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Mission

The mission of the public health program at Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) is to provide the highest quality education, research & population based services. This will be accomplished through an innovative, dynamic, responsive public health curriculum while preparing to be ethical competent professional public health practitioners and researchers so as to be able to excel in promoting and protecting health in the community and in a diverse, globalized society

Vision

Vision The PHSU Public Health Program commits and aspires to be a leader in preparing public health professionals, by excellence in academia and by building and expanding public health knowledge and competency, in order to improve the health of communities and populations locally and across the world.

Core Values of The Public Health Program

Public Health Program: Core Values of The Public Health Program.

The following core values enlighten the institutional environment and guide us in the fulfillment of our mission and goals:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Service
  • Evidence-based public health
  • Population perspective
  • Community empowerment
  • Balance in competing priorities

Integrity

We value honest, ethical, and transparent practices and determine to have integrity in everything that we do.

Respect

We value the protection of the individual and collective rights, and promote the respect for social and cultural differences that distinguish human beings, as fundamental aspects of those rights and respect them as essential to achieving “Health for all”.

 Diversity

We value diverse perspectives and the unique contributions that result from diversity, and promote caring, support, confidence, compassion, camaraderie and a “can do” attitude.

Service

We highly value the use of our health expertise and academic abilities, capabilities and resources in service to our students and the whole community.

Evidence Based

We value evidence as a sound basis for the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective programs and policies in public health. This evidence base is accomplished through the application of the principles of scientific reasoning, including systematic use of data and information systems, behavioral science theory and program planning models to build effective public health programs and policies.

Population Perspective

We value integrating a population perspective into all our research, service and teaching; the collective or “public good” is takes priority over the individual good.

 

Community Empowerment

We value community empowerment, which enables communities to increase control over their lives in their understanding of health and ability to protect their health and seek appropriate care.

Balance

In Public Health there are many competing “goods”. We value the careful assessment of these competing goods and strive to balance the alternatives to derive the most good for the most people.

Program Description

The MPH Program is established in response to the needs of our society. It provides a multidisciplinary program through education, research and community service to develop the skills of a public health professional necessary for the protection of health and prevention of disease of the individuals and communities. Students will be well prepared to improve the challenges of our health care such as improving the access of people suffering contagious diseases and work to reduce environmental hazards such as violence, drug use and abuse, accidents, etc.

PHSU will consider candidates for the MPH Program from different walks of life such as school teachers, news reporters, researchers, lawyers, physicians, health professionals and others.

The Public Health Professionals will be able to work for the government, for private institutions and/or for local or international companies which provide services to the community. These professionals face the challenge of protecting the public health of the present population and of future generations.

To accomplish this, PHSU has developed a 55-credits curriculum that will expose students to the basic concepts in public health, research and community services. Three tracks are offered: Epidemiology, Environmental Health and General, with the MPH first year being common to all tracks.

General Public Health

Is the science that studies how to protect and improve the health in communities through education and by promoting healthy life styles. It is in charge of developing public policies, educational programs and services as to avoid those public threats.

Epidemiology

The study of the relationships between the various factors that determine the frequency and distribution of diseases in human (and other animal population), the risks to contract them, the human susceptibility and how to prevent new incidences.

Environmental Health

Relates to the air we breathe, water we drink and other complex environmental factors. These risks may cause sicknesses such as asthma, cancer, food poisoning, etc. It studies the impact the environment has on our health.

The program shall have a clearly formulated and publicly stated mission with supporting goals, objectives and values.

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Ponce Health Sciences University encourages its applicants to seek the broadest education available prior to their training in Public Health.

In evaluating the applicants, emphasis is placed upon integrity, character, academic achievements, motivation, emotional stability, GRE, EXADEP or MCAT scores, evidence of health care-related experience, interview reports, letters of recommendation and other information provided by the applicant. The applicant must:

  1. Bachelor’s degree of a college level institution accredited by the PR Council of Higher Education or by a US Department of Education recognized accrediting organization.

 

Course Title Credits
General Sciences 6
Social Sciences 6
Behavioral Sciences 3
College Mathematics 3

 

  1. GPA – 2.75 is requested for applying, however our classes average is 3.2 (on a four-point scale)
  2. EXADEP, GRE or MCAT examinations (no more than five years old)
  3. Submit the following documents:
    1. Official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
    2. Official GRE, EXADEP or MCAT scores (if the candidate does not hold a health professional degree).
    3. Three letters of recommendation
      1. Two of the letters of recommendation should provide input from people in responsible position who can comment on your academic, employment or volunteer performance, character and interest. For undergraduate this often means professors, academic advisors or employer.
      2. The third letter must be of someone who is able to assess your advocacy experience. Letters from people that really know you, rather than from people who have impressive titles, are the most valuable. All of them should be written using the format accompanying the application form.
    4. Certificate of No Penal Record (Criminal Background Check)
    5. Application fee – $100.00 non-refundable

Selection Criteria

The Admissions’ Committee selects the best candidates. The Committee looks for accepting students of integrity and maturity that show concern for others, leadership potential, character. In evaluating the applicants, emphasis is placed upon the following:

  1. Potential to work with individuals, analytical skills and understanding of ethical standards of the profession.
  2. Past experience in research projects or potential for the development of research skills.
  3. Academic achievement (GRE, EXADEP, MCAT scores)
  4. Motivation and emotional stability
  5. Letters of recommendation (see previous description)
  6. Interview

Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit the following:

  1. Written confirmation of acceptance and a deposit of $100.00 to secure your seat in the entering class.
  2. Physical Exam (using a form provided by the Admissions Office)
  3. Evidence of up to date immunization record (must include Varicella, Td Adult, MMR and three doses of Hepatitis B).

Other documents will be notified as pertinent

How to Apply

Deadline to submit a complete application is May 30.

The Application for Admission to the Master in Public Health Program can be downloaded or obtained personally at our Admissions’ Office

The Master of Public Health is an evening program that lasts two academic years of three trimesters per year and one summer trimester. To receive the degree of Master of Public Health (MPH), every student must fulfill the following requirements:

 

  1. Satisfactorily complete the assigned curriculum requirements for the degree, with a GPA of 3.00 on a four-point grading scale:

 

Enviromental Health Epidemiology General
Requirements Credits Credits Credits
Required 48 46 48
Electives 5 7 5
Applied Practice Experience 2 2 2
Integrative Learning Experience 0 0 0
Fieldwork Experience 0 0 0
Total 55 55 55
  1. Demonstrate a behavior acceptable to academic faculty and supervisors.
  2. Satisfactorily meet all financial and library obligations.
  3. Attend in person the rehearsal and commencement program at which time the degree is awarded.

 

Grading System

All courses and grades obtained will appear on the student’s academic record, including elective courses taken at other institutions.

 

All departments establish evaluation criteria for the successful completion of courses taught by the department. These criteria are made available to the students at the beginning of the course. It indicates the number of examinations, quizzes, laboratory exercises, grading procedures and practical tests with their weight. The grading system for graduate students is as follows:

 

Letter Grade
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
F Below 70
E Extended
I Incomplete
IP In Progress
P Pass
NP Not Pass
W Withdrawal
AW Administrative Withdrawal

Introduction

A Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) has been established to ensure that the MPH students completes the academic program within the acceptable time frame and with the expected quality of performance. This policy also ensures that the student financial aid requirements set forth by federal regulations have been met. Student’s academic progress should be evaluated annually at the end of each academic year.

Scope

This policy applies to all MPH students enrolled at Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU).

General Requirements

    1. Time Frame for Completion of the Academic Program

    A student will be allowed a maximum time frame of two (2) years of enrollment beyond the standard of two (2) years required for the completion of the Program.

     

    The total credits for completion of a degree include those graduate courses accredited on admission to the Program.

     

    Time Frame for Completion of the Academic Program

     

    Program Standard Maximum
    Master’s in Public Health 2 years 4 years

    Definition of Full Time

    Students with an academic load of six credits or more per trimester will be considered full time master degree students.

     

    Definition of Part Time

    Students with an academic load of less than six credits per trimester will be considered a part time MPH student.

     

    • Completion of the MPH Requirements
      1. Course Requirement – Students must complete all courses within the established time frame. The Program requires a minimum of 55 credits.
      2. Performance Requirement:
        1. A student must complete each academic year with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Any student failing to meet 3.00-point GPA standard of performance or failing any course will be placed on probation and referred to the PHSU Student Promotion Committee.
        2. A minimum grade of B may be obtained in required and selective courses.
    • A minimum grade of C could be obtained in elective courses.
    • Integrative Learning Experience:
      1. Comprehensive Exams – A Comprehensive Exams (core and Specialty) must be taken upon completion of the second academic year. If the student fails the core, the specialty or both exams, he/she will have another opportunity to achieving all Public Health competences. Any student failing to meet this standard performance will be referred to the Student Promotion Committee.

Grade Requirement

In order to graduate, the student must complete all requirements and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 GPA in scale of 4.00 point. Satisfactory Academic Progress is required for financial aid eligibility and will be reviewed on a yearly basis, at the end of each academic year.

