Assess the programs that offer graduate public health degrees in the complete listing of not-for-profit schools detailed below, inlcuding prominent schools like Benedictine University, Emory University, and Michigan State.
The College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida offers a master's degree program in public health that is available for online students. The University of Florida public health program is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers and those working in the public health field. For the most part, students can complete their assignments and online courses when it is convenient for them, but some courses do require students to log in at a specific time for live presentations. Online courses consist of power point presentations and audio lectures with instructors and teaching assistants available for help through email, telephone or Skype. The online master's degree program in public health can be completed in two years for full-time students. Students have up to seven years to finish the program. There is an accelerated program available for students with a doctorate degree in a health related field. Tuition and fees for the program is around $600 per credit for in-state and out-of-state students.
The MSU College of Human Medicine offers a fully online master's in public health degree program through the Program in Public Health. This is the only fully online master's in public health degree available in the state as well as the only program offered by a medical school.
The online program offers a variety of dual degrees that can be pursued concurrently with your master's in public health, in addition to graduate certificates, which require only four to six classes to complete and can be done entirely online. Some of the specialized certificates available at MSU are unique, including one in counterfeit pharmaceuticals and public health. Notably, the school also offers a core discipline certificate that may be earned outside the formal master's degree program. The credits for the certificate are transferrable, so if you are unsure about pursuing a master's in public health or only need to learn fundamental public health principles in order to further your career, this professional certificate may be a good option for you.
This school offers a variety of degree options for nursing students interested in pursuing a degree in public health. If you are a registered nurse you can accelerate your education and get a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing through the school's RN to MSN program. Students with a bachelor's degree in any field and a RN license may enter directly into the master's in nursing program. Nurses considering a career in public health can focus their graduate education with a concentration in public/community health nursing.
For non-nursing students, the school also offers an online master's in public health. All classes in the master's in public health program can be taken in a web-based format but students are required to attend an on-campus orientation. Notably, the online master's in public health program is also offered in Spanish. Graduate certificates in public health and health education are also available, and can be pursued through the master's program or as stand-alone professional certifications.
Old Dominion University has an extensive online learning program and, in partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School, the University's School of Community and Environmental Health offers a master's degree in public health with a concentration in either environmental health or health promotion and safety.
The master's in public health program utilizes multiple online learning modalities. Their two-way extended campus technology allows students to attend a live broadcast at a specific site, permitting face-to-face discussion between students and teachers. These courses may be held at one of ten locations across Virginia. Online classes are also available in a streaming format, and may be either live or broadcast. Students can also choose asynchronous courses, meaning there is no set class and you can complete the coursework at a time most convenient to you. However, assignments and exams are on a schedule, so it's still important that you stay on track with your coursework. You may attend the program as either a full-time or part-time student but tuition is high, at around $800 per credit hour.
UND offers a master's in public administration via a hybrid delivery system that combines both in class and online learning. The online classes are delivered in a real time, live format, which means you must attend class online at a specific time each week. As an online student, you would join a class meeting on campus, participating in the course remotely. These live classes are generally held in the evening and are required. The program has been ranked in the top five "Best Buys" for online master's degree programs in public administration.
The program can be completed in two years and you have the option of focusing your studies on health administration. Graduate certifications in health administration, public administration, policy analysis, and social entrepreneurship are also available. UND also offers a master's of science degree with a track for advanced public health nursing for RN students considering a master's degree. This program can be completed mostly online on your own schedule, however, you must be on campus a few days during your first year.
Emory University offers a master's degree in public health online at the Rollins School of Public Health. The program is for students with a minimum of three years of work experience in the field of public health. Online students may select an area of concentration for the master's program in prevention science, applied epidemiology or applied public health informatics. The program requires students to attend classes on the school's campus two times per semester. Students may take advantage of discussion boards and workgroups available online.
Emory University provides video and a webinar on the school's website to give prospective students an opportunity to view the online program before making a decision to enroll.
The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western offers a master's in nursing degree program in a hybrid format. The master's in nursing program offers a diverse array of nursing concentrations, ranging from gerontology to midwifery and the program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and are working as registered nurses.
Though many courses in the program are taught on campus, some intensive courses are offered that minimize the amount of time you must be on site. The content in these intensive courses is the same as in the traditional classes, however, they are held for consecutive days, ranging from three to eight entire days per course. Reading is completed before the course begins and papers and assignments are due shortly after the in-class session is completed. There are also some web-based components available for these courses, providing further flexibility for students seeking to balance a career and their education. The School of Nursing at Case Western is highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and has an extensive program, making it one you should consider if you are looking to leverage your nursing background into a career in public health.
Benedictine University has a master's degree in public health and certifications in various specialties for online students. The master's degree program in public health includes core courses in the field and allows students to choose electives in areas such as social work and advocacy to tailor their program to meet their professional goals. Typically, students in the online master's degree program complete one course in each eight-week period. The school does require students to complete an internship to earn the degree.
Students may also complete a master's degree in science or business at the same time as the public health program. The certificate courses in public health offered by Benedictine University are in health education and promotion, health management and policy, and disaster management. Students may complete the graduate certificate programs with the master's program in public health or separately.
New York Medical College's School of Health Sciences and Practice has a master's degree in public health that is available online. The online public health program allows students to select a concentration in environmental health science or health policy and management. Graduate certificates are also available in industrial hygiene, emergency preparedness, health education or global health. Prospective students may view a sample of an online course on the School of Health Sciences and Practice's website to determine if the program is right for them. Hybrid programs are also available for students who want to complete some courses online and on campus. Graduates of the master's degree program may pursue a doctorate in public health.
The public health master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. New York Medical College has been involved in the study of the environmental and social sources of health and disease since 1860.
The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a master's in public health degree in a fully online format. The program is part-time and designed to be completed in under five years. You should expect to spend between six to ten hours per week completing your online classes and assignments. There is no on campus requirement but new students can attend a virtual online orientation before they begin their studies.
If you think you may be interested in pursuing a master's in public health online, but are not quite sure, MCW offers a graduate certificate in public health as well as opportunities for graduate education for non-degree seekers. If you successfully complete coursework in the certificate program and decide you want to pursue a full master's degree, you may apply to the program and, if accepted, transfer all of the credits from the certificate program to the master's program. Non-degree students may attend courses on a part-time basis for three consecutive terms and some credits from their coursework may be applied towards a master's degree in public health.