The demand for public health professionals is increasing due to emerging and reemerging diseases, environmental health concerns, health care reform, proliferation of agents and weapons of mass destruction, sociopolitical factors affecting the nation's health and health care systems, and the expansion of health issues that are global in scope.
Professionals with the master of public health (M.P.H.) degree can hold positions of responsibility in a variety of settings. These include health care facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, colleges and universities, community-based health education and health agencies, and the corporate world. Those who hold the M.P.H. degree may actively participate in the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and administration of health-related programs and services.
The M.P.H. Online Option provides a comprehensive, graduate-level program designed to prepare students to define, critically assess, and resolve public health problems. It emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills for promoting health, preventing disease, developing and evaluating programs, enhancing clinical practice, conducting research, and providing community service.
The M.P.H. Online Option is designed to be completed as a distance-learning format, but requires all students to participate in a weekend orientation and exit seminar and a weekend seminar at the conclusion of the program. The program is offered via Nova Southeastern University's state-of-the-art, Web-based, distance-learning technology. Students have the opportunity to complete their coursework online while maintaining their career, family, and community obligations on a full-time and part-time basis.
Note: Students enrolled part time have up to five years to complete the program.