The Master in Public Health program is designed to help graduates meet the challenges in the expansion of health issues in the nation as well as globally. From environmental health concerns, emerging and re-emerging diseases, socio-political factors affecting both our nations health and health globally, to the evolving state of our current health care system, the Master of Public Health degree prepares students to take a leadership role or become subject area experts in the field of public health.
For those working directly in the health field, professionals with a Master in Public Health degree may hold positions of responsibility in a variety of settings including health care facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, universities, non-governmental organizations, international health organizations, community-based health education organizations, health promotion settings, and health care companies. Many professionals find their current career intersects with public health concerns, and earning a second degree may allow you to become a public health subject matter expert within your field. Examples include nurses working in the area of public health, attorneys working with public health organizations, journalists reporting and working on public health issues, or individuals taking on leadership roles with non-profit organizations.
In the Master in Public Health program, students will study theories, concepts, and principles of public health and as well as their application. The MPH is a generalist program and enveloped around national public health curriculum standards, using a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes psychological, behavioral, and social factors influencing population-based health disparities; principles of epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental public health concepts; public health administration systems and processes; and economic factors. This degree prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and medicine. The Master in Public Health program culminates with a practicum and capstone project that students are able to design to best fit their area of specific interest.
For those currently in the nursing field and seeking a degree in public health, please also review the Master in Science in Nursing: Emphasis in Public Health Degree.
This program is designed for nurses interested in disease prevention and community health who are seeking a career where they are involved in the coordination, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health programs and services.
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.
The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.