From fighting infectious diseases to reducing health disparities, public health professionals across the globe face new challenges every day.

Walden’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program provides the education you need to address public health issues, including:

  • A solid foundation in the core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, and social and behavioral sciences.
  • A global perspective on public health, enriched by the experiences of students from all over the world.
  • Interactive and enhanced media that allow students to simulate real-world public health issues and solutions.
  • A cutting-edge online environment and curriculum featuring case studies on the latest public health issues.
  • A field experience designed for an immediate impact on your career and your community.

Reflecting Walden’s decades of commitment to positive social change, the online Master of Public Health degree program prepares you to improve the health of communities and deal with health disparities within a wide range of settings.

MPH Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision
Healthy communities through positive social change.

Mission
The mission of the MPH program at Walden University is to provide high-quality education that enables a public health work force of practitioners, researchers, and educators to excel at addressing public health challenges; conducting research; promoting positive social change; and assuring healthy communities at local, national, and international levels.

Goals
The program strives to fulfill its mission through excellent performance via instruction, scholarship, and service activities. The program goals for these three areas are as follows:

  1. Instructional Goal
    Prepare students to be competent public health professionals who contribute to positive social change.
  2. Research Goal
    Encourage and support faculty and student research and other scholarly activities that contribute new knowledge, advance the public health profession, and improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
  3. Service Goal
    Encourage and support faculty and student participation in local and global service activities that advance the public health profession and contribute to positive social change.

MPH Core Values

The core values of the MPH program at Walden University include quality, professional integrity, and student-centeredness.

Career Impact

Public health is an exciting and rewarding field with a wide range of career opportunities. Whether you want to design and implement health programs, develop public health policy, administer public health services, or conduct research, Walden’s MPH program provides the expertise you need to advance your career and move into roles such as:

  • Health officer
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Disease investigator
  • Public health educator
  • Public health information officer
  • Public health analyst
  • Public health policy coordinator
  • Public health emergency preparedness and response coordinator
  • Global health professional
  • Research analyst
  • Health policy advisor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community health worker

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Who chooses a career in public health and why?

Public health is a wide field that attracts people from diverse educational and professional backgrounds—from mathematics undergrads who pursue careers in biostatistics to ecologists committed to protecting our environmental health to business people dedicated to improving health program administration.

Regardless of background or specialty, aspiring public health professionals are driven to make a broad, lasting impact on health, not only in their own communities but also all over the world.

What is the employment outlook for public health careers?

Depending upon your focus area, your public health career opportunities are expected to grow as fast or faster than the average for all other occupations in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are job growth projections and educational requirements for several major public health career categories*:

Public Health Occupation  Job Growth 2012–2022
Statistician 27% (Much faster than average)
Epidemiologist 10% (As fast as average)
Health educator or community health worker 21% (Faster than average)
Social worker 19% (Faster than average)
Medical and health services managers 23% (Much faster than average)

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/ (viewed online February 11, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Public Health
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Walden's Master of Public Health provides you with a solid foundation in the core areas of public health, keeping you one step ahead of present day issues such as biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and many more. Walden's cutting edge online curriculum, enriched by the global perspective of students all over the world, comes equipped with interactive and enhanced media programs, simulating real world public health problems and solutions. With a Master of Public Health from Walden University, you'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.
Walden’s Master of Public Health provides you with a solid foundation in the core areas of public health, keeping you one step ahead of present day issues.

How can a graduate degree in public health advance my career?

While it is possible to gain valuable experience working in the field, many public health careers require a graduate degree, such as an MPH degree, for entry or advancement.

A Master of Public Health degree is a good investment if you want to:

  • Develop the leadership and communication skills needed to influence public health policies and programs.
  • Gain the multidisciplinary, global perspective required to address complex health issues.
  • Acquire the specialized expertise required to design and develop programs that address emerging public health challenges and breakthroughs.
  • Develop systematic approaches to eliminating disparities in underserved communities.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize culturally appropriate communication skills to convey prevention and intervention strategies used to improve health outcomes among diverse local and global populations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how research methods, biostatistical data and software, and the epidemiological approach impact the study of patterns of disease, disability, and injury.
  3. Evaluate biological, environmental, legal, and regulatory factors that affect the health of local and global communities.
  4. Evaluate the major social, behavioral, and cultural factors that affect the health of local and global populations.
  5. Appropriately access, interpret, and evaluate public health data that are available through the use of information technology.
  6. Analyze essential services, systems, public policies, and associated challenges that impact the health of local and global communities.
  7. Demonstrate skills needed for sound leadership and decision making in public health, including applications of ethics and professionalism.
  8. Apply health management and systems thinking to public health agencies, programs, policies, and issues.
  9. Apply the principles of program design, implementation, and evaluation to improve the health of local and global populations.
  10. Exhibit a commitment to professional and ethically responsible public health research and practice.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Note on Certification:
The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) offers the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential as a voluntary core credential for public health professionals. Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and at least five subsequent years of public health work experience will be eligible to take the CPH exam. However, for individuals without these qualifications, a candidate must be an alumni of a school or program of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

While Walden's MPH program is an applicant for CEPH accreditation, the program is not yet accredited; thus, Walden MPH graduates must have at least five years of post-baccalaureate public health work experience in order to sit for the CPH exam. Students should evaluate all requirements related to national credentialing agencies and exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CPH credential, students should visit https://www.nbphe.org.

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