Thinking about pursuing a Masters in Public Health (MPH)? Thinking about doing it part time while you’re working full time? We recorded our Zoom “Online MPH Information Session” to help new students to learn more about this Regis College online program.
Hosted by our Online Master of Public Health (MPH) program director, Dr. Frazier Beatty and Senior Admissions Advisor, Alicia Singh. Watch to learn more about earning your designed for working professionals who are compassionate, resourceful, service-oriented people, aspiring to be change agents in their communities by helping to improve public health.
To learn more on program visit our program page: https://online.regiscollege.edu/online-masters-degrees/master-of-public-health/
Want to speak with someone directly? Book an appointment with one of our admission advisors here: https://live.vcita.com/site/regiscollege
Students enrolled in the online MPH program at Regis can benefit from:
- 100% online coursework
- 3 start times a year
- Choose from 2 concentrations: Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
- Complete in as few as 7 semesters
- Discounts, benefits, and support resources for military and veteran students
Watch the Information Session below to learn more.
Hello everyone thanks for joining us today. Welcome to the online Masters of Public Health information session. My name is Jeanette and I’ll be moderating the video presentation today.
Before we begin, I want to introduce our panelists. First, we will begin with the online MPH Program Director, Dr. Frazier Beatty.
And I’ll ask him to just introduce himself.
So good afternoon, good morning! Not sure what time it is where you are.
But I am the program director, Dr. Frazier Beatty. I’ve been in public health for over 15 years now and welcome to the session.
Thank you Dr. Beatty. Next we have our senior admissions advisor, Alicia Singh. I’ll ask her to introduce herself as well.
Good afternoon everyone. Thanks for joining us, it’s definitely pleasure to have you all. So I’m one of t he Graduate advisors that work with all students coming into the program. We work with them to qualify them for the program, help them to the application process and set them up for success in the program.
Thank you, Alicia. A nd the next we will just do a brief covering of what we will be covering today.
Generally, what you can expect from the program and the many career opportunities and job demands for public health professionals.We just heard our introduction from our panelists.
Coming next, we will also highlight the positive aspects of the public health career, go over the program and curriculum overview. Then, Alicia will outline the admission requirements to our online MPH program and we’ll wrap it up by answering a few frequently asked questions.
And with that I’ll hand it over to Dr. Beatty.
So hello again and so.
Why a Public Health career? So Public Health right now
It’s very hot. So what I mean is very top of the line, you see it in the news often.
And so Public Health just in general a career you’ll work to improve health conditions in your community.
You’ll work with a number of probably nonprofit social justice or agencies who work to prevent disease. And so the key to Public Health is prevention. And so the key again: interacting with hospitals and Healthcare organizations but working to address social injustice, environmental health issues, racism, poverty. You deal with a lot of health disparities issues so social.
Those are people who actually work in the area of public health.
You’ll see a lot of physicians who work close hand in hand with
Public Health agencies and public health officials but that’s what we’re dealing with now and so Public Health COVID-19, prevention of COVID-19 is an act of public health.
There are a lot of different agencies that work in public health and we’ll talk about that a little bit more on the next slide.
What can you do with a Master of Public Health?
So, in public health there are a number of specialty areas.
Here at Regis we have two Specialty concentrations one is
Epidemiology and the other is Health Policy and Management. So when in public health, in general there are several
Specialty areas epidemiology is one policy is another health education is another.
Biostatistics is another where you can be a biostatistician.
Health Administration is another and Environmental Health.
Is my favorite, one of my favorites so there are number of different agencies like I spoke to you earlier and you’ve all heard of CDC which stands for the Center for Disease Control and prevention; keyword Prevention.
The Food and Drug Administration.
National Institutes of Health. Institutes with an ‘S’ or the same thing with CDC. Most people say it’s the Center for Disease Control and prevention but it’s actually the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and FEMA. And so you also have the EPA other agencies State and local health departments also work in public health and those are agencies where you can work community-based organizations meaning your nonprofits to work to address poverty issues, homelessness, HIV, a number of other things and then your hospital and medical facilities are not particularly public health.
