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One Degree: Three Concentrations:

General Public Health

General Public HealthThe general public health concentration prepares students to enter a wide array of careers to protect and promote the health of individuals, families and communities, locally or globally. Students gain broad training in all the core areas of public health practice so they can develop, implement and assess programs; identify and address social determinants of health; apply the science and art of health promotion and disease prevention; and assume leadership positions. Many graduates work in local and state public health departments, nonprofit organizations and community-based entities.

Health Service Management

Health Service ManagementThe health service management concentration focuses on the financing and administration of a wide variety of public health and health services in public and private sectors. Students gain a foundation in core public health functions and services as well as analytical skills and managerial knowledge to address critical issues such as quality, efficiency, and effectiveness. They’re prepared to improve health in evolving U.S. and global health care systems. Employment options include hospitals, clinics, public health departments, long-term care organizations and health insurance corporations.

Health Promotion

Health PromotionThe health promotion concentration prepares students to work, locally or globally, to protect and promote the health of individuals, families, communities and countries. They learn to apply theory and research to plan, implement and evaluate efforts to enhance health, tackle chronic disease, and design and offer health education in interpersonal, organizational, community and policy-level settings. Career roles include patient educator, health educator, community health planner and policymaker.

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Rigorous, relevant and real-world

You can complete the M.P.H. degree at DMU in as little as two and a half years with on-campus or online courses or a blend of both. Students earn 46 total credit hours that include six hours of electives, an internship and a capstone project.

Internship: Learn public health by practicing public health! M.P.H. degree candidates complete a 180-hour internship in a public health setting to expand their knowledge of pertinent public health issues and support their academic and career goals. Students develop and complete a portfolio at their internship’s conclusion, which includes a final self-evaluation of achievement in the professional competencies. It also challenges the student to provide evidence to support a personal evaluation. By the end of the program, students have a clear picture of their accomplishments. This reinforces the importance of self-evaluation using the perspectives of others and the ability to use this process to pursue lifelong learning.

By the end of the program, students have a clear picture of their accomplishments. This reinforces the importance of self-evaluation using the perspectives of others and the ability to use this process to pursue lifelong learning.

Capstone project: This culminating experience allows students to use knowledge gained from their degree program experiences. Students choose projects that let them demonstrate their understanding of theory and principles learned in course work and apply them in a professional practice situation. Faculty use the capstone to evaluate whether the student has mastered the program’s competencies.

M.P.H. students also can tailor their internships and capstone projects on topics relating to international public health or global health initiatives in the United States. DMU students pursuing the M.P.H. degree only and those pursuing dual degrees in the University’s clinical  programs have had internships abroad and with international health entities including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Partner organizations broaden students’ opportunities for field experiences and culminating experiences. They include the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization; U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; the public health departments of the state of Iowa, Polk County, and Dallas County; the Food and Drug Administration; and hospitals.