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Master of Health Administration - Public Health

Our specialized public health track helps you gain the skills to work with communities, public health policies, and more — 100% online.

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You must be a licensed registered nurse or have completed an associate degree of nursing to apply for the program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a bachelor's degree in a closely related field to apply for this program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree to apply for this program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree or a master's degree in a healthcare related field.

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Online Master of Health Administration-Public Health Highlights

<p>Study 100% online with 24/7 tech support and mobile-friendly resources, including LinkedIn Learning</p>

Study 100% online with 24/7 tech support and mobile-friendly resources, including LinkedIn Learning

<p>Take specialized courses in environmental and occupational health, cultural diversity and health disparities in public health, and more</p>

Take specialized courses in environmental and occupational health, cultural diversity and health disparities in public health, and more

<p>Multiple starts per year with accelerated and working professional paces available </p>

Multiple starts per year with accelerated and working professional paces available 

<p>Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation</p>

Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation

Why the MHA-Public Health Track?

Public health professionals play an essential role in keeping communities safe through health education, disease prevention, and more. From disease outbreaks to clean drinking waters, many of the issues making news today have a public health component.

The MHA-Public Health program allows you to complete an advance health administration degree while also gaining valuable public health knowledge and skills. Students in this track, take courses in foundations of public health, environmental and occupational health, and health disparities in today’s public health systems.

These valuable skills help prepare you to make a difference in your community as a health administrator or public health worker.

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Additional Information About our MHA-Public Health Degree

Study on Your Schedule

Because we understand personal goals and life circumstances vary, we offer a range of timelines to degree completion.

Accelerated Pace (12 months)

This is a program for students eager to complete their MHA-Public Health degree with speed. Online study is designed with consideration to location and schedule, and to create flexibility for students excited to complete a degree and begin the next phase of their careers.

 Working Professional Pace (24 months)

Our syllabus is also tailored to consider more complicated schedules, so we designed a course of study to accommodate working students, parents, and caretakers.

MHA-Public Health Curriculum

Preview the MHA-Public Health curriculum. The number of months to complete your degree varies depending on whether you choose the accelerated or working professional pace. We recommend reviewing your prospective curriculum in detail, so you know what to expect.

Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Academic Calendar

New academic sessions begin, on average, and depending on programs, every eight weeks, and typically lasts about six trimesters on the accelerated schedule. You can access an up-to-date start-to-completion schedule by degree.

Academic Calendar

Tuition & Financial Aid

Total program cost varies between the accelerated and working professional program paces. Either way, if tuition is an obstacle, WCU financial aid and/or scholarship options might be available to help you move forward. Adjusted tuition is also available to active and former military members. To see estimated tuition and fees, Click Here.

To apply for financial aid assistance, we recommend applying alongside your admissions application in order for your consideration to be processed on your intended timeline. Learn More

Career Services & Placement

Our Career Services department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online MHA-Public Health students and graduates.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers work in a range of settings, including:

  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Offices of physicians
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government facilities
  • Outpatient care centers1

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.

FAQs
Is the public health track right for me?

In the public health track you will have the opportunity to complete all the core Master of Health Administration courses, while also taking complementary courses designed to give you a strong public health foundation. This track is ideal for students who have an interest in public health or who would like to work in the public health field.

Will my previous coursework transfer into the MHA program?

In the public health track you will have the opportunity to complete all the core Master of Health Administration courses, while also taking complementary courses designed to give you a strong public health foundation. This track is ideal for students who have an interest in public health or who would like to work in the public health field.

Will I be able to complete my degree or certificate if I am working?

All our online programs have been designed to give you the flexibility you need to earn your degree. While due dates and assignments help keep you on track, you will be able to watch lectures and complete coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. You choose whether to study in the mornings, evenings, or weekends.

How long does it take to complete the MHA-Public Health degree?

Complete the program in 12 months at the Accelerated program pace or 24 months at the Working Professional pace.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Among the scholarships offered are the Alumni Pathway Grant (covers up to 20% of tuition), the WCU Health Services Grant (covers up to 10% of tuition), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (covers up to 15% of tuition). Learn More 

For additional information and eligibility requirements, please visit our online scholarships and grants page on our online catalog.

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WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify.

WCU Distance education programs are delivered out of the Orange County and Texas campuses and may not be available to residents in all states.