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.

Ashford University — A MBA in Public Administration from Ashford University teaches you the methods of public service. A MPA degree will contribute to your understanding of social initiative strategies. Additionally, the MAOM in Public Administration and MA in Education & Public Policy will improve your leadership and managerial skills. Ashford is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 5107489001, www.wascsenior.org.

Rutgers University of New Jersey — The Master of Social Work at Rutgers University of New Jersey boasts a deep network of experienced professionals and faculty. These individuals prepare you for the rigors of a career in social work, public administration, and public management. Your dreams can be achieved at Rutgers.

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