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At Kaplan University, we work with health care organizations to give us the clearest possible picture of the evolving health care environment. This allows us to continue to develop and adapt our curriculum so that our graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet the expanding needs of the industry. With a degree from Kaplan University, you may be one of the sought-after professionals to help meet the challenge.
The Master of Public Health degree is a widely recognized professional credential for those seeking leadership and managerial positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations in the health industry. Kaplan University’s Master of Public Health could help you develop the administrative, ethical, and professional skills to apply public health principles to health education and communication programs.
With a Master of Public Health from Kaplan University, you could be prepared to pursue a wide range of industry positions including health services manager, health consultant, health advocate, and community health organizer, among many other career paths.*By earning the Master of Public Health degree, you may also have a solid foundation for further academic pursuits at the master’s or doctoral level.†
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Kaplan University’s Master of Public Health program is designed to help you:
Prior to graduation, you will complete a required, on-site fieldwork experience to help you gain valuable on-the-job experience. You will work closely with a site preceptor, faculty advisor, and supportive staff every step of the way.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online and Campus Start Date
Jun 07, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Aug 23, 2017
Online and Campus Start Date
Nov 08, 2017
In this course, you will be introduced to the practical applications of descriptive and inferential statistics for the health industry. You will formulate a data procurement plan by analyzing real-world data. Additionally, you will learn how to effectively disseminate published health research data and apply this new knowledge within the field.
Total Program Credits: 56
This course provides an introduction to the world of public health. You will study the historical contexts of public health, and its underlying philosophy and values. The biological/genetic, behavioral/psychological, and social/cultural factors related to human health will be examined in relation to basic concepts of prevention. You will analyze the techniques of managing and leading the public health enterprise―locally, nationally, and globally. Globalization and the global burden of disease addressed by public health systems will be discussed. This course contains several public health case studies that will expose you to the interdisciplinary skills, knowledge, and critical thinking demanded by today’s public health workforce.
This course provides a conceptual grounding in theoretical approaches to health behavior, emphasizing the use of psychosocial theories and models of health behavior for effective health education and public health practice and research. You will apply the theories and models of health behavior to real-world scenarios encountered in health education and public health. The course focuses on the various factors that influence health behavior, the impact on health and disease of populations, and the implications for health programming.
This course introduces the epidemiologic methods, concepts, and issues that are critical for the assessment, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data. Students study advanced epidemiologic methods used in surveillance, outbreak investigation, screening, and epidemiologic measures, and apply these methods to relevant public health issues.
This course presents an overview of the basic concepts of environmental health. You will explore the relationships between human health and environmental contaminants, including those within a workplace. Major areas of focus include epidemiological studies, risk assessments, and environmental policies. You will explore different interventions to reduce exposure to environmental hazards, including regulation. The roles and responsibilities of local, state, national, and international health organizations are introduced.
The impact of biological processes in disease,
as related to the mechanisms of causation, disease transmission,
host risk factors, and host vulnerabilities, is presented. The
pathophysiologic mechanisms are studied in order to plan control
strategies and effective interventions to improve the health of
Leading a health organization requires a diverse skill set. In this course, students will study the delivery, quality, and costs of health services for individuals, organizations, and populations in a variety of global settings. Students will study the structure, process, and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, structure, outcomes, and accessibility of care. Students will study ways to improve health organizations and make ethical and economic decisions for organizational solvency. Each student will form a personalized leadership development plan for future professional growth.
Enrollment in the Master of Science in Health Education or Master of Public Health program
Students will demonstrate public health knowledge and skills by working within a health organization. Through this onsite learning experience, students will engage with other public health professionals and train for the public health workforce. An onsite preceptor and Kaplan University faculty member will evaluate student performance.
PU 550 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team
In a continuation of Practical Skills in Public Health I, students will further develop practical skills related to working in the public health workforce. Through this onsite learning experience, students will engage with other public health professionals and train for the public health workforce. An onsite preceptor and Kaplan University faculty member will evaluate student performance. Students will prepare and deliver a professional presentation on their learning experiences within Practical Skills in Public Health I and II.
