Akamai University

Public Health


Hilo, HI 96720

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctorate of Philosophy, Master of Science

Format: Online

Program Description:

The studies offered through the Akamai University Master of Public Health (MPH) Program can help students prepare for numerous career fields including health research, public health administration, health safety management, occupational and industrial hygiene, environmental health, hospital administration, disease prevention and control, international health, public health policy, community health education, and life sciences. It is assumed that students applying to this program have a background in the physical or biological sciences and are familiar with standard theories and practices associated with scientific investigation. It is also assumed that students seeking admissions to this program will have demonstrated professional experience and expertise in health studies with some professional or academic experience in either laboratory or field research or applied issues. Students in the Master of Public Health Program will complete a minimum of 40 credits above the baccalaureate level including the comprehensive examinations and thesis project. The coursework requirements include the Core studies in the major, a major concentration, and research preparation coursework. MPH students complete a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the academic coursework; they prepare a formal thesis proposal, complete the thesis project, and prepare the manuscript for faculty review. Master's students also complete an oral review of the thesis project at the conclusion of the physical manuscript review. The program requirements are summarized as follows: • Core Elements of the Academic Major (18 credits minimum) • Major Concentration (9 credits minimum) • Research Preparation (3 credits) • EXM 880: Comprehensive Examination (2 credits) • RES 885: Thesis Proposal (2 credits) • RES 890: Thesis Project (4 credits) • EXM 895: Oral Review of Thesis (2 credits) Major Concentrations Participants complete a major concentration comprised of nine credits of specialized studies selected from one the following fields of inquiry: Public Health Administration Hospital Administration Healthcare Safety Management Complementary and Alternative Medicine Integral Health Studies Health Policy and Management International Health Management Information Systems for Healthcare Healthcare Facilities Management Environmental Health Disease Prevention and Control Applied Health Science Toxicology Community Health Education


Akamai is internationally accredited by the International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL), a member of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA), a recognized network of accrediting bodies in the Philippines. IDEAL is a full institutional member of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN), an important agency recognized by UNESCO as a regional leader in the developing and serving the needs of quality assurance agencies in higher education. The Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in USA lists APQN as a quality network of accrediting agencies with full validity in accrediting institutions of higher education across the Asia and Pacific Region.

International Student Requirements:

Akamai University is an English language university. All submissions and communications, written or verbal, from students to the faculty or the administration of the University should be in the English language and of scholarly standard. This policy applies to course papers, project reports and other course submissions, student portfolios, comprehensive examinations, final projects, and oral reviews. Applicants must clearly demonstrate proficiency in written and verbal English language communication skills according to American collegiate standards. A sample of scholarly or professional writing and a telephone communication with a member of the Akamai University faculty are both required elements of the admission process. International students with English as a second language or if prior college study was with non-English language colleges, applicants are required to submit a record of a recent TOEFL examination with acceptable skill levels.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: MPH 40 credits/PhD 5

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 150 USD

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