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Overview

Program Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Online Program offered by the University of Southern California is an innovative online degree program designed to educate emerging and current professionals in the field of public health. With courses designed and taught by world class USC faculty, students receive the same rigorous academic preparation and degree as students enrolled in the on campus MPH program.

Delivered through a customized online learning platform and state of-the-art technology, self-paced content can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection. In addition, students engage with classmates and faculty in regular live online sessions and virtual office hours. Students also meet online with classmates for study sessions, group projects, and sometimes just to socialize.

Just like the on-campus program, this program offers students a wide variety of practicum opportunities where students integrate and enhance what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in the field. Our knowledgeable and dedicated student services staff is here to help you explore available courses, specializations, and guide you in finding a practicum site that is right for you and your career goals.

As a world-renowned university with global reach and on the forefront of cutting-edge research and technologies, we are committed to the excellence and success of our students and invite you to become part of our Trojan Family.

Why Choose the USC MPH Online Program?

The University of Southern California Master of Public Health online program presents you with an exceptional opportunity to learn with the best of the best in the public health care field. Highly qualified and multi-disciplinary faculty with internationally respected expertise in the public health arena guide you through the theory, research and hands-on experiences designed to comprehensively prepare you to meet modern public health challenges. In addition to an inspiring faculty and robust curriculum, the USC MPH online offers you:
  • Program completion in as few as 2 years (47 course units)
  • Focused concentrations to match your professional interests:
    • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    • Health Education and Promotion
    • Global Health Leadership
    • GeoHealth
  • Access to program materials 24/7 on your weekly schedule
  • Hands-on practicum close to work or home
  • Collaboration and comradery with classmates via online group projects, discussion boards, online chat, and email
  • Connection to the Worldwide Trojan Network of more than 340,00 members
  • Access to technical support 24/7
  • Assurance of a quality degree:
    • U.S. News & World Report ranks USC within the top 25 “Best National Universities”
    • USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
    • The MPH is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Message from the Director

Carmen A. Puliafito

Shubha Kumar
PhD, MPH
Director—Master of Public Health Online Program
Assistant Professor (Clinical)—Global Health

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a graduate education. The public health field continues to seek dedicated individuals who see effectively addressing public health issues at the local, national or international level as their life’s work.

The mission of the Master of Public Health online program at the University of Southern California is to assist in creating healthy communities around the world by preparing you to lead and collaborate with others in organized community efforts across a variety of settings.

It is our goal to provide you with one of the finest graduate public health education experiences available. The carefully designed blend of theory, research and hands-on experience will comprehensively prepare you to become a future public health leader. The MPH online program focuses on providing you with the tools for finding solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s public health challenges.

At the heart of the MPH online program is a highly qualified and multi-disciplinary faculty with a strong commitment to applied, community-based health promotion. As a student, you can expect to learn from and be mentored by these impressive leaders in the public health field who place a high emphasis on collaboration with those in the Department of Preventive Medicine, the Keck School of Medicine, the University and the public health field at large.

I encourage you to contact an enrollment advisor at 1-877-807-7714 to learn more about this dynamic and innovative program. We look forward to beginning this exciting educational journey with you.

Faculty

USC MPH professors do more than teach the curriculum; they make it highly relevant for today’s public health professionals by incorporating their own cutting-edge research and professional, real-world experiences. They are committed to applied, community-based health promotion and work hard to continuously influence the world of public health through active leadership on national committees as well as editorial, presidential and scientific review boards.

As a student in the USC MPH online program, you interact with and are taught by some of the best educators and public health professionals in the world. Not only are faculty members vocal participants in the disease control dialogue, they are also committed to modernizing preventive care measures and invested in implementing healthcare practices and promoting healthcare education that create healthier communities.

View a full list of the Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty

Technology Overview

By leveraging state-of-the-art technology, USC makes the MPH online program accessible to students in any corner of the world where there is Internet connectivity. Moodle, the program’s interactive, user-friendly learning management system (LMS), proves a convenient “all-in-one” solution for navigating within the online learning environment.

With just a few clicks, our customized platform connects you to instructional content, faculty and classmates. With the platform, you can:

  • Access your coursework, lectures, and multimedia presentations when convenient for you – all are available 24/7
  • Stay on course with the help of syllabi and assignment lists
  • Participate in lively face-to-face online discussions with your faculty and peers during regular “live sessions” using integrated videoconference technology
  • Connect with classmates over discussion boards and videoconferences to complete group projects
  • Participate in virtual office hours with instructors and email them to get questions answered
  • Submit your homework, projects and exams
  • View your grades to track your progress
  • Network with others in the program to explore career opportunities

Student Support

USC respects the fact that your professional and personal responsibilities claim much of your time. When you choose to pursue an advanced degree, you need to concentrate on your education, not on administrative details.

That is why we provide exceptional student support throughout the program. At USC, you can expect a helping hand to be there when you need it. Here are the people you can count on for administrative and technical support:

Enrollment Advisor – As you begin the enrollment process, your enrollment advisor will answer your questions and assist you every step of the way as you apply for entrance into the program.

Program Coordinator – As you progress through the program, your program coordinator will be there to help you select and register for courses, acquire course materials, and understand university policies and procedures through graduation. Your program coordinator is your personal liaison with the university.

Practicum Coordinator – You will be assisted by the practicum coordinator to help prepare and guide you in finding a practicum experience that is challenging and rewarding.

Help Desk – When it’s 2 a.m. and you experience a technical glitch, the 24/7 help desk is there to assist in resolving your issue.

Accreditation


CEPH

The Master of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Council on Education for Public Health can be contacted at:

800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington, DC 20001-3710
Office: 202.789.1050, FAX: 202.789.1895
http://www.ceph.org/


WASCThe University of Southern California and the MPH online program are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC, a 501(c)(3) organization, is recognized as one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States.

The Western region covers institutions in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Pacific Basin, and East Asia, and areas of the Pacific and East Asia where American/International schools or colleges may apply to it for service.

The WASC Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities can be contacted at:

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Office: 510.748.9001, FAX: 510.748.9797
http://www.wascsenior.org/

 

Rankings

US NewsU.S. News and World Report ranks USC within the top 25 of the nation’s Best National Universities.