 

  1. One “F” or one “NP” in any of the courses, or a cumulative GPA less than 3.00 in the academic year is not allowed. A grade of “F” in any course will be referred to the Student Promotion Committee, to be considered for dismissal from the academic program.
  2. The student may have a maximum of two elective courses with C in record.
  3. A student repeating a course or with a GPA less than 3.00 will be considered in academic probation.
  4. If the student fails to obtain a grade of B or more in a repeated course, he/she will be referred to the Students Promotion Committee for a consideration of dismissal from the academic program.
  5. Courses with “F” grade will remain on record after they are successfully repeated, but only the new grade (s) will be used to compute the grade point average.
  6. Grades of “P” (Pass) or “NP” (No Pass) are applicable to the qualifying examination. Grades of “P” (Pass) or “NP” (No Pass) are applicable to the capstone.
  7. A grade of “I” (Incomplete) will only be allowed under very special circumstances as determined by the faculty member teaching that particular course. The student must remove the “I” (Incomplete) by the end of the following trimester or an administrative “F” will replace it.
  8. Graduate courses not offered at PHSU could be taken at other institution only with permission and approval of the MPH Track Coordinator, Associate Dean for Public Health and the Dean for Health Sciences.
  9. If the student obtained a reversed dismissal, he/she won’t be in satisfactory academic progress and is considered both on academic and financial aid probation.

Financial Aid Eligibility

A student failing to meet the program requirements will be dismissed. Students notified that they are to be dismissed from program, have the right to appeal the case in writing to the University President within seven working days after receiving the notification.

The Appeal or Due Process for Dismissal

Students who are notified by the Program’s Academic Dean a decision of the Students Promotion Committee that he/she must repeat failed courses during the next academic year or to be dismissed from the program, have the right to appeal the decision within seven working days after receiving the notification.

 

The appeal or due process presented below must be followed.

 

The student will appeal in writing to the Students Promotion Committee (SPC) and include all relevant documentation to support the request.  The Committee will evaluate the reasons and evidence submitted to determine if they change their initial decision.  After the meeting, the SPC has 48 hours to submit its decision to the Program’s Academic Dean, who will notify the decision to the student.

 

If the SPC sustains the adverse decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Dean of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (SBBS). The appeal must be submitted in writing within seven working days after receiving the notification.  The SBBS’ Dean will evaluate the appeal and the student’s academic record. The SBBS’ Dean can appoint a three-member Ad-Hoc Committee to re-evaluate all evidence. Rejection of the appeal by the Dean is final.

 

If an Ad-Hoc Committee is appointed, they will notify the student in writing of the date and the time when the appeal will be evaluated. After the meeting, the Ad-Hoc Committee has forty-eight (48) hours to submit a recommendation to the SBBS’Dean. The Dean will consider the Ad-Hoc Committee recommendation and make the final decision within forty-eight (48) hours.

 

Any decision will be reported to the student in writing. The decision made by the Dean of the SBBS is final.

 

The same process described above will be followed in the case that the adverse decision made by the Committee is for non-academic reasons, such as unacceptable professional behavior. The SBBS’  Dean,  or the VP for Student Affairs will refer the case to the SPC. If the recommendation of the SPC is to dismiss the student, the appeal process described above may be activated.

 

In the event that an adverse decision is made due to non-academic reasons and the SBBS’s Dean sustains the decision after the appeal process, the student may appeal to the Vice-President for Academic Affair. Any additional appeal should be submitted to the PHSU President.

Professional Behavior Requirement

The students should conduct themselves in accordance with the norms for professional conduct set forth by the Ponce Health Science University at all times.

Commitment to Public Health Philosophy

It is expected that every student be committed to the betterment of our fellow human beings as exposed by the philosophy that governs the Public Health Profession.

Academic Probation and Financial Aid Eligibility

Any student failing to meet the grade requirement might be place on academic probation for one trimester, but will be eligible for financial aid. Students that fail to comply with grade requirements after the prescribed probation time will be referred to the Student Promotion Committee for dismissal from the program.

Appeal Process for Academic and Financial Aid Probation

Students notified that the Public Health Students Promotion Committee (SPC) decided to dismiss them from the MPH Program, or that he/she must repeat failed courses during the next academic year, will have the right to appeal the decision within seven working days after receiving the notification.

The appeal or due process presented below must be followed.

The student will appeal in writing to the Public Health Students Promotion Committee (SPC). The letter should include all relevant documentation to support the request. The Committee will evaluate the reasons and evidence submitted to determine if they would change their initial decision. The SPC has 48 hours to submit its decision to the Associate Dean for Public Health, who will notify the decision to the student.

If the SPC sustains the adverse decision, the student has the right to appeal to the Dean of Health Sciences. The appeal must be submitted in writing within seven working days after receiving the last notification. The Dean of Health Sciences will evaluate the appeal and the student’s academic record. The Dean can appoint a three-member Ad-Hoc Committee to re-evaluate all evidence. Rejection of the appeal by the Dean is final.

If an Ad-Hoc Committee is appointed, they will notify the student in writing the date and time set to appealing meeting. The Ad-Hoc Committee has forty-eight (48) hours to submit a recommendation to the Dean of Health Sciences. The Dean of Health Sciences will consider the Ad-Hoc Committee recommendation and make the final decision within forty-eight (48) hours.

Any decision will be reported to the student in writing. The decision made by the Dean of Health Sciences is final.

The same process described above will be followed in the case that the adverse decision made by the Committee is for non-academic reasons, such as unacceptable professional behavior. The Associate Dean for Health Sciences or the VP for Student Affairs will refer the case to the SPC. If the recommendation of the SPC is to dismiss the student, the appeal process described above may be activated.

In the event that an adverse decision is made due to non-academic reasons and the Dean of Health Sciences sustains the decision after the appealing process, the student may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and then to the President.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid

Financial Aid eligibility is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. It is the student’s responsibility to request reinstatement of financial aid.

Enforcement

The President, the Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean for Student Affairs, the Registrar and the Financial Aid Director will receive all pertinent data to ensure proper enforcement of the policies set forth.

 

Created and Revise by V. Green & M. Roubert August 5, 2016

For more details of PHSU tuition and fees please refer to: 2018-2019 Tuition and Fees

ALL TUITION AND FEES ARE PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE REGISTRATION.

Ponce Health Sciences University reserve the right to increase the tuition or other fees as deemed necessary.

MPH General Curriculum

 

First Year

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH 5101 Fundamentals of Public Health 3
MPH 5102 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
MPH 5105 Introduction to Environmental Health 2
MPH 5103  Introduction to Epidemiology 3
MPH 6202 Inferential Biostatistics 3
MPH XXXX Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health 2
MPH 5411 Public Health Management 3
MPH 5520 Bioethics and Public Health Law 2
MPH 5600 Communication in Public Health 2
MPH 5401 Introduction to Health Care Administration 3
MPH 5502 Health Policy 2
IHD 919 Inter-Professional Perspectives in Health Disparities 1
Subtotal   29

 

Applied Practice Experience (Summer Session)

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH-7850 Practicum 2
Subtotal   31

 

Second Year

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH 7030 Research Methodology 3
MPH 7501 Behavioral Aspects of Health Disorders 2
MPH 7001 Program Planning & Evaluation in Public Health 2
MPH XXXX Emergent Diseases 3
MPH 5300 Scientific Basis of Health Interventions 2
MPH 6601 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
MPH 7240 Self-Study Topic II: Community Workshop 1
MPH 5601 Scientific Writing 3
Subtotal   49

 

Electives

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH 6030 Qualitative Methods
MPH 6120 Survey Design
MPH 7711 Nutrition & Public Health 2
MPH 7781 Risk Communication 2
MPH 7210 Seminar 3
Courses from other tracks
Integrative Learning Experience
MPH 7910 Comprehensive Exam 0
Extracurricular Graduation Requisites

Public health seminars, conferences, workshops, among others

 

0
Total   55

 

MPH Environmental Health Curriculum

 

First Year

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH 5101 Fundamentals of Public Health 3
MPH 5102 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
MPH 5105 Introduction to Environmental Health 2
MPH 5103 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
MPH 6202 Inferential Biostatistics 3
MPH XXXX Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health 2
MPH 5411 Public Health Management 3
MPH 5520 Bioethics and Public Health Law 2
MPH 5600 Communication in Public Health 2
MPH 5401 Introduction to Health Care Administration 3
MPH 5502 Health Policy 2
IHD 919 Inter-Professional Perspectives in Health Disparities 1
Subtotal   29

 

Applied Practice Experience (Summer Session)

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH 7850 Practicum 2
Subtotal   31

 

Second Year

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH 7064 Food Safety 2
MPH 7444 Air and Hazardous Waste Exposure Assessment 2
MPH 7454 Water Quality Measurements 2
MPH 7074 Environmental and Occupational Diseases 2
MPH 7414 Environmental Epidemiology 2
MPH 7024 Environmental Toxicology 2
MPH 7484 Environmental Laboratory 2
MPH 7434 Risk Assessment 2
MPH 7030 Research Methodology 3
Subtotal   50

 

Electives (Five Credits)

