What Is an MPH 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 follows a rigorous, 21st-century 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.
Become an expert in public health and prepare to pursue a rewarding 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.
What You Will Learn
You can develop an academic foundation in the field with this online master’s in public health. GCU is a modern university that is committed to providing an accessible, flexible education for working professionals. Fit your online classes around your current schedule and meet your professional obligations while furthering your career objectives. During your studies, you will take courses such as 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 students from exploring theoretical concepts to applying their skills in hands-on, real-world situations. You will take a Public Health Practicum course to practice your knowledge and skills. It requires a minimum of 150 hours of supervised field experience. MPH degree students also take a Public Health Capstone course. It involves the completion of a professionally developed project, based on each student’s particular interests and career objectives.
Careers With a Master's in Public Health Degree
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. As a graduate with a public health master’s degree, you may have the opportunity to help make your corner of the world a healthier place. Community health programs, such as vaccination programs and preventive medicine education initiatives, 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:
- Research analyst
- Public health program manager
- Policy analyst
- Medical and health services manager
- Community health worker
- Health education specialist
- Social and community services manager
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. In the U.S. alone, 17,000 new jobs are estimated to open for health education specialists and community health workers from 2019 to 2029.1
Frequently Asked Questions
1COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 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 based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers.
2The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 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 Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level 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.
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