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Academics

Academic Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Online Program at USC is proud to offer rigorous curriculum that attracts dedicated and ambitious professionals with a passion to serve in the public health arena. The core curriculum focuses on developing your key public health competencies and skills through the use of cases and examples from practice, including local to global. Concentration courses allow you to tailor your studies in an area of your choosing: Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Health Education and Promotion, or Global Health Leadership. Regardless of what concentration you choose, you can be assured our expert faculty will remain true to the program’s mission: to assist in creating healthy communities around the world by preparing you to lead and collaborate with others in organized community efforts across a variety of settings.

Core Courses

An examination of the basics of biostatistics, epidemiology, health education, and the U.S. health care system provides an essential foundation upon which to build specialized knowledge in the area you choose.

Course Name Units
PM 501 Foundations in Health Education and Promotion
Overview and application of behavioral theories to the field of health education and promotion. Examines the determinants of health behavior and strategies for change at the individual, group and community level.
4
PM 508 Health Services Delivery in the U.S.
Historical development of the American health care system, determinants of health care utilization, role of health care providers, health policy, public health services and health care finance.
4
PM 510 Principles of Biostatistics
Concepts of biostatistics; appropriate uses and common misuses of health statistics; practice in the application of statistical procedures; introduction to statistical software including EXCEL, SPSS, nQuery. Laboratory.
4
PM 512 Principles of Epidemiology
Terminology/uses of epidemiology and demography, sources/uses of population data, types of epidemiologic studies, risk assessment, common sources of bias in population studies and principles of screening.
4
PM 529 Environmental and Occupational Health: An Epidemiological Approach
An overview of environmental health, identifying issues in assessing effects of exposure on health and potential interventions for red ucing adverse health risks. PR: PM 510 and PM 512
4
Core Total: 20

    Biostatistics and Epidemiology

    Overview

    Engage in High-Level Research and Analysis to Improve Public Health

    While protecting the health of the public is important work that continues to challenge us, biostatisticians and epidemiologists can play a key role in determining how best to meet the challenge of preventing, treating and controlling the spread of disease.

    Learn how you can contribute to building a healthier and safer world with the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Master of Public Health online program – with a specialized emphasis in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. An expert faculty of public health researchers, biostatisticians and physicians can help you learn to gather and interpret data and track trends to identify, monitor and prevent health threats. In addition, the program can help you develop as a manager who can lead research teams in the field as well as in the laboratory.

    Why Choose the Keck School of Medicine of USC for Biostatistics and Epidemiology?

    The internationally recognized Keck School of Medicine of USC offers Master of Public Health online students access to its groundbreaking research and unparalleled resources, such as its five research institutes: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine at USC, the USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute and the USC Institute for Global Health. What this access means to students in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology track is the opportunity to closely connect with today’s public health issues and the more than 1,350 respected Keck School of Medicine scientists, physicians and advanced researchers actively working toward creating solutions. By offering the program through a school of medicine rather than a school of public health, the Keck School of Medicine provides a clear view of how public health affects real patients and the people involved in their medical treatment.

    Curriculum

    The Biostatistics and Epidemiology track of the Master of Public Health online program is designed to prepare you with superior analytical skills and practical experience to help you advance to the forefront of public health research. Through a combination of foundational and track-specific courses, you can gain an in-depth understanding of how public health functions in today’s world and how you can make an impact through biostatistics and epidemiology. In addition, the practicum provides you with an up-close-and-personal experience in a community agency to further enhance your understanding of public health as a whole and the important role that biostatistics and epidemiology play in maintaining and improving people’s health and well-being.

    Offered in a flexible online format, the curriculum can be completed in as few as 2 years.

    Biostatistics/Epidemiology Track Courses Units
    PM 511a Data Analysis (SAS)
    Part 1: Major parametric and nonparametric statistical tools used in biomedical research, computer packages including SAS; exploratory data analysis, detection of outliers, robust methods, fitting data with linear and nonlinear regression models, computer packaged, including BMPD. Laboratory. PR: PM 510
    4
    PM 511b Data Analysis (STATA)
    Part 2: Major parametric and nonparametric statistical tools used in biomedical research, computer packages, including SAS; exploratory data analysis, detection of outliers, robust methods, fitting data with linear and nonlinear regression models, computer packages including BMDP. Laboratory. PR: PM 510
    4
    PM 527 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    Survey of natural history of infectious disease, methods of disease control and outbreak investigation. PR: PM 512
    4
    PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research
    Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
    4
    PM 537 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    Introduction to prevalent chronic diseases and conditions in the United States and the application of epidemiologic methods to study and/or prevent these disorders.
    4
    Track Total: 20

    Careers

    For public health professionals who wish to remain on the forefront of improving community health, the fields of biostatistics and epidemiology provide a variety of opportunities in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Health departments, government agencies, research and pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, insurance companies and non-profits working to fight disease and promote health all need people with training in biostatistics and epidemiology.

    One of the most common types of work for epidemiologists revolves around the prevention and control of infectious diseases. The USC MPH online program can help prepare you for possible leadership positions in respected organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Bioterrorism and emergency response; maternal and child, environmental, and occupational health; chronic disease; and substance abuse are just a few of the other areas in which epidemiologists are employed.

    Biostatisticians are needed for critical work such as designing, leading and performing research studies including clinical trials; developing patient registries and evaluating health risks. They generally work to investigate a health issue along with a team that can include sociologists, epidemiologists, primary care physicians and/or specialists. While number-crunching is certainly a major part of a biostatistician’s work, they are also frequently involved in instrument development, data collection, and producing articles for medical and public health journals.

    The outlook for those with a master’s degree in public health with a specialization in biostatistics and epidemiology is very positive. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of epidemiologists is expected to increase by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/epidemiologists.htm) With the increased push to move to electronic medical records, the need for qualified people who can gather and interpret medical data on which to base public health initiatives is also anticipated to increase. In 2010, the salary range for epidemiologists was between approximately $42,000 and $98,000, according to the BLS.

    Health Education
    and Promotion

    Overview

    Improve Public Health through Education

    Educating the public about measures they can take to protect and improve their health is an important part of building a safer and healthier world. If your ambition is to work directly with people to make a difference in their health and well-being, becoming a health educator can be a rewarding career choice.

    The Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Master of Public Health online program, with the option of an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion, is designed to help you learn the skills to motivate individuals, groups and communities to achieve better health through behavioral and environmental change. An expert faculty of public health researchers, physicians and policymakers at the Keck School of Medicine can help you learn to assess needs and then design, deliver and evaluate programs that will mobilize the public toward life-altering health improvement.

    Why Choose the Keck School of Medicine of USC for Health Education and Promotion?

