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 University of Florida offers an online master's in public health degree through the College of Public Health and Health Professions. The program is aimed at students who are already employed in the public health arena or are working health care professionals, such as physicians, social workers, and nurses. The only concentration available in the online program is public health practice. The master's program is asynchronous, so you can complete most coursework online at a time that works best for you. However, there may be some live review sessions, office hours, or presentations that you must attend at a set time. Though online coursework includes pre-recorded audio lectures and power point presentations, the courses are monitored by live instructors and teaching assistants are available by e-mail, Skype, or telephone. Full time students can complete the program in two years, but the University allows up to seven years to complete your degree. Students who already have a health based doctorate degree may apply for an accelerated program. Tuition is bout $600 dollars per credit hour.
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.
The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University offers an online master's degree in public health designed for students who have at least three years of relevant professional experience. The master's in public health program generally takes a little over two years to complete, and offers three concentrations: applied epidemiology, applied public health informatics, and prevention science. Though most coursework can be completed online, students must attend on-campus classes two times each semester for a full weekend. Student workgroups and discussion boards are part of the online component, and faculty and graduate students conduct office hours by telephone, giving you direct access to your instructors.
As an online student you will also have access to the school's academic support staff and career resources. The school has an online learning demonstration video on its website so you can preview the online experience before enrolling in the program. An informational webinar for prospective students can also be found on the school's website.
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.
This school boasts the second largest master's in public health program in Illinois and offers both a master's degree in public health as well as professional certifications in a variety of related specialties. The master's curriculum covers core areas of public health, as well as electives in intersecting fields such as advocacy and social work. The master's degree program can be completed entirely online and graduates are awarded the same degree as students attending the campus based master's program. Applications for the online program are accepted throughout the year and students generally take one course per eight-week session, completing six courses per year. An internship is required, however, you are free to complete your fieldwork in any location that is convenient for you.
Benedictine also offers two dual degrees, either a master's degree in business or a master's degree in science focused on management and organizational behavior, which can be obtained concurrently with your master's in public health. Students can also obtain professional certifications in health management and policy, disaster management, and health education and promotion, either as part of their master's curriculum or as a stand-alone certification.
NYMC is one of the country's largest private health sciences universities and is part of the Touro College and University system. NYMC's School of Health Sciences and Practice offers an online master's degree in public health, with a concentration in either health policy and management or environmental health science. Students can also pursue additional professional certifications in emergency preparedness, global health, health education, and industrial hygiene. The program can be completed entirely online, or students can opt to attend some courses on campus. A sample online course is available on the school's website and prospective students can access online discussion boards to get a feel for the program's online learning experience.
The school's campus is close to New York City, giving faculty and students access to a diverse area of public health research and practice. Graduates of NYMC's master's in public health program are well prepared for a career in the field, and alumni include two county commissioners of health in New York, and one commissioner of health care access in Connecticut.
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.