MPH@GW Online Master of Public Health (MPH)
The George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health offers an online Master of Public Health (MPH@GW). Students have numerous electives through which to tailor their degrees to their career aspirations. Additionally, four online concentrations are offered in Climate and Health, Global Health, Health Informatics and Analytics, and Women, Youth, and Child Health.
MPH@GW allows students to follow a general path that covers several public health competencies or focused paths centering on epidemiology, biometrics, health communication, health policy and management, health informatics, program planning, and systems thinking. Core courses give students a solid foundation in public health fundamentals and principles.
The online Master of Public Health program comprises 45 credits, an Interprofessional Education (IPE) Experience, and a 120-hour applied practicum experience (APEx). The program ends with a culminating experience. Start dates land every quarter in January, April, July, and September.
Students can complete the program in an accelerated 12-month track, during which they are not allowed to work. The 18-month accelerated track allows students to work part-time while completing the program. Part-time options can be spanned from two to five years. No campus visits are required, and field experiences are completed locally. Students are welcome to participate in campus graduation events or visit campus anytime.
The George Washington University MPH courses include live, online sessions of approximately 80 minutes per week, plus asynchronous coursework outside of class. GW uses Blackboard as its online course management system. Courses last 10 weeks each. Students can interact with faculty and peers during live class sessions, faculty virtual office hours, discussion boards, and through other collaborative online media platforms, and take advantage of library and career planning services.
Core courses for MPH@GW include MPH Applied Practice Experience; Biostatistical Applications for Public Health; Principles and Practices of Epidemiology; Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health; Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation; Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health; Fundamentals of Health Policy; Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I-II; Interprofessional Education Experience, and MPH@GW Culminating Experience I-II
Program-specific courses for the general MPH program include Practical Data Management and Analysis for Public Health; Comparative Global Health Systems; Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs; and Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing. Students then choose 16 credits of electives from all graduate-level School of Public Health courses.
Concentration-specific courses for the Climate and Health concentration include Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology; Global Environmental and Occupational Health; Researching Climate Change and Health; Global Climate Change and Air Pollution; Sustainable Energy and the Environment; and Social Dimensions in Climate Change and Health. Students then choose five credits of electives. Recommended electives include Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries; Public Health and Humanitarian Settings; Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases; Preventing Health Disparities; Food Systems and Public Health; and Global Health Diplomacy.
Concentration-specific courses for the Global Health concentration include Global Health Frameworks; Global Health Programs and Approaches to the Control of Infectious Diseases; Global Child Health; Global Environmental and Occupational; and Public Health and Complex Emergencies. Elective courses include Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries; Global Climate Change and Air Pollution; Global Health Diplomacy; Monitoring and Evaluation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries; and Social and Behavior Change Communication in Middle- to Low-Income Countries.
Concentration-specific courses for the Health Informatics and Analytics Concentration include Health IT, Informatics, and Decision Making; Population Health Analytics; and Health Systems and Health IT Applied Analysis Immersion. Students then choose two of the following electives: Predictive Analytics: Applying the Concepts to Predictive Modeling; Research Analytics: Applying the Concepts to Analytics; Health Law and Health IT; Design of Technologies for Health and Healthcare Settings; and Healthcare Delivery and Health IT.
Concentration-specific courses for the Women, Youth, and Child Health concentration include Maternal and Child Health I: Foundations; Women’s Health; Global Child Health; and Sexual and Reproductive Health Monitoring. Students in this concentration also attend eight hours of public health lectures, seminars, and symposiums. Students then select four of the following elective courses: Community Engagement and Advocacy; Researching Violence Against Women and Girls; Public Health and Law; Global Health Frameworks; Public Health and Humanitarian Settings; Preventing Health Disparities; Social and Behavior Change Communication in Middle- to Low-Income Countries; Evaluation of Nutrition Programs; and Global Vaccinology.
The George Washington University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MPH@GW is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
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Master of Public Health (MPH@GW)
- Students can complete a general path or choose a concentration in Women, Youth, and Child Health, Global Health, Climate and Health, or Health Informatics and Analytics
- There are several plan options including 12-month, 18-month, and 2+ years to complete the program
- Electives can further tailor the degree to career aspirations through courses in environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and public health research, health communication, health policy, and program planning and evaluation
Master of Public Health (MPH@GW) - Climate and Health
- The Climate and Health concentration is the first of its kind offered to public health students
- Student delve into issues of climate change, environmental health, the health risks of climate change, the social effects of environmental health and climate change, and policies designed to mitigate health risks from these issues
- Courses cover global climate change and air pollution, climate change research, sustainable energy, and environmental and occupational epidemiology
Master of Public Health (MPH@GW) - Global Health
- The curriculum is designed to leave professionals with the values, information, and skills to solve current global health problems through evidence-based research and global health study
- Outcomes focus on the structure of healthcare organizations, public health, and regulatory systems across the globe; developing population-based policies and programs; public health intervention; and advocating for health equity for diverse populations
- Courses cover global child health, approaches to controlling infectious diseases, the global environment, occupational health, and complex health emergencies
Master of Public Health (MPH@GW) - Health Informatics and Analytics
- This concentration focuses on the technology and how it is transforming current healthcare, including virtual care and care delivery
- Students learn how institutions such as public health organizations and businesses collect and analyze data
- Graduates will be able to effectively utilize health information and technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare organizations, affect public policy, and transform data into useable information to affect public policy, public health management, and public health research
Master of Public Health (MPH@GW) - Women, Youth, and Child Health
- Designed for professionals seeking to better understand the factors that affect the health of women, children, and families, locally and globally
- Outcomes are focused on the understanding and assessment of the needs of women, children, and families in various scenarios; social and behavioral theory; behavioral change models; and interventions that benefit the health and well-being of women, children, and families
- Courses focus on maternal and child health, women's health, the global health of children, and sexual and reproductive health