Program Details

Master of Public Health

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 48
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Promote Wellness and Prevention

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to help you meet multiple challenges in public health, including environmental health concerns, emerging and re-emerging diseases, socio-political factors affecting both our nation’s health and health globally and the evolving state of our current healthcare system. As a student in the masters of public health program, you examine strategies to create the best possible future for the American healthcare system and envision the probable steps to achieve your goal. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ online MPH degree also prepares you to become a subject area expert in the field of public health.

If you are interested in a career that includes the coordination, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health programs and services, the Master of Public Health online can prepare you for various positions in public health. The masters of public health program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to provide a comprehensive overview of the public health system. The program also features an end-of-course practicum to allow you to use theories in practice in a supervised environment.

Degree Outcomes

Gain a Foundation in Public Health

The Master of Public Health online program is a generalist program for healthcare professionals that examines 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.

For those currently in the nursing field and seeking a degree in public health, take a look at Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health degree.

What You Will Learn

Explore How to Deliver Healthcare to the Public

Here are some of the topics you explore in the online MPH program:

  • Strategies, research techniques and theories that address public health challenges
  • Statistical analysis using qualitative and quantitative methods utilized in public health practice
  • Measurement, reliability and validity of research design and implementation
  • Epidemiological approaches to exploring disease patterns and injury in the human population
  • Utilizing healthcare policy as a framework to analyze how health is defined and health care is delivered in the U.S. and around the world
  • Components and competing factors in the delivery of public health services
  • Legal and ethical issues, healthcare process improvement assessment related to health care
  • Collaborative capstone project – an evidence-based plan that addresses a challenge in public health

Career Outcomes

Prepare to Serve in Social Service and Government Agencies

If you are a working healthcare professional, the Master of Public Health degree may help you prepare to hold a position of responsibility in a variety of settings, including healthcare facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, international health organizations, community-based health education organizations, health promotion settings and healthcare 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. Program Domains

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
48 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
48 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the health care professions. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the broad field of public health, professional roles, and the basic principles of disease prevention and health promotion among communities and populations. Students examine historical trends in the field, the 10 Essential Public Health Services, and how public health services are designed and delivered within the public health infrastructure. The course introduces students to the upstream causes of morbidity and mortality across the life span and how the public health system in the United States addresses these causes.

Course Description

Students in this course identify social and behavioral approaches in public health to effect change at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, and community levels. Students examine the influence of the social, political, and economic landscape of the community on perceptions of health, and assess the readiness of individuals and the community for change. Students explore the social determinants of health and apply theoretical frameworks to address public health issues and reduce health disparities. Students also evaluate the best methods to empower change and engage communities in public health initiatives with sensitivity to the diverse spiritual, cultural, and psychosocial needs of the populations they serve. Students research specific issues related to health equity, applying a theoretical framework, identifying contributing factors, and proposing appropriate interventions. Prerequisite: PUB-510.

Course Description

This course introduces epidemiological principles and methods to study, quantify, and assess the distribution and determinants of disease among populations. Students examine the influence of biological and social factors on population health, including epigenetics, infectious disease, and foodborne illnesses. Students evaluate epidemiologic study designs and apply measures of association as methods for determining relationships. Prerequisite: PUB-520 or PHN-600.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the application and interpretation of data to assess, design, and justify public health programs. Students learn the basics of data management and statistical analysis using real-life public health data sets. Students consider the implications of crafting a clear research question, identifying available and quality data, applying appropriate data analysis methods, and effectively communicating the results. Research standards and ethics are emphasized in contributing to evidence-based public health practice. Prerequisite: PUB-540.

Course Description

In this course, students consider the interrelationship between human health and the natural and built environments. Students examine current environmental issues and the human activity that affects public and global health, such as climate change, disease transmission (One Health), urbanization, pollution, as well as the impact of these changes over time. Students also study the ethical implications of environmental strategies related to community design, occupational health, and policy influencing human health. Prerequisite: PUB-510.

Course Description

This course focuses on using communication to positively influence understanding of health information, decision making, and health behavior. Students examine ways to serve as public health change agents though effective and ethical communication practices. Through an emphasis on health literacy and cultural competence, students learn to design public health communications and select appropriate communication channels for a variety of audiences, including individuals and communities. Students also consider the role of the public health professional as a trusted source of health information and examine strategies for combating misinformation within communities. Prerequisite: PUB-520.

Course Description

In this course, students learn and apply competencies related to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention programs. Health behavior theories are considered in the development of health promotion programs, the application of evaluation findings, and prioritization of community concerns and resources. Focus is placed on needs assessment, selecting interventions, measuring program outcomes, and collaborating with stakeholders. Students identify methods for data collection, tools for program and resource management, and strategies for assessing effectiveness of programs, including cost-benefit analysis. Prerequisites: PUB-520 and PUB-550.

Course Description

In this course, students examine the intricacies of public health policy development and examine the role of federal, state, and local government in the provision of public health programs and services through health policy and law. Emphasis is placed on the role of the public health professional in advocating for public and community health, health equity, and social justice. Students learn advocacy strategies for mobilizing communities, coalitions, and organizations to support and implement policy. Through careful analysis of public health policy and consideration of the implications of Health in All Policies approaches, students learn how local, national, global, social, and economic policies have broad implications for human health. Students also have the opportunity to learn how to structure and write a health policy analysis, including economic and budgetary impacts of policy options. Prerequisite: PUB-610.

Course Description

In this course, students synthesize the impact of globalization on community health and the complexities of partnering with communities for development among resource-constrained populations. Students review the history of international public health efforts and theories underpinning current global health initiatives. There is an emphasis on the role of faith and ministry-based organizations in global health advocacy and initiatives. Students examine the challenges of building real collaboration across public, private, and local entities, and explore best practices for the integration of faith-based and professional public health principles to establish sustainable local development. Prerequisite: PUB-540.

Course Description

This course applies principles of strategic leadership and management of public health services within different sectors. Cultural differences in leadership and management are explored to build partnerships leveraging community and organizational strengths. Students learn how to align public health programs with organizational mission, vision, and objectives for sustainability and growth. There is particular emphasis on the collaborative nature of public health, developing cross-cultural competence, and the unique aspects of leadership within various types of agencies, including faith-based organizations. Students have the opportunity to hone their communication, negotiation, and servant leadership skills to empower and influence others working together to improve the health of populations. Prerequisites: PUB-620 and PUB-650.

Course Description

This practicum course is designed to provide students an opportunity to transition from theory to practice in public health. The student reinforces, integrates, and applies concepts, principles, and skills gained during coursework that are essential to professional competency. Students are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of field experience in an approved public health setting under close supervision of a qualified preceptor approved by the college. Students reflect on their practicum experience, discuss the application of theory and concepts in practice, identify personal strengths, describe professional development opportunities, and develop a professional portfolio. Practicum/field experience hours: 150. Prerequisites: All previous coursework and a release by the Office of Field Experience.

Course Description

This capstone course provides students the opportunity to apply public health skills based on their professional interests and goals. Students demonstrate competency through the development of a written, professionally prepared project that can be included as part of a professional portfolio. Students tailor a project based on their professional interests and goals, with the option to write a grant proposal for a public health initiative, develop a comprehensive policy analysis, conduct a secondary data analysis, or complete a program evaluation plan. Prerequisite: PUB-680.

Program Locations



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