Online Master of Public Health (MPH)

The most pressing challenges in public health today—pandemics, population health, health disparities, healthcare access, and the rising costs of healthcare—require forward-thinking leaders. Many of those leaders choose to complete a master of public health (MPH) degree, equipping them to address not only the challenges that exist today but also the ones that will exist in the future.

The core curriculum of most MPH programs will cover the foundational issues of public health leadership. This may include biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and health informatics. Many programs also offer the opportunity for students to specialize in a specific area of public health, such as epidemiology or nutrition. And even online MPH programs will incorporate an in-person practicum, where students will apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios.

Entry requirements for online MPH programs will vary from school to school but may include the following: a competitive undergraduate GPA (3.0 or greater); a statement of purpose; relevant work experience; GRE scores; and letter(s) of recommendation. Applicants should also take note of an MPH program’s accreditation. The industry standard is the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), but some online programs are still very young, and not all have achieved full accreditation.

Earning an MPH is a step towards creating a healthier, fairer world. Read on to learn more about online MPH programs and the experts teaching them.

Professors to Know in Online MPH Programs

  • Stuart Batterman, PhD

    University of Michigan

    Dr. Stuart Batterman is a professor of global public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His research and teaching interests address environmental impact assessment, human exposure and health risk assessment, and environmental management. Dr. Batterman earned both his MS and PhD in water resources and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his BS in environmental sciences from Rutgers University.

    Dr. Batterman teaches global environment and health, a class in the environmental health and sustainability series of electives for the online MPH program at the University of Michigan. He is particularly interested in improving exposure measures used in risk assessments and epidemiological studies.

  • Elizabeth Andrade, DrPH

    George Washington University

    Dr. Elizabeth Andrade is an assistant professor in the department of prevention and community health at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Since 2005, Dr. Andrade has been an investigator on several prevention research studies for improving immigrant health outcomes, including in the areas of adolescent substance abuse, chronic disease, violence, sexual risk, mental health, and infectious disease. Her current areas of expertise include behavioral health, health disparities, chronic disease, infectious disease, social determinants of health, disaster preparedness, and substance abuse prevention & cessation.

    Her teaching involves courses in the online MPH program. These include introduction to public health communications & marketing; introduction to public health and health services; and planning and implementation of health promotion programs. She earned her master of public health and doctor of public health from George Washington University.

  • Helen Ward, PhD, FRCP, FFPH

    Imperial College London

    Dr. Helen Ward is an NIHR senior investigator and a clinical professor of public health at Imperial College London. She earned her MSc in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and completed her PhD at City University of London. Dr. Ward’s research investigated the health of sex workers in London.

    Amongst other responsibilities, Dr. Ward leads the Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC), which focuses on patient and public involvement for the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and researches participatory approaches to improving healthcare quality. Dr. Ward is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH).

Matt Zbrog
Matt Zbrog

Matt Zbrog is a writer and researcher from Southern California. Since 2018, he’s written extensively about emerging issues in healthcare administration and public health, with a particular focus on progressive policies that empower communities and reduce health disparities. His work centers around detailed interviews with researchers, professors, and practitioners, as well as with subject matter experts from professional associations such as the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHCA).

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