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH 7032 Geographic Information Systems 2
MPH 7701 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 3
MPH 7402 Environmental Management and Regulations 2
MPH 7404 Environmental Health Consulting 2
MPH 7494 Environmental Microbiology 2
MPH 7474 Statistical Methods in Environmental Health 2
Courses from Other Tracks
Integrative Learning Experience
MPH-7910 Comprehensive Exam  
Extracurricular Graduation Requisites
  Public health seminars, conferences, workshops, among others  
Subtotal   55

 

MPH Epidemiology Curriculum

 

First Year

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH-5101 Fundamentals of Public Health 3
MPH-5102 Introduction to Biostatistics 3
MPH-5105 Introduction to Environmental Health 2
MPH-5103 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
MPH-6202 Inferential Biostatistics 3
MPH-XXXX Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health 2
MPH-5411 Public Health Management 3
MPH-5520 Bioethics and Public Health Law 2
MPH-5600 Communication in Public Health 2
MPH-5401 Introduction to Health Care Administration 3
MPH-5502 Health Policy 2
IHD-919 Inter-Professional Perspectives in Health Disparities 1
Subtotal   29

 

Applied Practice Experience (Summer Session)

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH 7850 Practicum 2
Subtotal   31

 

Second Year

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH-7013 Advanced Epidemiology 3
MPH-7333 Research Methods in Epidemiology 3
MPH-5212 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology 3
MPH-7753 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 3
MPH-7073 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease 3
MPH-7023 Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance 2
Subtotal   48

 

Electives (seven credits)

CODE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MPH-5601 Scientific Writing 3
MPH-5104 Disaster Epidemiology 3
MPH-7063 Nutritional Epidemiology 3
MPH-7703 Forensic Epidemiology 2
MPH-7043 Injury Epidemiology 2
MPH-7414 Environmental Epidemiology 2
Courses from other tracks
Integrative Learning Experience
MPH-7910 Comprehensive Exam 0
Extracurricular Graduation Requisites
Public health seminars, conferences, workshops, among others
Total   55

Course Descriptions

MPH (General, Epidemiology and Environmental)

 

MPH-5101 Fundamentals of Public Health

This is an introductory first year MPH course. The course is designed to cover the basic public health competencies: biostatistics, epidemiology, program planning, behavior change, health communication, environmental health, disparities and cultural competence, leadership and management, health policy, public health ethics and professionalism and systems approaches to public health. Each class will introduce a competency that will be developed further in later public health courses at PHSU. This course will introduce the student to the basic principles and definitions within that competency and show how each is an essential component of the practice of public health. The course is unique in highlighting the interaction between these core competencies and serves as an integrating base for these competencies through application to specific health problems.

 

MPH-5102 Introduction to Biostatistics

Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical methods, analysis and interpretation in addressing public health problems. The course is designed to cover principles of biostatistics in the context of public health applications. The topics covered in this course include: methods for collecting and summarizing data, methods for evaluating the accuracy of sample estimates and techniques for making statistical inferences.

 

MPH-5310 Introduction to Environmental Health

This course will focus on ecosystem interrelationships in a comprehensive approach including the most critical human health issues due to natural and anthropogenic causes. Topics to be discussed include surface and groundwater supplies, water pollution and water quality control, private and public sewage disposal, solids and hazardous waste management, food protection and hygiene, agricultural methods and pest management, soil and land-use planning, air pollution, physical hazards, occupational health and environmental justice. All the topics will emphasize the determination of which tools are most appropriate for use for the specific issue given the prevailing circumstances. Application of scientific knowledge in problem solving and control of external factors that compromise the health and human well-being will be a priority.

 

MPH-5103 Introduction to Epidemiology

This course will cover the principles of Epidemiology as the basic science applied to public health and prevention. Topics will include mechanisms of disease transmission, indicators of morbidity and mortality, investigation of epidemics, measurement of risk, epidemiological study designs, confounding and bias. Other topics will address the application of epidemiological knowledge to the practice of different levels of prevention.

 

MPH-6202 Inferential Biostatistics

The course expands on fundamentals of statistics topics applied to Public Health given in the first trimester. The course begins with a presentation of two basic statistical methods: ANOVA and linear regression, followed by the application of basic statistical concepts such as sampling strategies, sample size estimates and non-parametric tests. Students are required to actively participate in class exercises and submit take home exercises at due dates. For in class exercises students can work in groups of 3-4 students. This is an opportunity to ask questions. In class exercises must be completed within the hour. Students that cannot complete these exercises must submit the completed exercise at the next scheduled class. In class and take-home exercises include SPSS assignments.

 

MPH-5200 Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health

The course MPH 5200 is designed to develop in the student basic literacy regarding psycho – social concepts and processes that influence health status and public health interventions. It will focus on the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology and solution of public health problems. The course content, pretend to introduce the student in the study of the socio-ecological factors responsible for health /related behaviors that lead to morbidity and premature mortality. During the class the student would also be able to analyze the current trends in the psychological, social and community dimensions of the health research. The coursework emphasizes in the principles of social and environmental factors responsible for health behavior.

 

MPH 5411 Public Health Management

This is an introductory MPH course. The course is designed to cover the basic principles, management theories generally and as applied to public health. The course objectives and public health management competencies will be achieved through sessions on practical management issues: managing people, resources, programs, time, quality as well as application of the principles of these areas of management to public health problems therefore building skills to become a successful manager required by a public health career.

 

MPH-5520 Bioethics and Public Health Law

This course will introduce the participant in the evaluation of the values or axiological context in the analysis of Public Health situations at the moment of apply deductive/inductive methodology in the process of solving such dilemmas. It is designed taking in consideration the need of including the Public Health Code of Ethics in the process of the synthesis of the reality in Public Health phenomena. The course is divided in three clusters: Principles of Bioethics, Bioethics in Public Health and applied Bioethics in Public Health. The course is an experience of dialogue, motivation, description, induction and skills development.

 

MPH-5600 Communication and Informatics in Public Health

This course will provide an overview of specialized public health applications such as registries, epidemiological databases, biosurvelliance, public health reporting alerts, quality reporting and how to adopt/use of population health functions for electronic health records and consumer functions for personal health records. In addition, this course will address the potential of public health information technology for health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

 

IHD 919 Interprofessional Perspectives in Health Disparities

This course is designed to provide a general overview of gaps in health outcomes associated with health disparities. A special emphasis will be given to the social determinants of health such as race/ethnicity, social class, socioeconomic status, sex, sexuality, nationality and migration status. The course will focus on the impact of health disparities’ impact at multiple system’s levels (e.g. Individual, patient-clinician, healthcare system, etc.).

 

MPH-5502 Public Health Policy

This two-credit course exploring inter- trans- and multi-disciplinary and team-based approaches to public health policy is a core requirement for MPH learners. Learners use a variety of problem identification, problem analysis and problem solving strategies from all disciplines of public health in building an understanding of current local, national and international public health issues. Learners assess the impact of other factors (e.g., social, legal, economic, ethical and political) on contemporary public health issues drawing on the perspectives and skills of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, global health, management, exercise science, nutrition, health communications, behavioral health, health policy, law, philosophy and prevention. The course provides learners to apply a range of principles to specific case studies and intervention examples from local, state, national and global public health agencies. In this course, the emphasis is on learning how to best define, describe and assess the policies related to a public health problem and the various policy and program options for addressing the challenge. The course uses several didactic approaches, including readings, case study analysis and discussion, lectures, teamwork and problem based learning.

 

MPH-5601 Scientific Writing

This course concentrates on the skills needed for clear and cogent scientific writing, such as needed for grant preparation and peer review journal submission. Students will learn how to structure their paper in logical order, retrieve and summarize key background information, present results clearly, build persuasive discussion sections paper and finish with credible conclusions within the limitations of the information presented in their paper. Success in the class is dependent on effective presentation of scientific information in their final project. Student-oriented approaches that address common problems such as proper use of grammar and punctuation, using and citing appropriate references and writing text without plagiarizing will be measured skill sets.

 

MPH-7001 Program Planning and Evaluation in Public Health

This course introduces common approaches to program planning and evaluation in public health and related areas. It discusses planning and evaluation representative models, concepts, processes and techniques. Emphasis is given to the planning and evaluation framework used by the Department of Health of Puerto Rico. The course also presents an analysis of the ethical conduct of planners and evaluators and the different standards in the evaluation of health programs. This course also includes practical applications, oral and written presentations.

 

MPH-6601 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

The course introduces students to concepts, structures and activities in public health practice directed toward the prevention of disease at different levels and promotion of health. Emphasis will be made on how knowledge from epidemiological studies can be utilized to develop public health policies and prevention-health promotion strategies.

 

MPH 5104 Disaster Epidemiology

The course introduces the foundations and fundamentals of disaster epidemiology. The course begins with a review of basic epidemiological principles and approach to disaster preparedness and impact evaluation. The course reviews the public health impact of natural and man-made disasters. Students are divided into groups of 2-3 students each to prepare a in-depth literature review of a disaster for presentation in a written and oral format submitted on the last day of class in lieu of a final exam. Participation by all students is obligatory for both, presentation and participation on the critique of each presentation.