But public health persons work at those facilities.
I just came back from the VA for my medical appointment but there are number of doctors who work at the VA but they also have prevention so they have Prevention Services to manage stress.
Also exercise therapists who work there at the VA Hospital nutritionists and dietitians. And I’m sorry but I was when I was speaking about the careers, I left off nutrition so dietitians and nutritionists, also a specialty area in public health. And then the pharmaceutical companies, of course those persons who work in public health are those who are going out
providing information about prevention medications, right? So they work with those pharmaceutical companies to go out and push prevention medications. I’ll give you one really good example.
I don’t know if you seen the commercials on TV about PREP.
For high risk persons, to prevent them from getting HIV. So that’s a pharmaceutical company that would go out and they would push the prevention
to get HIV. And they produce, push those medications like PREP. Research and universities.
Awesome place to start your career in public health. That’s where I started my public health career at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, working in a research center so research centres to go out and collect data. And again, as I also spoke about nonprofits with a focus and then your environmental health agencies, of course, is also a great place to work. There are number of different places to work in public health.
In public he also.
The sky is the limit.
Ok, thank you Dr. Beatty. Here we just wanted to discuss some of the job
propects you can expect after completing the program. And you just want to highlight, even before the
recent global pandemic with
COVID-19, public health specialists were in demand. So with over 73% of them being employed after graduation.
A majority of them do end up working in health care and, of course, this demand in the workforce will have only have increased with the recent Global pandemic
and facing the aftermath.
On this slide here, we pulled some stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Highlighting the projected job growth in the nation in the next few years for those who would fall into the public health sector. We’re seeing faster than average growth for epidemiologists and medical scientists. And much faster than average growth for health education specialist and medical / healthcare service managers.
Here, I’ll just ask Dr. Beatty to touch on the impact the pandemic may have had in the public health workforce
in the recent couple years.
So, if you’re like me and I’m a News Junkie you’ve seen public health, you’ve seen COVID-19 information all all over T.V. but of course there were several, I mean every state had them Contact Tracer investigation jobs. Every state was posting anywhere from we need a hundred, we need a hundred and fifty, you know, so on and so forth, sometimes thousands in like states like New York.
Telehealth is major because we could not go to the doctor because of COVID,
the Telehealth platforms have increased you know…
significantly. So, for instance, just like I said I went to the VA. I was not allowed to go to my medical care, so I had to do everything via Telehealth so the Telehealth platform has increased incredibly in the healthcare industry. Surveillance, going back to the contact tracers and investigation those are surveillance people in the data analysts are people who work in the…
Epidemiology section of the health department. The federal health department and the public health…
Local Health Department. Recovery…
Of course, with Disaster Response and Recovery.
The public health workforce has increased…
immensely! So there are a number of jobs and COVID has…
just made it more prevalent for you to see more Public Health jobs and opportunities. One of the things that Jeanette spoke about really clearly is that public health education jobs are increasing higher and higher and higher. So everybody is a public health educator once you begin to get a master’s degree in public health.
You become an educator because you’re always educating people about new technologies and new things in public health so…
Awesome jobs, awesome job opportunities for you to grow in public health.
So, the American Rescue Plan. Here’s another great opportunity for public health professionals.
The US government, the White House specifically, has announced 4.4 billion dollars to create more jobs
this grant program the federal government has invested back into the community to increase Public Health staffing,
to recruit more people into public health jobs and to increase the workforce. It’s an incredible…
opportunity. There are a number of, uh, different funding streams like this
in the federal government to increase Public Health Workforce. but there are a number of right now. COVID has helped us tremendously. A lot of people before didn’t even know what an epidemiologist did but everybody knows what one
does now and they also know what, what they do. So a number of jobs and a number of increased opportunities in public health.
So, our curriculum here at Regis College. You know, let me just give you a little background. So a master of Public Health…
Every University or every college that has a Master of Public Health they have foundational courses. As you remember in my talk earlier when I was talking about the public health specialty areas: there are six or seven or so, nutrition is one, we don’t really have a class in nutrition but the accreditation body, CEPH.
