What is a MPH Degree?

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Do you enjoy health science? Do you have a desire to work with people? If you answered yes to these questions, then a Master of Public Health (MPH) may be right for you! Public health professionals work in the public health field to help prevent the spreading of disease, promote healthy habits, work with individuals who have contracted communicable diseases and contain epidemics that may be a threat to the community.

The role of public health professionals is essential, because their work protects the vulnerability of human health. Here are some things to know about a MPH Degree and why you should get it.

What is a MPH Degree?

A MPH degree is a graduate-level program that emphasizes the practical aspects of public health. It centers around the spreading of disease and health in general. With this degree, you can help improve health outcomes for people in all communities. Anyone in the United states with an accredited undergraduate degree can pursue an MPH degree.

Courses review specific topics that people face today such as the quality of life and longevity. You will also have the opportunity to learn quantitative and qualitative analytical research skills

It takes about two years to complete a MPH degree.

Why Should You Get a MPH Degree?

1. High Demand

Individuals who are willing to go out and promote health education to prevent diseases from spreading in communities are highly sought after in the healthcare field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.

2. Varied Environments

If you are looking for a career that will allow you to engage in a variety of different environments, then a degree in public health may be perfect for you. From non-profit organizations to local and state health departments public health professionals work in different fields of the workforce to help promote health and contain disease among communities. A master’s degree in public health may ensure that you be engaged in something interesting.

3. Community Impact

With a master’s degree in public health, you can work at a community organization or even in a government position. In these positions, public health workers help create policies and health laws, and are trained to deal with global outbreaks that can easily occur in a community. Public health professionals are critical in communities to disseminate preventative measures in health.

4. Job Satisfaction

Many public health workers experience high job satisfaction, as working to save lives and teaching others healthy habits can be very rewarding. Public health professionals work with others to help them develop healthy lifestyles. In changing just one life, you are one step closer to positively impacting a community. By earning a Master of Public Health you will be highly respected and sought after in today’s expanding healthcare field.

Interested in learning about Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions? Get a Master’s in Public Health! Visit our website or contact us by clicking on the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

Written by Kellianne Holland, a freshman earning an early childhood education degree at GCU. References:

• “Health Educators and Community Health Workers.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm#tab-1

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