    If your ambition is to serve mankind though health education and promotion, the Keck School of Medicine of USC provides exceptional preparation. The Keck School of Medicine is at the forefront of improving patient care, advancing ground-breaking scientific discovery, providing exceptional medical and bioscience education and engaging in community service. What this means to you is a comprehensive program at a school that is leading the way in advancing the public’s health. The Keck School of Medicine attracts a respected faculty of more than 1,350 dedicated professionals who tenaciously pursue new knowledge and regularly incorporate their research findings into the curriculum. Those who teach, practice and discover at the Keck School of Medicine offer you an unparalleled leading-edge educational experience to prepare you to positively impact the health of individuals, groups or communities.

    Curriculum

    Taught by an elite faculty who actively influence the direction of public health globally, the Master of Public Health online program– Health Education and Promotion track offers you access to ground-breaking research as well as proven theory. Through a combination of foundational and track-specific courses, you can gain a deep understanding of how public health functions in today’s world and how you can make a lasting impact through health education and promotion. This program also includes a valuable practicum component that couples field training with a leadership seminar, providing you the opportunity to further refine your approach to health education and promotion through hands-on experience in a community agency.

    Offered in a flexible online format, the curriculum can be completed in as few as 2 years.

    Health Education & Promotion Track Courses Units
    PM 526 Communication in Public Health
    Application of communication theories and methods to community health problems. Includes background assessment, program design, evaluation, social marketing, media advocacy, review of major campaigns.
    4
    PM 528 Program Design & Evaluation
    Core concepts, methods and values of public health program planning and evaluation, including community needs assessment, writing objectives, designing health promotion programs, process and outcome evaluation.
    4
    PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research
    Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
    4
    PM 562 Intervention Approaches for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
    Approaches for modifying health behavior in various settings and within diverse populations. Emphasis on practical considerations necessary to design and implement interventions with demonstrated effectiveness.
    4
    PM 563 Organizing and Mobilizing Communities for Global Health
    Survey of effective community organizing and mobilization efforts in the U.S. and abroad, using participatory, organizational, community empowerment and public-private partnership models.
    4
    Track Total: 20

    Careers

    A wide avenue of opportunity is open to those interested in health education and promotion. With increasing emphasis on reducing health care costs by teaching people to make better choices regarding maintaining and improving their health, health educators are becoming more important than ever.

    Health educators today may do anything from working one-on-one with patients and their families to help them understand the patient’s diagnosis and course of treatment to developing a strategic campaign for smoking cessation in a local community or even in a private business. A few of the titles health educators hold are:

    • Health Promotion Specialist
    • Health Educator
    • Public Health Educator
    • Health Coordinator
    • Corporate Wellness Trainer

    Organizations that employ health educators include:

    • State, local and federal government agencies
    • Non-profit organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross
    • Community-based organizations, such as rape crisis centers, substance abuse treatment facilities and senior citizen centers
    • Hospitals, managed care organizations and rehabilitation clinics
    • Colleges and universities
    • Private businesses

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of health educators needed is expected to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    2011 BLS statistics show the industries that employ the greatest number of health educators are:

    General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,050
    Local Governments 6,420
    Individual and Family Services 5,290

    Industries with the highest median income for health educators, according to BLS 2011 statistics, are:

    Federal Executive Branch $95,000
    Pharmaceutical $73,580

    Global Health
    Leadership

    Overview

    Change the World through Global Health Leadership

    Globalization is impacting health, just as it is trade, manufacturing and economies. As in these other areas, that impact can be positive and at the same time problematic. For example, infectious disease spreads more easily because of the ease of long-distance travel; however, advances in technology make connecting with public health officials around the world a matter of a few clicks of a mouse.

    The Global Health Leadership track of the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Master of Public Health online program focuses on the global picture of public health. By addressing such topics as how culture affects healthcare, global health law and human rights, the program is designed to help you discover best practices, develop innovative approaches to public health challenges and address the intricacies of working in a global community. The highly respected and internationally recognized faculty at the Keck School of Medicine share their insights on how to effectively collaborate with other global health leaders to resolve universal as well as population-specific health issues.

    Why Choose the Keck School of Medicine of USC for Global Health Leadership?

    While many public health programs are offered through a school of public health, the USC program is offered through the internationally known Keck School of Medicine. Research strengths and priorities of the Keck School of Medicine include cancer, genomics and personalized medicine, neuroscience, stem cell/regenerative medicine, emerging and global pathogens, obesity/diabetes and metabolic disease and community, and environmental and global health. The Institute for Global Health, established in 2008 as part of the Keck School of Medicine, has a mission to improve global health by educating future and current global health leaders, carrying out trans-disciplinary research and assuring that the evidence collected informs policy and practice to make a difference. What this means to you is the opportunity to learn at an institution at the forefront of patient care, scientific discovery, medical and bioscience education and community service with a commitment to collaborating across borders for better world health.

    Curriculum

    The Global Health Leadership track of the USC MPH online program is designed for those who seek to expand their influence in public health to the global level. By focusing on not only the 21st-century public health issues but also on the concepts, constraints and cultural factors associated with global health, you can learn to lead the development of policy and solutions for a healthier, safer world. The program combines core courses that offer a strong foundation of public health knowledge with specialty courses that help you build your globally-focused expertise. A valuable practicum component couples field training with a leadership seminar, providing you with the opportunity to put theory and concepts to work in a community agency.

    Offered in a flexible online format, the highly relevant curriculum can be completed in as few as 2 years.

    Global Health Leadership Track Courses Units
    PM 525 Culture and Health: An International Perspective
    International variations in health status with a focus on the impact of socioeconomic status, politics, environment, education and gender in etiology of illness, access to health care, progression of disease and recovery.
    4
    PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research
    Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
    4
    PM 565 Introduction to Global Health
    Current public health issues and research topics relating to 21st century challenges and threats. Lessons learned and best practices to strengthen public health systems and enhance public health readiness and preparedness.
    4
    PM 576 Global Health Research, Design & Evaluation
    Introduces students to the core concepts and methods of planning and implementing health-related programs and research in resource-constrained settings, including tools for program planning and management, practical considerations for program implementation in developing country contexts, and methods for monitoring and evaluation.
    4
    PM 577 Global Health Law and Human Rights
    The course identifies and discusses the complex interactions among law, health and human rights, with particular emphasis on the use of human rights norms and standards for public health thinking and practice. The course provides the basis for literacy about modern human rights and the links to public health, including core principles, key documents, institutions and practices. Frameworks for analysis of the interactions between health and human rights will be introduced and applied,including: effect of health law, policies and programs on human rights, health consequences of human rights violations, and the linkages between promoting and protecting health and promoting and protecting human rights. Topics including sexuality, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS will be used to illustrate and explore practical applications of human rights to global health.
    4
    Track Total: 20

    Careers

    Making positive change with universal impact is the ambition of today’s global health leaders. USC’s MPH online program helps qualify you to join the ranks of those making a difference for people around the world. Whether your area of interest is infectious or chronic diseases; mental illness; health consequences of trauma, violence, war or displacement; maternal and child health; the establishment and implementation of effective and efficient health care infrastructure; or one of dozens of other areas of public health, the USC MPH online program prepares you with the skills and tools to lead the way in global health advancement.