 

MPH 5300 Scientific Basis of Health Interventions

The course will introduce students to the scientific basis of global diseases and state-of-the-art (SOTA) interventions. Successful students will obtain a short review of the biology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of specific diseases but the emphasis will be on strong technical grounding and evidence supporting the major interventions and new tools for disease prevention, control and case management. The course focuses primarily on communicable diseases and conditions of high global health (family planning, mental health and nutrition) import with small portion of class effort on interventions for chronic diseases. The course will be global in coverage but with an important focus on the developing world and on the health of the poor.

 

MPH 6030 Qualitative Methods

This course is an overview of the questionnaires and surveys design process with a Public Health focus. In this course the students would get knowledge, understanding the methodology of questionnaires and survey research. The class content addresses the selection, development and analysis of various types of instruments and procedures for collecting research data in the public health and epidemiological scenario. This program considers practical aspects in the construction of questionnaires including: determining questionnaire content, selection of item types and wording of items, selection of an administration method and locating existing questionnaires. The course has a quantitative focus and is oriented toward public health and epidemiological research.

 

This course addresses four major topics:

  • Concepts and strategies for designing, developing and accessing public health and epidemiological survey questionnaires.
  • Formatting, wording, coding and ordering questions and evaluation of the items and instrument.
  • Design issues for diverse modes of survey data collection.
  • Designing items and questions to measure and evaluate various key groups of variables.

 

MPH 6120 Survey Design

This course is an overview of the questionnaires and surveys design process with a Public Health focus. In this course the students would get knowledge, understanding the methodology of questionnaires and survey research. The class content addresses the selection, development and analysis of various types of instruments and procedures for collecting research data in the public health and epidemiological scenario. This program considers practical aspects in the construction of questionnaires including: determining questionnaire content, selection of item types and wording of items, selection of an administration method and locating existing questionnaires. The course has a quantitative focus and is oriented toward public health and epidemiological research.

This course addresses four major topics:

 

  • Concepts and strategies for designing, developing and accessing public health and epidemiological survey questionnaires.
  • Formatting, wording, coding and ordering questions and evaluation of the items and instrument.
  • Design issues for diverse modes of survey data collection.
  • Designing items and questions to measure and evaluate various key groups of variables.

 

MPH 7030 Research Methodology

The purpose of this course is to present the applicable principles and methods in the public health research related disciplines. It supposes a reflexive and critical analysis of the problems and factors to consider in the construction, the development and the applications of research techniques. The class will work and analyze the use and application of qualitative and quantitative techniques in public health related research projects. The study of diverse methods and techniques will emphasize in the design and development of studies in the different public health related disciplines. It intends to prepare the student in the areas related to develop independent investigation.

 

MPH 7711 Nutrition & Public Health

During this course the students will cover the principles of public health nutrition by describing methods used in the assessment of nutrition problems, the development of nutrition-related policies, programs for improving the nutritional and health status of diverse population groups. It emphasizes the distinction between populations based and individual based approaches to prevention of diet related conditions, as well as the societal, economic, environmental and institutional determinants of food intake and nutritional status.

 

MPH 7781 Risk Communications

The aim of this course is to explain how public health professionals can design and execute communication plans related to either potential or actual hazards (anything that can cause morbidity or mortality). An overview of research findings, theories and applications of health communication and risk communication in public health will be presented throughout the class. This course provides tools and techniques that can be implemented in public health risk-associated situation. The course examines theories of group interaction and mass communication related to community perceptions of public health problems and practices, the impact of new technologies on public health communication, intercultural issues in health communication, among other topics.

 

MPH 6111 Health Disparities

This course will focus on social and scientific contexts, content and implications of diverse theories of disease causation, both past and present. It will evaluate the differences in health issues and diseases between cultures, geographical locations and socioeconomic status. A general overview of new molecular aspects and their importance to health disparities will be discussed.

 

MPH 7071 Aging in Public Health

Aging in Public Health is an elective course designed to provide a general background on aging from different perspectives as: demography, biology, epidemiology, physical and mental disorders, functional capacity and disability, health services, public health policies, social aspects of aging and ethical issues in the care of older individuals. Students will discuss how public health integrates the challenges and strengths of older persons in its initiatives. This course provides an overview of research, practice and policy in the field of aging and public health. Its content is relevant to students who plan to work with older persons, to researchers in fields related to aging and to students who want to better understand the aging process and how must be incorporate in public health issues.

 

MPH 7501 Behavioral Aspects of Health Disorders

This course will examine current issues related to cognitive and behavioral foundations of public health specifically considering health disorders. This is a relatively new field of public health that emphasize in the mental, emotional, behavioral and social factors that affect the onset, duration, recovery and prevention of physical illnesses in the society. It will focus on the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology and solution of public health problems. Frameworks will be examined in the content of multi-layered social systems and temporal processes of change.

 

MPH 7761 Global Health

The course will introduce students to the main concepts of the public health field and the critical links between global health and social and economic development. Students will get an overview of the determinants of health and how health status is measured. Students will also review the burden of disease, risk factors and key measures to address the burden of disease in cost-effective ways. The course will cover key concepts and frameworks but be very practical in orientation. The course will be global in coverage but with a focus on low- and middle-income countries and on the health of the poor.

 

MPH 7771 Humanitarian Operations

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the public health, primary care, health promotion, nutrition, water, risk-reduction and related priorities and programs that are considered best-practice by lead humanitarian relief organizations when they respond to complex emergencies, famine, forced migration and natural disasters in developing countries.

 

This course surveys the skills needed for designing and implementing humanitarian aid operations before, during and following emergencies affecting large populations, such as famine, complex emergencies, refugee and IDP flight and natural disasters. The course will attempt to define frameworks for analyzing, preparing and implementing response to the myriad of different of humanitarian crisis situations facing the world today. Distinguishing features and responses for different kinds of crises will be explored as well as the variety of funders, implementers and policy makers involved.

 

MPH 7791 Bioterrorism and Public Health

During the course of the studies students will learn about the basics of terrorism, bio-terrorism, nuclear or radiological terrorism and the phases of preparation, mitigation and response to an event of terrorism.

 

MPH 7900 Capstone I and II

The Culminating Experience (CE) is an integrating experience, requisite for graduation in the Master in Public Health. It provides an opportunity for students to reflect, integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired during classroom and practice experiences, while pursuing their public health degree. The CE serves as evidence of the public health learning experience and occurs after the majority of course requirements are completed.

 

There are two options for the culminating experience approved by the Public Health Program of Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), either a comprehensive exam or a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project will be completed over the course of the academic year of the expected graduation date. The Capstone-related work is divided in: Pre-Capstone Project, Capstone Project I and Capstone Project II. This course syllabus describes the Capstone Project I.

 

The Capstone Project requires that students apply public health competencies and principles to the development or implementation of a special project in a selected domain of professional public health practice. The final products of the Capstone Project I will be: (1) a Capstone Project Proposal approved by the Capstone Faculty Advisor; (2) Competencies Form; and (3) an authorization letter from the PHSU Institutional Review Board, if applicable. Students can ask for input or feedback during the preparation of their Capstone Project Proposal but each individual must independently prepare a product with a unique focus. The guidelines for the Capstone Project are available in the Culminating Experience Manual of the Public Health Program (under development).

 

MPH 7910 Comprehensive Exam

The culminating experience is one trimester integrating requisite mandatory for graduation for the Master in Public Health. The purpose of the Culminating Experience is to provide an opportunity for students to reflect, integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired during classroom and practice experiences while pursuing their public health degree. The CE serves as evidence of acquisition of public health competences and occurs after majority of course requirements are completed.

 

This course describes comprehensive exam, one form of culminating experience approved by PSMHS Public Health Program. The comprehensive exam requires that students demonstrate capacity of basic public health competences and principles as well as concentration competencies. Students will prove ability to integrate material acquired in their academic program and to apply their knowledge to issues pertinent to public health profession. The exam is designed to reflect general public health program learning objectives as well overall concentration learning objectives. The exam should reflect the students’ ability to integrate across their coursework. It is not a retesting of individual courses. The exam consists of two parts: core and concentration. It will be taken at the end of trimester, each part in a different day. The procedures to take the MPH comprehensive exam are available in the student manual Culminating Experience Guidelines: Student Manual.

 

Master in Public Health in Epidemiology

 

MPH-5101 Fundamentals of Public Health

This is an introductory first year MPH course. The course is designed to cover the basic public health competencies: biostatistics, epidemiology, program planning, behavior change, health communication, environmental health, disparities and cultural competence, leadership and management, health policy, public health ethics and professionalism and systems approaches to public health. Each class will introduce a competency that will be developed further in later public health courses at PHSU. This course will introduce the student to the basic principles and definitions within that competency and show how each is an essential component of the practice of public health. The course is unique in highlighting the interaction between these core competencies and serves as an integrating base for these competencies through application to specific health problems.

 

MPH-5102 Introduction to Biostatistics

Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical methods, analysis and interpretation in addressing public health problems. The course is designed to cover principles of biostatistics in the context of public health applications. The topics covered in this course include: methods for collecting and summarizing data, methods for evaluating the accuracy of sample estimates and techniques for making statistical inferences.

