Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health (M.P.H), accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, is a professional degree program designed to meet the needs of a wide range of health professionals desiring graduate education in public health. Housed in the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University, we are the oldest MPH degree program in the state of Kentucky. The program is focused on preparing individuals for careers as practitioners of public health as well as providing students with the opportunity to integrate public health practice into their current career or academic paths. Students in our program can choose to specialize in one of three concentrations: Health Education, Environmental Health and Generalist. The Generalist concentration provides the student with the ability to customize their curriculum through selected public health focus areas in order to best meet their specific professional or academic goals. The Generalist concentration is designed to meet the needs of working professionals and is offered 100% online.
The curriculum requires completion of 14 courses or 42 credits, distributed among the core (six areas) addressing epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, public health administration, environmental health and program evaluation or research methods. As part of the 42 hours, students complete three to four courses in their chosen concentration and one to two elective courses. The student will also complete an individualized internship or practical experience and a capstone activity involving either a 6 credit thesis or 3 credit applied practical experience/project.
Matriculation requires commitment to a rigorous course of study, such that degree can be earned through two years of full time or four years of part time study. The MPH program is tailored to both the needs of working professionals and students who wish to participate in full time study with classes offered in afternoon and evening sessions as well as online.
Individuals who have completed courses outside the MPH program (e.g. courses completed at another institution) may request transfer up to 12 credits to our program with evidence of appropriateness of content, equivalence of requirements, minimum grades of B. Transfer credits are included in the student's official plan of study and counted towards the MPH degree.
Internship/ Practice Experience
All students must complete a 3-credit, semester long, practice-based experience during their second year of study. The internship is one of the several opportunities to demonstrate the public heath competencies gained through the academic experience.
All students are required to complete a capstone project. Students may opt for a 6 -credit thesis exemplifying scholarship of discovery (e.g. answering questions) or a 3 credit applied practice project demonstrating the scholarship of application (e.g. addressing or resolving problems). The capstone should address a significant public health concern, pulse novel inquiry and/or initiative and demonstrate the student's mastery of one or more of the program competencies.
For More Information, contact:
Dr. Grace Lartey
Director, Undergraduate and Master of Public Health Programs
Academic Complex 129D
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Request for Third Party Comments:
The WKU Public Health programs will participate in a review for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) from March 17-18, 2016. CEPH will accept third-party comments about the 2016 self-study (available for download above) as well as general commentary about the program’s practices, procedures, and policies. Comments must be submitted in written format (either e-mail or printed). Other forms of commentary will not be accepted.
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