Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to educate students in areas that are vital to local, national, and international public health concerns. The curriculum for the Master of Public Health degree program comprises of core competencies, specialized courses, electives, and a practicum experience or applied research proposal. This curriculum covers a wide range of topics in order to assist students to enhance their knowledge, skills, and capacities as public health leaders.
Students will gain the skills needed to excel in the crucial profession of public health and learn about local, national, and international public health issues as part of the MPH program. MPH students will learn how to address health-related challenges like managing infectious illnesses, enhancing access to healthcare, and lowering environmental risks through class discussions, journal entries, research papers, assignments, and one-on-one contact with our MPH instructors.
Enjoy Flexibility – 12 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – Online courses
Affordable Monthly Payments – Elect to pay just $325 per month
Achieve Educational Goals and Career Mobility
- Full-time students can complete the MPH program as little as 18 months
- Network as you learn
- Interact with respected public health leaders and fellow professionals
- Continue professional development
- Grow your public health philosophy
- Pursue senior roles
- Familiarize yourself with new technology tools
The mission of Aspen’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences is to enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities at local, state, and national levels through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and practice.
Is this MPH program for you?
Applicants to our MPH program should have an interest in improving the health, health disparities and the health status of individuals, communities and of our society as a whole. Applicants should want to make a difference in the health of our nation, looking towards bringing together public health organizations, services and professionals together to focus on preventing illness and promoting the welfare of the entire population.
Salary and employment information for MPH degreed graduates is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Health Services Manager
Health Education Specialists and Community Health Worker
- Application – A completed application.
- Baccalaureate Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.
- Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)
MPH501 - Public Health in America
MPH503 - Health Policy & Ethical Issues in Public Health
MPH505 - Public Health Education & Program Oversight
MPH510 - Epidemiology in Public Health
MPH520 - Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness
MPH530 - Environmental Issues in Public Health
MPH540 - Public Health Administration
MPH550 - Health Behavior and Health Education
MPH560 - Applied Biostatistics for Public Health
MPH570 - Evidence-Based Practice in Public Health
MPH580 - Public Health & Health Education Internship
MPH590 - Public Health & Health Education Capstone
This graduate-level course introduces students to the historical development, structure, operation, and current and future directions of the major components of the public health delivery system. It reviews the historical evolution of the US public health system’s features and examines the ways in which national public health services are organized and delivered, the influences that affect public health public policy decisions, factors that determine priorities for the allocation of resources, and the relationship of costs to measurable benefits. The course enables students to assess the role of organized efforts to influence public health policy formulation, and the contributions of medical technology, research findings, and societal values on our evolving public health delivery system.3 Credits
This graduate-level course focuses on health policy, law and ethics in public health. It is intended to provide professionals with the principles, knowledge and application necessary to deal with pressing legal and ethical issues relating to the field of public health. This course will provide an overview of regulatory action and the legislative and judicial processes, enabling learners to become familiar with changes impacting public health practice and diverse populations. Within a code of ethics, issues affecting public health practice and the profession will be explored.3 Credits
This graduate-level course will provide the background, skills and foundational concepts necessary for students to effectively plan, develop and evaluate a public health intervention program based upon a specific population’s needs. The student’s public health educational program will incorporate elements of the core functions of public health and the ten essentials of public health services.3 Credits
Epidemiology in Public Health is a graduate-level course that introduces students to epidemiology, the scientific discipline that focuses on the cause and treatment of human health problems and is the method used to find the causes of health outcomes and diseases in populations. This course emphasizes the evaluation of public health strategies and interventions that are designed to address these public health problems.3 Credits
This graduate-level course covers the public health community’s essential role in identifying, responding to, containing, mitigating and recovering from disasters and emergencies by providing insight on local, national, and global threats.3 Credits
This graduate-level course encompasses the significant topic areas of environmental health associated with biological, chemical, and physical agents in the environment and how human health is impacted by water, soil and air quality, food safety, weather, and land resources. Genetic, physiological, and psychosocial factors are also explored, specifically to those that influence & compromise public health outcomes and are associated with the environment and environmental hazards.3 Credits
This graduate-level course covers preventative methods and public accountability regarding public health and discovers public health structure at the local, state, and national levels. Further, involvement of local, state and federal government in public health and management of public health resources, including human resources will be reviewed. Finally, identification of relationships between public and private health alliances will be reviewed in efforts to combat public health concerns emphasizing preventive approaches.3 Credits
This graduate-level course will provide insight into health behavior and understanding of the cultural, social and economic factors that impact an individual’s health behavior. Health behavior is a key building block for initiatives in public health education. This course will focus on the creation of a health education initiative as it is relevant to a local community.3 Credits
This graduate-level course presents the topics of the use of probability, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and nonparametric tests as they pertain to health research. Students also study the foundational concepts of biostatistics relating to peer-reviewed, public health publications and the application of quantitative methods utilized by public health professionals. Students will approach and address health-based problems using biostatistical methods and data analysis, during this course.3 Credits
This graduate-level course examines evidence-based Public Health practices and focuses on how to search, utilize analysis, and interpret sources of public health information and data. This course will prepare the student to identify a health issue, develop a concise statement of the health issue, and create a base plan to complete the Public Health Internship and Capstone.3 Credits
This graduate-level course focuses on the application of theoretical concepts and strategies for a selected learner population in a public health setting. Emphasis is on effective communication and sensitivity to varying needs of the learner based on cultural and educational background. Evidence-based strategies will be developed into a comprehensive activity or teaching plan to engage learners in active learning and implemented to meet mutually determined outcomes. 120 hours of internship experience will be required. This course satisfies the Proctored Exam requirement for this program.3 Credits
This graduate-level course will focus on the written explanation of the project the student completed during MPH580. The opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of essential theory, incorporate research findings, and demonstrate scholarly thought will be the emphasis of this course. This project-based capstone is designed to encourage the student to draw upon knowledge and experience gained over the course of the entire MPH program and during the public health internship. The capstone course is intended for the student to explain and defend a substantial original applied project of your own authorship.3 Credits