    Some organizations that employ global health leaders are:

    • Multi-lateral agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN)
    • Governmental agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • NGOs and disaster relief organizations, such as the American Red Cross
    • Foundations and Philanthropists, such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Foundation Consulting agencies, such as Deloitte and Abbott
    • Research and academic institutions

    As globalization and the field of health care continue to evolve and grow, coupled with the global shortage of trained public health professionals, the need for global health leaders is continuously increasing. Salaries for global health leaders vary according to organization and level of responsibility, with high-level positions in some organizations being well into the six-figure range.

    GeoHealth

    Overview

    Learn Spatial Methods to Improve Public Health

    Public health practitioners aim to understand the patterns that connect people, places, economic factors, and cultural values with well-being. There’s an increasing demand for spatially-enabled health professionals who can help determine how these factors shape human health in local, regional and national contexts.

    The Keck School of Medicine of USC is proud to offer the only Master of Public Health online program with a specialized emphasis in GeoHealth. A faculty of public health experts and geospatial experts can help you explore spatial frontiers in health practice and research. In many ways the field of public health and epidemiology owe their origins to map-based analysis and visualization. This program can help you become a spatial-enabled leader at a time when various subspecialties in public health are increasingly reliant on the spatial sciences and those who are skilled in them.

    Why Choose the Keck School of Medicine of USC for GeoHealth?

    The internationally recognized Keck School of Medicine of USC offers Master of Public Health online students access to its groundbreaking research and unparalleled resources and networks, such as the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. What this access means to students interested in the GeoHealth track is the opportunity to learn from faculty members teaching the graduate courses in Public Health and Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST). Taking spatial science courses taught by experts in GIS and related fields allows students the opportunity to develop the specialized skills and knowledge to understand how the spatial sciences impact public health research in a range of geographic contexts.

    Curriculum

    The GeoHealth track of the Master of Public Health online program is designed to prepare your critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills, which are fundamental to spatial analysis, visualization and problem solving. Through a combination of foundational and track-specific courses, you can gain an in-depth understanding of how public health functions in today’s world and how you can make an impact through spatial analysis, modeling and visualization. In addition, the practicum provides you with an up-close-and-personal experience in a community agency to further enhance your understanding of public health as a whole and the important role that the spatial sciences play in maintaining and improving people’s health and well-being.

    Offered in a flexible online format, the curriculum can be completed in as few as 2 years.

    GeoHealth Track Courses Units
    PM 536 Program Evaluation and Research
    Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
    4
    SSCI 581 Concepts for Spatial Thinking
    The unique characteristics and importance of spatial information as they relate to the evolving science, technology and applications of Geographic Information Systems.
    4
    SSCI 583 Spatial Analysis
    Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate the spatial patterns which result from social and physical processes operating at or near the Earth’s surface.
    4
    SSCI 584 Spatial Modeling*
    The use of spatial models to describe social and environmental processes, patterns and systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
    4
    SCCI 588 Remote Sensing for GIS*
    Principles of remote sensing and satellite systems, and role of remote sensing data in GIS applications.
    4
    SCCI 589 Cartography and Visualization*
    Principles of visual perception, spatial cognition and cartographic design and their contributions to the maps, animations, virtual reality and multimedia displays produced with modern GIS.
    4
    Track Total: 20

    *Students choose 8 units among these courses.

    Careers

    When it comes to public health, data proves that place matters. Today’s geospatial information systems play an important role in the field of public health. For individuals who want to work at the forefront of public health, the field of geospatial health sciences provides a variety of career opportunities in local, regional, state, federal and international health agencies.

    The intersection of geography and health garners the attention of many, including health insurance providers and other users of bioinformatics and biostatistics, epidemiology and genetics of diseases, environmental health and health behavior research. There are numerous public health specialties that exist, and each one relies on the intersection of a specific population and aspects of the spatial sciences. Because public health professionals increasingly rely on interdisciplinary collaborations in order to focus on various social determinants of health (including education, income, ethnicity and place), there is an increasing demand for professionals with training in spatial analysis, modeling, and mapping.

    A few organizations that recognize the importance of using GIS data in Public Health:

    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • National Cancer Institute
    • National Library of Medicine
    • Department of Public Health
    • Trust for America’s Health
    • Trust for Public Land
    • Project for Public Spaces
    • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
    • National Cancer Intelligence Network
    • Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network
    • National Institutes of Health
    • American Public Health Association
    • Association of American Geographers
    • National Science Foundation
    • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Clinton Foundation
    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Hewlett Foundation
    • The World Health Organization
    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Who else is interested in maps and other geospatially enabled forms of health information?

    • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
    • Health Education and Promotion
    • Global Health Leadership
    • GeoHealth

    Biostatistics and Epidemiology

    Overview

    Engage in High-Level Research and Analysis to Improve Public Health

    While protecting the health of the public is important work that continues to challenge us, biostatisticians and epidemiologists can play a key role in determining how best to meet the challenge of preventing, treating and controlling the spread of disease.

    Learn how you can contribute to building a healthier and safer world with the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Master of Public Health online program – with a specialized emphasis in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. An expert faculty of public health researchers, biostatisticians and physicians can help you learn to gather and interpret data and track trends to identify, monitor and prevent health threats. In addition, the program can help you develop as a manager who can lead research teams in the field as well as in the laboratory.

    Why Choose the Keck School of Medicine of USC for Biostatistics and Epidemiology?

    The internationally recognized Keck School of Medicine of USC offers Master of Public Health online students access to its groundbreaking research and unparalleled resources, such as its five research institutes: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine at USC, the USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute and the USC Institute for Global Health. What this access means to students in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology track is the opportunity to closely connect with today’s public health issues and the more than 1,350 respected Keck School of Medicine scientists, physicians and advanced researchers actively working toward creating solutions. By offering the program through a school of medicine rather than a school of public health, the Keck School of Medicine provides a clear view of how public health affects real patients and the people involved in their medical treatment.

