From tracking outbreaks of communicable diseases to educating communities on chronic health risks, today’s public health professionals are improving health at the local, population and global levels.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
MPH@GW is an online Master of Public Health program designed to help aspiring public health leaders build the core competencies and skills they need to have a positive impact on local, national and global community health. Students can choose from a range of electives to focus their studies on an area of interest.
Health Communication, Health Policy, Program Planning and Evaluation, Global Health
There is an accelerated online one-year program option. Additionally, students can earn their MPH online over the course of one-and-a-half years, two years or three years. Students have up to four years to complete the degree.
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Master of Public Health (MPH)
Simmons’ online Master of Public Health program, MPH@Simmons, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global scale. You’ll learn core public health methodology, leadership, and advocacy skills needed to improve population health equity. Additionally, you’ll participate in on-ground applied-learning experiences during the program. MPH@Simmons can be completed in as few as 21 months. GRE scores are not required to apply.
The Importance of Public Health
When public health spending in a community increases by 10%
Bar chart showing the percent decrease of infant death, cardiovascular death, diabetes death, and cancer death when a community increases public health spending by 10%. Infant deaths decrease by 6.9%; Cardiovascular deaths decrease by 3.2%; Diabetes deaths decrease by 1.4%; Cancer deaths decrease by 1.1%.
Data from the American Public Health Association
A master’s of public health (MPH) degree opens a wide range of career paths for health professionals who want to make an impact, not only on individuals and communities but on the global population.
Online MPH Programs
Accredited online MPH programs provide students with the credentials and specialized knowledge they need to advance in this rewarding field — without relocating or disrupting current careers.
MPH programs are challenging programs requiring a strong academic background. While admissions requirements vary by school, they typically include:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Official transcripts and letters of recommendation
- Written or video essay
- Application and application fee
Curriculum and Concentrations
The MPH curriculum is designed to develop core public health competencies through the following courses:
Epidemiology explores the principles, methods and applications for the science of public health. Students learn how to investigate, measure and compare disease outbreaks in populations.
Biostatistics coursework prepares students to apply statistical principles and interpret results to identify and respond to real-world public health issues.
Health care policy and administration focuses on improving public health services domestically and internationally and explores systems-level issues relating to the organization, financing and delivery of those services.
Environmental health science explores how exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents affects public health and considers how public policies and practices can mitigate these effects.
Social and behavioral sciences examines how social context and individual behavior influence public health, preparing students with the knowledge to develop effective public health interventions for specific populations.
Many MPH online programs offer concentrations or focus areas to advance students’ expertise in a specific area of public health.
- Health Communication: Students prepare to use marketing and communication strategies to promote healthy behaviors.
- Health Policy: Students focus on the use of health policy education, research and service to improve public health locally and globally.
- Program Planning and Evaluation: Students learn to develop, assess and manage public health education and promotion programs.
- Global Health: Students develop the knowledge and perspective required to develop, implement and evaluate public health policies targeting underserved populations at the community, population and global levels.
Credit requirements and program length vary between schools, but generally 42–50 credit hours are required and an MPH program may be completed in two years on a part-time basis or in one year on a full-time basis.
Accredited online MPH programs focus on preparing students to make significant contributions to the public health field.
Graduates of these programs will have the skills to:
- Describe, from a public health perspective, the biology behind major diseases causing death and disability in the U.S. and abroad.
- Assess the effectiveness of government, international and nongovernmental organizations managing health systems.
- Use evidence to develop public health policy in health systems.
- Use public health theory and evidence to minimize community health risks through institutional strategy.
- Evaluate and assess public health programs and communicate findings.
- Apply quantitative and qualitative tools in research and in understanding and communicating findings in data.
- Identify key strategies to protect public health.
- Understand the interconnections between the environment and public health.
- Develop effective public health campaigns.
Finding the Best Online MPH Program
Accreditation: Program and university accreditation ensures that the program meets rigorous standards and that its degrees will be recognized by current and prospective employers. In the public health field, accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the recognized standard of excellence.
Rankings: These can be useful, if not definitive, tools for understanding the relative strengths of a program. In reviewing rankings, students should note whether the ranking is for the school as a whole or for the individual program. Some rankings specifically rate online programs. While many online programs are identical to on-campus counterparts, some are not, and the on-campus ranking may not apply.
Platform: An effective technology platform and engaging, flexible format are essential to the online graduate school experience. When evaluating an online MPH program, applicants should consider whether it offers:
- The flexibility to earn a graduate degree while maintaining career and family commitments.
- Innovative technology that connects students and faculty through live classes, social media and online collaboration tools.
- Experiential learning opportunities in which students gain hands-on experience working with expert faculty who are active in their field and renowned for their research.
Affordability: While some online MPH programs may be less expensive than on-campus programs, top online programs often charge the same tuition as on-campus programs. Students in accredited online programs are eligible for financial aid, scholarships, veterans’ education benefits and employer tuition assistance, if available.
2U-Powered MPH Programs
2U partners with top universities to offer their degree programs online, including master’s programs in public health. Students in 2U partner programs benefit from the highest-quality online learning platform available, with access to an online campus from anywhere they have an Internet connection. University faculty lead all academic issues related to programs, including instruction and curriculum development. 2U-powered programs feature:
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