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The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional and academic degree designed especially for clinicians and non-clinicians. The program emphasizes the use of scientific and biblical evidence in health programming. The MPH is offered with the following three emphases: Health Ministry, Health Promotion, and Nutrition. It is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) and by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) at Level III. 

MPH Possible Employment Opportunities

In the still nascent field of Public Health, AIIAS provides graduates with the academic and experiential preparation they need for public health practice and for the expanding job market.

The fields in which graduates in public health may find employment include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Health and Social Services; Employment by Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Industry (product promotion, computerized screening programs),  Hospitals (patient health education, preventive services), Churches (Church-based health department or local church-based programs).
  2. Relief and Development Activities: Government and Non-Government Organizations (Adventist Development and Relief Agency–ADRA, World Vision).
  3. Research: Schools, hospitals, industry, government.
  4. Teaching: Universities, schools, industry, NGOs.
  5. Law and Policy Enforcement: Government agencies.
  6. Advocacy (e.g., smoking reduction policies): Government, churches, advocacy groups.
  7. Health Care Provider (preventive care): Self-employment as a consultant in cooperation with other health professionals in a group setting.
  8. Publishing: Publishing house (e.g., Editor of a health magazine like Life and Health).
  9. Administration: In universities, hospitals, churches (e.g., health department of the Adventist Church).
  10. Social and Religious Services: Church health services as part of a spectrum of programs (e.g., pastor evangelist in the Adventist Church), chaplaincy at health settings, and health education in schools.

Emphasis in Health Ministry

The present era in history is dominated by science and the products of scientific research and technology. Even in the orient, where much of the culture is grounded in ancient traditions and fashioned by mystery and magic, life is now being refashioned by science. Any leader not capable of thinking scientifically will be at a distinct disadvantage in dealing with the pervasive facts and issues of the 21st century. Christian leaders who can think scientifically will have a decided advantage in presenting the Christian faith in the prevailing scientific culture.

To facilitate a clear grasp of what science is and what it is not, of how theology and science encounter and reinforce each other, and of how the health sciences in particular may be utilized in practical ways to mend and enrich human lives and advance the message of Christ, the Great Physician, is the primary mission of the emphasis in Health Ministry curriculum.

In addition to the professional competencies listed in the beginning of the Public Health section, the graduate with an emphasis in Health Ministry will possess the following competencies:

  1. Integrate Christian values and the health sciences to achieve the goal of spreading the gospel and making disciples.
  2. Personal and family crisis management and intervention by providing emotional support, first aid, and referring cases to relevant sources of assistance.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better (on a four-point scale). Students with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.00 may be admitted on scholastic probation. Their admission status will be reevaluated after completion of 12 semester hours of coursework.
  2. Proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language, which is the medium of instruction at AIIAS.

Prerequisites

  1. Undergraduate studies in Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 semester hours) with a passing grade.
  2. General Mathematics (3 semester hours).
  3. Biology (3 semester hours).

It is possible to be accepted into the program provisionally when the prerequisites are not fully met. In such a case, the student agrees to complete them before 50% of the coursework has been completed.

These required prerequisites are undergraduate credits with a minimum grade of B. Other documents that demonstrate acceptable level of knowledge in the above subjects may be acceptable to the department, including evidence of successful completion of online study modules, or other modalities, from recognized institutions/organizations, with a passing grade. Prerequisites are valid only if taken within the last 10 years.

Requirements

To earn the MPH degree with an emphasis in Health Ministry, the student must satisfy these requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 39 semester hours of studies as stipulated in the curriculum, achieve a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  2. Select and complete one of the following options:
    • Elective class beginning with a PH prefix (3 units) + Field Learning Internship (3 units) + Comprehensive Examination.
    • A master’s thesis including an oral defense (6).

