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Course Details

Course Code: PBHE699 Course ID: 2848 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course will involve a major research paper or thesis option that demonstrates understanding of the program objectives. The research paper and thesis will demonstrate understanding of social science research methodology. A Research Manual with explicit guidance for the research paper and thesis option will be available. The student shall select their research paper or thesis option professor from designated APUS faculty. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA. THIS COURSE IS 16 WEEKS.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 05/23/21 Winter 2021 Session K 16 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 06/20/21 Winter 2021 Session C 16 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 07/25/21 Spring 2021 Session A 16 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 08/22/21 Spring 2021 Session K 16 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 09/26/21 Spring 2021 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, the student is able to:
(1) Plan and execute a major research project in public health
(2) Examine and apply specific knowledge in the discipline of public health
(3) Select (and utilize) effective (scholarly) online research techniques
(4) Evaluate major schools of thought and principal published works in public health
(5) Synthesize the knowledge gained during the master’s of public health program
(6) Utilize skills required of advanced graduate and professional practitioners in public health

Program Objectives (Competencies)

After completing this course, MPH students will meet the following program objectives (competencies):

  1. Assimilate knowledge and practice of community-based learning, research, and service into their professions.
  2. Comprehend the interaction of behavioral, social, and physical environments on public health outcomes.
  3. Apply evidence-based principles and a scientific knowledge base to critical evaluation and decision making in public health.
  4. Synthesize concepts associated with power, politics, and organizational performance in healthcare settings.
  5. Summarize issues and concepts related to the impact of environmental health on our global society.
  6. Explain how selected and widely employed social and behavioral science theories, models, constructs, and principles can be used to develop or improve programs to address major public health issues.
  7. Critically review and apply evidence-based evaluation of published medical and public health literature.
  8. Develop a framework, based on a mission, goals, and objectives and/or competencies, to evaluate public health programs for their effectiveness and quality.
  9. Synthesize concepts associated with specific research tasks: hypothesis construction, conceptualizing terms, literature review, data collection, critical analysis, and communicate findings.
  10. Examine the application of epidemiology to screening, infectious disease prevention, and policy.
  11. Assess the moral and ethical precepts that underlie the goals of the public health profession.
  12. Generate, analyze, apply, and interpret statistical data as related to public health problems and to further biomedical research.


Please join the Discussion each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded or receive credit. The discussions are for student interaction and input and must be submitted before the week ends in order to receive full credit. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. The Rubric is attached to discussion description.


Initial Response:

  • Post your initial response to each discussion by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should have substance where students explore, explain, and expand upon issues being discussed, and apply relevant course materials.
  • Students should analyze course concepts, theories or materials correctly, using examples or supporting evidence.
  • Initial responses should be supported by at least two references (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)

Peer Responses:

  • For each discussion, reply to at least 2 of your classmates by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance.
  • Students should collaborate with fellow learners, relating the discussion to course concepts, add several innovative ideas, and provide considerable additional insight that relates to core concepts.
  • Peer responses should include at least two (2) of the following components: Offering advice; posing a question; providing an alternative point-of-view; and acknowledging similar experiences.
  • Peer responses should be supported by at least one reference (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)
  • All discussions can be accessed in the discussion section of the course.
  • A Discussion rubric is included in the discussion section of the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each discussion can be found in the discussion tab within the course.
  • Late Discussion posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, and that the discussion is finished. You cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.
  • If there are less than 3 students in the course, only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper Netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.


CEPH Competencies/ILE Form

MPH students must complete an integrative learning experience (ILE) that demonstrates synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. Students in consultation with faculty select foundational and concentration-specific competencies appropriate to the student’s educational and professional goals. Students must complete the MPH Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) Form.

Identify COMPETENCIES from the CEPH-MPH Foundational Competencies and from the MPH program Concentration Competencies that will be attained through the activities during the integrative learning experience (ILE). The competencies are included on the ILE Form for reference.

Please complete the form attached in the assignment and submit it by the due date.

Journal Article (includes a series of assignments for completion)

Students will write their research papers following the guidance in the most current 1) APUS End of Program (EOP) Assessment Manual for Graduate Studies and 2) Thesis Guidelines: Journal Article. Currently, the most recent version is in the Week One Forum section of the classroom. Students are responsible for following all the guidance in the manuals for writing their papers and not rely on this syllabus for all details relevant to the research paper requirement. In addition, you will follow the Author Guidelines of your selected journal (more details in Forums and Assignments).

The student’s work on a master's research study is completed under the direction of an APUS professor who supervises both intellectual content and format of the study. Students are urged to consult with their professor early in the study process regarding both the subject and the general plan for investigation or creative activities. Designated style manuals in the department where the thesis is being conducted shall be used in all master's research studies, although the EOP Manual supersedes these style manuals. The requirements included in the academic journal’s Author Guidelines will be used for the paper format.

  • Students should not use master’s research studies previously submitted nor out-of-date APUS regulations for format examples, because changes are made periodically. Students are responsible for following the requirements in effect when their master's research study is submitted and filed for partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

  • Research paper preparation entails a partnership between the student and professor who is responsible for directing the intellectual content and proper formatting of the paper. Research paper length and depth of research shall be in accordance with disciplinary standards. Research paper formatting shall be directed by the professor. The citation style manual used in the research paper will be the standard prescribed by the academic journal’s Author Guidelines. The student and professor shall coordinate the process for the student to submit and receive feedback on draft paper sections. The student is also encouraged to ask other APUS faculty, professionals and leaders in their field of study to read and provide feedback on draft sections where these faculty members and professionals may have special expertise. For example, the student's graduate research methods instructor may be asked for feedback on the research paper's research design.

  • Once a final research paper manuscript is approved by the professor, the professor will then issue a final approval message containing a research paper grade. Research paper manuscripts will be graded based on the standards in the APUS research paper rubric attached in the classroom.
  • The final step in the research paper project is acceptance of the final manuscript by the APUS Online Library. The approved research paper manuscript will be submitted to the APUS Online Library by the department.

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.

  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.

Students are responsible for the information contained in all required texts from their required, core courses in the MPH Public Health degree program.

Academic Writing Requirements:
The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:Students are responsible for the information contained in all required texts from their required core courses in the MPH Public Health degree program.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.