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Online Master of Public Health

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The University of Arizona online Master of Public Health is designed to prepare you to make a broader impact in your community and around the globe in the public health arena. Through a blend of groundbreaking research, theory and a real-world view of today’s public health issues, our program provides an education that is being applied across geographical and cultural borders to promote a healthy, happier society.

Our world-class faculty of public health leaders helps create a dynamic online learning experience built on direct interaction, collaborative discourse and integrative thinking. The online MPH is a perfect opportunity to match your boundless dedication to public service with a thirst for knowledge.

For further information regarding the online MPH program, please visit https://mphdegree.arizona.edu.

Admissions Deadlines

Spring 2020: November 1
Summer 2020: March 1 – Extended March 15
Fall 2020: July 1 - Extended July 15

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The online Master of Public Health curriculum combines a bedrock foundation in the core principles of public health with the option to choose one of three distinct concentrations in Applied Epidemiology, Health Services Administration and Health Promotion. Our concentrations reflect the disciplines most vital to public health professionals’ success and satisfy our students’ varied interests.

The online MPH degree is available in three concentration areas

Applied Epidemiology

The Applied Epidemiology program is a fixed curriculum that provides the opportunity for students to develop skills in key epidemiological concepts applicable in applied public health settings. Further skills are obtained in a set curriculum on infectious and chronic diseases and maternal and child health which also reinforce key concepts from the course series.

 

Curriculum Details

The curriculum provides systematic training in measuring and studying the distribution, characteristics and causes of disease across demographics. Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health and is essential in the prevention of rare and chronic diseases, disability and premature death.

EPID 573B//Epidemiologic Methods//3 Credits

This course will increase the student’s understanding of research methods in epidemiology.

EPID 573D//Analysis of Public Health Data//3 Credits

This course focuses on how public health data are used for epidemiologic investigations and prevention programs and develops skills and strategies for the analysis and presentation of public health data; using epidemiological and biostatistical principles to analyze public health data through descriptive statistics, stratified analyses, regression and other basic approaches.

BIOS 576B//Biostatistics for Research//3 Credits

An intermediate course in biostatistical methods and their application in epidemiology and public health. This course covers linear regression analysis, logistic regression analysis, time-to-event (survival) analysis and study design.

EPID 579//Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology//3 Credits

This course focuses on developing practical skills in the investigation of outbreaks, development and implementation of infectious disease surveillance and the administration of infectious disease control and prevention.

Online Program Level Competencies

 
  • Describe and summarize findings from multiple studies to make recommendations for public health practice.
  • Understand components of public health surveillance and apply relevant data to address public health problems.
  • Compare and contrast bias within study designs and calculate appropriate measures of disease frequency and excess risk.
  • Use public health data sources and collected data to answer applied epidemiological research questions.
  • Interpret analyses in the context of published literature and communicate key findings to stakeholders.

 

Health Promotion

The curriculum examines the sociocultural factors that influence health and health behavior. The concentration operates under the philosophy that education, communication and effective implementation of sound health policies and initiatives can improve the quality of life around you. Learn to plan education strategies and evaluate their effectiveness. Promote healthier lifestyles in culturally diverse populations around the world.

 

Curriculum Details

HPS 532P//Planning of Public Health Programs//3 Credits

This course will equip students with skills in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing small-scale projects in public health. The course will provide guidance and engage student in conducting a community needs assessment, mapping community assets and prioritizing public health needs, writing project goals and objectives that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed), developing project logical models, selecting appropriate intervention designs drawing on the evidence based literature and theoretical models, and strategies for project implementation including engaging community partners in all stages if program planning and implementation. Goals, priorities and strategies for applying for federal, state and private funding for public health and development projects will addressed.

HPS 532E//Evaluation of Public Health Programs//3 Credits

Evaluation is essential to all research- and service-based programs. The course provides students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in public health with the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation of health promotion programs.

HPS 531//Contemporary Health Issues & Research//3 Credits

Designed to explore a broad spectrum of health education and health behavior issues and programs in order to evaluate their impact or potential impact. Students will read, review and critique numerous research efforts that were designed to change behavior via health education and/or health behavior programs.

HPS 535//Multi-Cultural Health Beliefs//3 Credits

This course provides learning opportunities for graduate students in the development of sensitivities and competencies related to public health practice among multicultural populations with varying health beliefs, values, behaviors and needs in American society. Such cultural sensitivities and competencies are basic to effective program planning, implementation, service delivery, program evaluation and successful health outcomes through public health education and health promotion. There are special emphases on the ethnic and cultural characteristics of primary ethnic/racial populations in Arizona.

Online Program Level Competencies

 
  • Describe behavioral, social, community and policy influences foundational to health promotion efforts.
  • Describe factors to consider when adapting health promotion programs to new or diverse settings.
  • To articulate the importance of using needs assessments to inform health promotion efforts.
  • To apply program evaluation strategies for health promotion.
  • Describe the merits of health promotion interventions and policies.

