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Master in 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


Overview of Online Master's in Public Health Program

The Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) Master of Public Health (MPH) 42-credit-hour degree is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of foundational core public health areas of knowledge including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral health. 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 21st-century households, communities, and organizations. The IWU MPH program is designed to prepare the students to assume leadership roles as members of multidisciplinary teams in the practice of public health so that they can develop, implement, and evaluate programs that have an impact on population health.

The MPH curriculum provides a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge important for effective health professionals working in public health settings. Students in the IWU MPH program will gain skills related to public health practice; epidemiology; data analysis; development of community-based programs that take into account cultural, social, economic, ethical, and legal factors; health policy; program planning; and management.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Synthesize the interrelationships in the organization, delivery, and financing of health services.
  • Communicate public health principles and concepts through various 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 in advocating for public health programs and policies.
  • Articulate a Christian worldview toward various public health issues. 

Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS)

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.


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

Program Credit Hours Tuition
Master of Public Health 42 Total $595/ credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

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

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

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 866-468-6498, Ext. 2116, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


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.


Total Credit Hours 42 credit hours

* The practicum experience consists of 200 hours of active involvement in a Public Health setting.

** 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.


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 online application 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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 for any completed undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or below must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

  • Application Form: Submit a completed School of Health Sciences graduate application form.

  • 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.

  • 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 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. You must use the forms that are provided.

  • 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 are assessed as part of the admissions process.

  • Prerequisite Courses: Students are required to have a grade of B or better in 200-level math (i.e. college algebra) or statistics course as a foundation for success in professional level graduate work in the 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.

  • In-person/Video Conference Interview: Applicants to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program must participate in a conference with the program faculty. The conference will provide the opportunity to assess the applicant’s understanding of public health and suitability for the academic rigors of the program.

  • Deadline for Application: A July 1st deadline exists for the review of all applicants materials and applicant in-person/video conference with the 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.

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.

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.

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 all MPH courses. 
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


Degree Completion

  • It is anticipated 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.


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

Associate Professor; MPH Program Director

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reginald finger; MPH; MD

Assistant Professor

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Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Master of Public Health program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.