Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice

 

Overview of Online Master's in Public Health - Public Health Practice Program

Who takes care of an entire group of people when they need preventative care? Public health workers have played a critical role in protecting communities throughout the recent pandemic, and the demand and need for public health professionals is growing in all sectors.

The Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice (MPH) program supports your calling to impact patient lives through public health practice and trains you to tackle community-wide health issues. This online program is designed to prepare you for competent practice in a variety of career opportunities and settings.

  • 100% online program with local onsite practicum hours
  • Complete the program in 28 months
  • Holistic, interprofessional approach to public health consistent with a Christian worldview
  • Unique Faculty Academic-Advisor relationships offer students personalized attention and feedback

 

You’ll learn to…

  • Monitor the health status of individuals and communities
  • Identify and solve population health issues
  • Develop and enforce policies and regulations to protect public health and ensure safety
  • Evaluate health program outcomes

 

Career Opportunities

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Public Health Specialist (local, regional, state or federal)
  • Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker

 

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

The IWU MPH program is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. The accreditation review will address the Master in Public Health program. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review. The Self-Study document will be submitted by March 13, 2022, please note that all dates are subject to change. For additional information, please refer to https://ceph.org/.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
42 Total $595/ credit hour

The total cost of the program, including tuition and any fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. Payment for the first class is due by August 15th for Fall and by December 15th for Spring. Course textbooks are not included in the costs listed above.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the required core program. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 866-498-4968, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

MPH-100,MPH-540,MPH-560,IPE-545,MPH-510,MPH-620,MPH-570,MPH-610,MPH-635,MPH-650,MPH-520,MPH-645,IPE-555,MPH-615,MPH-690

Total Credit Hours 42 credit hours

* The practicum experience consists of 160 hours of active involvement in a Public Health setting and 40 hours of public health-related community service.

** The capstone is a scholarly project to demonstrate competency attainment in public health practice. The student will synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in the MPH coursework and other learning experience and apply theory and principles to public health professional practice. The capstone project addresses a tangible public health problem.

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the Master of Public Health in Public Health Practice program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

A carefully completed online application should be submitted to Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). Admission to this degree program is based on qualifications and space availability. The IWU MPH program is a competitive program and application alone does not guarantee admittance. Admission is granted without regard to sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or handicap.

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from institutions accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with at least a 2.5 GPA for admission in good standing.
    • No GRE scores required to apply.
    • Applicants below a 2.5 GPA will be considered for probationary admission in the program.
  2. Application Form: Submit a completed School of Health Sciences graduate application form.
  3. Official Transcript: Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. Official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences are to be included. Transfer students from a college or university abroad are also responsible for having their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for an official course-by-course credential evaluation (document-by-document evaluations will not suffice). Transcripts from international programs will be individually reviewed.
  4. International/Non-English Speaking Students: A student who is living in the United States but is not a United States citizen must submit a copy of a visa or permanent resident status during the process of application. Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following before admission to the university:
    • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  5. References: Submit two professional references.
  6. Submit a one-page narrative explaining the applicant’s interest in the program.
  7. Prerequisite Courses: Students are required to have a grade of B- or better in a 100 level or higher college mathematics course.
  8. Resume: A one-page resume summarizing educational achievement, professional and service experiences.
  9. Virtual Orientation with MPH Faculty: Highly recommended for applicants to participate in a virtual orientation session with the program faculty.

The Admission Committee decides the acceptability of applicants for the MPH program after evaluation of all required applications materials. Applications will not be reviewed until all applications materials are received and requirements are met. New or updated applications are required for those applicants who defer entrance after a year or who re-apply after initially declining an offer of acceptance.

Program Requirements

  • A background check and/or drug screen at progression in the program may depend on your compliance and/or the results of these checks. Clinical sites may have additional requirements (e.g., immunizations).

  • A minimum grade of “B-“ or higher in all MPH courses. Any MPH course with a grade below B- must be repeated. All courses must be successfully completed in the sequence prescribed by the program's requirements.
  • Probationary and Provisional Acceptance

    • Probation - A graduate student whose entering grade point average (GPA) falls below the minimum required by the program may be accepted on probation. Probationary status will be removed after the student has completed the first two courses of the core with a satisfactory GPA (3.0). In case of extended probation, the number of courses to be completed in order to change status will be determined by the Program Director and MPH faculty. Any student failing to remove the probationary status will be academically suspended from the program.

    • Provisional - Students whose files are incomplete may be accepted provisionally at the discretion of the Associate Vice President for Student Services if it appears from the available documentation that eligibility for the program has been met. The student is given until the end of the first course to submit the required materials. Failure to meet the required deadline will result in the student being dropped from the roster and not being allowed to continue.
  • Transfer Policy: The Indiana Wesleyan University-Master in Public Health (IWU-MPH) program policy regarding transfer of credits allows students previously enrolled in a public health program to transfer up to nine (9) hours of degree credit into the IWU MPH program curriculum. Hours of credit may be transferred, but grades earned in courses taken at another institution do no transfer and are not used in computing the student’s graduate GPA at IWU.

    • No more than 30% of the graduate degree may be transferred in from another regionally-accredited institutions. To submit courses for transfer, students must submit a list of the courses (an official transcript) they would like to transfer, along with the course descriptions and syllabi to the IWU MPH faculty. The MPH faculty evaluates the courses for equivalency with the course content and learning outcomes of the IWU MPH program. Any culminating project (e.g., capstone) or practicum requirement associated with the IWU MPH program must be taken at IWU.

    • Minimal conditions governing the transfer of earned graduate credits to the IWU MPH program, include:

      • Earned a minimum of a "B-" in the course to be considered for transfer credit.
      • When graduate course is taken at another university on a credit/no credit or pass/fail option, hours of "credit" or "pass" are not accepted in computing the student’s graduate GPA at Indiana Wesleyan University.
      • Taken the course within the past seven years. 

Graduation Requirements

  • All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum grade of "B-" or higher in all MPH courses. 
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

 

Degree Completion

It is anticipate student will be able to complete the MPH degree in 28-months. If student needs further time to complete the program requirements by program policy, the MPH degree must be completed within 4-years of matriculation. Students who maintain continuous enrollment, who make normal progress toward a degree, and who earn their degree within the program's maximum time from the date of enrollment may meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they enrolled.

Faculty


haydee encarnacion-garcia - Ph.D., MPH, M.S., CHES

Associate Professor, MPH Program Director
haydee.encarnacion@indwes.edu

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reginald finger - MPH, MD

Assistant Professor
reginald.finger@indwes.edu

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