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 MPH curriculum is fundamentally the same for both online and onsite students, with the exception of the modality of learning, and is often taught by the same faculty member. 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 use audio during each session. There is a weekly schedule when students all meet together with the instructor. Attendance is counted just as if students were attending class on campus. Please note that for each online class you are required to participate fully in the synchronous sessions according to your class syllabus. 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. All students are require to participate in an onsite orientation and exit survey at the conclusion of the program.
Note: Students enrolled part time have up to five years to complete the program.