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Master of Public Health Online

Public health professionals bring expertise and accountability to many areas of healthcare. WCU offers an MPH degree that helps prepares future leaders in this area.

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

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Online MPH Program Highlights

<p>As few as 16 months of study (accelerated program pace)</p>

As few as 16 months of study (accelerated program pace)

<p>100% online study including mobile-friendly content and simulation</p>

100% online study including mobile-friendly content and simulation

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

Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation

<p>Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify</p>

Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

Why an MPH Degree?

Trained public health administrators are essential to maintaining health, from individuals to entire communities. In the public health field, professionals work to enable efficient and active care, and to develop and sustain healthcare infrastructure and communication. Because public health officials are so essential, public health professionals have a wide range of options in terms of where and how they contribute to the healthcare ecosystem.

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Additional Information About our MPH 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 (16 Months)

This is a program for students eager to complete their online MPH 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 (28 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.

Curriculum

Preview your course of study. Time to completion will vary 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 Public Health (MPH)

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 & 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 tuition breakdowns and estimated supply costs, click here to Learn More >

To apply for financial aid assistance or scholarships, 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 MPH students and graduates.

Public health administrators can work in a variety of roles and settings, depending on their particular interests and specialties. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health education specialists, community health workers, and health services managers can work in:

  • Government facilities
  • Individual and family services
  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Offices of physicians
  • Nursing and residential care facilities1, 2

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

FAQs
Will my previous coursework transfer into the program?

WCU considers credit transfers for the MPH program. You can work directly with your advisor to see which credits may be applied to your new degree and to get more information on the transfer credit process.

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 an online MPH degree?

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).

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

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers,

at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (visited November 14, 2021).

2 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 (visited November 24, 2021).