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In our fully online Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree program, you will accelerate your career toward leadership positions in public health, from community health departments to global health agencies. Complete your degree in two years or less while taking advantage of our small class sizes to dive deep into the skills you need to inform, educate and empower your community.
As a Ferris MPH student, you will complete a two stage capstone experience, providing you with the practical experiences you need to become a leader in the field. You will be ready for careers in health services administration, biostatistics, biomedical laboratory work, health and behavioral science education, environmental health, global health, nutrition, public health practice and program management, epidemiology, and more.
Students without a bachelor's degree can enroll in our accelerated program, earning a bachelor's degree and master's degree in five years or less.
Explore our Public Health classes below and then meet our advisor for details.
Public Health Concepts ⌄
This course will provide the student with the opportunity to explore the organizational structure, history, law, ethics, essential services, global programs, and the future of public health. Students will engage in discussions, projects and presentations related to the learning outcomes.
Biostatistics in Public Health ⌄
This course will provide the graduate student with the opportunity to apply the principles of biostatistics in the context of multiple public health applications. Students will have the opportunity to use public health Information software statistical packages to achieve learning outcomes.
Health Behavior & Health Promo in Public Health ⌄
This course will provide the graduate student with the opportunity to explore the theories of health behavior and health education and promotion. The interventions and strategies to successfully promote health behaviors through communication and collaboration will be explored within a sociocultural, diversity, and regional perspective as they pertain to public health.
Health Communication and Mass Media ⌄
This course is designed for graduate students to gain knowledge and experience in the use of mass media in health communication. It will include two extremely important subjects for today’s for-profit and nonprofit organizations alike – risk communication and social marketing. Much of what you will learn is applicable to many fields (e.g., communicating in a crisis situation or changing consumer behavior). Traditional media and the evolving web-based and mobile media, as well as media ethics, will be explored through case studies and practical exercises.
Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health ⌄
This course will provide the graduate student with the opportunity to examine the environmental concepts of air quality, water quality, food hygiene, sanitation, vector-borne diseases, solid waste management, hazardous materials management, hazard identification and response, occupational health and safety, and legal issues related to environmental and occupational health.
Cultural Diversity & Comp in Public Health Practice ⌄
This course is designed to provide the graduate student with the opportunity to explore the complex concepts of how cultural diversity can impact the delivery of public health services. Students will also have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to provide culturally competent public health services that strive for access to all populations. Emerging public health issues, public health professional ethics, health informatics, communication, and their applications in practice settings will be discussed.
Epidemiology in Public Health ⌄
This course will provide the graduate student with the opportunity to apply epidemiological methods including study design, legal/ethical aspects, and public health information software programs. Applications of methods will include screening, disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and community needs assessment. Student presentations will focus on special topics such as infectious disease and chronic conditions.
Chronic Disease Epidemiology ⌄
This course introduces the graduate student to the foundations of chronic disease epidemiology, including disease background and risk factor assessment for many of the most common chronic diseases in the United States and other developed countries. The focus of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to apply epidemiological methods, including study design and ethical aspects, in the investigation of chronic diseases. Student projects will focus on specific chronic disease topics.
Health Services Administration & Management in Public Health ⌄
This course will provide the graduate student with the opportunity to analyze the management principles of personnel administration, budgeting, financing, and continuous quality improvement as they pertain to public health. Planning and evaluation principles, grant writing, public health economics, public health policy, and data sources will also be examined for their application to the administrative roles in public health.
Graduates of the MPH program are ready for upper-level leadership roles in a wide range of public and private organizations, including:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Red Cross
- American Cancer Society
- Federal and local health departments
- Food safety agencies
- University systems in teaching and research
- Insurance companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
Make a phone or in-person appointment with our Public Health MPH advisor to explore all the career options your degree can unlock.
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- Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.00 scale in a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or equivalent taken within last 3 years (may be waived if applicant has an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.5, a health-related certification, or a professional degree in a relevant area)
- Completion of courses in the areas of mathematics, biology, chemistry, social sciences and statistics with minimum grades of “C”. These may be included in the undergraduate degree or taken prior to or concurrently in the MPH program,
- Personal statement of interest in public health
- Three professional references
- Professional resume
- International applicants must submit a minimum paper or computer TOEFL score – Paper: 550; Computer: 213; TWE: 4 or TSE: 250
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