The purpose of the online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is to prepare candidates to advance professionally as effective, innovative and ethical health care leaders. Curriculum is focused on core disciplines within the scope of public health practice including epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral science, environmental and occupational health, and strategic management of public health services.
Professionals in public health practice around the world are facing challenges - familiar, new, and emerging. Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity continue to be leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and beyond. Infectious diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic continue to be problematic causes of mortality on a global-scale while emerging epidemics such as H1N1 influenza, SARS, avian influenza, and Ebola virus, have pandemic potential, capturing the attention of the public and of public health professionals alike. Additionally, individuals continue to engage in risky behaviors such as tobacco use and substance abuse, compromising both individual and population health and wellness. The U.S. and global populations are facing an unprecedented shift in aging which presents challenges as public health professionals attempt to prepare healthcare systems to accommodate specific needs of older adult populations. Meanwhile, there is increased awareness and importance focusing on disaster preparedness, whether from natural means or bioterrorism.
Students in the online Master of Public Health degree program will develop specific knowledge and skills pertinent to gainful employment in the public health domain such as emergency services management, disaster preparedness, program planning and evaluation, academic and applied research methods, and NIH grant writing.
Graduates will develop a population-based perspective of wellness supported by rigorous academic training that explores the relationships among environmental/occupational, physical, psychological, economic, social, and spiritual dimensions of health affecting the human condition and population health. Additionally, graduates are eligible to sit for the nationally recognized credentialing examination in health education–Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or Master CHES (depending on years of professional experience)–offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges