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The School of Public and Community Health Science at the University of Montana in Missoula offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree that requires 42 credit hours to complete. It takes about two years to complete as a full-time student, and an additional 18 months if the student is part-time. All 36 of the core courses are available online along with a selection of elective courses that are also relevant to students of public health.
This University of Montana MPH degree is considered to be a “broad degree” and as such will appeal to professionals from many different fields. It is also practice rather than research-orientated and provides graduates with a deep understanding of a wide range of public health issues. The degree culminates in a practicum, as well as a professional paper that must be written. Ultimately graduates end up with a professional portfolio that they can use to market themselves and take advantage of public health employment possibilities.
The general aims of the University of Montana MPH degree program are to give public health professionals increased knowledge about factors that influence social and legislative public health policies, as well as enable them to apply both quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills. It strives to help develop collaborative and multidisciplinary strategies that may be used to solve health-related problems and also enhance the communication skills of students to use in future public health positions. Ultimately, the MPH has been designed to ensure that graduates will be positively positioned to take leadership roles so they can promote health and prevent disease.
All US candidates applying for admission to the University of Montana MPH degree program must provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores while international students need to supply Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Also, all applicants are required to submit three recommendations that back up their belief they will succeed in the field of public health, excluding close friends or family. A personal statement is also required along with an up-to-date resume. Students who are accepted into the University of Montana MPH degree program also have to complete a pre-program self-assessment that identifies their primary public health area of competency.
|Avg # of Acceptances||93%|
|Avg Age||33-55 years|
|Program Length||2 years full-time, a minimum of 3.5 years part-time.|
|GRE Information||Required within last 5 years. Check waiver requirements. International students: TOEFL scores required, other requirements include a full caseload and no more than one online course per semester.|
|Tuition||Students in the MPH and CPH programs pay either resident or non-resident tuition and fees as well as the SPCHS tuition surcharge of $150 per credit hour. In addition, all web-based courses are assessed an online learning fee of $48 per credit hour. See for tuition rates.|
|Admission Deadlines||Summer and Fall Semesters: March 15th;
Spring Semester: September 1st
|Available Tracks||Public Health|
|Field Education Requirements||3 credit hours|
|Number of Credits Required||42 credit hours|
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