Is Promoting Health, Preventing Disease and Transforming Lives Your Passion? Make the World a Healthier Place by Pursuing Graduate Studies in Public Health.
This online program will provide students with an opportunity to analyze current health problems from a variety of interdisciplinary and interprofessional viewpoints. The program provides coursework opportunities for students to obtain broad knowledge and basic skills in public health. This program focuses on rural and underserved populations, providing students with training in public health issues present in populations living and working in rural and underserved areas. Students will also be exposed to rural and underserved population health through advanced coursework, and will gain experience in applying basic skills and advanced knowledge to health problems in rural or urban settings during practicum training.
The MPH program prepares students to assume a wide-range of public health positions that address today’s most challenging population health issues. An MPH is a widely recognized and valued professional degree for those interested in entering the field of public health or pursuing continued work in the health professions. It is an exciting time to enter the field, and the employment opportunities for this degree are wide-ranging.
Master of Public Health Students
Shenandoah University’s public health graduate programs are designed to meet your needs as a student and professional, as you learn how to improve health outcomes for a wide variety of populations. Our graduate certificate and master’s programs are offered online, allowing you to complete a complementary degree concurrently or as you continue to work in a health care field. Here, some of our students talk about the programs from the same places from which they connect with their classes: their homes and offices.
What Is Public Health?
Public health promotes and protects the health of communities and improves the quality of life for all people. The goal of public health is to promote disease and injury prevention through research, community interventions and education. A further defining goal of public health is its work towards addressing and eradicating health disparities and promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.
Public health is a dynamic, diverse, and growing field where practitioners work from a myriad of disciplines and approaches to improve the health and lives of people. Practitioners work together to address the root causes of complex and multi-faceted health problems in order to develop practical, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.
For more information about cost of attendance, see our financial aid page. Tuition scholarships are available for INOVA, Valley Health and SU Alumni. See the Graduate Scholarships and Tuition Discounts page.
Career and Salary Possibilities
A career in public health allows people to contribute to preventing injury and illness across populations at many different levels, with the potential to reach thousands of people at one time. The variety of jobs available make public health a good fit for those who seek to serve others and make an impact.
The current employment outlook for public health professionals is strong and growing annually. The demand for public health professionals continues to rise in response to increasing domestic and international health concerns such as: growing problems with chronic diseases, potential pandemics, air and water quality issues, workplace safety and more. As these growing health concerns continue to impact the health of our populations, the need for a trained public health force to respond to these issues persists.
Public health offers a wide range of career opportunities, and annual wages for public health jobs range from $35,000-$130,000.
Graduates of the SU MPH program can go on to work in:
- Health Departments
- Community organizations
- Nongovernmental organizations
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Consulting firms
- Private businesses
- Academic institutions
This program is all online and offers full-time and part-time study options. Complete your studies from anywhere around the globe, while you develop a close relationship with your instructors and classmates.
With SU’s MPH, you’ll study through an online program where you’ll gain expertise in:
- Promoting healthy behaviors
- Implementing health and disease prevention programs
- Understanding epidemiological linkages between specific determinants/exposures and disease
- Developing and advocating sound health policy practices
- Addressing rural and underserved population health concerns
- And so much more
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a part of Shenandoah’s School of Health Professions. However, this program will be interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on expertise in the College of Arts and Sciences public health and behavioral health programs, as well as Business, Pharmacy, Nursing and the Conservatory.
Core required courses (32 credits total)
|PH 501||History and Philosophy of Public Health||3|
|PH 505||Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health||3|
|PH 515||Principles of Epidemiology||3|
|PH 520||Health Policy and Management||3|
|PH 525||Program Planning and Implementation||3|
|PH 530||Fundamentals of Program Evaluation||3|
|PH 535||Health Communication||3|
|PH 540||Rural Health System||3|
|PH 545||Public Health Perspectives on Chronic Disease||3|
|PH 550||Public Health Leadership and Professionalism||3|
Applied Practice and Integrated Learning Experience (6 credits total)
|PH 700||Applied Practice Experience||4|
|PH 701||Integrated Learning Experience||2|
2 Elective Courses from the Following (6 credits total)*
|PH 605||Maternal and Child Health||3|
|PH 610||Environmental and Occupational Health||3|
|PH 615||Public Health Law and Ethics||3|
|PH 620||Community Health Research & Assessment||3|
|PH 625||Global Health||3|
45 credits total for the entire MPH degree
Shenandoah University’s Public Health professors bring a breadth and depth of public health experience to the program from research, private companies, other health fields, international work and academia.
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International Learning Opportunities
Public Health students have participated in a variety of international opportunities such as attending the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland. Global Experiential Learning (GEL) classes are also offered each year for students to work on community health education. Recent Public Health GEL trip destinations include Haiti, Uganda and Nepal.
Learn More about Shenandoah University
Shenandoah University is uniquely situated in the historic, scenic and economically diverse Shenandoah Valley. It is less than two hours from Washington, D.C. and offers students a variety of educational, cultural and professional experiences. Nestled between the Tidewater of Virginia and the Appalachia, the Shenandoah University offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, scholarship and community involvement.
Public Health Fast-Track to MPH Program (3 + 2)
The Public Health Program offers an accelerated (3 + 2) Bachelor’s + Master’s Degree program to eligible undergraduates.
Students in the 3 +2 program are required to complete coursework toward a graduate degree during their last year of undergraduate studies and complete the remaining requirements during their + 1 year. The program is rigorous and demanding, and is designed to offer high-achieving undergraduate students a quick path to a graduate degree. The MPH program seeks students who demonstrate the potential to be successful in graduate school and who are committed to the public health profession.
PA & MPH Dual Degree Option
The Physician Assistant Studies & Master Of Public Health Dual Degree Program offers students an opportunity to earn a Master Of Public Health Degree (MPH) in conjunction with training in the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program.
The purpose of the dual Physician Assistant/Master of Public Health program is to graduate highly qualified health professionals who have obtained competencies necessary to succeed in the rapidly evolving health system. The dual program prepares students to enter a wide range of PA and public health positions that address today’s most challenging population health care issues.
PharmD & MPH Dual Degree Option
The purpose of the Doctor Of Pharmacy/Master Of Public Health Dual Degree program is to graduate highly qualified health professionals who have obtained competencies necessary to succeed in the rapidly changing healthcare system.
The dual program prepares students to enter a wide-range of pharmacy and public health positions that address today’s most challenging population health care issues. A Public Health Pharmacist can be involved in advanced pharmacy practice, health policy development, emergency and humanitarian response, public health leadership, and much more.