Jul 23, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health/International Peace and Conflict Resolution, M.P.H./M.A.I.P.C.R.

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  • Margaret Longacre, Ph.D.., M.S.H.E., Assistant Professor and Department Chair/MPH Director
  • Warren Haffar, Ph.D., Professor and Director of International Peace and Conflict Resolution 

About the Program

With dual degrees, students gain knowledge in two fields as they prepare for their professional careers. Dual degree candidates must be accepted into each of the programs in order to pursue the dual degree

The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) master’s degree program offers an innovative curriculum that allows students to develop an expertise in conflict resolution, build an international network of contacts, and gain practical experience through problem-based learning in international settings. The program’s strength lies in its interdisciplinary approach to the increasingly critical study of peace and conflict resolution, particularly at the intersection of public health.

The MPH program, a CEPH accredited program in Community Health, trains professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research, and practice in a global environment. Our Master of Public Health (MPH) has a Community Health Concentration, and is offered through the College of Health Sciences. The MPH degree extends clinical health orientation by incorporating broader knowledge and action related to preventing disease and disability and improving individual and population-level outcomes. Public health is centered in achieving health equity and reducing disparities, including understanding and addressing the social and community context of disease, illness, disability and recovery, as well as health promotion and health research.  Our MPH trains students to work effectively as public health professionals in local and global communities through a wide variety of health-related organizations.

Highlights of our program curricula includes the following:

  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Healthcare and broader public health policy
  • Epidemiology, research methods, and biostatistics
  • Public health communication for the community
  • Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
  • Internships that give students first-hand experience in public health settings
  • Domestic and international service projects and internship opportunities
  • Interprofessional education experiences
  • Four dual-degree programs: Physician Assistant; International Peace and Conflict Resolution; Physical Therapy; and Counseling.

The MPH program educates future community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a globally-minded environment. Our goal is that our students:

  • Understand community public health and develop the skills needed to succeed in a public health career.
  • Are engaged in an academic, applied environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
  • Recognize the connection between health status and human rights and act to improve outcomes.
  • Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects and internships, both domestically and internationally with community-based organizations, health facilities, government organizations, and local health departments.
  • Employ scientific investigation to advance public health knowledge of the relationship between health and the structural environment within which individuals live and work.

Our program allows for broad interests in public health but we also encourage students to focus their coursework on a specific area of interest, choose an Internship experience that emphasizes their individualized interests, and plan a Capstone project focused in the same area. In this way, each student can develop a specialized knowledge base about public health issues related to his or her specific area of interest.

Our dual-degree programs train health professionals in the core areas of community-based public health. The application of the public health skill set added to the skills learned within the clinical and behavioral primary degree instills a public health perspective to blend and build an interdisciplinary career.

This dual degree option in Public Health and IPCR prepares students to integrate their knowledge of public health, including program development, implementation and evaluation skills, to assist in conflict resolution and improving community health.       


63 credits (27 IPCR credits (with 9 shared credits), 42 MPH credits (with 3 shared credits) for a total of 12 shared credits.  

Leading to a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and a Master of Public Health.

Upon Admission to the Dual Degree Program, students are advised to meet with the Dual Degree Program Advisors to develop a program plan of study.

IPCR Required Courses (18 credits)

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