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

UF MPH

Overview

The online MPH offers a public health practice concentration that is targeted to the health professional who has already earned a doctorate in a health-related field, or for those who have been working in a professional capacity in the public health setting for several years. 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. This concentration offers a broad exposure to a variety of public health courses across all the traditional public health concentrations. Such breadth is usually required of professionals who assume positions of leadership in public health. For these reasons, this concentration is not appropriate for the new bachelor’s graduate or the working applicant who does not have several years of professional work experience in a health-related field.

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 Amanda Kastner.

Eligibility

Individuals who are eligible for the Public Health Practice concentration include:

  • Students enrolled in a joint or concurrent terminal degree program (e.g., DVM, MD, PharmD).
  • Those with a medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, nursing, health-focused attorney, or other professional health degree (e.g., physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist).
  • Those who have worked for a health department, CDC, WHO, NIH (or other national or international public health agency) in a professional capacity for at least three 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 (e.g., hospital administrator), for at least four 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 (e.g., DO, MD, DVM, DPT, DDS) from a regionally accredited US institution.

Online Public Health Practice Curriculum

The curriculum for the online Public Health Practice concentration follows a similar model as the other five concentrations. Students begin their programs with the MPH core courses required of all students. However, 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 must include at least one course in research methods. Other courses are focused on problem-based methodologies to enhance students’ practice skill sets, as well as skills in research and writing. Students complete their degrees with an Internship/Applied Practice Experience and an Integrative Learning Experience.

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

Internship/Applied Practice Experience

The purpose of the MPH internship/APE is to allow the student to apply the foundational skills they have acquired during their MPH program. All MPH students are required to complete an internship/APE with a public health or related agency. Public health practice students should seek an internship that aligns with their professional goals and allows for the practice of public health. Examples of past internship settings for public health practice students include public health agencies, federal agencies, and community-based organizations.

More information about the Applied Practice Experience can be found here.

Capstone Project

Students must complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) through completion of a capstone project that demonstrates their ability to define an issue, apply methods appropriate to their concentration, and produce results. During (or near) the final semester of their program, students must complete a culminating project (i.e., the capstone project) that demonstrates synthesis of the foundational and concentration competencies. Public health practice students will identify concentration competencies appropriate to their programmatic path and professional goals. Regardless of the project, every student produces a high-quality written product. Examples of capstone projects include:

  • Community needs assessment
  • Development of an evidence-based intervention
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Writing a grant

More information on the ILE and capstone project can be found here.


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