Online MPH Programs may appeal to both emerging and current professionals seeking advanced study in core and specialty public health topics such as biostatistics, epidemiology, health education, global health, wellness in the workplace and health administration. Earning an online master of public health may be the ideal format for students who are currently working and cannot leave their full-time jobs. Students can “attend” online classes at their convenience, from home or overseas, wherever they have reliable Internet. Assignments are generally research-based and submitted via email, Blackboard, or a similar web-portal method. Classes are often flexible and students often have the same wide range of course offerings as they would at a traditional campus-based graduate school. In an accredited MPH program, online students are held to the same rigorous standards as their campus counterparts making distance learning an option worth considering.
Online MPH Programs: Basics
Similar to campus masters of public health programs, admissions to an Online MPH degree program requires students to hold a Bachelor’s degree, and possibly work experience in the field. Although the schedule may be flexible, some programs are designed to be completed in two years of full-time study or four to five years of part-time study. Online students must meet the same hands-on clinical or practicum requirements as campus-based students, but are usually able to do so through local health agencies of their own choosing. Students may also take a practical experience class and a capstone course where they put their newly-learned skills to use on a real public health issue.