Master of Public Health online

Prepare to address public health challenges and solutions from the local to the global level with a Master of Public Health.

Apply by: 3/1/22
Start class: 3/21/22

Program Overview

Discover how a public health master's degree at WP can transform your career.

$24,150 Total Tuition
As few as 14 months Duration
42 Credit Hours

Alleviate the social, environmental, and behavioral factors that lead to communal wellness challenges with a Master of Public Health from William Paterson University. This online program will train you in biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, public health policy, and more, providing skills and knowledge that will help you serve communities at the local, national, and global levels.

With an emphasis on community public health practice and health equity, this program explores principles of social justice, ethical practice, diversity, and community collaboration. The program will prepare you with the public health practice knowledge and skills to effectively work within communities to promote the well-being of all.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Become outstanding practitioners, researchers, and advocates in the field of public health
  • Learn conceptual models and theoretical underpinnings of population-based strategies to improve public health
  • Apply ethical frameworks to public health issues, analyze the implications of ethical issues, and construct sound arguments for ethical practices
  • Recognize the value and virtues of a social justice perspective for addressing health inequities
  • Prepare to work collaboratively across sectors and with communities to address public health issues
  • Effectively address social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health contributing to health disparities
  • Implement solutions for a diverse range of public health problems at the local, national, and global levels
  • Become outstanding practitioners, researchers, and advocates in the field of public health
  • Learn conceptual models and theoretical underpinnings of population-based strategies to improve public health
  • Apply ethical frameworks to public health issues, analyze the implications of ethical issues, and construct sound arguments for ethical practices
  • Recognize the value and virtues of a social justice perspective for addressing health inequities
  • Prepare to work collaboratively across sectors and with communities to address public health issues
  • Effectively address social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health contributing to health disparities
  • Implement solutions for a diverse range of public health problems at the local, national, and global levels

Career opportunities:

  • Public Health Program Manager
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Health Services Manager
  • Community Prevention Specialist
  • Public Health Research and Evaluation Analyst
  • Health Policy Advocate
  • Public Health Government Official
  • Public Health Program Manager
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Health Services Manager
  • Community Prevention Specialist
  • Public Health Research and Evaluation Analyst
  • Health Policy Advocate
  • Public Health Government Official

Also available:

William Paterson University offers a variety of online healthcare degrees and certificates.

$24,150 Total Tuition
As few as 14 months Duration
42 Credit Hours
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Tuition

Discover the value of our Master of Public Health degree.

William Paterson University offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$24,150 Total Tuition
$575 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$24,150 Total Tuition
$575 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

Review the program start dates and deadlines.

William Paterson University online public health programs are delivered in a convenient format ideal for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and six start dates each year.

Now enrolling:

3/1/22 Apply Date
3/21/22 Class Starts
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Spring II3/21/223/1/223/7/223/15/223/17/225/8/227 weeks
Summer I5/16/224/26/225/2/225/10/225/12/227/3/227 weeks
Summer II7/11/226/21/226/27/227/5/227/7/228/28/227 weeks
Fall I9/6/228/16/228/22/228/30/229/1/2210/23/227 weeks
Fall II10/31/2210/11/2210/17/2210/25/2210/27/2212/18/227 weeks

Now enrolling:

3/1/22 Apply Date
3/21/22 Class Starts

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Admissions

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At WP, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please note all of the requirements for admission to the MPH online program, including required documents and where to send them.

The requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Personal statement regarding public health career
  • Resume detailing professional experience
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

You must meet the following requirements for admission to the Master of Public Health online program:

  • Submit online application and $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, including a statistics course (available through William Paterson online if needed)
  • Professional resume detailing educational and work experience
  • Two professional or academic reference letters
  • Personal statement regarding Public Health career
    • Personal essay (2-3 pages, double spaced) is intended to give applicants the opportunity to submit a narrative describing past education, experience, current and future professional career objectives and address the circumstances for undergraduate performance of less than a 3.0 GPA. Applicants should address the following three questions:
      • What are your reasons for pursuing a Master of Public Health?
      • Why do you wish to pursue your MPH at WP?
      • How do you intend to leverage your MPH in a future career?
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Will consider GPAs below 3.0 if student has previous experience in public health. Please address the GPA and work experience in the professional statement.

