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Baylor University Online Master of Public Health (MPH)

Baylor University offers an online Master of Public Health (MPH@Baylor) program specializing in Community Health Science, through the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences (RCHHS). Baylor University offers a faith-based environment in which cohorts of students develop skills in servant leadership. Students learn effective ways to address public health issues and crises through evidence-based research practice, a whole-person learning environment, and in-depth coursework in public health theories, knowledge, and assessment.

Baylor University partners with several public health organizations to offer various opportunities for hands-on learning in the MPH program. Graduates may have opportunities to explore prescription drug data analysis, air quality monitoring, water quality assessment and monitoring, public health policy development and implementation, humanitarian response to disease crises in communities, animal and insect-borne diseases, natural disaster response and mitigation, and substance abuse intervention.

The online MPH program comprises 42 credits, a weekend campus immersion in Waco, Texas, and a 250-hour graduate project internship. As an elective course, students can choose to complete a 200-hour practicum. Three pathways for completion are offered. The accelerated pathway takes 12 months to complete and is an intensive online program. The full-time pathway takes 18 months, and the part-time pathway takes 24 months. Cohorts begin in January, April, July, and October.

Courses are delivered synchronously online, with live, face-to-face class sessions, discussion, break-out rooms, and question-and-answer sessions. Other coursework is completed outside of the live class times. The feature-rich online digital classroom offers a customizable dashboard with dark mode, video speed settings, captioning, and study tools with searchable video transcripts and notation abilities. The platform includes a full-service mobile app and offline capabilities.

Core MPH courses include Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior and Public Health; Foundations of Public Health; Public Health Concepts in Epidemiology; Assessment and Planning in Public and Community Health; Evaluation in Public and Community Health; Research Methods; Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science; Statistical Methodology; Public Health Immersion Experience; and Graduate Project.

Students then choose three elective courses from Current Topics in Public Health; Determinants of Health and Health Equity; Global Public Health; Public Health Policy and Practice; and Practicum (includes 200 contact hours).

Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). MPH@Baylor is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Baylor University

Programs: Master of Public Health (MPH) - Community Health Science
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Master of Public Health (MPH) - Community Health Science

Program Highlights
  • Baylor University seeks to prepare students as servant leaders who are equipped to recognize and respond to local, national, and global public health issues
  • Students have the option to complete a local practicum, along with the on-campus immersion and culminating graduate project
  • Topics covered include health behavior, fundamentals of public health, epidemiology, assessment and planning, community health evaluation, administrative leadership, and research
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with one campus immersion, a graduate project internship, and an optional local practicum
Example Courses: Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior and Public Health; Public Health Concepts in Epidemiology; Assessment and Planning in Public and Community Health
Instruction Methods: Courses are delivered in live, face-to-face class sessions with a cohort of peers, plus asynchronous coursework, within a feature rich online learning management system
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 42 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 1 weekend immersion
Program Options
Program Start Dates: January, April, July, and October admission
Curriculum Options: Accelerated, Full-time, or Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 12 to 24 months
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0
Testing Requirements: No GRE required, but recommended for applicants with less than 3 years of related work experience
Work Experience: Three years of relevant work experience is recommended
Tuition Costs: ~$74,970 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,785