Curriculum

The curriculum for the MPH with emphasis in Health Ministry comprises a minimum of 45 semester hours configured as follows:

 

Emphasis in Health Ministry Curriculum
Public Health Core 27 units
CHMN 630 Health Ministries (3 units)
PHFN 600 Health Promotion Theory and Practice (3 units)
PHFN 605 Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (3 units)
PHFN 610 Principles of Environmental Health and Disaster Management (4 units)
PHFN 615 Principles of Epidemiology (3 units)
PHFN 620 Biostatistics (3 units)
PHFN 625 Maternal-Child Health and Family Planning (3 units)
RESM 520 Academic Writing (2 units)
RESM 610 Research Methods (3 units)
Emphasis in Health Ministry 12 units
CHMN 612 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 units)
LEAD 610 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics (3 units)
PHHM 655 Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction Programs (3 units)
One of the Following:
CHPH 673 Asian Philosophy and Christian Thought (3 units)
MSSN 540/640 World Religions (3 units)
MSSN 621 Seminar in Contextualization and Mission (3 units)
PHHM 684 Issues in Science and Religion (3 units)
Culminating Phase 6 units
Complete one of the following options: 
1. Elective class beginning with a PH prefix (3 units) + PHHP 691 Field Learning Internship (3 units) + Comprehensive Examination.
2. Thesis (6 units). The thesis will follow the Graduate School criteria, plus additional guidelines from the Department (see Departmental Policies and Guidelines section).
TOTAL UNITS

45 units  

 

Emphasis in Health Promotion

Health promotion is creating and implementing personal, social, physical, and environmental interventions that enable individuals and communities, not only to prevent disease and to have access to health care, but also to improve their quality of life, and increase quantity of life.

Health promoters and educators are in high demand in the 21st century. The heavy burden of lifestyle-related diseases or chronic diseases can be overcome only if health care providers work together with health educators and promoters as agents of change. The MPH with an emphasis in health promotion is committed to preparing those agents of change.

In addition to the professional competencies listed at the beginning of the Public Health section, the graduate with an emphasis in Health Promotion will have the following competencies:

  1. Analyzes current global health issues and the interface between globalization processes and their impact on the health and welfare of disadvantaged populations.
  2. Addresses adolescent and school health issues.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better (on a four-point scale). Students with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.00 may be admitted on scholastic probation. Their admission status will be reevaluated after completion of 12 semester hours of coursework.
  2. Proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language, which is the medium of instruction at AIIAS.

Prerequisite

  1. Undergraduate studies in Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 semester hours) with a passing grade.
  2. General Mathematics (3 semester hours).
  3. Biology (3 semester hours).

It is possible to be accepted into the program provisionally when the prerequisites are not fully met. In such a case, the student agrees to complete them before 50% of the coursework has been completed.

These required prerequisites are undergraduate credits with a minimum grade of B. Other documents that demonstrate acceptable level of knowledge in the above subjects may be acceptable to the department, including evidence of successful completion of online study modules, or other modalities, from recognized institutions/organizations, with a passing grade. Prerequisites are valid only if taken within the last 10 years.

Requirements

To earn the MPH degree with emphasis in Health Promotion, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 39 semester hours of studies as stipulated in the curriculum, achieving a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  2. Complete one of the following options:
    • Elective class beginning with a PH prefix (3 units) + PHHP 691 Field Learning Internship (3 units) + Comprehensive Examination.
    • Master’s thesis including an oral defense (6).

Curriculum

The curriculum for the MPH with emphasis in Health Promotion comprised a minimum of 44 semester hours, configured as follows:

Emphasis in Health Promotion Curriculum
Public Health Core 27 units
CHMN 630 Health Ministries (3 units)
PHFN 600 Health Promotion Theory and Practice (3 units)
PHFN 605 Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (3 units)
PHFN 610 Principles of Environmental Health and Disaster Management (3 units)
PHFN 615 Principles of Epidemiology (3 units)
PHFN 620 Biostatistics (3 units)
PHFN 625 Maternal-Child Health and Family Planning (3 units)
RESM 520 Academic Writing (2 units)
RESM 610 Research Methods (3 units)
Emphasis in Health Promotion 12 units
PHHP 640 Public Health Nutrition (3 units)
PHHP 645 School and Adolescent Health (3 units)
PHHM 655 Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction Programs (3 units)
PHHP 660 Current Global Health Issues (3 units)
Culminating Phase 6 units
Complete one of the following options: 
1. Elective class beginning with a PH prefix (3 units) + PHHM 691 Field Learning Internship (3 units) + Comprehensive Examination.
2. Thesis (6 units). The thesis will follow the Graduate School criteria, and the additional guidelines from the department (see Departmental Policies and Guidelines section).
TOTAL UNITS

44 units  

 

Emphasis in Nutrition

The MPH with emphasis in Nutrition is designed to prepare graduate health professionals to have a thorough understanding of nutrition in relationship to normal body functions and its role in the prevention of disease.

