Impact Other’s Lives With a Public Health Master’s Degree
The public health field focuses on the health and wellness of entire communities. It explores evidence-based ways of preventing diseases and injuries, promoting health education and tracking outbreaks of infectious diseases. The Master of Public Health at Grand Canyon University (GCU) follows a curriculum designed with modern public health challenges in mind. Offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, this online MPH degree provides a comprehensive framework for understanding public health challenges on a local, regional, national and global scale.1
Study public health and prepare to pursue a career in service to your community. Examine best practices in designing, planning and implementing health programs and services. Learn to apply the principles of strategic leadership, while aligning public health programs with organizational vision and objectives.
Course Topics in the Online MPH Degree Program¹
You can develop an academic foundation in the field with our Master of Public Health degree. GCU is committed to providing an accessible, flexible education for working professionals. Fit your online MPH classes around your current schedule and meet your professional obligations while positioning yourself to potentially further your career objectives.1 During the program, you will take courses including the following:
- Social and Behavioral Principles of Public Health
- Application and Interpretation of Public Health Data
- International Perspectives in Community Health
- Leadership and Management in Public Health
- Communication for Behavior Change
The online Master of Public Health degree transitions you from exploring theoretical concepts to applying your skills.1 You will take the Public Health Practicum course to practice your knowledge and skills. It requires a minimum of 150 hours of supervised field experience.
This online MPH degree also requires completion of the Public Health Capstone course.1 It involves the completion of a professionally developed project, based on your particular interests and career objectives.
Career Paths for MPH Degree Graduates
Health education specialists and public health workers are often drawn to this field because they have an enduring desire to help individuals, families and communities.
Community health programs, such as vaccination programs and preventive medicine education initiatives, can have a positive impact on communities. Public health professionals may work in social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, state health departments and healthcare companies.
Some of the specific jobs that may be related to the MPH degree include:
- Medical and health services manager
- Community health worker
- Health education specialist
- Health specialties teacher, postsecondary
Some community health workers choose to focus their career on one specific aspect of public health. These might include health education, policy analysis, disaster management or global health. Some choose to pursue work in their own communities in the U.S., while others may consider going abroad to pursue opportunities working in disadvantaged countries.
FAQs About the Master of Public Health Degree
Our frequently asked questions are here to provide you with more information on important aspects of a career in public health and earning your MPH degree.
1 Excludes programs with residencies and practicums.
2 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers, as of May 2021, retrieved on May 9, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as medical and health services managers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entrylevel salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
3 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022 which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, retrieved on May 9, 2023.
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.