    Curriculum

    The Biostatistics and Epidemiology track of the Master of Public Health online program is designed to prepare you with superior analytical skills and practical experience to help you advance to the forefront of public health research. Through a combination of foundational and track-specific courses, you can gain an in-depth understanding of how public health functions in today’s world and how you can make an impact through biostatistics and epidemiology. In addition, the practicum provides you with an up-close-and-personal experience in a community agency to further enhance your understanding of public health as a whole and the important role that biostatistics and epidemiology play in maintaining and improving people’s health and well-being.

    Offered in a flexible online format, the curriculum can be completed in as few as 2 years.

    Biostatistics/Epidemiology Track Courses Units
    PM 511a Data Analysis (SAS)
    Part 1: Major parametric and nonparametric statistical tools used in biomedical research, computer packages including SAS; exploratory data analysis, detection of outliers, robust methods, fitting data with linear and nonlinear regression models, computer packaged, including BMPD. Laboratory. PR: PM 510
    4
    PM 511b Data Analysis (STATA)
    Part 2: Major parametric and nonparametric statistical tools used in biomedical research, computer packages, including SAS; exploratory data analysis, detection of outliers, robust methods, fitting data with linear and nonlinear regression models, computer packages including BMDP. Laboratory. PR: PM 510
    4
    PM 527 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
    Survey of natural history of infectious disease, methods of disease control and outbreak investigation. PR: PM 512
    4
    PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research
    Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
    4
    PM 537 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    Introduction to prevalent chronic diseases and conditions in the United States and the application of epidemiologic methods to study and/or prevent these disorders.
    4
    Track Total: 20

    Careers

    For public health professionals who wish to remain on the forefront of improving community health, the fields of biostatistics and epidemiology provide a variety of opportunities in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Health departments, government agencies, research and pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, insurance companies and non-profits working to fight disease and promote health all need people with training in biostatistics and epidemiology.

    One of the most common types of work for epidemiologists revolves around the prevention and control of infectious diseases. The USC MPH online program can help prepare you for possible leadership positions in respected organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Bioterrorism and emergency response; maternal and child, environmental, and occupational health; chronic disease; and substance abuse are just a few of the other areas in which epidemiologists are employed.

    Biostatisticians are needed for critical work such as designing, leading and performing research studies including clinical trials; developing patient registries and evaluating health risks. They generally work to investigate a health issue along with a team that can include sociologists, epidemiologists, primary care physicians and/or specialists. While number-crunching is certainly a major part of a biostatistician’s work, they are also frequently involved in instrument development, data collection, and producing articles for medical and public health journals.

    The outlook for those with a master’s degree in public health with a specialization in biostatistics and epidemiology is very positive. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of epidemiologists is expected to increase by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/epidemiologists.htm) With the increased push to move to electronic medical records, the need for qualified people who can gather and interpret medical data on which to base public health initiatives is also anticipated to increase. In 2010, the salary range for epidemiologists was between approximately $42,000 and $98,000, according to the BLS.

    Health Education
    and Promotion

    Overview

    Improve Public Health through Education

    Educating the public about measures they can take to protect and improve their health is an important part of building a safer and healthier world. If your ambition is to work directly with people to make a difference in their health and well-being, becoming a health educator can be a rewarding career choice.

    The Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Master of Public Health online program, with the option of an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion, is designed to help you learn the skills to motivate individuals, groups and communities to achieve better health through behavioral and environmental change. An expert faculty of public health researchers, physicians and policymakers at the Keck School of Medicine can help you learn to assess needs and then design, deliver and evaluate programs that will mobilize the public toward life-altering health improvement.

    Why Choose the Keck School of Medicine of USC for Health Education and Promotion?

    If your ambition is to serve mankind though health education and promotion, the Keck School of Medicine of USC provides exceptional preparation. The Keck School of Medicine is at the forefront of improving patient care, advancing ground-breaking scientific discovery, providing exceptional medical and bioscience education and engaging in community service. What this means to you is a comprehensive program at a school that is leading the way in advancing the public’s health. The Keck School of Medicine attracts a respected faculty of more than 1,350 dedicated professionals who tenaciously pursue new knowledge and regularly incorporate their research findings into the curriculum. Those who teach, practice and discover at the Keck School of Medicine offer you an unparalleled leading-edge educational experience to prepare you to positively impact the health of individuals, groups or communities.

    Curriculum

    Taught by an elite faculty who actively influence the direction of public health globally, the Master of Public Health online program– Health Education and Promotion track offers you access to ground-breaking research as well as proven theory. Through a combination of foundational and track-specific courses, you can gain a deep understanding of how public health functions in today’s world and how you can make a lasting impact through health education and promotion. This program also includes a valuable practicum component that couples field training with a leadership seminar, providing you the opportunity to further refine your approach to health education and promotion through hands-on experience in a community agency.

    Offered in a flexible online format, the curriculum can be completed in as few as 2 years.

    Health Education & Promotion Track Courses Units
    PM 526 Communication in Public Health
    Application of communication theories and methods to community health problems. Includes background assessment, program design, evaluation, social marketing, media advocacy, review of major campaigns.
    4
    PM 528 Program Design & Evaluation
    Core concepts, methods and values of public health program planning and evaluation, including community needs assessment, writing objectives, designing health promotion programs, process and outcome evaluation.
    4
    PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research
    Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
    4
    PM 562 Intervention Approaches for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
    Approaches for modifying health behavior in various settings and within diverse populations. Emphasis on practical considerations necessary to design and implement interventions with demonstrated effectiveness.
    4
    PM 563 Organizing and Mobilizing Communities for Global Health
    Survey of effective community organizing and mobilization efforts in the U.S. and abroad, using participatory, organizational, community empowerment and public-private partnership models.
    4
    Track Total: 20

    Careers

    A wide avenue of opportunity is open to those interested in health education and promotion. With increasing emphasis on reducing health care costs by teaching people to make better choices regarding maintaining and improving their health, health educators are becoming more important than ever.

