WHAT IS THE MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MPH) DEGREE?
The most common public health degree is the Master of Public Health (MPH). It can provide students with the opportunity to become well-rounded in public health and develop a specialization.
WHAT IS THE MPH CONCENTRATION IN RURAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH?
- Concentration’s Focus: The needs of all citizens within the community rather than just one individual group and provides a broad outlook of public health in terms of awareness, education, and research.
- Program Outcomes: Ability to perform community assessments and develop, implement, and evaluate health programs. Knowing how disease and illness can affect people. Understanding how adequate community health education can lead to better preventative habits, and an overall safer area to live.
- Common Work Environments: Community centers, health and wellness clinics, state and local government agencies, health departments, non-profit organizations, and academia.
WHAT IS MPH CONCENTRATION IN NUTRITION?
- Concentration’s Focus: The historical, cultural, and sociological aspects of food and nutrition through the life cycle; additionally, the role of food in human lives and how it affects health, well-being, and the prevention of disease.
- Program Outcomes: Skills in nutrition, community education, and health promotion.
- Common Work Environments: Private and holistic practices, health food stores, schools and universities, community health organizations, local health departments, and nonprofits focusing on access to food and nutrition.
CAN I ENROLL PART TIME?
No. Part-time enrollment is not currently offered.
IS THE ACHE MPH PROGRAM 100% ONLINE?
The ACHE MPH is a distance education program. Course content and delivery are online, and the applied practical experience is completed in person at a site in your area.
AM I REQUIRED TO COME TO CAMPUS FOR ANY REASON?
CAN I WORK WHILE IN THE ACHE MPH PROGRAM?
Yes! The ACHE MPH curriculum is designed for working professionals by offering instruction that accommodates students’ busy schedules.
WHAT JOBS INSIDE OF PUBLIC HEALTH CAN YOU DO WITH AN MPH?
- Public Health Educator: Educators in public health may focus on different aspects of public health, such as nutrition, exercise, drug use, and chronic disease.
- Public Health Consultant: Public health consultants ensure that public health programs provide the right level of services to the community. This can be achieved by evaluating an organization’s public health programs, treatment process, medicinal storage, and handling of materials. Consultants typically provide an analysis of their evaluation to the agency in which they are employed to recommend changes and improvements.
- Health Promotion Specialist: Health promotion specialists are like public health educators in that they provide educational information to the public to improve overall health and wellness. However, the primary focus in this career path is developing and improving public health education programs.
- Clinical Research Coordinator: Research is a major part of what makes public health useful for society. Clinical research coordinators collect volunteers and obtain their consent for public health studies. They assist in the research, analysis, and delivery of results to proper agencies.
This is a partial list of career paths an MPH degree can support. Please research your area of interest to see how the MPH degree can propel you forward to your goals.
WHAT JOBS OUTSIDE OF PUBLIC HEALTH CAN YOU DO WITH AN MPH?
Graduates of MPH programs can develop skills that are applicable beyond public health. Through coursework, research, and applied practice experience, they learn to communicate effectively, analyze data, formulate policy, solve problems, conduct research, and lead others. These skills can be beneficial in many industries where knowledge of public health can be an asset.
- Physicians: In public health, you examine health in terms of the whole population, not just individual patients. Through an MPH, you will also learn skills that will be invaluable in your practice. Some of the skills you may learn are cost-effectiveness analysis, community organizing, rigorous statistical analysis, experimental design and data collection, program development in the context of an underserved community setting, and disaster management.
- Dentists and dental hygienists: For those interested in understanding the intricacies of oral health in terms of oral health at a population level, the MPH offers an exceptional opportunity for oral health practitioners to be leaders in their community, schools, government agencies and private sector organizations to develop oral health policy.
- Sanitarian: A public health sanitarian career coupled with the MPH helps sanitarian professionals to detect, prevent, or resolve health care issues that impact entire populations.
- Emergency preparedness professional: Disasters can lead to short-term and long-term effects on communities by indirectly affecting health and wellbeing. An MPH can help emergency and disaster management specialists to help communities in crisis by leading the way toward a safer, healthier future.
- Medical Writer: Writers with public health expertise and the ability to translate complex subjects into simpler language can write research documents, journal abstracts, health care web content, news articles, marketing materials and more. Medical writers may work in pharmaceutical companies, health care communication organizations or media companies.
- Survey Researcher: Survey researchers design surveys and analyze the data gathered from those surveys. They can design surveys covering many topics and may develop surveys through interviews, focus groups or questionnaires. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) a public health degree could be beneficial in this position.
- Health Care Compliance Officer: As health care laws and regulations grow more complex, hospitals, practices and other health care companies may benefit from the expertise of compliance officers. Health care compliance officers ensure their organization follows federal and state rules governing issues such as patient data privacy. Duties include developing a compliance plan, training employees on regulations, monitoring for and correcting non-compliance, and conducting risk assessments.
- Medical Librarian: These specialized librarians, also called health science librarians, work in various settings, from universities to pharmaceutical companies. They help researchers, medical professionals and consumers find accurate information on topics such as new clinical trials or medical treatments. Librarians typically need a master’s degree in library science, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that librarians supplement their education with specialty knowledge in their field.
- Healthcare Public Relations or Fundraising Manager: As a public relations manager, you may coordinate press releases and interviews through the media. Fundraising managers facilitate campaigns to raise money for their organizations. Typical duties include developing fundraising strategies and meeting with donors. A public health degree could be beneficial to someone pursuing a public relations or fundraising manager career within a health care organization.
- Political Scientist: Political scientists’ study political systems. They may research surveys, evaluate laws and policies, analyze data from surveys, or publish research articles about pertinent topics. A background in public health might prepare you for a career as a political scientist with a focus on health policy and research.
This is a partial list of career paths an MPH degree can tie into. Please research your area of interest to see how the MPH degree can propel you forward to your goals.
HOW DO I APPLY TO THE ACHE MPH PROGRAM?
All applications are received through a centralized application service called GradCas. This service allows you to apply to multiple programs using one application.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION TIMELINE?
ACHE MPH application opens in GradCas on September 7th and the priority deadline is May 1st.
ARE THERE FEES FOR THE APPLICATION?
GradCas requires a $38 fee to apply. ACHE MPH does not charge any additional supplemental fees.
HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE IN THE AUGUST 2024 COHORT?
The ACHE MPH program will admit 45 students.
WHAT IS ROLLING ADMISSIONS?
Rolling admissions is where seats are continuously offered throughout the admissions cycle. Think of it as first come first serve for qualified applicants.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL MEETING WITH AN ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVE?
You can schedule a virtual meeting at this link.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM GPA REQUIRED TO APPLY?
ACHE MPH does not have a minimum cumulative GPA requirement. Applicants are reviewed through a holistic admission process, taking into consideration all factors indicating an applicant is a fit for the ACHE MPH mission.
ARE THERE REQUIRED PREREQUISITE COURSES?
ACHE MPH does not have required prerequisites but does identify several courses that may be beneficial for those entering the MPH program: basic chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, and statistics.
WHAT TYPE OF UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IS REQUIRED TO APPLY TO THE ACHE MPH PROGRAM?
Any bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
IF I AM ACCEPTED INTO THE ACHE MPH PROGRAM, IS A DEPOSIT REQUIRED?