George Washington University Online MPH

George Washington University Online MPH
Milken Institute School of Public Health

The Milken Institute School of Public Health currently offers a number of online degrees, including a Master of Public Health (MPH): MPH@GW. A combination of local, national, and global healthcare, as well as public health practices is emphasized in the program that also offers interdisciplinary teaching. The curriculum has been designed to build core competencies and skills as well as varied familiarity with important areas of public health . Those highlighted are public health biology, health communication, professionalism, leadership, cultural competency, biostatistics and epidemiology, systems thinking, and planning, implementation and evaluation methods.

The MPH@GW program comprises core public health courses, program-specific courses, and a number of electives. There is also a short practicum and what they term a “culminating experience” where candidates are expected to apply the theory they have been taught in a real-world situation.

The core courses focus on building an understanding of the essential public health principles including the biologic basis of disease in public health, and management & policy approaches. Environmental and occupational health in a sustainable world, social and behavioral approaches to health, the principles and practice of epidemiology, and biostatistical applications for public health are also studied.

In addition to the core courses, students can choose from five focus areas for the MPH@GW: Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), Health Communication, Health Policy, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Global Health. Students are also not required to declare a focus area.

Depending on the chosen focus area, there are seven program-specific courses in the MPH@GW that focus on different public health subjects. These look at global health program evaluation, comparative global health systems, planning and implementation of health promotion programs, community organization, development and advocacy, data management, and analysis. There is also an introduction to the US Health Services delivery and an introduction to public health communication and marketing.

MPH@GW students are able to complete the degree part-time or full-time, in which case it is possible to do it in 12 months.

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Program Length Anywhere from 1-4 years depending on student pace
Admission Deadline Cohort start dates traditionally occur in January, April, July and September and applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
GRE Information GRE Required; waivers for Master’s degrees and higher; also for other grad tests
Tuition Application fee: $75; 2017: $1,580 per credit
Program Type Online
Program Options Full-Time, Part-Time

Available Concentrations

Environmental and Occupational Health

Available Tracks Environmental and Occupational Health
Field Education Requirements 2 credit hour practicum, 2 credit hours culminating experience
Number of Credits Required 45 credit hours
Disclaimers and Notes EOH will prepare individuals with the required skills needed to develop, implement and evaluate practices and policies to protect human health around the world from environmental and occupational hazards.

General Masters In Public Health

Available Tracks General Masters In Public Health
Field Education Requirements 2 credit hours practicum, 2 credit hours culminating experience
Number of Credits Required 45 Credits
Disclaimers and Notes Courses are taught in 10-week modules, 4 modules per year. Each course designed to deliver the required credit hours. A 12-month and an 18-month accelerated MPH is also offered for exceptional students.

Global Health

Available Tracks Global Health
Field Education Requirements 2 credit hours practicum, 2 credit hours culminating experience
Number of Credits Required 45 Credits
Disclaimers and Notes The goals of the Global Health focus are to prepare students to assess the burden and determinants of health problems in an under-served low or middle-income population.

Health Policy and Administration

Available Tracks Health Policy and Administration; AND Program Planning and Evaluation
Field Education Requirements 2 credit hours practicum, 2 credit hours culminating experience
Number of Credits Required 45 Total Credits
Disclaimers and Notes Improve public health and health services domestically and globally by advancing innovative and effective health policy education, research, and service.

Health Promotion and Communication

Available Tracks Health Communication
Field Education Requirements 2 credit hours practicum, 2 credit hours culminating experience
Number of Credits Required 45 Credits
Disclaimers and Notes Based on an ecological model of health, the mission of this focus is to educate public health professionals to use communication and marketing as strategic tools to influence people, places, and environmental conditions in ways that advance public health objectives.

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