Why Study Public Health
Offered online, Public Health Education will prepare students for work in the field of public health. The program focus will be in the area of health equity, which is reflective of major public health priorities as described by Healthy People 2030, American Public Health Association, and World Health Organization among others. Courses will foster awareness of existing inequities and disparities in students’ local communities and develop students’ skills and competencies to reduce inequities.
APSU’s program prepares public health professionals to improve health equity and population health through high-impact education, community engagement, and applied research.
APSU’s program advances a vision where health disparities are eliminated and health equity is achieved for students and communities alike.
Throughout the program, students will engage in various experiential learning opportunities where they will be able to demonstrate public health competency attainment in real world settings. Additionally, students will be encouraged to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) exam to expand their public health credentials. Public health career settings include hospitals, clinics, schools, businesses, government, and non-profits. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 17% from 2020-2030. APSU's MPH program is taught by credentialed faculty and practitioners who bring unique expertise and practical insight into the classroom based on their varied public health experiences and research agendas. Regardless of whether you are new to public health or are currently working in the field, anyone interested in reducing health disparities and improving the well-being of individuals and their communities will be a great fit for this program.
APSU MPH program features and other benefits:
- Health equity program emphasis
- Service learning courses
- Research opportunities
- Student honorary ETA Sigma Gamma
- Full and part-time enrollment options
- Applied practical experiences
- Community engagement opportunities
- Professional development opportunities
- 100% online
- Low cost in comparison
What will I learn
- Ability to utilize critical thinking skills to examine social, political, and economic determinants that contribute to population health and health inequities.
- Ability to research a current public health issue and appropriately select a research design model and types of data to be collected.
- Ability to assess population needs, assets, and capacities that affect health outcomes.
- Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate a population-based program, intervention, or policy that addresses health equity.
- Ability to write a grant to request funding for a public health issues of concern.
- Ability to utilize professional communication skills in the delivery of an oral presentation to a target population.
- Ability to advocate for health-promoting policies and programs that will improve health equity.