Official transcripts and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to:

Email address: [email protected]

Mail address:

Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services
William Paterson University
Morrison Hall 102
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Courses

Examine the curriculum for our MPH online program.

For the Master of Public Health online, you must complete 42 credit hours of core courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course addresses the foundational aspects of the social and behavioral sciences relevant to public health practice in general and health justice in specific. It introduces students to the strengths and limitations of key social, cultural, and behavior theories, frameworks, and models utilized in the development of ethical, evidence-based interventions to improve individual and population health. Students will learn to identify and analyze population health needs and interventions at different levels of influence.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the basic techniques of data collection, data analysis, and presentation of analysis results. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, sampling, comparison, correlation, and regression. The analytic methods and applications will be linked to topics in health promotion, epidemiology, and program evaluation. The skills learned are essential in understanding and interpretation of the research data used in public health and policy evaluation and formation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces graduate students to public health research with an emphasis on population-based quantitative research methodologies and community engagement strategies. The course provides a theoretical introduction to various public health research methodologies and applied experience for engagement in public health research. Students will develop basic research skills needed to plan, conduct, and analyze data from a survey research project.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an introduction to the different stages and different methods of qualitative health research, including the various advantages and limitations of said methods. Students will learn how to complete a qualitative research project from beginning to end. The particulars of research ethics as they pertain to qualitative public health research will be explored. The central goal of this course is to prepare students to design and conduct qualitative research in a public health setting.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces and explores major environmental and occupational threats to human health and will provide a framework for understanding how human health may be affected by environmental insults. It will describe the role of the public health community and federal and state regulatory agencies for controlling and preventing environmental health problems. The U.S. approach to regulating environmental and occupational exposures will be examined. There will also be a focus on environmental health problems at the community level with an emphasis on disparities and environmental justice.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines public health and health care delivery systems in the United States and abroad, comparing access, costs, financing, and quality of various systems. The course also addresses basic concepts, principles and methods of the management and administration of these systems. Using a systems perspective, organizational frameworks, roles, authority, communication, resource management and budgeting will be examined.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines health care policies and the policy-making process in the United States with emphasis on the determinants of health, the social distribution of health, and health disparities. Presented in both historical and contemporary context, the course will review public health policy from structural, systems, economic, and legal perspectives.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge and skills to understand how epidemiology is used in public health practice. The emphasis of the course is on the use of epidemiologic data as it relates to health disparities, current epidemics, and population health. Research design in epidemiology is also covered.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Through this course, students will critically evaluate the social determinants of health and examine how they contribute to health inequities. Students will explore the various geographical, cultural, and social contexts where health inequities occur. They will research, develop, and apply a range of community-engaged strategies and methodologies for advancing health equity, social justice, and human rights. Students will critically assess how people, policies, and institutions have influenced the social determinants of health and contributed to health inequities.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces students to public health program planning methods with an emphasis on population-based health promotion interventions. Students will develop and use the skills needed to design, develop, and implement strategies to improve individual and community health. Emphasis is placed on ethically and culturally appropriate intervention development that address the health disparities present within communities.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to provide graduate students with knowledge and skills to use evaluation methods for improving and judging the worth and effectiveness of public health programs. The emphasis of the course is on conceptualization and measurement of variables associated with the determinants of health behavior, treatment specification, and behavioral change. Standards for evaluations of educational programs are also covered.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to help students develop their leadership and ethical decision-making skills. Specific topics considered in this part of the course will include leadership, cultural competency, public health ethics, developing partnerships and effective collaborations, communication skills, and planning, managing and completing complex projects.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The practicum in public health is a field experience designed to offer students experience in applying and testing public health concepts and theories acquired in the academic program in a public health setting. The practicum experience aids students in the application of their professional, leadership, and ethical decision-making skills to a specific project in the public health arena. The course is taken during the semester in which the culminating experience/capstone project is completed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The capstone project will provide students with a culminating seminar experience, where they will demonstrate the knowledge, competencies, and skills learned in MPH program in the form of a major writing project. The final project demonstrates students’ understanding of chosen public health issue, and their ability to actively apply coursework knowledge towards advancing a solution to the public health issue. The written product will provide a deliverable that can be used by the community, agency, or group to address the public health issue. Examples of capstone projects include (but not limited to) a grant application to a specific funding agency, research project report, policy analysis, education/outreach project involving a community, and/or evaluation of existing public health program.
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