 

MPH-5310 Introduction to Environmental Health

This course will focus on ecosystem interrelationships in a comprehensive approach including the most critical human health issues due to natural and anthropogenic causes. Topics to be discussed include surface and groundwater supplies, water pollution and water quality control, private and public sewage disposal, solids and hazardous waste management, food protection and hygiene, agricultural methods and pest management, soil and land-use planning, air pollution, physical hazards, occupational health and environmental justice. All the topics will emphasize the determination of which tools are most appropriate for use for the specific issue given the prevailing circumstances. Application of scientific knowledge in problem solving and control of external factors that compromise the health and human well-being will be a priority.

 

MPH-5103 Introduction to Epidemiology

This course will cover the principles of Epidemiology as the basic science applied to public health and prevention. Topics will include mechanisms of disease transmission, indicators of morbidity and mortality, investigation of epidemics, measurement of risk, epidemiological study designs, confounding and bias. Other topics will address the application of epidemiological knowledge to the practice of different levels of prevention.

 

MPH-6202 Inferential Biostatistics

The course expands on fundamentals of statistics topics applied to Public Health given in the first trimester. The course begins with a presentation of two basic statistical methods: ANOVA and linear regression, followed by the application of basic statistical concepts such as sampling strategies, sample size estimates and non-parametric tests. Students are required to actively participate in class exercises and submit take home exercises at due dates. For in class exercises students can work in groups of 3-4 students. This is an opportunity to ask questions. In class exercises must be completed within the hour. Students that cannot complete these exercises must submit the completed exercise at the next scheduled class. In class and take home exercises include SPSS assignments.

 

MPH-5200 Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health

The course MPH 5200 is designed to develop in the student basic literacy regarding psycho – social concepts and processes that influence health status and public health interventions. It will focus on the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology and solution of public health problems. The course content, pretend to introduce the student in the study of the socio-ecological factors responsible for health /related behaviors that lead to morbidity and premature mortality. During the class the student would also be able to analyze the current trends in the psychological, social and community dimensions of the health research. The coursework emphasize in the principles of social and environmental factors responsible for health behavior.

 

MPH 5411 Public Health Management

This is an introductory MPH course. The course is designed to cover the basic principles, management theories generally and as applied to public health. The course objectives and public health management competencies will be achieved through sessions on practical management issues: managing people, resources, programs, time, quality as well as application of the principles of these areas of management to public health problems therefore building skills to become a successful manager required by a public health career.

 

MPH-5520 Bioethics and Public Health Law

This course will introduce the participant in the evaluation of the values or axiological context in the analysis of Public Health situations at the moment of apply deductive/inductive methodology in the process of solving such dilemmas. It is designed taking in consideration the need of including the Public Health Code of Ethics in the process of the synthesis of the reality in Public Health phenomena. The course is divided in three clusters: Principles of Bioethics, Bioethics in Public Health and applied Bioethics in Public Health. The course is an experience of dialogue, motivation, description, induction and skills development.

 

MPH-5600 Communication and Informatics in Public Health

This course will provide an overview of specialized public health applications such as registries, epidemiological databases, biosurvelliance, public health reporting alerts, quality reporting and how to adopt/use of population health functions for electronic health records and consumer functions for personal health records. In addition, this course will address the potential of public health information technology for health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

 

IHD 9190 Interprofessional Perspectives in Health Disparities

This course is designed to provide a general overview of gaps in health outcomes associated with health disparities. A special emphasis will be given to the social determinants of health such as race/ethnicity, social class, socioeconomic status, sex, sexuality, nationality and migration status. The course will focus on the impact of health disparities’ impact at multiple system’s levels (e.g. Individual, patient-clinician, healthcare system, etc.).

 

MPH 7850 – Practicum (200 hrs)

The Practicum is a two-credit requirement during which the student works a minimum of 200 hours in the field under the supervision of an approved site preceptor. It is intended to provide students with an opportunity to synthesize, integrate and apply practical skills, knowledge and training learned in courses, to gain professional experience in a public health work environment and to work on public health practice projects that are of particular interest.

 

It is structured as a three-way partnership between the student, PSMHS and a sponsoring agency/organization and each Practicum must be pre-approved, planned, supervised and evaluated in order for a student to receive credit. Student plans are guided by a set of course competencies outlined below. For those who are new to the field of public health, the Practicum serves as an important first step in a public health career, providing an introduction to the practical skills and experience necessary for a productive and fulfilling career. For students who have had prior work experience, the Practicum provides the opportunity to hone skills or to gain new experience in a different area of specialization.

 

The Practicum may be done in conjunction with the Culminating Experience in which the knowledge gained through both experiences are integrated to produce a final product. Students planning to combine their Practicum and Culminating Experience must have their proposals pre-approved by both the Practicum Director and their Faculty Advisor.

 

During the Practicum, students will be required to use the PSMHS Practicum Website https://sites.google.com/site/psmpublichealthmphpracticum/ on a regular basis. All of the required practicum forms (e.g. Practicum Plan) will be available on this site. In addition, specific departmental materials will be available on this site.

***All students completing an international practicum must comply with the University’s International Travel Policy, by completing the necessary application and approval forms and receiving approval for travel***

 

MPH-7013 Advanced Epidemiology

This course will cover advanced concepts of Epidemiology that arise in the planning, analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic research studies. Topics will include measures of disease occurrence, measures of association between exposures and outcomes, bias, confounding, interaction, stratification and adjustment, multivariate analysis, indices of validity and reliability and reporting epidemiologic results. Lectures and assigned readings will be combined with practical exercises involving simulated epidemiologic studies in which students will analyze and interpret results from data sets, using different software programs (SPSS®, Epiinfo®, SPSS®).

 

MPH-5601 Scientific Writing

This course concentrates on the skills needed for clear and cogent scientific writing, such as needed for grant preparation and peer review journal submission. Students will learn how to structure their paper in logical order, retrieve and summarize key background information, present results clearly, build persuasive discussion sections paper and finish with credible conclusions within the limitations of the information presented in their paper. Success in the class is dependent on effective presentation of scientific information in their final project. Student-oriented approaches that address common problems such as proper use of grammar and punctuation, using and citing appropriate references and writing text without plagiarizing will be measured skill sets.

 

MPH-7333 Research Methods in Epidemiology

The course will cover the principles of research methodology by describing methods used in the assessment of public health problems and clinical research. The students learn to set up the rationale for a research, selecting an appropriate methodology for collecting, analyzing and interpreting data and then, communicating the results for scientific publications and to influence health policy.

 

MPH-5212 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

This course provides a completed introductory statistics or biostatistics and multiple linear regression models. Understand the basic statistical concepts of sampling variation, parameter estimation and statistical hypothesis tests. The student will understand how to fit multiple linear regression models, how to interpret regression coefficients in these models and how to perform hypothesis tests about regression coefficients. You should be familiar with case-control, cross-sectional and cohort study designs.

 

MPH-7753 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

This course presents an epidemiologic survey of infectious diseases of Puerto Rico, the United States and abroad. The course is divided in two parts. The first part includes basic epidemiological and statistical methods used in the prevention, control and identification of major risk factors, vector transmission and etiology of infectious diseases. The second part encompasses detailed discussions of the Epidemiology of selected illnesses such as dengue, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis C, malaria, nosocomial infections, tuberculosis and other selected infectious diseases are included.

 

MPH-7073 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases

This advanced epidemiology course is intended to be a survey of the major chronic diseases with emphasis on recent epidemiology research and findings. The first series of sessions will cover general concepts of chronic disease epidemiology, methodology, surveillance, screening, risk factors and models of causation. The rest of the course will cover specific chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer (lung, colon, breast and prostate), diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and others. These chronic diseases will be discussed from the points of view of their morbidity and mortality patterns, risk factors, causation and prevention. Educational strategies will include presentations by both the professor and students.

 

MPH 5104 Disaster Epidemiology

The course introduces the foundations and fundamentals of disaster epidemiology. The course begins with a review of basic epidemiological principles and approach to disaster preparedness and impact evaluation. The course reviews the public health impact of natural and man-made disasters. Students are divided into groups of 2-3 students each to prepare a in-depth literature review of a disaster for presentation in a written and oral format submitted on the last day of class in lieu of a final exam. Participation by all students is obligatory for both, presentation and participation on the critique of each presentation.

 

MPH 7063 Nutritional Epidemiology

This course is designed for students conducting epidemiological studies relating diet and nutritional status to disease and health. The purpose of this course is to examine methodologies used in nutritional epidemiological studies and to review the current state of knowledge regarding diet and other nutritional indicators as etiologic factors in disease.

 

MPH 7703 Forensic Epidemiology

During the course students will develop the integration capabilities of the forensic sciences to public health, will cover as investigates an outbreak taking as a basis the premises of the criminal investigation and apply epidemiological methodology to the investigation of the violent events, crimes in series and prevention.

 

MPH 7043 Injury Epidemiology

The course introduces the foundations and fundamentals of injury prevention, control and safety promotion. The course begins with a review of basic epidemiological principles and approach to injury prevention and control. The second part of the course applies these principles to the most important injuries of public health importance in two broad areas: non-intentional and intentional injuries. Students are divided into groups of 3-4 students each to prepare a in-depth evaluation of an injury topic in Puerto Rico. A written and oral presentation is submitted on the last day of class in lieu of a final exam. Participation by all students is obligatory for both, presentation and participation on the critique of each presentation.