Mandates that you have certain competencies in the foundational courses of Public Health. So you have to have some competency in Biostatistics, some competency in Epidemiology and you’ll see those classes listed you have to have some Ethics and Law training, some Health Administration background, Social and Behavioral Sciences or either \Public Health Education, specifically, or Intro to Public Health. That’s your very first course and most courses. An Environmental Health course and those are the basic foundational courses that every student has to have.
Every program also has what we call a Capstone course and that is…
In olden days, what you would call a thesis. So it’s a thesis paper , the Capstone is your thesis paper and every course now, according to our accreditation body.
Has an applied practice experience and that’s the course at the top PBH 632 applied practice experience, and that course is the fieldwork
the practicum and so those are the key courses for your foundational courses here at Regis; we have eight Foundational courses, but they’re required at most places you go you’re going to have to take these courses in some area or wherever you go to every school, every school. Any school that you apply to, you have to take the foundational courses before you get into your concentration.
But these are our foundational courses and…in public health and as you see from the slide, you know, our program…
takes about 27 months to complete.
And these are a specialty tracks, or just to be clear, you take an additional after the foundational courses, you’ll take an additional few courses and your specialty track to be able to get your concentration or your major, for instance, Epidemiology or Health Policy and Management and that’s how you complete the program and your last course is, of course, the practicum course that I spoke about.
Which is your field placement course and your Capstone which is equivalent to a thesis.
At the end of the program.
Great, thank you, Dr. Beatty. And Alicia, I’ll hand it off to you to discuss the admission process.
Thank you, Jeanette.
So, for the admission requirements, this is what the committee looks for when reviewing an applicant, potential applicants for the program. We do typically look for a bachelor’s degree from an equivalent or an equivalency from an accredited institution. We actually do find there’s a lot of individuals coming in with a bachelor’s degree with different backgrounds. So they have business backgrounds they’re coming in with nursing backgrounds, even those that are already in administration, they are coming into the public health programs because they have some kind of connection with their prior education or work experiences or they have a new..
Goal that they want to pursue or a new career change. So, we do get a lot of different types of students applying to the program so the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree. On the degree, we do look for at least a 2.75 GPA, 3.0 which is a ‘B’ average is preferred when applying into the program.
We do look for a current resume which does have education, work, volunteer, management experience as well and it just shows growth within your current position and grows within the field.
We do require all official academic transcript which means for degree of schools that you’ve attended and received a convert degree, as well as transcripts that have transfer credits will be required to be submitted and we do accept both electronic transcripts as well as hard copy transcripts. There is also a statement of purpose or personal statement. This is your opportunity to speak to what your previous experiences are or connections to Public Health would be.
This is an opportunity for you to speak to what your goals or what your outlook on the program will be after you’ve completed, as well as an opportunity to speak to any inconsistencies within grades or your academic history so that the committee has a better understanding of your overall background. We do also require two letters of recommendation.
Preferably, from individuals that you’ve worked with within the field. So this could be from a manager, or director, or supervisor, or somebody that can speak to professionalism in the field for your interactions with other clients or patients, just overall a general recommendation…
for the application process.
Tuition information, so the cost of the program currently is $625. That is not including any books or university fees, we do not charge out-of-state tuition, there’s no student services, no technology, no deposits required for the tuition, so it’s just a $625 per credit hour fee.
All courses in the program, Foundation Specialty they are three credits per course.
There is a one-time application fee which you pay through the online application system…
when filling out your application form.
We do have a lot of Partnerships and affiliations through Regis, with a lot of companies that…
employees can definitely benefit from their education opportunities. So, for those that are working within organizations and corporate employees, they do qualify for a 10% to 15% discount…
based on the organization they’re working with.
For federal employees, so this would be for those that are working for VA Hospitals
That are working for any of the US Departments they qualify for a 15%.
Military and Veterans also qualify for a 15% discount.
