Master of Public Health Online Program

Today, public health topics such as the lack of access to health care and its rising costs figure prominently in national and international conversations. The purpose of the University of the Sciences’ online Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to produce graduates with the broad and in-depth understanding to address the health of populations, work to make improvements in health systems, and eliminate disparities in care. The online MPH resides within and is administered by the Department of Health Policy and Public Health, which in turn is a department in the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy.

Watch Dr. Andrew Peterson and Dr. Amalia Issa as they discuss the online Master of Public Health program.

Mission of the Department of Health Policy & Public Health

The mission of the Department of Health Policy and Public Health is to educate the next generation of health policy and public health professionals, to explore and execute innovative research, to engage communities for the improvement of the public’s health and to effect change locally and globally.

The Department of Health Policy and Public Health is guided by a set of values:

•     Our students will become professionals distinguished by leadership, innovation, and excellence in a dynamic and diverse global society.

•     We believe that research and innovation is integral to education, and will create a nucleus or core research environment that inspires students and faculty toward research and scholarship, garners extramural funding, and develops intellectual property that provides or enhances social benefits.

•     We value cultural and human diversity.

•     We will participate as a positive influence and partner in the community.

Message from the Chair

Health matters. More specifically, population health matters. This principle drives all we do in the Department of Health Policy and Public Health. My colleagues and I are engaged in research and teaching about some of the most challenging and crucial healthcare issues of our times: health insurance reforms, the economic evaluation of health services, care for the underserved, the social determinants of health, mental health policy, infectious disease epidemiology, quality of care and outcomes, pharmaceutical outcomes and policies, and the impact of new genomic technologies on healthcare delivery.

We are committed to advancing research, strengthening graduate education, and improving healthcare in communities. We offer three graduate degree programs leading to a master’s or PhD in health policy or to a master’s of public health (MPH). Our MPH is offered both on-site and online, providing flexibility to learners of varied backgrounds and educational needs. Our programs provide a first-class education that integrates excellent academic rigor with real-world experiential opportunities. Our students come with a desire to serve at the frontlines of public health and policy in government, nonprofit organizations, and private industry. They graduate with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to be change agents and leaders who impact their communities and the world.

Our department is dedicated to translating innovative research into practices that improve the health of populations while training tomorrow's leaders in evidence-informed health policy and public health. We are committed to working collaboratively, thinking innovatively, performing leading-edge research, and adding tangible value to our students and the communities we serve.

We welcome highly motivated students and researchers to join our exciting journey of discoveries in public health and health policy. If you have big ideas and a passion for what’s possible in health policy and public health, I invite you to browse our website and publications and learn more about us and what we do.

Let us inspire you to a sense of what is truly possible in population health matters!

With warm regards,
Amalia M. Issa, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Health Policy and Public Health
Director, Program in Personalized Medicine & Targeted Therapeutics

Message from the Program Director of the Public Health Program

Julie Becker, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Public Health, Program Director of the Public Health Program

Thank you for your interest in the University of the Sciences masters in public health (MPH) program. As part of the MPH degree, we cover the five core areas of public health: epidemiology, statistics, public health management, environmental health, and behavioral and social issues. Our MPH degree provides a concentration in health policy, offering you the opportunity to understand how practitioners can influence health policy and how policy affects public health practice—all within a broader socioeconomic and political context. The MPH is a practitioner’s degree. You will apply theoretical constructs in real world situations through an on-site fieldwork project, culminating in a tailored capstone experience. Practical skills you will gain include: analyzing policy, applying basic epidemiologic and biostatistical concepts, and evaluating programs. These skills are useful in a variety of public health and healthcare positions, including those in government, non-profit organizations, and corporations. Our experienced faculty guide students through acquisition of knowledge and critical thinking skills in the classroom along with research and community-based experiences that provide opportunities for students to put ideas into practice.

Public Health careers provide opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and globally. This field is expanding rapidly, with many opportunities for professional growth.
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MPH Degree

The 45-credit-hour public health program focuses on analytical and applied tools needed to promote and protect the health of populations including local and global communities. Public health researchers and practitioners seek to improve the health of different populations —from neighborhoods and cities to regions and countries. Their work often includes shaping policy, understanding health program values and costs, and encouraging healthy behaviors through education and direct action. The program engages skills and utilizes knowledge from social sciences, natural science, health policy, epidemiology, and law. Students in the health policy concentration learn to effectively identify and resolve public health issues in a community, private, or government setting. Because the field of public health is interdisciplinary, we have a wide variety of experts representing many academic disciplines. Faculty with degrees and expertise in public health, economics, sociology, environmental science, political science, pharmaceutical outcomes research, and epidemiology teach the program courses.

Upon completion of the MPH program, graduates will be able to:

Analytical/ Assessment Skills

  1. Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness (e.g., factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, availability and use of health services).
  2. Describe the characteristics of a population-based health problem (e.g., equity, social determinants, environment)
  3. Use appropriate methods and instruments for collecting and/or analyzing valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data.


Policy Development

  1. Analyze information relevant to specific public health policy issues.
  2. Gather and interpret information that will inform policy decisions (e.g., health, fiscal, administrative, legal, ethical, social, political).
  3. Describe the public health laws and regulations governing public health programs.


Communications Skills

  1. Communicate in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means, with linguistic and cultural proficiency.
  2. Apply communication and group dynamic strategies (e.g., principled negotiation, conflict resolution, active negotiation, active listening, risk communication) in interactions with individuals and groups.


Cultural Competency

  1. Incorporate strategies for interacting with persons from diverse backgrounds and needs (e.g., cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, gender, age, ethnic, sexual orientation, professional, religious affiliation, mental and physical capabilities).
  2. Recognize the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services.


Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  1. Assess community linkages and relationships among multiple factors (or determinants) affecting health.
  2. Collaborate with community partners to promote the health of the population.
  3. Identify community assets and resources.


Public Health Sciences Skills

  1. Relate public health science skills to the Core Public Health Functions and Ten Essential Services of Public Health.
  2. Apply the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs.
  3. Describe the laws, regulations, policies and procedures for the ethical conduct of research (e.g., patient confidentiality, human subject processes).


Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

  1. Incorporate ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities, and individuals
  2. Participate with stakeholders in identifying key public health values and a shared public health vision as guiding principles for community action.


Learning in the Field

All MPH degree students must develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a field practice experience. When you enroll in the Field Practice course, you will have the guidance of a faculty mentor and a site preceptor. Field practice will help you demonstrate the competence you have developed through the program and give you a chance to put what you have learned into action.

A Master of Public Health is recognized by agencies and organizations all over the world as a professional and leadership credential. Earn yours from a university known for innovation in healthcare and science: request more information about University of the Sciences’ online MPH today, or call us at 855-275-1094 to speak with an admission counselor.