 

Health Services Administration

This concentration offers a combination of public health and health care administration classes that provides you with a multifaceted understanding of the administrative and business aspects of health care. Use the skills learned in the curriculum to pursue leadership roles in both governmental and non-governmental settings.

 

Curriculum Details

PHPM 507//Health Care Economics & Policy//3 Credits

Health policy is examined from an economic perspective. Basic economic theories and their relationships to the structure and function of the U.S. health care system are explored. Alternative health care systems and health care reforms are also evaluated.

PHPM 561//Introduction to Health Care Quality & Safety//3 Credits

This course provides an overview of health care quality and safety. Students are introduced to the history, definitions, practices, and the broader political, financial and ethical contexts of health care quality and safety.

PHPM 562//Health Services Administration//3 Credits

This course provides a foundation in health services administration. It introduces the student to the structure and functions of the United States health care system. The health care system in the community and its environment are examined to determine how they impact health services administration.

PHP 641//Health Systems Delivery//3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the organizational structure of large, complex health care organizations, compare them to other international health care systems and illustrate how regulatory and legal requirements contribute to administrative and management challenges.

Online Program Level Competencies

 
  • Apply quality and performance improvement practices to improve health outcomes.
  • Apply "systems thinking" for resolving organizational problems.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships.
  • Construct and interpret budgets to analyze the fiscal status of public health, health care and non-profit organizations.
  • Apply legal frameworks to analyze public health problems, explain the source and scope of the state’s power to regulate public health, and critique how the law can improve or impair the public’s health.
  • Implement and evaluate health care marketing theories and practice methods.
  • Analyze and evaluate administrative, management and regulatory issues that impact the delivery of medical care in the U.S.

 

Curriculum at a Glance: 42 total credits

-Modular program with each course only 8 weeks long-
-A 5-unit internship is required for all concentrations-
-One unit capstone Integrated Learning Experience-
-Two Interprofessional Education Activities (non-credit)-
-50% of your coursework will be concentration-based-
-Complete your MPH degree in as few as 2 years-

Core Courses

EPID 573A//Basic Principles of Epidemiology//3 Credits

The course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and how these concepts are applicable for their own particular interests and career in epidemiology related fields.

PHPM 574//Public Health Policy & Management//3 Credits

Management processes/roles of public health professionals; health service organization; policy issues and resource utilization/control; human resources management; public health trends.

BIOS 576A//Biostatistics in Public Health//3 Credits

The course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and how these concepts are applicable for their own particular interests and career in epidemiology related fields.

PHPM 569//Fundamentals of Health Budgeting & Financial Management//3 Credits

This course will offer a current approach to the fundamentals of budgeting and financial management, with an emphasis on non-profit and health care organizations, in particular the community health sector.

HPS 577//Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health//3 Credits

This course is an overview of significant social, cultural and behavioral issues related to public health. Major public health problems and the influences of sociocultural issues are analyzed in relation to health behavior. Readings, discussions, films, and class experiences/assignments will focus on understanding the social and cultural issues that influence health-related behavior among specific populations with an emphasis on the populations in the U.S. and the Southwest.

EHS 575//Environmental & Occupational Health//3 Credits

Course emphasizes health hazard sources, methods to identify & evaluate them, and framework used to affect hazard control. Students will evaluate public health issues, understand research designs, identify and evaluate factors important to the development of monitoring programs.

Interprofessional Education Activities

Internship Preparation Workshop

Admission Requirements

The following materials are required for admission to the online MPH program

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA
  • Coursework required:
    • One course in college-level introductory, human or general biology
    • One course in college algebra, precalculus, or calculus
    • Grade of C or higher required for these courses.
    • Applicants to Health Services Administration must have a grade of B or higher in both courses.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Mission and values statement
  • Resilience Statement (optional)
  • Health Services Administration – Students applying to the Health Service Administration concentration must have at least 3 years of paid/volunteer public health or health-related experience.
  • GRE or MCAT scores
  • The GRE/MCAT requirement will be waived for all applicants who are:
    • Applying to the Health Services Administration concentration
    • Applying to the Health Promotion concentration with 5+ years of paid public health work experience
    • Applying to any concentration with a doctoral degree from a U.S. institution
    • Applying as an international medical graduate who is ECFMG certified
    • GRE or MCAT scores are required for all other applicants.
  • GRE/MCAT Exceptions (Due to issues related to the COVID 19 outbreak, the GRE/MCAT requirement is waived for Fall 2020 admissions.)​
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

How to Apply

View details on how to apply: https://publichealth.arizona.edu/graduate-students/admissions/how-to-apply

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please contact us at coph-onlinemph@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-6491.

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