015 – Fall Quarter Classes End
Wednesday – Friday, 11-13 Nov 2015 – End of Quarter Recess
Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 – Veterans Day (Holiday)
Monday, 16 Nov 2015 - Winter Quarter Classes Begin
Monday, 23 Nov 2015 - Last Day to Drop/Add Winter Courses
Thursday – Friday, 26-27 Nov 2015 - Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, 6 June 2016 - Last Day to Drop/Add Summer Courses
Monday, 6 June 2016 – Spring Quarter Grades Due
Monday, 4 July 2016 - Independence Day (Holiday)
Monday-Friday 18-22 July 2016 Fall Quarter Registration
Friday, 12 Aug 2016 Summer Quarter Ends
Friday, 12 Aug 2016 Academic Year Ends
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PMB GRADUATE PROGRAMS ACADEMIC CALENDAR, 2015-2016…………………………………………..ii
USU GRADUATE PROGRAMS ACADEMIC CALENDAR, 2015-2016………………………………………….iii
GRADUATE MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS IN PMB …………………………………...……1
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH), MASTER OF TROPICAL MEDICINE & HYGIENE (MTM&H), MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (MSPH), AND MASTER OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY (MHAP)…………………………………………………………………………………………..…2-4
CORE DISCIPLINES OF PUBLIC HEALTH (Summary of Program Learning Objectives)…………………..….4-5
DEGREE PROGRAMS & CURRICULUM MPH DEGREE PROGRAM………………………………………………………………………………….……..5-7
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) (http://www.usuhs.mil) was established by Congress in 1972 and was authorized to develop advanced degree programs in the various health sciences with a priority on preparing qualified individuals for careers as Medical Officers in the Uniformed Services. As the Nation’s only federal institution for higher learning in the health sciences, it is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peacetime and during war, fulfilling a unique mission among U.S. Schools of Medicine.
The University’s F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing are resources for the Surgeons General of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and the U.S. Public Health Service. The University faculty serves as educators, researchers, and consultants for military medical readiness, disaster relief and emergency preparedness, and force health protection issues. Located next to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) on the Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, Maryland, it has close proximity to resources at the National Institutes of Health, the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI), and the National Library of Medicine.
GRADUATE MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND BIOSTATISTICS PMB GRADUATE PROGRAM MISSION: The mission of the PMB Graduate Programs in Public Health is to enhance and protect the health of members of the Uniformed Services by producing knowledgeable and highly skilled public health professionals and by promoting evidence-based policy making, research, and service initiatives that support the global mission of the Uniformed Services.
The graduate education programs within the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine (SOM) fall under the auspices of the Graduate Education Office (http://www.usuhs.mil/graded), and are administered by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education. The Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (PMB) (http://www.usuhs.mil/pmb/index.html) plays a key role in the education and training of physicians dedicated to careers in public service with expertise in military medicine, preventive medicine, tropical medicine, and disaster medicine. While this Handbook describes the particular PMB graduate programs, the USUHS SOM Graduate Program Handbook (http://www.usuhs.mil/graded/graduatehandbook.doc) gives a description of the policies and practices of the USUHS graduate programs overall. The Graduate Programs in PMB are located on the campus of the Uniformed Services University and the adjacent AFRRI building. Well-equipped laboratories support the tropical medicine and environmental health programs. Up-to-date computer equipment is available at the University’s Learning Resource Center and within the Department. The affiliated teaching hospitals in the Washington area are the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Malcolm Grow Air Force Medical Clinic. The affiliated overseas laboratories include the U.S. Army and Navy biomedical research laboratories in Bangkok, Thailand; Nairobi, Kenya; Cairo, Egypt; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Lima, Peru. These and other standing agreements, for example, with the US Army Public Health Command and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), provide abundant opportunities for our students.
The Graduate Programs at USUHS are fully accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Graduate Programs in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the national accrediting organization for programs and Schools of Public Health. In 2013, our MPH program received full accreditation for the maximum seven-year term through 2020. In addition, the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program in the area of Environmental Health Science is certified under the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The new MHAP is currently in the accreditation process with the Council on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
The Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (MTM&H), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Master of Health Administration and Policy (MHAP), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in either Environmental Health Science or Medical Zoology. Students may enroll in only one PMB degree program at a time. The total maximum number of students that will be accepted into the MPH, MTM&H, and MSPH programs during any given academic year is approximately 50. The total number of students that may be accepted in the MHAP program during any given academic year is approximately 20.
