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How You Can Be a Leader with an MPH Degree
Become a leader, innovator and advocate for communities by using research and insights to support the public’s well-being and influence social change. You can take your public health leadership and knowledge into many directions that are vital to community health, including:
- Health informatics and analytics
- Epidemiology and research
- Environmental health and risk management
- Public health policy and administration
- Population health management
- Community health
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Public health affects every single person in some way, shape, or form. The air we breathe is our public health.
Dr. Joyvina Evans
School of Health Sciences Faculty
Online + Practicum
Online coursework with 100% competency-based education—which lets you move more quickly through familiar material and spend more time where you need—and a real-world practicum experience where you apply what you know in your community.
Support at Every Turn
From 24/7 tech support, experienced faculty, graduate services advisors and career services to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community.
Wherever your career takes you, you’ll be a stronger contributor with skills in communication, critical thinking, diversity and teamwork, ethics and professional responsibility, digital fluency and information literacy.
Our Master of Public Health program features a practicum experience. It’s a great way to apply what you’ve been learning in your coursework, potentially building your professional network and gaining exposure to potential employers.
Sample practicum projects:
- Explore how social media and text messaging can be used as effective communication tools during situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic
- Conduct a community needs assessment
- Create an emergency preparedness/disaster management manual
- Develop and present an educational seminar on vaping and tobacco
- Conduct a literature review and submit a grant proposal for a healthy living workshop for a senior living facility
- Evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of a telemedicine program
Potential Practicum Sites to Consider
- Government public health agencies
- Healthcare providers and organizations
- Public safety agencies, human service and charity organizations
- Education and youth development organizations
- Recreation and arts-related organizations
- Economic and philanthropic organizations
- Environmental agencies and organizations
Public Health Careers: An Essential, Growing Field
Master’s degree graduates in public health are in demand in a variety of job roles in our communities and healthcare institutions as new global health concerns and scientific breakthroughs emerge.
Projected job growth by 2028 is much higher than average for some public health-related roles, including:
Research and InformaticsAnalyze big data and trends to shape public policy.
Community HealthProvide education that raises awareness about health issues in the community.
Environmental HealthAssess local health risks and formulate strategies to protect communities.
Tuition & Savings
Do the Math:
With four start dates a year, 11-week terms and a total of 14 courses, full-time students can finish in less than two years for as little as $26,390.1
$420 cost per credit
x 56 total credits
$23,520 total tuition
+ $2,870 total fees
$26,390 full-time estimated total program cost
Other Ways to Save:
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our online Master of Public Health program can be more affordable with loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.
Find more about:
To be considered for admission, students must hold a conferred Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution as recognized by the Department of Education with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. In addition to meeting all other admissions requirements, students must successfully complete and pass a criminal background check. No GRE is required.
Applicants with a GPA of 2.8 (no rounding) to 2.99 may request an exception to the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement through submission of a personal statement in the form of a written essay. Instructions and a scoring rubric for submitting a request for an exception may be obtained from the Admissions Advisor. The decision of the scoring committee will be final. Our online Master of Public Health program is available in every state except Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Please speak with an Admissions Advisor to determine your eligibility for enrollment.
- Completion time is dependent on the number of courses completed each term.
Our program coursework is aligned with the standards of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Certified in Public Health (CPH) examination is administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).
The National Board of Public Health Examiners
1900 M Street NW, Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed June 10, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed June 10, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.