Turn your desire for service into action.
Our communities need public health leaders to meet the challenges of promoting and protecting the health of vulnerable communities. As an Ohio University student, you can prepare to join them.
You have the heart to serve. The Ohio University Master of Public Health online can give you the knowledge and skills to provide care to communities. The MPH degree is designed to prepare professionals like you to aid underserved communities across the country. Build on your passion by expanding your expertise as you connect to real-world learning opportunities at public health organizations. You’ll emerge with not just an education, but also the applicable knowledge and skills to create a healthier future for all.
Why Choose the Master of Public Health Online Program?
What differentiates us from other MPH programs? We’re one of the only Master of Public Health online programs that offers an added level of understanding of rural health disparities.
Our online MPH degree allows students to work directly with top-ranked faculty, staff, and public health leaders who are actively engaged in health research and practice. In addition, you’ll experience a hands-on practicum, providing you with research-focused, real-world expertise to connect to career opportunity — and initiate positive, lasting change for communities in need of your skills.
“I had an enriching experience in the OHIO MPH program. The professors were dedicated and passionate,which was clear from their teaching methods andstudent interactions. The coursework was rigorous,which has prepared me for my doctoral coursework.The curriculum is quite comprehensive and offersa focus on rural health which gives you deeperinsights into health equities and disparities.”
— Gloria Aidoo-Frimpong, Alumni, Ohio University
Ohio University has been named “Best College” by Princeton Review
Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Ohio University was listed among the top research universities as rated by Forbes for America’s Top Colleges 2018.
Career Outlook for MPH Degree Program Graduates
Qualified public health professionals are needed to serve at-risk communities both rural and urban — a trend that is only growing with time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical and health services managers are projected to grow by 20% from 2016 to 2026. Students who complete our MPH degree emerge with distinct expertise — and are well positioned for careers at local or state health departments, community-based organizations, and government and global health facilities.
Online Master of Public Health Curriculum
Our online MPH degree curriculum is composed of 42 credits and combines social, behavioral, environmental, and cultural determinants of community health as well as courses focused on the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions in a community setting. Throughout the program, you’ll take 14, 3-credit courses that are each seven weeks long. Even if you take one course at a time, you can still graduate in as few as two years.
Once you complete your coursework, you’ll be required to take part in an MPH capstone project, in which you apply what you’ve learned to a community setting outside of the virtual classroom.
|HLTH 6710||Public Health Concepts||3 Credits|
This course will focus on providing students with foundational knowledge of public health. Topics that will be addressed include definitions of public health, organizational structure, history, ethics, essential services, global programs, and future public health.
|HLTH 6730||Epidemiology in Public Health*||3 Credits|
The course will facilitate students’ understanding of fundamental epidemiological concepts (such as principles of causality), methods (such as epidemiologic study designs), and their practical applications (such as the concept of screening for disease; public health applications of the measures of disease frequency and the measures of exposure-disease association; and their role in public health decision-making).
|HLTH 6001||Program Planning and Implementation in Public Health||3 Credits|
Planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and health education programs are key skills for functioning effectively as a public health professional. These skills are outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and supported by organizations such as the Institute of Medicine. Making decisions about the types of theory-based programs or strategies to implement based on both the community’s perspective as well as need (evidence), enhances the likelihood of their effectiveness
|HLTH 6002||Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Health Care||3 Credits|
The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of health promotion program evaluation and research methods related to behavioral science and health education. Although the course emphasizes general evaluation and research methodology, specific health program and health policy applications are used as illustrations.
|HLTH 6760||Environmental Health||3 Credits|
This course includes the characterization of components of our environment that can adversely affect human health and the policies and regulations designed to protect us. The course covers such topics as air/water quality, food hygiene, sanitation, municipal/infectious/hazardous waste, vector-borne disease, occupational health, legal/risk issues, and global environmental issues.
|HLTH 6770||Grant Writing in Public Health Practice||3 Credits|
This course will examine grant language, research versus program grants, funders, different sections of common grants, and the writing of a comprehensive grant proposal. Methods and techniques for writing and managing grant proposals to support public health programs. Emphasis on development of grant proposals, including narrative, program plan, evaluation design, timeline, budget justifications, identifying grant resources, managing funded projects, and developing requests for proposals.
|HLTH 6720||Social and Behavioral Sciences||3 Credits|
Social and behavioral science concepts, diversity issues, theories of health education and promotion, applications to public health issues, and interventions in reference to communication, collaboration, and strategies.
|HLTH 6740||Biostatistics in Public Health*||3 Credits|
Principles of biostatistics in the context of multiple public health applications including basic and advanced statistical techniques for analyzing and investigating public health issues including disparities.
|HLTH 6140||Health Disparities||3 Credits|
According to the National Institutes of Health (2005), “Health disparities are differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States.” One of these specific population groups is rural Americans. Rural communities have a history of poor health, increased preventable disease rates, poor living conditions, limited access to health care services, inadequate public health infrastructure, and lower socioeconomic status, which set the stage for a perfect storm of health disparities. However, rural communities are also rich in culture, diversity, history, independence, social capital, and tradition, which can be utilized to improve health outcomes in these isolated and remote areas.
|HLTH 6920||Practicum/Field Experience||3 Credits|
This 3-credit-hour (200 onsite clock hours) MPH practicum is to be performed with a rural public health organization (non-profit community-based organization, health department, hospital, etc). The practicum is project-based and the student is expected to produce tangible outcomes (grant proposal, needs assessment, promotional materials, etc.) for the practicum site. The number and type of project(s) are determined by interaction between the practicum preceptor and student. Overall, this practicum should lead to comprehensive participation in the activities of a rural public health agency. It is imperative that public health professionals get practical, hands-on experience before they graduate, and this would not be possible without partnerships with local health professionals in rural health organizations and agencies. Each student will work under the supervision of a practicum preceptor at a rural practicum site, while the instructor of record will be an Ohio University MPH faculty member (generally faculty advisor). The practicum supervisor will complete an evaluation of the student while the MPH faculty member will assign the credit. There are no grades assigned to this experience; only pass/fail credit can be earned.
|HLTH 6911||MPH Integrative Learning Experience ILE||3 Credits|
The Capstone Project must be completed in the last semester of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Ohio University Department of Social and Public Health. The Capstone Project provides comprehensive documentation of the student’s comprehension of the MPH Core Competencies. It also serves as the OU Graduate School’s non-thesis equivalent of the mastery of a student’s academic discipline.
Impact of health care public policy, including the health administrator’s role in policy analysis, development, interpretation, and implementation.
|HLTH 6791||Chronic Disease Epidemiology||3 Credits|
The epidemiology of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung diseases, chronic neurologic disorders, and musculoskeletal diseases will be studied. Risk factors, extent, and modern public health approaches to prevention and control of major chronic diseases will be covered. The public health burden of chronic disease will also be discussed.
We Develop Public Health Leaders for a Modern World
Our MPH faculty are highly knowledgeable with years of public health experience, and they leverage their research-focused expertise to guide students in their personal and professional pursuits. They also bring an unwavering commitment to your success. Under their guidance, you’ll soon be able to bring your goals within reach — and qualify for broad career opportunities.