Public Health Practice – Online

public health practice

Lead communities in development, implementation and evaluation of public health initiatives

Career opportunities: Legislative policy advisor, management policy advisor, hospital/managed care administrator, program planner and evaluator, health services research analyst, policy analyst, academic

Overview

The online MPH offers a public health practice concentration that is targeted to the health professional that has either already earned a doctorate in a health-related degree, or for the professional working in a health-related field for two or more years in a professional capacity. This degree offers a broad exposure to a variety of public health courses across all the traditional public health concentrations. This degree will enhance the working knowledge of health professionals by giving them a valuable, applicable, public health perspective on health issues as they relate to the public versus the individual. For these reasons, this concentration is not appropriate for the new bachelor’s graduate or the working applicant who does not have work experience in a health-related field.

The curriculum for the online public health practice concentration follows the same model as the other five concentrations. Students begin their programs with the MPH core courses required of all students. Instead of a specified set of concentration core courses, however, these students choose two to three courses from concentration core course options in two to four of the other concentrations. Selections include courses with problem-based methodologies to enhance students’ practice skill sets. Students complete their degrees with an internship/Applied Practice Experience. The concentration is offered in the traditional 48-credit format or in an accelerated 42-credit format.

If you are interested in the public health practice concentration, please contact Dan Bouffard.

Eligibility

All students in this concentration must hold a prior health professional degree or be enrolled in a joint or concurrent graduate program.

Other individuals who are eligible for the Public Health Practice concentration:

  • Those with a medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, nursing degree, health-focused attorney, or other professional health degree (i.e. physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, etc.)
  • Those who have worked for a health department, CDC, WHO, NIH (or other national or international public health agency) in a professional capacity for about two years, after receiving a bachelor’s degree, but have no MPH degree
  • Those who have worked in a hospital or laboratory in a professional capacity (i.e. hospital administrator), for about two years after receiving a bachelor’s degree and have no MPH degree, but need to apply public health concepts to their work

To be eligible for the 42-credit accelerated option, applicants must hold a terminal degree in a health or health-related field (i.e. MD, DVM, DPT, DDS) from a regionally accredited US institution.

Online Public Health Practice Curriculum

Additional information on the curriculum, including plans of study, can be found in the MPH Student Handbook.

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Online Public Health Practice Concentration Courses

Instead of a specified set of concentration core courses, students choose two to three courses from concentration core course options in two to four of the other concentrations. Selections should include at least one course in research methods along with other courses with problem-based methodologies to enhance students’ practice skill sets as well as their skills in research and writing.

Internship/Applied Practice Experience

All MPH students are required to complete an internship/APE with a public health or related agency. While every internship involves different goals and activities, all of them provide numerous opportunities for students to enrich and expand on one or more of the MPH core competencies and one or more of their concentration-specific competencies.

Special Project/Capstone

Students must complete a special project/capstone project that demonstrates their ability to define an issue, apply methods appropriate to their concentration, and produce results. These final activities of the MPH program are intended to encourage students to understand their projects in the larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field and in relation to the competencies expected of all MPH graduates.


Interested in the other concentrations offered in the MPH program? Explore other options on the Concentrations page.