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Tailored to meet your needs, Midwestern University’s online Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program offers a flexible format designed to be completed either as a dual degree paired with a healthcare professional degree program or as a stand-alone 2-year degree (the stand-alone option will be available for 2022 enrollment). Whether your goal is to pursue a career in public health, apply population-based health concepts to your healthcare practice, or develop as a healthcare leader, Midwestern’s M.P.H. program provides you with a wide range of courses and applied public health experiences to help build your future.

Program
Masters

Location
Glendale, AZ and Downers Grove, IL

Duration
3.5 to 4 years as dual degree; 2 years as stand-alone

Intake
Begins in Summer Quarter

Class Size
25


The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree with a concentration in Global One Health prepares students to tackle increasingly complex public health issues through a One Health approach that integrates human, animal, and environmental health principles and practices. This interdisciplinary degree program provides opportunities to develop public health knowledge and skills as public health practitioners, or to enhance and add professional value to a healthcare professional degree.  The degree is offered as a dual-degree option for students enrolled in one of Midwestern’s doctoral healthcare degree programs or as a stand-alone degree. Students who are enrolled in or are graduates of a doctoral healthcare degree program may receive elective credit towards the M.P.H. degree, reducing the overall tuition cost and time to completion. The M.P.H. degree will help students become more competitive applicants for careers in clinical and public health practice, global health, government service, and more.

The State of Arizona Board of Private Postsecondary Education has approved all current degree programs at Midwestern University, Glendale - Arizona Campus. All degrees are conferred under the authority granted by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 312/263-0456; www.ncacihe.org.

The 56 quarter-credit hour program consists of online coursework, an applied public health practice experience, and a capstone project. Online coursework provides students with foundational knowledge in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral health, and health policy. The unique concentration in global One Health provides students an opportunity to explore the implications and intersections of human, animal, and environmental health by taking coursework focused on each of these One Health domains. Students in the M.P.H. program will apply what they have learned in courses in a range of public health clinical and research settings, and will complete a capstone project that is a culmination of their public health training. Students pursuing a dual degree will take M.P.H. coursework primarily during the summer quarter, but some courses may be taken during other quarters concurrent with healthcare professional degree program courses. 

  • Bachelor's degree or higher, preferably with a major in the sciences
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • GRE General Test, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT or other professional exam scores

To be considered for admission to the Master of Public Health degree program, applicants must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree or higher, preferably with a major in the sciences, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00 in all coursework completed for the bachelor's or higher degree program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on the applicant’s academic or professional experiences.
  4. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  5. Test scores submitted to the Office of Admissions from one of the following: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admissions Tests (MCAT), Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), or other professional program admissions test.
  6. Personal Statement.
  7. Resume or Curriculum Vita.
  8. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.
  9. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.

Current or admitted Midwestern University students may transfer their MWU healthcare professional application to the M.P.H. Program for admissions consideration. 

Transfer of a limited number of graduate-level course credits from other institutions may be allowed: up to 10 quarter hours for the Master of Public Health degree. Generally, transfer credit will only be given for coursework completed in a CEPH-accredited M.P.H. program or an accredited professional healthcare degree program with a minimum letter grade of “B.”

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible, but no later than April 1, to ensure timely consideration.


General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in the sciences
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • GRE or other medical college admissions test scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Dual degree applicants may transfer MWU healthcare professional application to M.P.H. Program for admissions consideration

Career Opportunities

  • Clinical & public health practice
  • Global healthcare teams
  • Environmental health
  • Food safety
  • Biostatistics
  • Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Health services management
  • Zoonotic disease and vector control

US Employment Projections

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) data, the career outlook for M.P.H. healthcare professionals indicates that:

  • Twenty-three percent (23%) of the M.P.H. workforce, almost 110,000 workers, were eligible for retirement by 2012.
  • The demand for M.P.H. degree-trained professionals in medically underserved urban and rural populations is increasing.
  • An estimated 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020.
  • Documented shortages are forecasted for public health physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, healthcare educators, and administrators.
  • Overall employment of  health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 
  • Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028.
  • Students also completing academic or professional programs in healthcare can expect employment opportunities and salaries consistent with each individual academic discipline or healthcare profession.

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