The MPH online program consists of 42 credit hours, taken over seven semesters.
Every online degree program at Regis College centers around challenging, yet fulfilling coursework designed to promote critical thinking and enhanced academic insight. Students can expect to spend on average 20 hours per week engaged with the coursework. As with most public health programs, students will be expected to keep up with the weekly pace of the courses but will have the flexibility of selecting the time for coursework, allowing for full-time professional work.
Our online program has three start times a year — January, May, and September. You can apply to begin the program at a time that is most convenient for you.
The epidemiology concentration at Regis requires a uniquely qualified student. The program is cohort-based and the curriculum is carefully designed as a rigorous educational experience. While the Epidemiology concentration seeks well-qualified students, early in the program you may be allowed to switch to the Health Policy and Management concentration. However, the program does not allow for transfer from Health Policy and Management into the Master of Public Health Epidemiology concentration.
The Regis MPH program allows students to transfer up to 6 credits of previous graduate coursework. Transfer courses must be equivalent to Regis MPH program courses and will be evaluated by the Program Director as part of the admissions process.
Five of the 42 required credits for this program pertain to a student-selected and Regis-mentored project (MPH Practicum). The can be based on a project related to your current position, but must be supervised by someone who holds an MPH degree (who is not your current supervisor). The practicum coordinator helps each student develop a practicum proposal during the second year of the program. A practicum packet will be provided to guide you through the process. Once developed, the coordinator identifies the Regis faculty member who will mentor you for the remaining part of the program. You are allowed to recommend potential mentors. You will be responsible for finding your practicum location, so plan ahead.
The practicum will ideally take place at a local, state, federal, or nonprofit public health agency in your community.
The online Master of Public Health program includes two concentrations: Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management.
Epidemiology is the study of diseases and other health issues, and involves the investigation and analysis of health data trends. This concentration requires completion of a statistics course within the last five years to improve your chances of success in the program.
Health Policy and Management is the study of the delivery, quality, and costs of health care and its effects on a community.
The MPH in Epidemiology is designed for career professionals seeking specialization in advanced quantitative methods of epidemiology and its applications for population health research, policy, and disease investigation programs. The degree also provides a public health framework for new epidemiologists.
Epidemiologists study the frequency, distribution, and determinants of disease in humans, a fundamental science of public health. Students who pursue an MPH in Epidemiology are encouraged to choose practicum locations in surveillance, infectious disease investigations, environmental health and global health. The career track of an epidemiologist can include focused and dedicated work in these specialized areas at the federal, state, or local levels. Courses specific to the concentration include Data Management & Data Analysis, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, and Applied Epidemiology practice.
Students in the Health Policy and Management concentration can develop skills that apply economic, legal, and political analysis toward the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health and health care policies. Through the core disciplines in public health, they also acquire skills in the interpretation and evaluation of scientific evidence to inform their policy work. Students are encouraged to choose practicum locations that will help them develop an area of interest and expertise in policy management, such as access to care, health care quality, pharmaceutical policy, environmental health policy, injury prevention, global health policy, or health care financing.
This field of study prepares students for policy positions in the public, nonprofit, or private sectors — directly as policymakers or as policy analysts, advocates, or consultants. Graduates will also leave prepared to contribute toward policymaking positions in other public health organizations at the federal, state, and local levels. Courses specific to the concentration include Policy Analysis and Health Ethics, as well as Policy and Program Implementation.
Regis College’s online MPH program tuition costs $600 per credit. Our cost per credit for the program is highly affordable compared to many other online MPH programs. As our mission states, Regis College aims to empower students to challenge themselves academically, to serve and to lead. Regis is a diverse and welcoming community; therefore, we have made our pricing reflective of our mission, aiming to make education accessible to all.
It takes just over two years, or 28 months, to complete the MPH program. The program is taken over the course of seven semesters.
To apply to the program, you will need to provide:
- A current résumé
- An essay of intent
- A $65 application fee
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
The online MPH program has no GRE requirements. For the Epidemiology concentration, you should have completed a statistics course in your undergraduate degree in the last five years. A statistics course may be taken concurrently with the MPH program, but must be taken before PBH 633 Epidemiologic Methods.
For more information, contact an admissions advisor: https://online.regiscollege.edu/vcita-all-programs/
Yes, the MPH program is completely online, except for the field placement portion of the program.