Public Health

Master's Degree in Public Health

Overview

The Argosy University, Online Public Health degree program is designed to prepare you for possible careers in the field of public health.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is a professional degree designed to provide healthcare and other professionals with an understanding of the public health sciences, population-based research, and the community practice of public health. In addition, you will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills that can be used in healthcare policy development and management.

Gainful Employment Information

The Argosy University, Online Public Health degree program is designed to prepare its graduates for leadership roles in a variety of private, public, and regulatory agencies, in for-profit and not-for-profit health organizations, and in health services research. This Argosy University, Online master’s degree program seeks qualified applicants with clearly identified career goals that are consistent with the anticipated academic preparation.

Program Outcomes

  • The Public Health degree program is intended to produce graduates as leaders in public health and the following program outcomes reflect this goal.

Health Policy Management

  • Examine public health problems and develop proposed policies that illustrate pertinent legislative issues, advocacy opportunities, communication, media management and system issues to successfully pass, communicate, and implement the policy.
  • Align policies that contribute and promote health and well being with local cultures and realities to guide effective practices that improve health status.

Healthcare and Organizational Management

  • Assess organizational norms and values, and build coalitions and consensus around organizational vision, priorities, state and national health and wellness agendas with clear performance impacts.
  • Manage and determine costs and implications for public health programs with un-met needs, and develop plans to meet customer needs and improve health outcomes.

Communication and Informatics

  • Develop investment proposals for public health organizations and implement integrated information systems that collect, track, and share information across critical networks of providers and IT systems, in order to improve processes, quality of care, and service outcomes.
  • Examine customer/community needs and apply a systems approach in successfully addressing those needs by aligning the organization and customer needs with leading information technology and communicating the improvements to key stakeholders.

Systems Thinking

  • Analyze the make-up of organizational systems and characteristics, evaluating the impact of changes in the input, processes, and output on the health outcomes.
  • Analyze the interrelations among public health systems and key stakeholders to influence the political, social, economic, and educational factors that impact public health systems.

Performance Improvement

  • Propose a performance improvement system that includes assessment of the organizational capacity, culture, readiness, and planning to establish performance baseline, goals and performance management processes for monitoring progress and continuous improvements.
  • Integrate public health informatics, information systems and technology, and communication strategies in the design, implementation, evaluation, and replication of best practices for monitoring and improving overall practice, performance, and outcomes of the program/organization.

Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Examine the importance of interpersonal relationships with key stakeholders to establish, build, and sustain effective alliances to successfully address priority health problems in the community.

Course List

Core Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the MPH degree program are required to take thirteen core courses (39 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take The Following
HM6020 - Accounting and Finance for Managers
(3)

(3)

HM6110 - Management and Organizational Behavior
(3)

(3)

PH6010 - History and Foundations of Public Health
(3)

(3)

PH6012 - Epidemiology and Risk Management
(3)

(3)

PH6014 - Biostatistics: Analysis and Application
(3)

(3)

PH6016 - Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness
(3)

(3)

PH6018 - Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Implications on Health
(3)

(3)

PH6020 - Health Policy and Analysis
(3)

(3)

PH6022 - Health Communications and Social Marketing
(3)

(3)

PH6024 - Performance Improvement Systems in Public Health
(3)

(3)

PH6510 - Change Implementation and Management in Public Health Systems
(3)

(3)

PH6512 - Public Health Informatics
(3)

(3)

PH6514 - Public Health in the 21st Century
(3)

(3)

Core Requirements—39 Credit Hours
Field Experience Requirements

Students enrolled in the MPH degree program will have the opportunity to  apply the concepts of public health through a supervised field experience in local and state public health agencies. Students will be evaluated on the application of skills acquired during the coursework. Students complete the field experience sequence in two consecutive 5 week sessions.

Field Experience Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
PH6606 - Field Experience I: Leadership in Public Health
(1.5)

(1.5)

PH6607 - Field Experience II: Leadership in Public Health
(1.5)

(1.5)

Field Experience Requirements—3 Credit Hours
Capstone Requirements

Students enrolled in the MPH degree program are required to complete a summative project exploring connections among health-related problems, consider those connections when developing health policies, and how they align with other avenues of social change to assure the conditions in which all people can be healthy.

Capstone Requirements--Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PH6602 - Capstone Project: Writing a Public Health Grant
(3)

(3)

Capstone Requirements--3 Credit Hours

 

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Health Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution
  • A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
    • 2.7 GPA for the bachelor's degree, or
    • 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work), or
    • Between 2.0 and 2.7 for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking admission with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 will be required to submit a personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession and current résumé (or career summary). Students admitted with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 must enroll in W5096 - Academic Writing within the first 15 week semester and pass within the first 38 weeks. Admission between 2.0 and 2.7 must be approved by the department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.
      • Between 2.0 and 2.4, applicants will be required to submit three academic and/or professional letters of recommendation. Admission between 2.0 and 2.4 must be approved by the department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file. Student admitted with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.4 must enroll in W5096 - Academic Writing within the first 15 week semester and pass within the first 38 weeks.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • If the basis of admission is an earned bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0), an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
  • If the basis of admission is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework, official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended during the 60 hours of study.
  • Prior to matriculation applicants will be required to submit a personal/ professional goal statement (the statement is used for advisement purposes, and does not become part of the academic file).