Master of Public Health Programs

The typical Master of Public Health degree aims to help graduates utilize scientific research, statistical data, and historical trends and develop policies that enhance the quality of life for particular communities of scale. This concept especially applies to the social and behavioral sciences realm. While often associated with medical students or graduates, the modern MPH degree applies to those even without direct medical expertise who seek to assist with the evolution of the physical and mental health of various communities.

A program often sought out by those seeking leadership or managerial positions in government leadership, non-governmental organizations, and nonprofit arms, the typical master of public health involves the study of such topics as organizational development for health care, health care information management and assessment, biostatistics, epidemiology, health behavior and health policy and ethics, among others. Such a degree may be completed in as early as 18-24 months, and a bachelor degree is often required prior to admission. Students who obtain a master of public health may also be fast-tracked to complete a doctor of public health through certain institutions.

Careers for master of public health graduates:

  • Medical and health service managers
  • Occupational health and safety specialists
  • Social worker
  • Health educators

Earnings for master of public health graduates:

  • Medical and health service managers: $84,270 (median annual)
  • Social worker: $42,480 (median annual)
  • Health educators: $45,830 (median annual)
  • Overall career outlook: 22-37 percent job growth through 2020 (faster than average)

Online MSW and MPA Degrees

Completing your Master's in social work or public administration can be very rewarding for getting ahead in the social work field. Online Master's degrees are perfect for working professionals or people with families to complete course work at their own convenience. Please see our colleges below that offer online class for MSW degrees.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota — At the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, students in the Master's program have a variety of concentrations in both individual, family, and group practice and organizational and community practice. The school is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Our Lady of the Lake University — Our Lady of the Lake is a private, Catholic college located near San Antonio and is one of the few colleges offering an online program for a Master of Social Work degree. This program focuses on social services leadership and advance direct practice with an emphasis on service to Hispanic families and communities.

Winthrop University — The MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences from Capella University features a dynamic public health curriculum. Graduates are prepared for positions in social work, public health or social welfare organizations. A MS in Social & Community Services furthers your ability to influence positive change in your community.

Widener University — The Widener University MSW and MM in Public Administration programs graduate students that excel in the exciting career of social work. These programs offer the opportunity to expand your career path and capabilities by giving you the skills required for jobs in government, nonprofit, and business.

George Mason University — The Master of Social Work program from George Mason University focuses on the private and public sectors in addition to the public sector usually covered by other MSW programs. While students interested in social work will learn the administrative and organizational skills needed for their career, this broad focus can help improve their versatility and even job prospects.

Sacred Heart University — The Master of Social Work program from Sacred Heart University graduates individuals that can have many options in the in social work, public administration, and human services fields. The curriculum focuses on both ethical leadership and social responsibility.

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