Master of Public Health
“Something that comes with the Public Health degree is the ability to understand why certain populations have a high incidence of certain diseases…. I’ll be able to help the people affected by those diseases much more effectively.”
- Jennifer Park, student
About the Program
The Indiana Wesleyan University Master of Public Health (MPH) is a 46 credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of each of the five (5) core areas of public health including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Services Administration, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Delivered from a distinctly faith-based foundation, the IWU MPH program is designed to prepare students for a career to influence public health on a local, state, national and global level. Students will value, understand, and apply inter-related social-behavior theories and contextual factors to address the complex health problems of the 21st-century households, communities, and organizations.
Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Public Health program, students should be able to:
- Apply evidence-based knowledge of social, biological, and environmental determinants to disease and health conditions.
- Employ appropriate methods of design, analysis, and synthesis to address population-based health problems in urban, rural and global environments.
- Integrate the interrelationships in the organization, delivery, and financing of health services.
- Explain public health principles, concepts, and strategies across multiple sectors of the community.
- Promote diversity and cultural understanding in public health education, research and practice.
- Demonstrate public health knowledge and skills in practice settings.
- Demonstrate effective leadership competencies for building partnerships and advocating for public health programs and policies.
- Articulate a Christian worldview about public health issues.
Indiana Wesleyan University’s Master of Public Health program is an online degree offered through a well-recognized instruction modality. Students will take one (1) eight (8) week course at a time allowing them to earn a degree while maintaining their personal and professional commitments. Students will also engage in a hands-on, mentored experience in a public health setting that is arranged to coincide conveniently with one's work and life.
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Master of Public Health||46 Total||$592/ credit hour|
* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
The total cost of the program, including tuition and any fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. Payment for each term 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.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.
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.
Preview Your Classes
Total Credit Hours 46 credit hours
*The practicum experience consists of 160 hours of active involvement in a Public Health setting. This can be completed either on a full-time or a part-time basis as approved by your faculty adviser.
**The capstone project should address a real public health problem. Any area of public health could be represented: infectious disease, chronic disease, injury, maternal and child health, environmental health, behavioral health or health services delivery. The project should be designed such that its findings can be reasonably expected to make a significant difference in that public health problem for a real population.
Below are the lists of requirements for the Master of Public Health 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 application for admission should be submitted to the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) School of Health Sciences Master of Public Health (MPH) program. 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.
- Applicants to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program must have a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. The minimum grade point average (GPA) is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Exceptions to the GPA requirement will be considered, but will require an interview with the faculty (in person or by Skype) and a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 146 or better on the verbal section and 146 on the quantitative section.
- Application Form: Submit a completed School of Health Sciences graduate application form.
- Official Transcript: Submit official transcripts from all universities and/or 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.
- 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 prior to admission to the university:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For graduate students a score of at least 6.5 is required for regular academic admission.
- References: Submit three professional references. At least one of the references should be from a previous faculty member who can speak to your capacity to do graduate level work.
- Writing Sample: In a double-spaced typed essay of 500 to 750 words, explain your interest in the program, what you hope to achieve by completing the program, and how your personal or professional background relates to your interests or goals. The essay's content and the clarity of writing will be assessed as part of the admissions process.
- Prerequisite Courses: Students are required to have a grade of B or better in 200-level math (e.g., college algebra) or statistics course as a foundation for success in a professional level graduate MPH program.
- Resume: Other aspects of an applicant's record, such as educational achievement, professional experience and clarity of career goals should be reflected in a resume. Admissions decisions are based on an overall assessment of the adequacy of an applicant's preparation and desire for the successful completion of a graduate course of study in Public Health.
- Criminal History: A company certified criminal history background check is conducted at the applicant's expense. Clinical sites may have additional requirements (e.g., immunizations). A second background check and/or drug screen at progression in the program may depend on your compliance and/or the results of these checks.
- Interview: Applicants to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program must pass a formal interview with the program faculty. This interview assesses the applicant's understanding of public health and suitability for the academic rigors of the program.
- Deadline for Application: Deadlines exist for the review of all application materials and the applicant interview with the faculty. These deadlines exist for both the Fall (March 1 and July 1) and Spring (November 1) student intakes. Students applying after the respective deadlines are considered on seating availability. The Admissions Committee decides the acceptability of applicants for the MPH program after evaluation of all required application materials. Applications will not be reviewed until all application 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 refusing an offer of acceptance.
To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:
- 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. Any MPH course with a grade below B- must be repeated.
- Payment of tuition and fees to receive a diploma.
Complete the Online Application
This is your first step toward making your dreams come true for your future. Whether it's to advance your current career, start a new career path, or simply continue that lifelong love of learning, Indiana Wesleyan University is the place for you.
Additional Steps to Apply
College: Official transcripts are required from all universities and/or colleges attended which must show the baccalaureate degree conferred and any graduate coursework completed. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped "student copy," "issued to student," or "unofficial" cannot be accepted as official.
College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a "Course-by-Course Report" from Educational Credential Evaluators ( ECE) or World Education Services ( WES). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to us at the address below. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.
2. Test Scores
Applicants that have taken the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), please request a copy of your GRE scores to be sent to the address listed below. (The Indiana Wesleyan University institutional code is R1446.) Additional GRE information can be obtained by contacting Educational Testing Services at 609-771-7670 or visiting their Web site.
* Not all applicants need to take the GRE.
3. Recommendation Forms
Three professional recommendations are required from persons qualified to judge your expertise, character, and capacity for graduate-level learning. At least one recommendation must be from a professor and one from a healthcare provider. You must use the forms that are provided.
4. Writing Sample
Please provide a 500 to 750 word double-spaced, typewritten document explaining your interest in the profession, what you hope to achieve by completing the program, and how your personal or professional background relates to your interests or goals. The essay's content and the clarity of writing will be assessed as part of the admissions process.
Other aspects of an applicant's record, such as educational achievement, professional experience and clarity of career goals should be reflected in a resume. Admissions decisions are based on an overall assessment of the adequacy of an applicant's preparation and desire for the successful completion of a graduate course of study in Public Health.
6. TOEFL Scores
Submit a copy of your TOEFL scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, visit www.toefl.orgor a copy of your ELTS score.
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