The master of public health (M.P.H.) program is based on a practical, problem-based approach. An advantage of the program is that you can remain employed while earning your degree.
The master of public health program at Des Moines University holds programmatic accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health. This programmatic accreditation is above and beyond the University’s accreditation through NCA, and shows a commitment to providing the highest quality education and adhering to the highest standards for operating a M.P.H. program. CEPH requires that accredited programs emphasize three areas equally: teaching, research and service.
The M.P.H. program is designed to support full-time professionals working in all areas of public health and the health care industry. On-campus courses are offered evenings and weekends.
The entire M.P.H. degree can be completed online. All core M.P.H. courses are offered online at least once every year.
Competency based curriculum
DMU works with students who are interested in global health to complete an internship or capstone abroad.
Three terms are offered annually: fall, spring and summer. You may choose between online and on-campus courses each term to adjust to the changing demands of your schedule. View information for upcoming term schedules.
Your level of your enrollment is up to you. On average, students enroll in two courses (6 semester hours) each term, and complete the degree in less than three years. You may choose your level of enrollment, and also vary your enrollment each semester based upon your schedule. If you need to take a break due to personal or professional reasons, you have the option of paying a seat retention fee for up to three terms before continuing with your enrollment. Students have a total of seven years from the date of admission to complete the degree requirements.
Non-degree seeking students
Individuals may enroll in select M.P.H. coursework as a non-degree seeking student. This option is perfect for the student who is still deciding if a masters degree is the best next step for their career, or for the life-long learner who wishes to expand their knowledge in public health issues.
There are many opportunities for both on-campus and online students to get involved outside the classroom. The Master of Public Health Student Club’s mission is to foster education, learning and service to promote the health of communities at large.
A combination of full-time and part-time faculty with experience working in public health offer the perfect blend of the theory that drives the practice of management, with the art of leading change in today’s challenging public health environment.
Dual M.H.A. degree
M.P.H. students at DMU may apply for a dual degree in health care administration following the successful completion of nine semester hours in public health coursework. Admission to a dual degree at DMU is not guaranteed, but consideration will be given to all dual degree applicants. Select courses may transfer toward the M.P.H./M.H.A. dual degree.
Choose electives that support your professional and academic objectives. Some options include: bioterrorism, health promotion, nutrition and grant writing. M.P.H. students also have the option of taking select M.H.A. courses as an elective.
Students complete a 180-hour internship with a public health organization to expand their knowledge of pertinent public health issues. Students are not expected to leave their full-time employment to complete the internship. An assigned faculty advisor will guide you in selecting an internship based upon your career interests. Internships may be completed in Des Moines, your hometown or another location of your choice.
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