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH),
MASTER OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE (MTM&H),
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (MSPH), AND
MASTER OF HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY (MHAP) The MPH degree program provides a broad didactic experience in public health and preventive medicine. It is a rigorous curriculum with a quantitative focus, is sequenced to be completed within 12 months, and is primarily designed for individuals planning careers in Preventive Medicine and Public Health within the Uniformed Services. An MPH degree or its academic equivalent is a specific requirement for physicians seeking residency training and board certification in Aerospace Medicine, General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and several other public health specialties. Matriculants may include physicians and other academically qualified health professionals, such as veterinarians, dentists, sanitary engineers, microbiologists, entomologists, environmental scientists, nurses, and pharmacists, who wish to apply the core disciplines of public health to their career field. Uniformed personnel with education or experience in a health-related discipline are given priority as candidates for admission.
Graduates are expected to use their acquired quantitative and analytical skills in biostatistics and epidemiology to identify and measure community health needs and to investigate the impact of biological, environmental, and/or behavioral factors to solve public health problems. Each graduate will understand the components, operations, and financing of healthcare delivery services, particularly those in the public sector, and have the administrative skills to plan, analyze, manage, and improve public health programs for the Uniformed Services. In addition, many graduates will complete an “area of concentration” with required and elective course work in a specific area of public health and demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate specialized knowledge and skills to their chosen field.
The goal of the MTM&H program is to provide each student with the necessary academic background to practice as a competent public health officer and tropical disease expert in one of the Uniformed Services. The program is designed for medical officers desiring specific preparation for assignment to tropical medicine clinical, research and teaching positions. Graduates of the MTM&H program will acquire the same quantitative and analytical skills in biostatistics and epidemiology as MPH graduates. They will also be able to assess the health needs of international communities and to investigate the impact of biological, environmental, and behavioral factors on community health. Graduates will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the agents of tropical diseases, medical parasitology, and vector biology. During the required overseas rotation they will have the opportunity for hands-on experience with the epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, management, treatment, prevention, surveillance, and control of selected tropical diseases. The MTM&H degree also represents suitable academic preparation for residency training and board certification in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health.
The MPH and MTM&H degree programs each consist of a minimum of 60 quarter credit hours. The MPH degree requires 35 credit hours in core courses in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences. The minimum credit load per quarter required for a full-time student is 12, the maximum allowed is 22, and the typical load is 16-18. The satisfactory completion of an independent project and a practicum experience is required, and the courses related to these requirements are part of the core curriculum. The independent project is the capstone of the MPH and MTM&H programs and should represent the synthesis, integration, and application of core public health concepts and principles to solve or advance our understanding of a public health problem. The requirements for the MPH and MTM&H independent project and practicum experience are described in detail in the “Practicum and Independent Project Handbook.”
In addition to completing the MPH core course work, the MTM&H student must complete additional required courses: PMO560 Principles and Practice of Tropical Medicine, PMO561 Medical Parasitology, PMO564 Epidemiology and Control Arboviruses, PMO565 Vector Biology, PMO569 Malaria Epidemiology and Control, PMO613 Public Health Issues of Disasters, PMO614 Tropical Medicine Rounds, PMO661 Current Topics in Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, PMO990 Travel Medicine, PMO992 Travel Clinic Practicum, and PMO563 Clinical Tropical Medicine. PMO563 serves as the MTM&H practicum and typically consists of a supervised clinical, research, or epidemiological rotation of four to six weeks spent at an affiliated overseas facility and involves diagnosis and treatment of patients, as well as field study of diseases endemic to tropical regions and the principles and methods of disease surveillance in the region. The student must still satisfy the separate requirements for the project as outlined in the “Practicum and Independent Project Handbook.” This is typically accomplished during the academic year, but can also be satisfied during an overseas rotation if requirements for both project and practicum are satisfied and written approval is obtained from the academic advisor, residency director, and the Director of Graduate Research and Practicum Programs. If the project will be done in conjunction with the practicum, the requirement for an oral presentation of the project must still be satisfied. This may be done through presentation of the detailed plan for the project before the practicum takes place. Associated travel and per diem expenses are the responsibility of the applicant or applicant's sponsoring institution or Service. Some funds may be available from the University for members of the Uniformed Services through a grant from the DoD Global Emerging Infections Systems. This curriculum offers less opportunity for elective courses than the MPH degree program and typically adds four-six weeks to the timeline for degree completion.