MPH 7414 Environmental Epidemiology

This course aims to introduce students to methods commonly used by epidemiologists and statisticians to investigate the relationship between health outcomes and environmental factors. A number of published studies will be used to illustrate the methods described. By the end of the course, students should improve their comprehension of published epidemiologic literature and have knowledge of types of methods used in environmental epidemiology, including an appreciation of their limitations. The students will gain understanding of the application of epidemiological methods to study environmental-related diseases and be capable to design and conduct a number of these methods.

 

MPH 6302 SURVIVAL ANALYSIS

This course will cover topics in both discrete data analysis and applied survival analysis. Other topics to cover include discrete data analysis including logistic, regression, exact inference and conditional logistic regression. This short survey of discrete data topics will provide a natural transition to analysis of survival data. Survival topics include: hazard, survivor and cumulative hazard functions, Kaplan-Meir and actuarial estimation of the survival distribution, comparison of survival using log rank and other tests, regression models, including the Cox proportional hazards model and accelerated failure time model, adjustment for time-varying covariates and use of parametric distributions (exponential, Waybill) in survival analysis.

 

MPH 7900 Capstone I and II

The Culminating Experience (CE) is an integrating experience, requisite for graduation in the Master in Public Health. It provides an opportunity for students to reflect, integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired during classroom and practice experiences, while pursuing their public health degree. The CE serves as evidence of the public health learning experience and occurs after the majority of course requirements are completed.

 

There are two options for the culminating experience approved by the Public Health Program of Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), either a comprehensive exam or a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project will be completed over the course of the academic year of the expected graduation date. The Capstone-related work is divided in: Pre-Capstone Project, Capstone Project I and Capstone Project II. This course syllabus describes the Capstone Project I.

 

The Capstone Project requires that students apply public health competencies and principles to the development or implementation of a special project in a selected domain of professional public health practice. The final products of the Capstone Project I will be: (1) a Capstone Project Proposal approved by the Capstone Faculty Advisor; (2) Competencies Form; and (3) an authorization letter from the PHSU Institutional Review Board, if applicable. Students can ask for input or feedback during the preparation of their Capstone Project Proposal but each individual must independently prepare a product with a unique focus. The guidelines for the Capstone Project are available in the Culminating Experience Manual of the Public Health Program (under development).

 

MPH 7910 Integrative Learning Experience

The culminating experience is one trimester integrating requisite mandatory for graduation for the Master in Public Health. The purpose of the Culminating Experience is to provide an opportunity for students to reflect, integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired during classroom and practice experiences while pursuing their public health degree. The CE serves as evidence of acquisition of public health competences and occurs after majority of course requirements are completed.

 

This course describes comprehensive exam, one form of culminating experience approved by PSMHS Public Health Program. The comprehensive exam requires that students demonstrate capacity of basic public health competences and principles as well as concentration competencies. Students will prove ability to integrate material acquired in their academic program and to apply their knowledge to issues pertinent to public health profession. The exam is designed to reflect general public health program learning objectives as well overall concentration learning objectives. The exam should reflect the students’ ability to integrate across their coursework. It is not a retesting of individual courses. The exam consists of two parts: core and concentration. It will be taken at the end of trimester, each part in a different day. The procedures to take the MPH comprehensive exam are available in the student manual Culminating Experience Guidelines: Student Manual.

 

Master in Public Health Environmental

 

MPH-5101 Fundamentals of Public Health

This is an introductory first year MPH course. The course is designed to cover the basic public health competencies: biostatistics, epidemiology, program planning, behavior change, health communication, environmental health, disparities and cultural competence, leadership and management, health policy, public health ethics and professionalism and systems approaches to public health. Each class will introduce a competency that will be developed further in later public health courses at PHSU. This course will introduce the student to the basic principles and definitions within that competency and show how each is an essential component of the practice of public health. The course is unique in highlighting the interaction between these core competencies and serves as an integrating base for these competencies through application to specific health problems.

 

MPH-5102 Introduction to Biostatistics

Biostatistics is the development and application of statistical methods, analysis and interpretation in addressing public health problems. The course is designed to cover principles of biostatistics in the context of public health applications. The topics covered in this course include: methods for collecting and summarizing data, methods for evaluating the accuracy of sample estimates and techniques for making statistical inferences.

 

MPH-5310 Introduction to Environmental Health

This course will focus on ecosystem interrelationships in a comprehensive approach including the most critical human health issues due to natural and anthropogenic causes. Topics to be discussed include surface and groundwater supplies, water pollution and water quality control, private and public sewage disposal, solids and hazardous waste management, food protection and hygiene, agricultural methods and pest management, soil and land-use planning, air pollution, physical hazards, occupational health and environmental justice. All the topics will emphasize the determination of which tools are most appropriate for use for the specific issue given the prevailing circumstances. Application of scientific knowledge in problem solving and control of external factors that compromise the health and human well-being will be a priority.

 

MPH-5103 Introduction to Epidemiology

This course will cover the principles of Epidemiology as the basic science applied to public health and prevention. Topics will include mechanisms of disease transmission, indicators of morbidity and mortality, investigation of epidemics, measurement of risk, epidemiological study designs, confounding and bias. Other topics will address the application of epidemiological knowledge to the practice of different levels of prevention.

 

MPH-6202 Inferential Biostatistics

The course expands on fundamentals of statistics topics applied to Public Health given in the first trimester. The course begins with a presentation of two basic statistical methods: ANOVA and linear regression, followed by the application of basic statistical concepts such as sampling strategies, sample size estimates and non-parametric tests. Students are required to actively participate in class exercises and submit take home exercises at due dates. For in class exercises students can work in groups of 3-4 students.

 

MPH-5200 Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health

The course MPH 5200 is designed to develop in the student basic literacy regarding psycho – social concepts and processes that influence health status and public health interventions. It will focus on the contribution of social and behavioral sciences to the understanding of the distribution, etiology and solution of public health problems. The course content, pretend to introduce the student in the study of the socio-ecological factors responsible for health /related behaviors that lead to morbidity and premature mortality. During the class the student would also be able to analyze the current trends in the psychological, social and community dimensions of the health research. The coursework emphasize in the principles of social and environmental factors responsible for health behavior.

 

MPH 5411 Public Health Management

This is an introductory MPH course. The course is designed to cover the basic principles, management theories generally and as applied to public health. The course objectives and public health management competencies will be achieved through sessions on practical management issues: managing people, resources, programs, time, quality as well as application of the principles of these areas of management to public health problems therefore building skills to become a successful manager required by a public health career.

 

MPH-5520 Bioethics and Public Health Law

This course will introduce the participant in the evaluation of the values or axiological context in the analysis of Public Health situations at the moment of apply deductive/inductive methodology in the process of solving such dilemmas. It is designed taking in consideration the need of including the Public Health Code of Ethics in the process of the synthesis of the reality in Public Health phenomena. The course is divided in three clusters: Principles of Bioethics, Bioethics in Public Health and applied Bioethics in Public Health. The course is an experience of dialogue, motivation, description, induction and skills development.

 

MPH-5600 Communication and Informatics in Public Health

This course will provide an overview of specialized public health applications such as registries, epidemiological databases, biosurvelliance, public health reporting alerts, quality reporting and how to adopt/use of population health functions for electronic health records and consumer functions for personal health records. In addition, this course will address the potential of public health information technology for health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

 

This is an opportunity to ask questions. In class exercises must be completed within the hour. Students that cannot complete these exercises must submit the completed exercise at the next scheduled class. In class and take home exercises include SPSS assignments.

 

IHD 9190 Interprofessional Perspectives in Health Disparities

This course is designed to provide a general overview of gaps in health outcomes associated with health disparities. A special emphasis will be given to the social determinants of health such as race/ethnicity, social class, socioeconomic status, sex, sexuality, nationality and migration status. The course will focus on the impact of health disparities’ impact at multiple system’s levels (e.g. Individual, patient-clinician, healthcare system, etc.).

 

MPH 7850 – Practicum (200 hrs)

The Practicum is a two credits requirement during which the student works a minimum of 200 hours in the field under the supervision of an approved site preceptor. It is intended to provide students with an opportunity to synthesize, integrate and apply practical skills, knowledge and training learned in courses, to gain professional experience in a public health work environment and to work on public health practice projects that are of particular interest.

 

It is structured as a three-way partnership between the student, PSMHS and a sponsoring agency/organization and each Practicum must be pre-approved, planned, supervised and evaluated in order for a student to receive credit. Student plans are guided by a set of course competencies outlined below. For those who are new to the field of public health, the Practicum serves as an important first step in a public health career, providing an introduction to the practical skills and experience necessary for a productive and fulfilling career. For students who have had prior work experience, the Practicum provides the opportunity to hone skills or to gain new experience in a different area of specialization.

 

The Practicum may be done in conjunction with the Culminating Experience in which the knowledge gained through both experiences are integrated to produce a final product. Students planning to combine their Practicum and Culminating Experience must have their proposals pre-approved by both the Practicum Director and their Faculty Advisor.

 

During the Practicum, students will be required to use the PSMHS Practicum Website https://sites.google.com/site/psmpublichealthmphpracticum/ on a regular basis. All of the required practicum forms (e.g. Practicum Plan) will be available on this site. In addition, specific departmental materials will be available on this site.