    Health educators today may do anything from working one-on-one with patients and their families to help them understand the patient’s diagnosis and course of treatment to developing a strategic campaign for smoking cessation in a local community or even in a private business. A few of the titles health educators hold are:

    • Health Promotion Specialist
    • Health Educator
    • Public Health Educator
    • Health Coordinator
    • Corporate Wellness Trainer

    Organizations that employ health educators include:

    • State, local and federal government agencies
    • Non-profit organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross
    • Community-based organizations, such as rape crisis centers, substance abuse treatment facilities and senior citizen centers
    • Hospitals, managed care organizations and rehabilitation clinics
    • Colleges and universities
    • Private businesses

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of health educators needed is expected to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    2011 BLS statistics show the industries that employ the greatest number of health educators are:

    General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 11,050
    Local Governments 6,420
    Individual and Family Services 5,290

    Industries with the highest median income for health educators, according to BLS 2011 statistics, are:

    Federal Executive Branch $95,000
    Pharmaceutical $73,580

    Global Health
    Leadership

    Overview

    Change the World through Global Health Leadership

    Globalization is impacting health, just as it is trade, manufacturing and economies. As in these other areas, that impact can be positive and at the same time problematic. For example, infectious disease spreads more easily because of the ease of long-distance travel; however, advances in technology make connecting with public health officials around the world a matter of a few clicks of a mouse.

    The Global Health Leadership track of the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Master of Public Health online program focuses on the global picture of public health. By addressing such topics as how culture affects healthcare, global health law and human rights, the program is designed to help you discover best practices, develop innovative approaches to public health challenges and address the intricacies of working in a global community. The highly respected and internationally recognized faculty at the Keck School of Medicine share their insights on how to effectively collaborate with other global health leaders to resolve universal as well as population-specific health issues.

    Why Choose the Keck School of Medicine of USC for Global Health Leadership?

    While many public health programs are offered through a school of public health, the USC program is offered through the internationally known Keck School of Medicine. Research strengths and priorities of the Keck School of Medicine include cancer, genomics and personalized medicine, neuroscience, stem cell/regenerative medicine, emerging and global pathogens, obesity/diabetes and metabolic disease and community, and environmental and global health. The Institute for Global Health, established in 2008 as part of the Keck School of Medicine, has a mission to improve global health by educating future and current global health leaders, carrying out trans-disciplinary research and assuring that the evidence collected informs policy and practice to make a difference. What this means to you is the opportunity to learn at an institution at the forefront of patient care, scientific discovery, medical and bioscience education and community service with a commitment to collaborating across borders for better world health.

    Curriculum

    The Global Health Leadership track of the USC MPH online program is designed for those who seek to expand their influence in public health to the global level. By focusing on not only the 21st-century public health issues but also on the concepts, constraints and cultural factors associated with global health, you can learn to lead the development of policy and solutions for a healthier, safer world. The program combines core courses that offer a strong foundation of public health knowledge with specialty courses that help you build your globally-focused expertise. A valuable practicum component couples field training with a leadership seminar, providing you with the opportunity to put theory and concepts to work in a community agency.

    Offered in a flexible online format, the highly relevant curriculum can be completed in as few as 2 years.

    Global Health Leadership Track Courses Units
    PM 525 Culture and Health: An International Perspective
    International variations in health status with a focus on the impact of socioeconomic status, politics, environment, education and gender in etiology of illness, access to health care, progression of disease and recovery.
    4
    PM 536 Program Evaluation & Research
    Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
    4
    PM 565 Introduction to Global Health
    Current public health issues and research topics relating to 21st century challenges and threats. Lessons learned and best practices to strengthen public health systems and enhance public health readiness and preparedness.
    4
    PM 576 Global Health Research, Design & Evaluation
    Introduces students to the core concepts and methods of planning and implementing health-related programs and research in resource-constrained settings, including tools for program planning and management, practical considerations for program implementation in developing country contexts, and methods for monitoring and evaluation.
    4
    PM 577 Global Health Law and Human Rights
    The course identifies and discusses the complex interactions among law, health and human rights, with particular emphasis on the use of human rights norms and standards for public health thinking and practice. The course provides the basis for literacy about modern human rights and the links to public health, including core principles, key documents, institutions and practices. Frameworks for analysis of the interactions between health and human rights will be introduced and applied,including: effect of health law, policies and programs on human rights, health consequences of human rights violations, and the linkages between promoting and protecting health and promoting and protecting human rights. Topics including sexuality, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS will be used to illustrate and explore practical applications of human rights to global health.
    4
    Track Total: 20

    Careers

    Making positive change with universal impact is the ambition of today’s global health leaders. USC’s MPH online program helps qualify you to join the ranks of those making a difference for people around the world. Whether your area of interest is infectious or chronic diseases; mental illness; health consequences of trauma, violence, war or displacement; maternal and child health; the establishment and implementation of effective and efficient health care infrastructure; or one of dozens of other areas of public health, the USC MPH online program prepares you with the skills and tools to lead the way in global health advancement.

    Some organizations that employ global health leaders are:

    • Multi-lateral agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN)
    • Governmental agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • NGOs and disaster relief organizations, such as the American Red Cross
    • Foundations and Philanthropists, such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Foundation Consulting agencies, such as Deloitte and Abbott
    • Research and academic institutions

    As globalization and the field of health care continue to evolve and grow, coupled with the global shortage of trained public health professionals, the need for global health leaders is continuously increasing. Salaries for global health leaders vary according to organization and level of responsibility, with high-level positions in some organizations being well into the six-figure range.

    GeoHealth

    Overview

    Learn Spatial Methods to Improve Public Health

    Public health practitioners aim to understand the patterns that connect people, places, economic factors, and cultural values with well-being. There’s an increasing demand for spatially-enabled health professionals who can help determine how these factors shape human health in local, regional and national contexts.

    The Keck School of Medicine of USC is proud to offer the only Master of Public Health online program with a specialized emphasis in GeoHealth. A faculty of public health experts and geospatial experts can help you explore spatial frontiers in health practice and research. In many ways the field of public health and epidemiology owe their origins to map-based analysis and visualization. This program can help you become a spatial-enabled leader at a time when various subspecialties in public health are increasingly reliant on the spatial sciences and those who are skilled in them.

    Why Choose the Keck School of Medicine of USC for GeoHealth?

    The internationally recognized Keck School of Medicine of USC offers Master of Public Health online students access to its groundbreaking research and unparalleled resources and networks, such as the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. What this access means to students interested in the GeoHealth track is the opportunity to learn from faculty members teaching the graduate courses in Public Health and Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST). Taking spatial science courses taught by experts in GIS and related fields allows students the opportunity to develop the specialized skills and knowledge to understand how the spatial sciences impact public health research in a range of geographic contexts.

