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Benedictine University in Lisle Illinois offers an online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree that is accredited by the international Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). It covers core public health fields and provides a practical and scientific base for those expanding their positions in the public health industry. The MPH has been designed to provide all the essential tools a graduate will need to become a leader dealing with vital public health issues, including control of infectious diseases and the ability to deal with a plethora of vital public health issues. Broadly, the Master’s degree will appeal to those wanting to help protect the health of individuals and communities, work towards improving lives by promoting a healthy lifestyle, and researching elements of injury prevention and disease.
The core areas covered in the Benedictine MPH are behavioral and social aspects of public health, biological aspects of public health, environmental health, health policy, health services management, biostatistics, and epidemiology. In addition, coursework often covers related fields including community organizing, advocacy, policy, urban planning, social work, and social sustainability. Total coursework will depend on the students’ chosen direction for their MPH degree, including electives chosen.
The Benedictine University online MPH degree itself is considered to be generalistic, so that graduates may use their knowledge and skills in employment that relates to many different population-based health issues.
To make the degree more specific, there are also four certificates that can be taken in conjunction with the MPH. Some of these subjects are also available as electives:
Health Management and Policy qualifies students for positions where they can influence policy development including laws, regulations and current practices.
Health Education and Promotion trains students how to participate in, or lead health-related activities and programs in various settings ranging from public health departments, schools, colleges and universities, to social service agencies and health maintenance organizations.
Epidemiology, an increasingly required specialty that teaches how to use biostatistical methods when analyzing and solving public health problems as well as other skills relating to survey and research principles.
Emergency Preparedness which teaches essential skills relating to crisis, risk and disaster management, and well as ways to prevent disasters.
These are also available as stand-alone certificate programs.
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|Avg # of Acceptances||77%|
|Program Length||16 Courses. Most students who work full time take one online course per eight-week session. The online MPH program offers six academic sessions per year, which means that most students take six courses per year.|
|Admission Deadline||Applications are excepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Six Sessions are held per year.|
|GRE Information||GRE required; Masters Degree Holders and Undergraduates with high GPA’s may apply to waive requirement.|
|Tuition||$650 per credit hour
Application fee is $40. Other Books, Tech and administrative fees apply.
|Program Options||Full-Time, Part-Time|
|Available Tracks||General Masters In Public Health|
|Field Education Requirements||240 hours|
|Number of Credits Required||66 credits|
|Disclaimers and Notes||Students with a master’s or PhD or other advanced degree are eligible to request an exam waiver. Students may add to their degree a choice of four certificates of specialization, though it is not required. These include: Health Management and Policy; Emergency Prepardness; Health Education and Promotion; Epidemiology. These are offered as stand alone non-degree certificates as well.|
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