PU 680 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team
The Master of Public Health (MPH) Capstone provides a culminating, integrative experience in which you apply public health principles outside of the typical classroom setting. In this course, you will bridge the journey from a graduate student to public health professional through a series of activities, which can be personalized to meet your specific career goals. By successfully completing this course, you will have attained relevant experiences and professional deliverables that highlight your occupational potential in the public health workforce.
Last term or permission from the Dean
This course provides analysis of law, the
legal system, and current legal problems as they relate to the
financing and delivery of health care services. This course
covers interrelated legal topics pertinent to health care
organizations including contracts, medical malpractice, legal and
ethical obligations to provide health care, privileging, medical
decision making, tax exemption, antitrust, fraud, and health
information management. Students are encouraged to discuss how
the law supports or hinders current efforts to improve health
care delivery systems.
Electives/Choose 4 Courses
Total Program Credits: 56
This course provides students with the skills
needed to enhance (assess) the health of a community. Students
focus on health behaviors, environmental influences, health
policy, and economic and health care system issues in health
promotion and disease prevention.
Fundamental ethical issues in public health
research, practice, and policy are the focus of this course.
Analysis of the health policy formulation process and the
ethical basis of public health policies and programs are
included, as well as the impact of health policies on individual
and population health.
This course examines incident preparedness and
response from a variety of public health dimensions including:
acute and chronic health care delivery, impact on vulnerable
populations, delivery of basic human services, epidemiologic
response, and effective collaborations in public health
preparedness planning. Students learn how to prepare for and
address disruptions of public health systems arising from
Students are introduced to the principles of
program development and evaluation in public health. Topics
include methods of design, development, implementation, and
evaluation of public health programs to improve individual and
This course provides a general overview of the
grant-seeking process. Students study types of projects that
generally receive funding, sources that can be used to identify
prospective funders, and the essential components of a
well-written grant. Students design a grant application using a
real-life scenario needs statement, develop a project that will
address that need, write clear goals and objectives for that
project, develop a budget, and identify an evaluation tool that
could be used to measure outcomes for the project. All phases of
the contract formulation process are addressed, and students
learn how to write a statement of work document for commonly used
contracts in public health administration.
This course explains how to manage the unique
safety requirements of health care organizations within the
framework provided by OSHA regulations and voluntary
accreditation organizations. Topics include infection control,
bloodborne pathogens, patient safety, ergonomics, construction
safety, respiratory protection, fire protection, and emergency
response. Students apply these studies to real-life scenarios
affecting a variety of health care
This course focuses on the role of health education and communication in the practice of health education and public health. The coursework will include the principles of successful health education, its basis in health behavioral theories, and methods of health education. The student will design a health education campaign using the modern and traditional methods of communication to deliver culturally appropriate, effective health education of public health importance.
This course provides an in-depth understanding
of cultural forces that impact practice of public health.
Cultural, sociopolitical, and behavioral factors that impact
public health practice in culturally diverse populations are
studied. In addition, students learn to evaluate the cultural
competence in public health.
This course familiarizes students with basic
health data management concepts, principles, and methods.
Students learn how to design a simple database for research in
health sciences and conduct basic descriptive epidemiological
analyses using a data management and analysis
Students are introduced to the scope and
practice of infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include
historical aspects, definitions and nomenclature, outbreak
investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies,
cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology,
dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field
effectiveness. Students explore the global aspects of infectious
diseases in the modern world.
The role of public health in selected chronic
diseases and the application of various epidemiologic methods to
epidemiological studies on chronic diseases are studied. This
course includes an overview of the burden of chronic diseases and
interventions to prevent and control their burden. Students
explore the impact of various risk factors for chronic diseases,
prevention strategies, and outcomes.
This course introduces students to recent
trends in global health and current problems of health from an
international perspective, and examines the influence of
economic, population, and sociopolitical trends on health and
living conditions in different countries. Students apply the
basics of descriptive and analytical epidemiology to global
health and key health indicators used in international
epidemiology, and analyze the main transnational factors that
influence the transfer of risks to health across the
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
† While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.
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