    Curriculum

    The GeoHealth track of the Master of Public Health online program is designed to prepare your critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills, which are fundamental to spatial analysis, visualization and problem solving. Through a combination of foundational and track-specific courses, you can gain an in-depth understanding of how public health functions in today’s world and how you can make an impact through spatial analysis, modeling and visualization. In addition, the practicum provides you with an up-close-and-personal experience in a community agency to further enhance your understanding of public health as a whole and the important role that the spatial sciences play in maintaining and improving people’s health and well-being.

    Offered in a flexible online format, the curriculum can be completed in as few as 2 years.

    GeoHealth Track Courses Units
    PM 536 Program Evaluation and Research
    Overview of concepts, tools, data collection, analysis methods and designs used to evaluate health promotion programs. Examples from substance abuse prevention, family planning and reproductive health programs.
    4
    SSCI 581 Concepts for Spatial Thinking
    The unique characteristics and importance of spatial information as they relate to the evolving science, technology and applications of Geographic Information Systems.
    4
    SSCI 583 Spatial Analysis
    Provides the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate the spatial patterns which result from social and physical processes operating at or near the Earth’s surface.
    4
    SSCI 584 Spatial Modeling*
    The use of spatial models to describe social and environmental processes, patterns and systems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.
    4
    SCCI 588 Remote Sensing for GIS*
    Principles of remote sensing and satellite systems, and role of remote sensing data in GIS applications.
    4
    SCCI 589 Cartography and Visualization*
    Principles of visual perception, spatial cognition and cartographic design and their contributions to the maps, animations, virtual reality and multimedia displays produced with modern GIS.
    4
    Track Total: 20

    *Students choose 8 units among these courses.

    Careers

    When it comes to public health, data proves that place matters. Today’s geospatial information systems play an important role in the field of public health. For individuals who want to work at the forefront of public health, the field of geospatial health sciences provides a variety of career opportunities in local, regional, state, federal and international health agencies.

    The intersection of geography and health garners the attention of many, including health insurance providers and other users of bioinformatics and biostatistics, epidemiology and genetics of diseases, environmental health and health behavior research. There are numerous public health specialties that exist, and each one relies on the intersection of a specific population and aspects of the spatial sciences. Because public health professionals increasingly rely on interdisciplinary collaborations in order to focus on various social determinants of health (including education, income, ethnicity and place), there is an increasing demand for professionals with training in spatial analysis, modeling, and mapping.

    A few organizations that recognize the importance of using GIS data in Public Health:

    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • National Cancer Institute
    • National Library of Medicine
    • Department of Public Health
    • Trust for America’s Health
    • Trust for Public Land
    • Project for Public Spaces
    • Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
    • National Cancer Intelligence Network
    • Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network
    • National Institutes of Health
    • American Public Health Association
    • Association of American Geographers
    • National Science Foundation
    • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Clinton Foundation
    • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Hewlett Foundation
    • The World Health Organization
    • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Who else is interested in maps and other geospatially enabled forms of health information?

    Practicum

    Putting knowledge into practice is what drives public health; so to prepare professionals for advanced careers, the MPH online program includes a practicum that combines field training with a leadership seminar and capstone course. Students choose a public health agency within their desired geographic location, such as a local health department, community-based organization, or research center, and practice leveraging new knowledge for a guided, hands-on experience. Students will be assisted by the practicum coordinator to help prepare and guide them in finding a practicum experience that is challenging and rewarding. In the capstone course, students write a research paper that integrates lessons from their field training with the competencies they have built throughout the program.

    Practicum Components Units
    PM 596 Public Health Practicum
    Field placement in a public health agency, such as a county health department or community-based organization.
    2
    PM 564 Public Health Management & Leadership Seminar
    Introduction to business and management concepts, tools and practices in the context of domestic and global healthcare delivery, public health and allied health industries.
    3
    PM 597 Capstone
    Provides the culminating, integrative curricular experience for students during their last semester prior to graduation. Course draws on students’ prior training in the five core areas of public health, their additional track course work and their “real world” experience gained in the field prior to their graduation. Designed to challenge students to reflect and integrate their training and experience with the goal of developing their own individual point of view regarding the role of public health in contributing to the improvement of the health and well-being of populations in the United States, as well as abroad.
    2
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    Admissions

    Admissions

    To be eligible to apply for the MPH online program, prospective students must meet the following criteria:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
    • Minimum GRE score of 153 on Verbal Reasoning and 144 on Quantitative Reasoning
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one must be academic)
    • Personal statement of purpose – A brief personal statement will describe the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the Master of Public Health online program, how the degree will enhance or transition the individual’s career and what the applicant hopes to contribute to the field
    • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
    • Additional materials may be required for international applicants

    International Applicants

    International students must also submit the following documents:

    • Official transcripts indicating the award of all degrees with the title and date conferred in the student’s native language and an exact translation into English of each document.
    • Official test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). These scores are required of international applicants who native language is not English.

    The minimum TOEFL requirements are:

    • Internet-based exam score (iBT) of 90 with no less than 20 points on each sub-score.
    • Computer-based exam score of 250.

    The minimum IELTS requirements are:

    • A total score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

    Note: 1) Neither the TOEFL nor the IELTS is required for international students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. 2) Records of TOEFL scores are purged after 5 years. Please visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) (www.ets.org/toefl) for information about the TOEFL exam or www.ielts.org for information about the IELTS.

    For additional information, please visit the International Applicant FAQ.

    Calendar

    TERM APP DEADLINE TERM START DATE
    Summer 2014 April 9, 2014 May 5, 2014
    Fall 2014 July 29, 2014 September 8, 2014
    Spring 2015 TBD TBD

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    The MPH online program at the esteemed Keck School of Medicine of USC presents a valuable opportunity to enrich your knowledge of public health with internationally recognized faculty. As one of the few programs of its kind that is offered through a medical school, the MPH online program offers you access to influential doctors and researchers who are directly impacting the advancement of public health today. Your connection to public health experts doesn’t end when you graduate; in fact, it expands. The Salerni Collegium Alumni Association (SCAA) provides an ever-growing network of MPH alumni that you, as a USC MPH graduate, can call upon for collaboration, information, and consultation. Choosing the right program for your advanced education in public health deserves serious consideration. You will want to choose the program that offers the best education for the investment you make. Tuition and associated costs for the MPH online program in 2014- 2015 are estimated at: application fee, $85; tuition, $1,602 per credit hour; total tuition, $75,294; books and supplies, $750-$1500. Financial aid is available to most students. In fact, more than 60% of students attending USC receive some type of financial assistance.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How are the courses delivered?