In addition to the professional competencies listed in the beginning of the Public Health section of the Bulletin, the graduate with an emphasis in Nutrition will have the following competencies:

  • Assess nutritional needs and status at the individual and community levels. 
  • Design and implement appropriate programs to meet nutritional needs of individuals holistic manner.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, preferably in Nutrition, with a GPA of not less that 3.00. Students with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.00 may be admitted on scholastic probation, and their admission status will be reevaluated after completion of 12 semester hours of coursework.
  2. Proficiency in oral and written use of the English language, which is the medium of instruction at AIIAS.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for the MPH with emphasis in Nutrition include a minimum of 15 undergraduate credits as indicated with no less than a grade of B earned in each as follows:

  1. Introduction to Nutrition or Basic Nutrition (3 units) or equivalent
  2. Nutritional Metabolism or Biochemistry (3 units)
  3. Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 units)
  4. General Mathematics (3 units)
  5. Biology (3 units)

These prerequisites can be met by taking courses offered at AIIAS or from other recognized institutions. It is possible to be accepted into the program provisionally without these prerequisites, but the student will be required to complete all mission prerequisites and co-requisite requirements before 50% of coursework has been completed.

These required prerequisites re undergraduate credits with a minimum grade of B. Other documents that demonstrate acceptable level of knowledge in the above subjects may be acceptable to the department, including evidence of successful completion of online study modules, or other modalities, from recognized institutions/organizations, with a passing grade. Prerequisites are valid only if taken within the last 10 years.

 

Requirements

To earn the MPH degree with emphasis in Nutrition, the student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 39 semester hours of studies as stipulated in the curriculum, achieving a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  2. Choose one of the following options:
    • Elective class beginning with a PH prefix (3 units) + PHNU 691 Field Learning Internship (3 units) + Comprehensive Examination.
    • Master’s thesis including an oral defense (6 units).

Curriculum

The curriculum for the MPH with emphasis in Nutrition comprises of a minimum of 45 semester hours configured as follows:

Emphasis in Health Nutrition Curriculum
Public Health Core 27 units
CHMN 630 Health Ministries (3 units)
PHFN 600 Health Promotion Theory and Practice (3 units)
PHFN 605 Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs (3 units)
PHFN 610 Principles of Environmental Health and Disaster Management (4 units)
PHFN 615 Principles of Epidemiology (3 units)
PHFN 620 Biostatistics (3 units)
PHFN 625 Maternal-Child Health and Family Planning (3 units)
RESM 520 Academic Writing (2 units)
RESM 610 Research Methods (3 units)
Emphasis in Nutrition 12 units
PHNU 600 Nutritional Status Assessment (3 units)
PHNU 610 Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids (3 units)
PHNU 611 Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals (3 units)
PHNU 640 Public Health Nutrition (3 units)
Culminating Phase 6 units
Complete one of the following options: 
1. Elective class beginning with a PH prefix (3 units) + PHHP 691 Field Learning Internship (3 units) + Comprehensive Examination.
2. Thesis (6 units). The thesis will follow the Graduate School criteria, plus additional guidelines from the Department (see Departmental Policies and Guidelines section).
TOTAL UNITS

45 units

 

Double Emphases in the MPH

In the MPH program, taking double emphasis is encouraged. A student choosing to pursue a double emphasis must fulfill the number of semester hours for each emphasis.

Effectively, this means for MPH without thesis/with thesis:

One emphasis: 45 semester hours

Two emphases: 54 semester hours

Double emphasis requires that the Field Learning Internship experience be encompass both fields, or that the thesis fit both emphases.

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