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A hybrid Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is one that is offered primarily online, with the additional requirement of attending either a short residency at the school or completing a supervised practicum. Whether an MPH program will be fully online or hybrid depends on the individual school as well as the concentration.
Schools that offer an online MPH that have a short residency requirement on campus will offer the majority of the coursework online. Like fully online programs, students will be able to work on and submit assignments each week during times that are convenient for them, such as evenings and weekends. Additionally, hybrid MPH programs also have the requirement that students attend either one or two brief sessions on campus to complete the degree requirements.
The schools that have this requirement are fully aware that the majority of people who are pursuing their online degree programs are working professionals who need the credential to advance their careers.
Because of this, the on-campus requirements are usually very brief and infrequent. They typically involve attending either a one-week campus session or a weekend session. Most students will have no trouble using their vacation time from work to attend these sessions.
The other type of hybrid MPH program is one that offers all of its coursework online but also requires the completion of a supervised practicum in the local community. Practicums are necessary for some programs to gain valuable experience either observing others in the performance of their duties, obtaining hands-on experience, or both. A practicum could be at a local public health clinic, for example.
MPH degree programs with this requirement may involve the completion of anywhere from 300 to 400 hours of practicum experience to graduate. Before enrolling in an online MPH degree program with a lengthy practicum requirement, it is important to consider how that may work into one’s schedule. It may be possible to complete some practicums of the evenings and weekends while others are only offered during the weekdays.
Earning an online MPH degree from a reputable school can be a good way to distinguish one’s self from peers to take their career to the next level. Prior to enrolling in any hybrid program, however, take the time to do a self-assessment to see whether you have either the necessary vacation time or live in proximity to a local public health facility with hours of operation that make sense.
|Schools with Online MPH Programs|
|A.T. Still University Online MPH|
|Benedictine University Online MPH|
|Concordia University of Nebraska Online MPH|
|Creighton University Online MPH|
|Des Moines University Online MPH|
|East Tennessee State University Online MPH|
|Emory University Online MPH|
|Florida A&M University Online MPH|
|George Washington University Online MPH|
|Idaho State University Online MPH|
|Johns Hopkins University Online MPH|
|Liberty University Online MPH|
|Loma Linda University Online MPH|
|Loyola University Online MPH|
|Medical College of Wisconsin Online MPH|
|New Mexico State University Online MPH|
|New York Medical College Online MPH|
|Northern Illinois University Online MPH|
|Nova Southeastern University Online MPH|
|OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Online MPH|
|Rivier University Online MPH Programs|
|San Jose State University Online MPH|
|Simmons College Online MPH Program|
|Tulane University Online MPH|
|University at Albany-SUNY Online MPH|
|University of Alabama Online MPH|
|University of Alaska Online MPH|
|University of California Berkeley Online MPH|
|University of Florida Online MPH|
|University of Illinois Online MPH|
|University of Massachusetts-Amherst Online MPH|
|University of Minnesota Online MPH|
|University of Montana Online MPH|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center Online MPH|
|University of New England Online MPH|
|University of North Carolina Online MPH|
|University of North Texas Online MPH|
|University of South Carolina Online MPH|
|University of South Florida Online MPH|
|University of Southern California Online MPH|
|University of West Florida Online MPH|
|West Virginia University Online MPH|
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