    The Master of Public Health online program is delivered completely via the Internet. While students can access the lecture materials, readings, assignments, exams and discussion boards at a time and place convenient to them, they also interact directly with their classmates and faculty in frequent live sessions, virtual office hours and group work. Furthermore, live sessions are always recorded for students who can't attend. Should any technical issues arise, the support network is available 24/7.

    How much does the program cost?

    The Master of Public Health online program costs the same as its on-campus equivalent. Visit the Tuition section or contact an enrollment advisor for the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees.

    Is the online program different from the on-campus program?

    The curriculum, faculty and course content are similar across programs. Graduates receive the same degree. The main difference is in how the courses are delivered.

    Will my diploma specify that this is an "online" degree?

    You will receive the same USC degree as our on-campus students – a Master of Public Health degree from University of Southern California.

    Am I ever required to visit the USC campus?

    While you are always welcome to visit, you are not required to come to the campus to fulfill any of your coursework.

    Do I need to take the GRE to apply?

    Yes, in most circumstances applicants are required to take the GRE.

    Is it possible to transfer any credits toward the MPH?

    The maximum number of transfer credits which may be applied toward the MPH degree is 12 units or approximately 25 percent of the minimum degree requirements (47 units minimum for MPH degree). The USC Department of Degree Progress in the Office of Academic Records and Registrar determines whether course work taken elsewhere is applicable for transfer credit. Faculty of the student´s degree program also determine whether such credit is applicable toward a specific graduate degree, which is subject to approval by the dean of the degree-conferring unit. Transfer credit cannot be applied to MPH core coursework. Transfer credit will only be allowed for elective courses (1) from an accredited graduate school, (2) of a quality of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, (3) constituting a fair and reasonable equivalent to current USC course work at the graduate level and (4) logically fitting into the program for the degree. Transfer course work is applied as credit (CR) toward the degree and is not included in the calculation of a minimum grade point average for graduation. Learn More

    Is an advanced degree necessary to be considered for the MPH? What type of undergraduate degree do I need in order to apply?

    Advanced degrees are not required for application to the program, and there is no requirement that applicants have a bachelor´s degree in a particular field.

    Do I need to complete statistics courses or other specific course work as an undergrad in order to apply?

    No. You simply need to have earned your Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    If my GPA is below a 3.0, can I still apply?

    Yes. Contact an enrollment advisor for more information.

    Do I need to have a background in Public Health to pursue this degree?

    No. Whether or not your current educational or professional background is in public health, the Master of Public Health online program can help you develop a solid foundation in public health practice through in-depth coursework and direct interactions with our faculty of experienced public health professionals.

    When can I start the program?

    There are three start dates available each year (Spring, Summer, and Fall terms). Your enrollment advisor can explain the benefits of various start dates and help you select the timing that works best for your schedule.

    How long will it take to complete the MPH program online?

    The program can be completed in as few as 2 years when enrolled full time.

    Is financial aid available to online students?

    Yes, financial aid is available to students enrolled in the MPH online program. Eligibility is determined by the USC Financial Aid Office.

    Is the USC MPH program a member of the Associated Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)?

    Yes. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (www.aspph.org) is the voice of accredited public health education, representing member schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). ASPPH the successor to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), established in 1953. In 2013, membership was expanded to include CEPH-accredited programs of public health. The USC MPH program became one of the founding members.

    What is the TOEFL requirement?

    For application to the MPH online program, international students must submit Official test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). These scores are required of international applicants whose native language is not English. Please visit "International Applicants" for specific requirements.

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    About USC

    About USC

    The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities and is ranked within the top 25 of the nation’s Best National Universities by U.S. News and World Report. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

    About the Keck School of Medicine of USC

    Founded in 1885, the Keck School of Medicine of USC is the oldest medical school in Southern California. It is a major center of medical research, education and patient care with more than 1,200 full-time faculty members and a voluntary faculty of more than 4,600 physicians. Faculty include national leaders in each of its 23 clinical and basic science departments.

    In the educational arena, the Keck School of Medicine is at the forefront of medical education, with an integrated, modern curriculum. Our faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni, donors and friends are committed to excellence. Together, we are poised to lead healthcare in the 21st century.

    Carmen A. Puliafito,
    M.D., M.B.A.
    Dean, Keck School of
    Medicine of USC

    Department of Preventive Medicine

    Just as the University of Southern California is known internationally as a top university, the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC is known as a leader in preventive medicine. Since 1977, it has been making significant contributions to advance the understanding of public health and disease etiology, treatment and prevention.

    Organized into six divisions – Disease Prevention and Global Health, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Environmental Health, and Health Behavior Research – the Department of Preventive Medicine has performed pioneering research into areas such as tobacco control, breast cancer, pediatric obesity and the interaction between genes and the environment. The department’s faculty members are often called upon by government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as private organizations, such as the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, to act as advisors and participants in these organizations’ committees.

    Through an unrelenting transdisciplinary approach to research, collaboration and a mastery of the newest technologies, the department has earned the reputation of being on the forefront of preventive medicine and public health and is poised to set the stage for the next generation of public health professionals.



    Alumni

    The USC Alumni Association comprises more than 300,000 graduates spread across the globe whose career goals are supported through associated groups and clubs. For MPH alumni, the Salerni Collegium Alumni Association (SCAA) serves as a robust network for forward-thinking professionals in the medical and public health communities. SCAA was founded in 1958 and is provided free for all Keck School of Medicine graduates, enabling such connections as scientists with physicians, public health managers with lab researchers and professors with public health institute leaders. These connections can lead to forming bonds that result in mentorship and collaborative problem solving. Through SCAA’s forums and directories, MPH graduates discover a valuable resource that provides key affiliations to health authorities and change agents around the world.

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    News & Media

    Infographics

    The work of public health professionals has never been more important. With the Affordable Care Act becoming law, the HIV/AIDs epidemic slowly declining, and new diseases like the Hantavirus threatening the public, health professionals are constantly experiencing new wins while simultaneously facing new challenges.

    The global outbreak of disease has always been a serious public concern. How do we tackle this issue? How do we educate the public so that the spread can be managed? How do we best share knowledge of successful treatments? And, perhaps most importantly, how do we most effectively increase awareness of preventive measures?

    The following three infographics cover these important issues:

    The Affordable Care Act

    The Horrors of Hantaviris

    The Worldwide State of HIV/AIDs

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