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has certified a 12-week course, “Training in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health,” directed by the Division of Tropical Public Health. This training is offered in the Spring Quarter and fulfills the eligibility requirements for physicians and other licensed healthcare professionals to take the ASTMH Certificate of Knowledge Examination. This comprehensive lecture, seminar, laboratory, and case-based curriculum incorporate courses that are a part of the MPH/MTM&H program. See the ASTMH website for additional information: http://www.astmh.org.
The goal of the two-year thesis-based MSPH program is to provide students with the necessary academic background to function as public health specialists within the Uniformed Services. It is primarily designed for the public health practitioner planning a career in the environmental health sciences, industrial hygiene, or medical zoology. Graduates of this program will acquire basic knowledge and skills in the five core disciplines of public health, plus in-depth knowledge in their selected area of concentration. The graduate will gain competence in the recognition, evaluation, and control of a variety of environmental and occupational health problems and will have the ability to develop policy initiatives in response to these issues. The MSPH degree provides suitable academic preparation for board certification in selected disciplines of public health. Prior education or experience in the biological or physical sciences or in a health-related field is required to be considered for admission to this program.
The MHAP 2-year program is modeled on the current Masters in Public Health program. The first year consists of five academic quarters. During this didactic year, students must attain passing grades in all courses in order to progress to the second year.
The second year of the program consists of an administrative residency in the National Capital Area (NCA) and is meant to provide practical experience in health policy and healthcare administration and may occur at any number of sites in the NCA. Residency rotations are 12 months in duration and are accomplished at one site for each student (although there could be different rotations within the site over that year). Sites may vary according to the needs of the individual student, but opportunities will be available at sites including major tertiary healthcare facilities, a major research facility, inter-agency federal health policy partner, combatant commanders, or the MHS oversight offices at the Defense Health Agency. Specific healthcare facilities like local VA Medical Centers or other federal healthcare entities may also be included.
The Master of Health Administration and Policy (MHAP) degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences addresses service requirements by providing an innovative approach to graduate education and by offering access to top policy-making federal government agencies, think-tanks, universities, and speakers in the NCA. Such a degree also targets a large population of potential students from multiple services and agencies. This degree, delivered on a major research University campus, will enable federal healthcare professionals to apply a systems approach wherever care is delivered and to impact both wellness and the population-health aspects of care delivery. For additional MHAP information, please visit: http://www.usuhs.edu/pmb/hsagradedprograms.html
THE CORE DISCIPLINES OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Summary of Program Learning Objectives Biostatistics: Upon completion of the core courses in this discipline, students will be able to collect, analyze, and interpret data of public health importance using appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical techniques, including both bivariate and multivariate methods. In addition, students will become familiar with the use of a statistical software program for the PC, such as SPSS.
Environmental and Occupational Health: Upon completion of the core courses in this discipline, students will be able to identify, measure, and analyze environmental and occupational factors affecting health. Students will have the ability to (1) describe the factors that may impact health in the community, home, and workplace, (2) effectively communicate risk, and (3) explain the standards and controls necessary to mitigate these factors.
Epidemiology: Upon completion of the core course in this discipline, the student will be able to (1) discuss the basic concepts pertaining to the natural history of disease in populations, (2) identify and list the strengths and weaknesses of various sources of data, (3) define measures of disease in populations, and (4) critically assess the validity and relevance of descriptive and analytical studies. Students will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of epidemiology and be able to apply them to the analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic data.
Health Services Administration: Upon completion of the core course in HSA, the student will acquire the necessary skills to critically analyze the organization, structure, function, and effectiveness of health care systems and be able to (1) describe and compare the variety of health services in developed countries, (2) discuss, in depth, the current policy issues that impact the United States health care system, and (3) explain the behavioral and economic foundations for health promotion and disease prevention strategies in the United States. Students completing the HSA concentration will be equipped to become leaders and managers able to create, develop, and continuously improve high quality health systems.
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Upon completion of the core course in this discipline, the student will be able to (1) list and explain behaviors and social factors associated with morbidity and mortality, and (2) describe behavior-related theories and prevention strategies for modification and reduction of injuries and illnesses. Students will develop the ability to identify and utilize the relationship of human behavior and social factors in public health practice.
MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) DEGREE PROGRAM Graduates of this program will become proficient in a broad set of public health skills necessary to function effectively as a Preventive Medicine or Public Health Officer in the Uniformed Services. In addition to completing the core courses in the five public health disciplines described above, MPH students may select an area of concentration from among the following: biostatistics and epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, health services administration, global health, tropical public health, or generalist public health. These areas of concentration are intended to help guide students who wish to focus their training and coursework in a particular area of public health. The following elective courses are recommended by the faculty in each discipline.