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Master of Public Health
Earn your MPH in as few as 4 semesters* with accelerated study
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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to challenge and change the way you think about the health of population groups, while preparing you to lead projects and teams that implement solutions for a diverse range of public health programs and policies.Whether you are new to public health or are an existing healthcare professional, Chamberlain’s MPH degree program can help position you to reach your goals.
*Written approval is required by program director for accelerated, 4-semester option; 6 semesters with year-round, full-time study.
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*Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.
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Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and inquiry prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases¹. Public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations through the prevention of illness and disease and the promotion of positive health outcomes.
Public health practitioners work with communities and populations throughout the world to promote healthy living and to prevent community health problems such as disease, poverty, health access disparities and violence. The MPH degree program prepares you for a variety of roles* including:
What will I learn?
The interdisciplinary coursework draws on systems thinking knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, including research, epidemiology, leadership, public health policy, environmental science, health promotion and communication.
The MPH degree program is designed to prepare students to become public health practitioners who work with communities and populations throughout the world to promote healthy living and prevent community health problems such as disease, poverty, health access disparities and violence. The coursework draws on systems thinking knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines. The purpose of the MPH program is to prepare graduates to become leadership change agents improving health outcomes at the population and community level.
At the end of the MPH program, you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned into practice through a two-part fieldwork practicum opportunity. During this time you will work with a public health professional of your choice and you will have the opportunity to focus on an area of public health that interests you. This allows you to synthesize and demonstrate what you have learned in a practical setting and to contribute to meaningful change in public health outcomes.
Take the next influential step in your career and earn a Master of Public Health degree in as few as 6 semesters* from Chamberlain University.
The online MPH coursework provides a scientific and practical base for public health practice.
At the completion of the Chamberlain MPH program, the graduate will be able to:
The generalist focus of the MPH degree program is designed to prepare public health practitioners for a variety of roles working with communities and populations throughout the world to promote healthy living and prevent community health problems such as disease, poverty, health access disparities and violence.
Graduates are prepared to be leadership change agents improving health outcomes at the population and community level.
Student Services will support you throughout the entire program. A faculty advisor will also be assigned to you for your fieldwork practicum and capstone work.
No, however, you can transfer a maximum of six qualifying semester credit hours into the MPH degree program. Transfer credit will be awarded for applicable courses with a grade of “B” or higher. Coursework must have been completed within the past 10 years to be considered for transfer. Students in a master’s degree program must fulfill a residency requirement of 36 semester credit hours completed at Chamberlain.
You may expect to complete the MPH degree in as few as two years with full-time study comprised of one course (three credit hours) per eight-week session or two three credit courses per semester. The last semester includes two classes per session. There are three semesters in a year and the program is six semesters in length. The MPH program is taught through the entire year.
The MPH degree program is flexible and can be completed in as few as three and a half semesters by choosing accelerated study. Accelerated full-time study is comprised of two courses (six credit hours) per eight-week session, six sessions per year, for a total of seven sessions. The ability to accelerate may be impacted by course offerings. This is an intense and rigorous option.
A minimum of 42 credit hours is required to graduate and earn a Master of Public Health degree.
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Healthcare professionals with advanced training (i.e. physicians, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, safety engineers) may find that the MPH degree will add value to their professional practice as they seek to enhance their skills with different populations and communities.
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How do I get in?
It is strongly recommended that completed applications, along with any supporting materials for admission, be submitted as early as possible. Applications are accepted throughout the year for our summer, fall or spring semesters. Prospective students must complete an application and interview with a Chamberlain admission representative. They must also provide documentation of previous education. When all admission requirements are fulfilled, applicants are notified in writing of their admission status.
Chamberlain University looks for candidates with the following qualifications for admission to the Master of Public Health program:
Request more information or call (877) 751-5783 to speak with an admission representative for detailed information regarding admission requirements.
What types of financial assistance are available?
Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that's one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid.
View tuition and expenses information for the MPH degree program.
Chamberlain partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges and associations to provide accessible educational opportunities for healthcare professionals. Check to see if you qualify for a group-specific tuition rate because of your association with one of our healthcare partners.
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Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals
Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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Chamberlain University is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. The accreditation review will address the generalist Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review. Council on Education for Public Health is located at 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910, www.ceph.org.
Chamberlain’s application for CEPH accreditation of the MPH program was accepted on October 7, 2017. While future accreditation is not guaranteed, if accreditation is granted, the date of initial accreditation will be either the date on which our application was accepted by the Council (October 7, 2017) or the date on which the most recent extension of the applicant status was granted, if applicable, whichever occurs later. The Council assigns the date of initial accreditation during the Council meeting at which the accreditation decision is made. Entry into the process and acceptance of an application are not a guarantee of initial accreditation.