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Master of Public Health

Dr. Claire Stigler, Program Director for Public Health.
Develop the skills needed to succeed in the critically important field of public health with South University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) online program. Throughout the MPH online program, you’ll explore topics of relevance to local, national, and international public health. During class discussions, research, assignments, and one-on-one interactions with our online MPH faculty, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to handle health-related issues like controlling infectious diseases, improving access to healthcare, and reducing environmental hazards. The online MPH degree program culminates in a practicum experience in which you apply your new knowledge, skills, and abilities to a real-world public health setting, such as a government or social service agency, community or public health organization, or other approved business.

Admission Requirements

Procedure for Admission to the Master of Public Health

The criteria used in determining admissions to the Master of Public Health degree program include"

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.7 (on a scale of 4.0) OR
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with minimum GRE Scores (GRE scores may not be older than 5 years) in the 45th percentile for Verbal and 32nd percentile for Quantitative, OR
  • An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended within 10 weeks after the official start date.
  • A minimum paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language score of 600 or the electronic-based score of 250 for whom English is a Second Language (ESL) to be considered for the program.

Submission of the following:

  • An essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in public health.
  • A resume 'describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.

Once all required admissions documents and information are submitted, the application will be reviewed and evaluated by the MPH Program Director for final admission decision.

Required Program Foundation Courses

The following undergraduate course must be completed with a grade of C or better at an accredited college or university and prior to enrollment into the Master of Public Health.  Students accepted into the program without having completed this course must do so within two sessions of their acceptance data.

  • Statistics (1 course)

Foundation undergraduate course credits do not count towards the total number of credits for graduation nor do they count in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA); however, they do count in determining the Maximum Time Frame (MTF) and the Incremental Completion Rate (ICR).  Students enrolled in foundation undergraduate courses must successfully complete the course within their first three attempts or the student will be academically dismissed from the University.

Course Requirements

Master of Public Health Degree Program: 56 Credits
Core Courses: 20 Credits
PHE5001 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5005 Introduction to Health Services and Research, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5010 Environmental and Occupational Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5015 Principles of Epidemiology, 4 Credit Hours
PHE5020 Biostatistical Methods, 4 Credit Hours
Principal Courses: 32 Credits
PHE6201 Public Health Policy Research, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6202 Program Planning and Evaluation, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6203 Public Health Informatics, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6210 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6220 Evidence-based Public Health Practice, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6250 Case Studies in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6402 Public Health Law and Ethics, 4 Credit Hours
PHE6404 Grant and Contract Proposal Writing in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
Practicum Experience: 4 Credits
PHE6980 Practicum in Public Health, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s)

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

Outcomes

Offered at South University, Online Programs; South University, Savannah; and South University, Virginia Beach.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at South University is a 56-credit program designed to educate students and working professionals about areas of critical importance to local, national, and international public health challenges. The MPH program is organized around a curriculum which consists of core competencies, principal courses, and a practicum experience. The core courses cover the five main areas of public health competencies.  The principal courses are designed to cover a broad range of topics to help develop each student's knowledge, skills, and abilities in public health practice and to further develop the skillsets of working professionals in the public health field.  Lastly the students take part in a practicum experience that synthesizes information learned throughout the program and as such should be taken as the last course in the program.  

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Utilize core public health concepts in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration, and environmental health.
  2. Assess the public health conditions, including assets and deficiencies, of populations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate programs and services designed to address public health conditions.
  4. Employ an "ecological approach" to public health, with emphasis on the linkages and relationships among the multiple determinants of health to assure conditions that protect and promote the health of populations.
  5. Analyze health disparities to design appropriate and culturally competent prevention and intervention strategies.
  6. Apply theoretical knowledge in field-based settings that incorporates the eight competency domains for public health professionals:
  7. Demonstrate skills in public health research and communication.
  8. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of public health policy, practice, and research.

Career Outlook

As a graduate of the MPH online degree program, you’ll be ready to pursue a variety of public health positions, including:

  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Health Educators
  • Community Health Workers

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here. 

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SU Class of '20 ASAHS, BSPH and MPH Alumni Dedra Simmons
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