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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 public health industry. Kaplan University’s Master of Public Health could help you develop the administrative, ethical, and professional skills needed to apply public health principles to health education and communication programs.
Kaplan University’s Master of Public Health program is designed to help you:
Prior to graduation, you will be required to complete an externship to help you gain valuable on-the-job experience. You will work closely with a site preceptor, faculty advisor, and supportive staff in completion of this requirement.
With a Master of Public Health from Kaplan University, you could be prepared to pursue a wide range of industry positions including health care consultant, epidemiologist, program coordinator, and program manager.* You may also have a solid foundation for further academic pursuits.†
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jul 31, 2013
Online Start Date
Oct 16, 2013
This course examines the field of public health from a holistic perspective. Students are introduced to the fundamental tools and skills needed to be a successful public health practitioner. Students will complete an in-depth assessment of a current public health issue and hone analytical skills necessary for the Master of Public Health program.
Total Program Credits: 60
This course provides a conceptual grounding in
theoretical approaches to health and health behavior,
emphasizing the use of psychosocial theories and models of health
behavior for effective public health practice and research.
Students apply the theories and models of health behavior to
real-world scenarios encountered in 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.
Public health professionals collect and analyze data in order to solve health-based problems. Biostatistics is the application of such quantitative methods. In this course, students will study the general concepts and techniques in biostatistics including measurement, frequency distributions, central tendency, variability, and probability. Statistical inference, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals will be introduced.
This course is an extension of Principles of Biostatistics I. In this course students will continue building skills in biostatistics, focusing on quantitative and categorical response variables. Topics covered include the t-test, ANOVA, sample size estimation, correlation, regression, inference about a proportion, and contingency tables.
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 sciences. The relationships
between exposure to workplace contaminants and ergonomics and
health are explored. Major areas of focus include industrial
hygiene, toxicology studies, environmental microbiology, and
clinical occupational medicine. Applicable risk assessment and
prevention methods based on monitoring chemical and biologic
agents and biomarkers are reviewed and discussed. Current
environmental health regulations and the efficacy of enforcement
(as public health prevention) by government agencies at the
local, state, national, and international levels are also
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
In this course, students will study the delivery, quality, and costs of health care for individuals and populations. Managerial and administrative constructs are introduced. Students will study the structure, process, and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, organization, outcomes, and accessibility of care. Students will learn to champion solutions to organizational and community challenges while energizing commitment to goals.
PU 520 and PU 505
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 capstone course is the culminating experience for Master of Public Health candidates. Students will build upon their skills and knowledge obtained throughout the Master of Public Health program through the completion of a project. The project entails analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing public health constructs within a real-world issue or scenario without the use of human research participants. In addition, Master of Public Health candidates will be assessed on their mastery of fundamental public health knowledge through completion of a comprehensive exam.
Completion of all core and elective courses in the Master of Public Health
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: 60
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.
Public health professionals collect and analyze data in order to solve health-based problems. Biostatistics is the application of such quantitative methods. In this course, students will study the use of probability, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and nonparametric tests as they pertain to health research. Students will study the fundamental concepts of biostatistics as it applies to peer-reviewed, public health publications.
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
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† 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.