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Be the Leader your Community Needs for a Healthier Future with a Master of Public Health Degree at NSU

Earn the versatility of a public health degree with the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) forward-thinking Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program. Based in NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM), the program prepares you to define, critically assess, and resolve problems by applying the theories, concepts, and principles of public health.

Leverage a flexible curriculum designed to accommodate a diversity of backgrounds and individual career goals with the online and on-site options. The M.P.H. curriculum is fundamentally the same for both online and on-site students, except for the modality of learning, and is often taught by the same faculty member.

You’ll be exposed to research and community projects in mental health, genetics, oral health, health disparities, and global health, among other topics. Students will benefit from faculty members from diverse backgrounds who bring a broad range of their own experiences to the classroom.

Demand for public health professionals is growing because of emerging and reemerging diseases, environmental health concerns, health care reform, and sociopolitical factors affecting health worldwide. Gain the tools and expertise to work in a variety of settings and active roles while preparing your community needs for a healthier future.

M.P.H Online

Our online classes are both synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous sessions are those in which all students and the instructor are online at the same time. These usually include lectures, presentations, discussions, and sometimes group work. Students and instructors also use video and audio during each session. During our weekly evening online classes, students meet with the instructor and attendance is counted just as if students were attending class on campus. Please note that you are required to participate fully in the synchronous sessions for each online class, according to your class syllabus. Students can complete their coursework online while maintaining their career, family, and community obligations on a full-time and part-time basis.

M.P.H. On-Site

Our evening on-site campus classes usually include lectures, presentations, discussions, and sometimes group work. There is a weekly schedule when students all meet with the instructor where attendance is required. Please note that you are required to participate fully during class, according to your class syllabus. Students can complete their coursework while maintaining their career, family, and community obligations on a full-time and part-time basis.

Did You Know?  

The KPCOM's Master of Public Health program ranked No. 3 in the United States in the Intelligent.com Best Online Masters’ in Public Health Degree Programs rankings for 2020.

What You Will Study          

Core courses, such as epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health policy, planning, and management, and environmental health, are program components. Elective courses, such as health education, advanced biostatistics, and grant writing, among others, are also available. In addition, you can choose from community health projects, special studies, and research as electives.

Where it Can Take You

  • Public Sector: Government and Nongovernment Health Agencies and Health Care Facilities (Epidemiologist, Environmental Health Scientists, Public Health Officer)
  • Education System: Health Educators, Health Communications Specialist, University Faculty and/or Administration, Community Health Worker
  • Private Sector: Corporate World (Consulting, Researcher)
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Health Service Manager, Director of Programs and Services, Health Policy Director

Computer Requirements 

 It is highly recommended that the student has access to a desktop or laptop consistent with the following:

  • a recent generation of Microsoft Windows or Apple OS
  • Microsoft Office software to include Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • headphones, microphone, camera, and videoconferencing capabilities
  • Internet broadband access
  • surge protection and appropriate backup options (recommended)
  • tablets and smartphones, while very useful, may not be enough for all program uses.

To improve the health of the population through education, research, and service, with emphasis on multicultural and underserved populations.

The Master of Public Health program at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine fully embraces the vision and core values of Nova Southeastern University.

Goal: Education
To provide quality education in public health.

Goal: Research
To contribute to the discovery and application of knowledge in public health.

Goal: Service
To provide public health leadership and service in the community.

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