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.

Walden University — The Walden University Master of Social Work provides the chance to gain real world experience as a social worker. These experiences can be gained from a community agency, a healthcare setting, an educational agency, or a social services agency. Walden also offers several specializations for an MSW degree, like Military Social Work, as well as DSW programs.

Kaplan University — The BS in Human Services at Kaplan University offers a curriculum whose classes will help you create a positive effect on social and ethical issues. Through interactions with staff, faculty, and your peers, the degree will prepare you for careers in social work, public administration, and public management.

University of Southern California — To become a successful social worker, one need look no further than the University of Southern California Master of Social Work program. The curriculum will both develop your leadership skills and enable you to influence the world around you for the betterment of your local and global community.

University of New England — At the University of New England School of Social Work, 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.

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