Do you want to help solve the most pressing health problems affecting individuals, families and communities? Whether you’re looking to do more as a public health professional or start a new career in the field of public health, the online MPH degree programs featured here may help you on your quest to improve global health.
On this page you’ll find information about online Master’s of Public Health programs offered through colleges and universities across the United States. We’ve also provided some general information below to help you evaluate different online graduate-level public health degree programs.
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An online MPH degree program should help students develop the skills needed to address complex public health issues for the individuals, families and communities they serve. When evaluating an online Master’s of Public Health program , look at the courses you will take and consider how they align with the competencies for public health professionals.
The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice—a collaborative of 20 national organizations that aims to improve public health education, training, practice and research—developed the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. These competencies reflect the foundational skills desirable for professionals in the field of public health and serve as a starting point for individuals looking to advance their public health career or pivot to public health.
Some of the core competencies of public health practice, according to the Council on Linkages, include:
- Collects, analyzes and interprets valid quantitative and qualitative health data (e.g., vital statistics, transportation patterns, health equity impact, etc.)
- Develops community health assessments and resolves gaps in data and information
- Identifies factors influencing health in a community (e.g., quality and availability of health services)
- Identifies assets and resources that can be used for improving community health
- Makes evidence-based decisions regarding public health programs, services and actions
Keep these competencies in mind when evaluating an online MPH program’s curriculum and how the coursework will prepare you to work at the highest levels of public health.
Program length/completion time
Credit hours vary by program. Additionally, some programs may put on a cap on the number of classes students can take each semester. There may also be accelerated one year MPH programs online that can be completed. In any case, Master’s of Public Health programs can take more or less time to complete depending on a number of factors.
Some questions to keep in mind about program length and completion time include:
- Is the program available full time (12+ credit hours per semester) or part time (less than 12 credit hours per semester)?
- As a full-time student, how many credit hours am I allowed to take?
- As a part-time student, is there a time limit on how long I have to complete the program?
- Can I complete courses out of sequence, or is there an academic calendar to follow?
- Does the program accept transfer credits? How many?
Practicum or field experience
Some online accredited MPH programs are designed around a culminating hands-on experience that helps students address real-life public health challenges using the concepts, methods and strategies developed in the classroom. Travel may be required, especially if you enroll in an out-of-state program and are required to visit the campus for immersion events (also called intensives).
Some questions to ask regarding this component of some online Master’s of Public Health degrees include:
- Will I need to arrange my own practicum or field experience? Does the school/program offer placement services or resources to help me find a practicum or field experience site?
- Will I be allowed to tailor my practicum project or field experience to my area of interest?
- Can I request to waive the practicum or field experience requirement if I’m a working professional with public health experience?
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