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The Department of Health Sciences at the University of Alaska offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Practice. While all core courses are available online, students are required to attend one on-campus meeting in Anchorage during each year of study.
The field of study is interdisciplinary, and students enrolling for the University of Alaska MPH degree program come from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Most students have either recently obtained a baccalaureate degree or they are mid-career professionals in the private or public sectors. The online (or distance education) option appeals to both types of student.
The University of Alaska MPH degree program takes an ecological approach within the multiple public health areas, preparing and training public health practitioners for a wide range of employment possibilities, with a focus on the needs of the circumpolar north and Alaska.
Core courses cover topics such as:
Environmental and occupational health,
Health education and behavioral sciences
Health management and policy
There is also coursework that incorporates research methods, evaluation of programs, management of public health disasters and emergencies, and various specifically circumpolar health issues. The program can be completed in as little as two years, however, students who are also employed and/or raising a family, for example, may take longer. A capstone project is required for completion of the University of Alaska MPH degree program, but students have the opportunity to create an individualized emphasis for this.
In addition to having a bachelor degree, admission to the University of Alaska MPH degree program requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (a B average) in the degree, as well as a grade 2.0 (C) in any introductory statistics course that covers inferential and descriptive stats. Candidates need to submit copies of at least one “substantial” writing sample for assessment, an essay explaining the value of an MPH degree for their career goals, and a current resume. Neither a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT) are required for admission.
The University of Alaska MPH degree program has “initial accreditation” from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and has complied with the periodic re-accreditation review application for 2015.
|Program Length||about 2 years|
|Admission Information||University Admission must be successfully processed prior to Dept. considering an application complete. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the University first, and early. After applying to the University, Applicants should submit all other required materials directly to the MPH Program: University of Alaska, Anchorage, Attn: Katie Frost, 3211 Providence Dr., DPL 405, Anchorage, AK 99508|
|GRE Information||GRE Required: No|
|Tuition||See for full tuition information|
|Admission Deadlines||Two Important Deadlines: University Application Deadline:
Fall Term: November 1st for the following Fall admission; Spring: July 1st for following Spring Admission.
Departmental deadlines: March 1st for next Fall admission and October 1st for next Spring admission. You must meet both deadlines.
|Field Education Requirements||5 Credits|
|Number of Credits Required||42 credit hours|
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