 

***All students completing an international practicum must comply with the University’s International Travel Policy, by completing the necessary application and approval forms and receiving approval for travel***  MPH 7032 Geographic Information System

 

MPH-7064 Food Safety

Students will be introduced to the essentials of food safety and sanitation. Major concepts include: food safety and sanitation management, Chemical and biological agents implicated in food borne disease, hazards to food safety, factors that affect food-borne illness, following the food flow, the hazards analysis critical control point system, a safety assurance process, sanitizing operations, environmental sanitation and maintenance, accident prevention, education training and food safety regulations.

 

MPH-7444 Air and Hazardous Waste Pollutants Exposure Assessment

This course will develop the skills to identify contaminants that might pose and adverse effect to people health and the environment. It will provide the skills to design exposure studies applicable to public health investigations, veterinary health investigations and health risk assessments. Exposure to chemical, physical or biological hazardous agents can occur through inhalation, ingestion and dermal contact with air, water and other fluids, foods, objects and surfaces. The course will teach a variety of techniques that can be used to measure or estimate human exposures to hazardous agents, both on an individual and population basis.

 

MPH-7454 Water Quality Measurements

This course will focus on biological, chemical and physical water quality characterization that occurred in the aquatic ecosystems and water treatment plants. Natural and human activities that impact these systems with contaminants will be discussed by using the watershed perspective. The course will emphasize in the historic tendencies about: superficial and underground water supplies problems; water body management; drinking water process and wastewater management in a comprehensive approach. Engineering management practices and methodologies in minimizing contaminant inputs and restoring contaminated waters to prevent and control health diseases will be main topics. Federal and State law and regulations will be the base for all water quality discussions. The student will apply concepts of ecology, aquatic ecosystems and environmental regulations.

 

MPH-7074 Environmental and Occupational Diseases

The course is intended to introduce students to the basic core concepts of occupational health. Work‐related health disorders and diseases that arise due to the interaction of employees and self‐employed persons with their working environment will be presented. Modern approaches in occupational health aiming to improve workers’ health and well‐being, as well as productivity will be discussed. Students will be introduced to major occupational health related diseases including those of the musculoskeletal system, the lungs and the skin, as well as accidents. This course is intended to allow students to understand the interaction of the workplace and environment on the health and well‐being of the workforce.

 

MPH-7414 Environmental Epidemiology

This course aims to introduce students to methods commonly used by epidemiologists and statisticians to investigate the relationship between health outcomes and environmental factors. A number of published studies will be used to illustrate the methods described. By the end of the course, students should improve their comprehension of published epidemiologic literature and have knowledge of types of methods used in environmental epidemiology, including an appreciation of their limitations. The students will gain understanding of the application of epidemiological methods to study environmental-related diseases and be capable to design and conduct a number of these methods.

 

MPH-7024 Environmental Toxicology

Environmental toxicology is the study of the nature, properties, effects and detection of Toxic Substances in the environment and in any environmentally exposed species, including humans. This course will provide students a general understanding of toxicology related to the environment. Elementary toxicological concepts will be covered including general definitions, dose‐response relationships, absorption of toxicants, distribution and storage of toxicants, biotransformation and elimination of toxicants and target organ toxicity.

 

MPH-7484 Environmental Laboratory

In this course students will learn the basic techniques for physical, chemical and microbiological analysis of environmental samples including: wastewater, drinking water, soil, foods, air and radiation. The students will have the opportunity to take samples on site for its respective analysis in the laboratory. The data collected from these experiences will be used to develop a written report in a format similar to a public health journal. The students should demonstrate practical, technical and analytical skills of collecting samples and further analysis for environmental interpretation.

 

MPH-7434 Risk Assessment

This course is intended to introduce and explain the basic of risk assessment process and to identify risk assessment benchmarks currently use in environmental and public health. The first series of sessions will cover general concepts of risk assessment, frameworks for risk assessment and risk management and the contributions of public health discipline in the risk assessment. The rest of the course will cover radiological, microbial, chemical risk assessment. The course also presents the Environmental Protection Agency method for risk analysis and how it is use risk analysis as scientific basis for policy decisions.

MPH 7032 Geographic Information System

The course introduces basic applications of GIS technology in Public Health. The course is designed to help students develop basic skills in using GIS software applied to public health issues. The course aims to help students develop insight into populations health issues through the application of geographic visualization by creating maps with relevant information that allows for describing the relations of several factors to a public health problem and thus be able to define it and provide possible explanations for its spatial distribution and relationships. These overall aims are approached through practical exercises, discussion, reading assignments and group projects.

 

MPH 7701 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

The course will provide participant with basic practical information to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control potential or existing occupational hazards. Participants will be able to define terms and basic regulatory requirements, describe the effects of various chemical, physical and biological agents and consider appropriate control measures. Also, the attendees will be able to perform basic Industrial Hygiene calculations.

 

Participants will learn the basics skills and concepts to protect the health and safety of workers through the control of workplace environmental factors which can cause occupational disease. Course topics include recognition and evaluation of chemical, physical and biological exposures; ergonomic hazards; radiation hazards; thermal stress; ventilation; and programs related to controlling industrial hygiene stressors.

 

MPH 7402 Environmental Management and Regulations

This course will provide a description of the federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues. At the same time it will develop the skills to identify and manage contaminants that might pose and adverse effect to people health and the environment. The course will teach a variety of techniques that can be used to effectively manage the activities that might pose an adverse effect to our health and environment.

 

This course will provide a description of the federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues. At the same time it will develop the skills to identify and manage contaminants that might pose and adverse effect to people health and the environment. The course will teach a variety of techniques that can be used to effectively manage the activities that might pose an adverse effect to our health and environment.

 

MPH 7404 Environmental Health Consulting

Environmental health includes the evaluation and control of the environmental factors that can potentially affect health. This course will focus on the analysis and evaluation of environmental issues affecting human health and the environment as a results of natural and anthropogenic causes. Topics to be discussed include federal and state regulatory programs, guidelines and authorities that control environmental health issues. The participant will acquire knowledge of the problems associates to surface and groundwater supplies, water pollution and water quality control, private and public sewage disposal, solids and hazardous waste management, food protection, agricultural activities, soil and land-use planning, air pollution, pollution prevention and environmental justice. The course will teach a variety of techniques that can be used to effectively provide consulting in environmental health.

 

MPH 7030 Research Methodology

The purpose of this course is to present the applicable principles and methods in the public health research related disciplines. It supposes a reflexive and critical analysis of the problems and factors to consider in the construction, the development and the applications of research techniques. The class will work and analyze the use and application of qualitative and quantitative techniques in public health related research projects. The study of diverse methods and techniques will emphasize in the design and development of studies in the different public health related disciplines. It intends to prepare the student in the areas related to develop independent investigation.

 

MPH 7030 Research Methodology

The purpose of this course is to present the applicable principles and methods in the public health research related disciplines. It supposes a reflexive and critical analysis of the problems and factors to consider in the construction, the development and the applications of research techniques. The class will work and analyze the use and application of qualitative and quantitative techniques in public health related research projects. The study of diverse methods and techniques will emphasize in the design and development of studies in the different public health related disciplines. It intends to prepare the student in the areas related to develop independent investigation.

 

MPH 7494 Environmental Microbiology

This course will focus on the role of the environment in the transmission of diseases of public health importance. The course will provide some practical laboratory activities to develop skills and techniques for finding and identifying microbes in the environment. It will explore topics including: cellular architecture; microbes in terrestrial environments, aero-microbiology; aquatic environment microbiology; environmental sampling collection and analysis; immunological methods; nucleic acid-based methods of analysis; biogeochemical cycling alterations & bioremediation; microorganisms & pollutants degradation; indicators microorganisms; drinking & wastewater systems; food microbiology; and microbes in solid waste systems.

 

MPH 7474 Statistical Methods in Environmental Health

Environmental statistics is the application of statistical methods to problems concerning the environment. This course provides an overview of statistical methods used for evaluate health effects of environmental contamination. Students will examine and be familiar with data sources available for research in environmental health. The course presents covers methods that are common in environmental epidemiology and some that are unique to this discipline. Students will review the use of standard methods for relating exposure/hazards, disease mapping and clustering techniques, time-series analysis and modeling. The course focuses on applications in a variety of different areas including air and water pollution, environmental monitoring and risk assessment.

 

MPH 6030 Qualitative Methods

This course is intended to provide an introduction to qualitative data collection and analysis in global health settings. Through readings, lectures and short field exercise, students will become acquainted with the set of methods most commonly used to collect qualitative data in global health settings. These will include in-depth interviewing, mapping, participant observation, focus groups and systematic methods of qualitative data collection. Such methods are often used for rapid ethnographic assessment but also useful for conducting community based participant research. After completing the course students will be able to prepare an interview guide, conduct an in-depth interview, analyze and write up the results from a qualitative field project.

 

MPH 7791 Bioterrorism and Public Health

During the course of the studies students will learn about the basics of terrorism, bio-terrorism, nuclear or radiological terrorism and the phases of preparation, mitigation and response to an event of terrorism.

