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The University of Massachusetts Amherst boasts the oldest Master of Public Health (MPH) online program. Offered through the university’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences, there are three possible degree options, all of which are flexible in schedule and design.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst MPH online program in Public Health Practice (MPH-PHP) is a general masters degree that appeals to a broad range of professionals including medical doctors, pharmacists, social workers, even laboratory technicians working in the health care industry.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst MPH online program in Nutrition (MPH-Nutrition) is a more focused masters degree that has been designed specifically for health and nutrition professionals. These include doctors and other medical specialists, as well as nurses, pharmacists, dental hygienists, registered dietitians, and nutrition & health educators.
The third option is a blended on-campus satellite and online MPH program in Worcester, Massachusetts (MPH-Worcester) that give masters students the opportunity to combine online courses with on-campus evening classes. This option has three areas of concentration: general public health practice, epidemiology, and a medical approach tailored for medical students.
The Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences is the only state-funded school of its kind in New England that is accredited by the council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. All graduates of the masters degree programs are guaranteed eligibility to apply for US Government fellowships and both federal and state employment. All graduates may also apply to be certified in the field of public health.
All public health masters students are required to complete a practicum of at least 200 hours before they graduate. This is reduced to 120 hours for students who have already been employed full-time in a public health or health care setting for at least three years. Placements must be found by students and approved by the university. They may be paid or unpaid.
While the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers online masters degree programs to students from most other states, various laws and regulations prevent them from accepting new students from Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas.
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|Avg # of Acceptances||63%|
|Program Length||Spring and fall semesters run 14 weeks, 2 summer sessions run 6 weeks each; students are allowed to complete up to 3 courses per semester (can complete only 1 if necessary)|
|GPA||2.75 Undergrad GPA and relevant work experience.|
|GRE Information||GRE Required: if applicable. Waivers are available – check qualifications.|
|Tuition||$615 per credit, $75 application fee, $45/semester registration fee, $357 graduate school entrance fee|
|Program Options||Full-Time, Part-Time|
|Disclaimer||3-5 years of professional, full-time experience in either public health or health care. Experience completed as part of an undergrad degree, internship, and volunteer work will not substitute for professional experience|
|Admission Deadlines||Fall Start: March 1;
Spring Start: Oct 1
|Available Tracks||General Masters In Public Health|
|Field Education Requirements||42 Total Credits with a 200 hour Practicum and a Capstone Project.|
|Number of Credits Required||42 credits|
|Disclaimers and Notes||The MPH is a part-time, flexible, degree students can complete in their own time. The minimum time for a practice experience is 200 hours. However, individuals with evidence of 3 years of experience and currently employed fulltime in a public health or health care setting practice would be given 80 hours credit toward the practicum. This credit would reduce the minimum practice requirement to 120 hours. See more|
|Available Tracks||MPH, Nutrition|
|Field Education Requirements||200 Practicum Hours + Capstone Project|
|Number of Credits Required||44 Total Credit Hours|
|Disclaimers and Notes||The minimum time for a practice experience is 200 hours. However, individuals with evidence of 3 years of experience and currently employed full-time in a public health or health care setting practice would be given 80 hours credit toward the practicum. This credit would reduce the minimum practice requirement to 120 hours.|
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