Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health online

This online program is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to develop health programs and policies that can make a real impact and improve the well-being of populations and communities.

Limited Time Special Offer

PLUS: $1,000 in tuition savings on any LU online program Learn More >>

Limited Time Special Offer

PLUS: $1,000 in tuition savings on any LU online program Learn More >>

About the Program

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As few as 16 months Program Duration
42 Credit Hours
$11,550 Total Program Cost*

This accelerated program gives you the tools to create and implement health programs, develop public health policy, and understand research methods used in community health promotion.

Coursework includes an understanding of program development and implementation, including data collection methods, decision making and problem-solving techniques. An exploration of the challenges to health—including a scientific understanding of causes of, and possible approaches to control, major environmental health problems—is also included. You will learn procedures for program administration and interpreting health promotion programs for individuals and groups from a diverse perspective.

In the Capstone course, you will choose an area of interest in health promotion, define and study the problem, collect and analyze the data, indicate your findings and discuss implications and potential solutions for future practice or research.

As a graduate of this MPH program, you will be prepared for a number of career paths in public health, including healthcare policy analyst, public health educator, research analyst, public health policy coordinator or management at a healthcare related nonprofit company.

*Distance learning fee is included in the tuition listed.

Learning Outcomes »

  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy and practice
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Advocate for political, social and economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision-making
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs to decrease health disparities
  • Evaluate cultural needs and effective research practices appropriate for populations

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Online Courses

The online MPH consists of 42 credit hours, 27 of which are core courses. This program also includes a Capstone course (6 hours), and 9 hours of electives.

Core Courses
HLTH 5303 Biostatistics

This course meets the biostatistics core course requirement for all degrees and concentrations in the Public Health Program. Presentation of the principles and methods of data description and elementary parametric and non-parametric statistical analysis as well as sample size estimation are covered.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5308 Social Epidemiology

Statistics is a field of study concerning with (1) the collection, organization, analysis of numerical data; (2) the drawing of inferences about a body of data when only a part of the data is observed. This course provides lectures, discussion, and applied exercises using current statistical software designed to acquaint the student with the basic concepts of statistics and their applications and interpretation.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5310 Theories in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Study of appropriate procedures for objective program assessment, development, planning, and implementing of health community organization and behavior theory promotion programs for individuals, groups, and communities from a multicultural, diverse, and demographic perspective. Skill development and practical application in assessing needs, designing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and delivering effective health education programs, resources, and services in different settings.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5309 Environmental Health Sciences

The course explores essential and contemporary environmental and occupational challenges to human health. Specifically, it examines health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems in low and high income countries.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5331 Health Program Administration

Study of appropriate procedures for objective program administration, conducting, monitoring, coordinating, delivering, managing, and interpreting health promotion programs for individuals, groups, and communities from a multicultural, diverse, and demographic perspective. Skill development and practical application in decision-making, group processes, service, communications, critiquing, and serving as a leader in health promotion.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5337 US and International Health Disparities

This course explores geographical, socio-cultural, political, biological, and economic influences on population disparities in health and well-being. Disease burden, health care, key players in health, role of multinational corporations, culture, environment, and other complex factors that contribute to poor community health status in the U.S. and internationally will be examined. Strategies for health improvement among various population segments will be explored.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5304 Foundations of Health Promotion in Diverse Communities

This course is designed to familiarize students with the health sciences related to health education and promotion, and to provide experiences in the use of the literature related to the health sciences. The philosophy, historical development, and purposes for health promotion are investigated. Emphasizes social and behavioral science theories, models, and concepts that can be applied to public health problems and interventions.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5323 Health Program Planning and Evaluation in Diverse Communities

Basic concepts and principles of program development and implementation including data collection methods, decision making, and problem-solving techniques. Application of program development techniques to specific interventions. With particular emphasis on Health Disparities and appropriate populations. Provides students with the knowledge, competencies, and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion-disease prevention programs for a defined population at risk.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5320 Research Methods in Diverse Populations

Study of the appropriate quantitative and qualitative evidence based research methods and relevant statistical technology used in community health promotion. Skill development and practical application in the ability to use decipher and use appropriate, valid, and reliable measures regarding current and future health education methods, and research.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Capstone
HLTH 5190 Capstone I

This course engages students in the development of a research proposal and a seminar that requires students to focus on an area of interest in health promotion; define a problem; review the literature on this subject, include appropriate theoretical and conceptual frameworks; detail the methodology for data collection and analysis; collect the data; indicate the findings; and discuss implications and potential solutions for future practice or research.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
HLTH 5191 Capstone II

This course engages students in the development of a research proposal and a seminar that requires students to focus on an area of interest in health promotion; define a problem; review the literature on this subject, include appropriate theoretical and conceptual frameworks; detail the methodology for data collection and analysis; collect the data; indicate the findings; and discuss implications and potential solutions for future practice or research.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
HLTH 5192 Capstone III

This course engages students in the development of a research proposal and a seminar that requires students to focus on an area of interest in health promotion; define a problem; review the literature on this subject, include appropriate theoretical and conceptual frameworks; detail the methodology for data collection and analysis; collect the data; indicate the findings; and discuss implications and potential solutions for future practice or research.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
HLTH 5392 Capstone IV

The goal of the capstone is to provide students with the opportunity to apply public health academic theory and acquired skills from their concentration to community-based research and service in a practice setting.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Elective Courses
HLTH 5332 Current Issues in Health Promotion

This course will explore current events and issues in health education theory, research, practice, and delivery. It will also provide students with skill development and practical application in interpreting concepts, critical analysis, communication and the ability to serve as a resource person in health promotion.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5344 Workplace Health and Disparities

Examines elements needed to design and implement an effective safety and health program in workplaces. Assessment, planning, implementing and evaluation of health promotion programs in workplace settings will be emphasized. Topics covered include stress management techniques, culturally appropriate communication skills, organizational culture and influence on health, influence of culture on individual health and wellness, and physical activity and proper nutrition.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HLTH 5313 Health Literacy in Diverse Populations

Health Literacy of Diverse populations: Challenges and Intervention Strategies In this course students will be introduced to the topic of health literacy. Approaches to the assessment of fundamental health literacy skills associated to health outcomes, techniques and approaches for the assessment and creation of print material appropriate for low literate audiences will be discussed. Various health communication challenges associated with health professionals, health care providers and clients or patients are covered. Steps that health professionals and health care providers should take to improve communication with clients or the public regarding health related issues will be discussed.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Calendar

Lamar University's Master of Public Health, program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

January 22, 2019

Apply by December 20, 2018

March 4, 2019

Apply by February 27, 2019

April 15, 2019

Apply by March 14, 2019

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

Tuition

We understand that it can be difficult to manage work, classes, life and finances. That's why LU offers an affordable online education with pay-by-the course options.

$11,550

Total Tuition

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online, but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Admissions

Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
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Online Application

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Bachelor’s Degree

from a nationally accredited university

Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher are eligible for a GRE waiver.