 

MPH 7761 Global Health

The course will introduce students to the main concepts of the public health field and the critical links between global health and social and economic development. Students will get an overview of the determinants of health and how health status is measured. Students will also review the burden of disease, risk factors and key measures to address the burden of disease in cost-effective ways. The course will cover key concepts and frameworks but be very practical in orientation. The course will be global in coverage but with a focus on low- and middle-income countries and on the health of the poor.

 

MPH 7900 Capstone I and II

The Culminating Experience (CE) is an integrating experience, requisite for graduation in the Master in Public Health. It provides an opportunity for students to reflect, integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired during classroom and practice experiences, while pursuing their public health degree. The CE serves as evidence of the public health learning experience and occurs after the majority of course requirements are completed.

 

There are two options for the culminating experience approved by the Public Health Program of Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), either a comprehensive exam or a Capstone Project. The Capstone Project will be completed over the course of the academic year of the expected graduation date. The Capstone-related work is divided in: Pre-Capstone Project, Capstone Project I and Capstone Project II. This course syllabus describes the Capstone Project I.

 

The Capstone Project requires that students apply public health competencies and principles to the development or implementation of a special project in a selected domain of professional public health practice. The final products of the Capstone Project I will be: (1) a Capstone Project Proposal approved by the Capstone Faculty Advisor; (2) Competencies Form; and (3) an authorization letter from the PHSU Institutional Review Board, if applicable. Students can ask for input or feedback during the preparation of their Capstone Project Proposal but each individual must independently prepare a product with a unique focus. The guidelines for the Capstone Project are available in the Culminating Experience Manual of the Public Health Program (under development).

 

MPH 7910 Comprehensive Exam

The culminating experience is one trimester integrating requisite mandatory for graduation for the Master in Public Health. The purpose of the Culminating Experience is to provide an opportunity for students to reflect, integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired during classroom and practice experiences while pursuing their public health degree. The CE serves as evidence of acquisition of public health competences and occurs after majority of course requirements are completed.

 

This course describes comprehensive exam, one form of culminating experience approved by PSMHS Public Health Program. The comprehensive exam requires that students demonstrate capacity of basic public health competences and principles as well as concentration competencies. Students will prove ability to integrate material acquired in their academic program and to apply their knowledge to issues pertinent to public health profession. The exam is designed to reflect general public health program learning objectives as well overall concentration learning objectives. The exam should reflect the students’ ability to integrate across their coursework. It is not a retesting of individual courses. The exam consists of two parts: core and concentration. It will be taken at the end of trimester, each part in a different day. The procedures to take the MPH comprehensive exam are available in the student manual Culminating Experience Guidelines: Student Manual.

Ponce Health Sciences University is pleased that you have selected our institution to continue with your academic and professional goals. The Office of Student Financial provides you with the information and tools to assist you in reaching educational goals. Please take your time to navigate through the various links we have provided and feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office if you need more information: psmfinstu@psm.edu

Financial Aid Application Process Links
Important Links (External):

Important Links for PHSU application forms and manual

PHSU Financial Aid Application – click to download the form
– Request for Aid and Loans
– Student Authorization

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– Student Financial Aid Manual

Federal Financial Aid Programs

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loan: students who meet the requirements established by the US Department of Education may receive a Direct Loan, according to the academic program: graduate and professional students are eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year. As an institution that previously participated in the HEAL Programs our MD, Doctorate and PhD in Clinical Psychology, as well as certain Master Degree Programs might be eligible for additional amount of loan. The amount is established annually by Federal Regulations. The Financial Aid Office provides orientation about the application process for student loans, the student’s qualifying requirements and the specifics regarding interest rate, orientation fess, repayment process, etc. The student must submit an agreement form known as a Master Promissory Note, and complete electronic entrance counseling, both on-line: www.studentloans.gov.
  • Direct Loan-Plus Graduate Loan: This is a federal fixed-interest loan for graduate and professional students, beyond the DL Unsubsidized award, to cover any additional cost of attendance. The interest rate and origination fee, which is annually fixed by the Federal Government, begins to accrue from the date of the first disbursement. The loan qualifying process requires a credit check verification, on-line entrance counseling and an on-line submission of a Master Promissory Note: www.studentloans.gov
  • Private Loans (Alternative Loans). These are credit-based loans that may be used to supplement other types of financial aid programs. The loan amounts vary according to amount requested and approved for the student. The interest rate is variable, accrued while in school and usually based on the current “Prime Rate” plus a lender’s predetermined interest rate. Repayment may be up to 20 years. These Private Alternative Loans provide funds to complete the remaining need after the student is awarded other financial aid. Due to the high interest rate that these loans represent, the student should consider these loans as a last resource to their financial need. PHSU does not recommend any specific lender, the evaluation and selection is a student’s individualized decision.
  • Historical Private Lender List
    PHSU does not deny or otherwise impede the student’s choice of an alternative lender or cause unnecessary delay in loan certification of these loans. The following is a list of the three private loans that have been most commonly selected by our students during last two previous academic years, however, we reiterate that the student may select any other lender they esteem will meet their financial need.

Other Financial Aid Options:
Military Scholarship Programs: Students interested in a military career may consider apply for one of the scholarships programs for healthcare professions offered by the US Army, the US Air Force, Navy or the National Guard. The students must contact the desired program:

National Health Services Corps Scholarship Program: available for students in the primary health care specialties and committed to serving part or their entire career in federally designated health professional shortage area. Learn more about this program at: nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov

Financial Aid Application Process

Direct Loan Application Process
Students interested in applying for a Direct Loan must comply with the federal requirements and following requirements:

      1. Have financial need.
      2. Be an US Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen.
      3. Have a valid social security number.
      4. Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student working toward a degree.
      5. Meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
      6. Register (or have registered) with the Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
      7. Certify that are not in default on a federal student loan and that do not owe money on a Federal student grant.
      8. Student cannot exceed the aggregate loan limit established by the Department of Education.
      9. Comply with the Entrance Interview/Counseling.
      10. Provide all the documents and information required by the Financial Aid.

Students must fill the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the corresponding academic year, in order to be evaluated to determine eligibility for federal and state funds. It must be submitted on line at www.fafsa.gov no later than last working day of April. The PHSU school code is G24824. Students need a pin number, which can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov.

Once the student submits the FAFSA, the Department of Education will send an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to the school, which will be used for evaluation and analysis.

VERIFICATION
Students with a FAFSA application selected for verification by the Department of Education will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Complete a Verification Worksheet (provided by the Financial Aid Office)
  • Copy of the Tax Return (IRS or PR tax return form) or
  • W-2 form(s) (if apply)
  • Evidence of wages, salaries, tips, etc., reported on the FAFSA
  • Others

If the student (student’s parent or spouse) is not required to file income tax return, he/she will be required to complete and sign a Certification of Income, provided by the Financial Aid Office, among other documentation. Note: No loan will be process until the verification process is completed.

NEED ANALYSIS
As part of the evaluation, the Financial Aid Office will take in consideration the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the amount that the student should contribute towards his/her cost of education, and it is determined by the Federal Government. The need analysis consists of the following basic calculation: Cost of Attendance minus EFC equals Financial Need. As part of the analysis, it will be considered any other expected financial aid (external funds such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran Administration, military scholarships, and any other grant or scholarship). Note: A student cannot receive financial assistance in excess of the determined Financial Need.

Awarding and Notification
The next step is the awarding of financial aid amounts by PHSU and preparing the award notification for the student. Once the awarding process is completed, a Notification of Award is sent to each student.

Return Policy and Requirement for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid (see PHSU catalog refund policy section)

Suspension of Eligibility for Drug-Related Offenses
If convicted of any offense involving the possession of a controlled substance, a student’s eligibility for Title IV Financial Student Aid Program will be denied for:

  • One year after the first conviction
  • Two years after the second conviction
  • Indefinitely after the third conviction

Eligibility may be restored if the student partakes of an approved Federal Government Rehabilitation Program.

Please refer to the Student Financial Aid Manual for specific information regarding all the dynamics of financial aid as it applies to new and continuing students.

Financial Aid Contact Information:

Financial Aid Personnel:
Mrs. Myrian Gaud Maitín, MBA
Financial Aid Manager
mgaud@psm.edu

Mrs. Nicole Vázquez Colon, MSS
Financial Aid Officer
nivazquez@psm.edu

Ms. Mariannette Cruz Rentas, BS
Administrative Assistant
macruz@psm.edu

Office Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8:00-11:30 am – 1:00-4:30 pm
Friday: Administrative Work (By appointment only)

Financial Aid Office Contact Information
Phone Number: (787) 840-2575 ext. 2134, 2135 or 2136
E-mail: psmfinstu@psm.edu
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7004, Ponce. Puerto Rico 00731
Physical Address: 388 Zona Ind. Reparada 2 Ponce PR 00716-2347

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate universities attended
  • Letter of Recommendation Format – Written by individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work and skills
  • Certificate of No Penal Record (Criminal Background check)
  • USD $83.00 Application Processing Fee (check or money order payable to Ponce School of Medicine)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Deadline to submit a complete application – May 30

Procedure to Apply

Readmission Application

Faculty

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