And further are Regis Alumni, they do qualify for a 10% discount.
For each of these funding opportunities, we do have individuals that can work with students to ensure that the right paperwork has been submitted for you to qualify for your tuition discount.
Student Support Services as a student that is accepted into the program, most students feel that with an online program they’re disconnected from access to instructors and support.
Which is not necessarily true with our program, once students have begun starting classes they do have an opportunity to connect with a student support specialist.
The Support Specialist is there to assist students with registration issues, guidance on study material, support through their classes, they check in with students on how they’re progressing, with their assignments, if they’re running into any troubles. Also, connecting them to their instructors, classmates, as well as field coordinators. We do have individuals as well that will assist with enrollment for specifically registration issues, and also for accessing online experiences, and admission requirements, financial aid there is an individual that you will have access to if you have questions about any funding opportunities and…
there’s also an academic support as well, through the school, to help you with scheduling your courses to ensure that you are taking classes in the correct order. On the other side, we do have a number of resources for students: access to our library, the student writing centres, which is called Smartthinking, it does allow students to set up Tutoring Services; no additional charge it’s already part of your tuition and students also have an opportunity to take part in the Pearson Writer which allows you to submit papers for proofreading and for editing purposes as well.
And there’s job-seeking support as well, for students. So this is pretty much what an experienced student would be getting on campus, if you were attending campuses you still have the same kind of guidance and support as an online student as well.
Thank you, Alicia.
Before we wrap up, I wanted to cover some of our frequently asked questions. We get a lot of questions coming in from new students all the time, and these happen to be the top three that we just wanted to share.
So, the first one is, when can I start the MPH program? Fortunately, our online program has three start times for the year, so whatever fits your schedule and works in your timeline, January which is our Spring term, May, our summer term, and as well as September is our Fall term.
We also get a lot of questions on how long it
takes to complete the online program.
It takes just over two years, which is about 28 months…
to complete and the program is taking over the course of 7 semesters. Obviously, there’s ways if you double up…
to maybe help with the timeline; but for the most part, this timeline is how most students would be able to be successful in the program and how we would recommend them to complete it.
As well as you could talk to your student support specialist when you do register to kind of work out what fits into your lifestyle.
Is the MPH program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health which is also known as the CEPH?
Because we are a new MPH program, Regis College is currently not in application for accreditation by…
the CEPH. However, it our goal it is a goal of ours and we do plan to pursue applicant status for this accreditation following the fall 2021 semester.
Couple of comments to that I get and hear a lot from students you know from the middle question is:
Can I take can I double up on the classes?, can I finish the program earlier? And so you know, just like Jeanette has as recommended, we recommend you just stay the program, we take the courses one eight-week course at a time because the course is designed for…
So, working you know, for you to be able to, you know, do the coursework and get everything in on time we suggest that you take one course every eight week
term and then…
go to the program that way. There are circumstances where you could take more than one course but it has to be approved.
For instance, the program director has to approve it and I don’t recommend it if you are working. So if you have a job…
It’s going to be something we discourage you from doing, but there are circumstances where you could probably take two courses…
offered at the same time and you can take it and it’s going to throw you off…
from the other ones.
To go back to the CEPH accreditation, which is true we will start the process after following the fall semester so.
Fall semester ends December, at the end of December. And that time, we’ll be looking to apply for application status it does not mean that we will be guaranteed acceptance, or even guarantee that will be guaranteed to get to the application status but we will pursue it after the Fall semester.
That’s all I had.
Okay, thank you for the additional information.
So, now we’ve come to the end of our information session. We’d ask if you’re interested in starting or have any more questions to please get in touch with us. If you come up with any questions after watching this video, feel free to contact our admissions team and we have all the contact info below.
With the booking, we recommend you book an appointment through our Vcita page, so that would be, book an appointment at a time that fits your schedule we know everybody’s busy so we take early morning calls, evening calls.
So just please get in touch and we’re happy to walk you through the process and help you move forward with the program.
Finally I want to thank everybody for watching and we look forward to hearing from you thank you.