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Public Health (M.P.H.)

The program provides graduates with an advanced understanding of the public health sciences and skills that can be utilized in multiple career fields. The Program prepares individuals for careers in the field of public health, incorporating knowledge and skills that can be utilized in healthcare management, population-based research, and the community practice of public health. Students complete both didactic and experience-based courses, culminating in a community organization-based Practicum that provides students the ability to combine their classroom-based learning with "hands-on" public health projects. MPH is an applicable graduate degree for students from any discipline.

Public Health (M.P.H.)


Description


What is Public Health at ODU like?

The program provides graduates with an advanced understanding of the public health sciences and skills that can be utilized in multiple career fields. The Program prepares individuals for careers in the field of public health, incorporating knowledge and skills that can be utilized in healthcare management, population-based research, and the community practice of public health. Students complete both didactic and experience-based courses, culminating in a community organization-based Practicum that provides students the ability to combine their classroom-based learning with "hands-on" public health projects. MPH is an applicable graduate degree for students from any discipline.

Program Highlights


What makes Public Health at ODU unique?

  • Contribute to the SCEH vision to be a center of excellence in the advancement and the application of knowledge in public health. Student centered Learning and Active Student involvement in public health in the region

  • Dynamic involvement with community engagement projects

  • Mentoring from leaders in the public health field

  • Opportunities to explore and research current public health issues

  • Program fees and tuitions rates are favorably competitive with other MPH programs

  • Fosters Diversity and inclusiveness and be part of the community

  • The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

$76,220

MEDIAN SALARY


Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

Medical and Health Services Managers

$111,680

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Industrial Safety and Health Engineers

$92,190

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.

Compliance Managers

$113,180

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Department of Health, Sentara Foundation, Healthy Chesapeake, and Health Services Research Doctoral Programs  

Courses


What are some courses offered in Public Health at ODU?

MPH 610:
Introduction to Public Health


This introductory readings course provides students with an overview of the public health sector from a local, national, and global perspective. The history of public health and recent events leading to a complete transformation of service delivery are two of the topics presented.

ENVH 632:
Environmental and Occupational Health Risk Assessment


This course is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative risk analysis and examines the fundamental aspects of risk, focusing on environmental, occupational, and public health risks. Hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response evaluation, risk characterization, and risk communication are emphasized.

HLSC 776:
Global Health


This course will introduce the student to the political, social, cultural and ethical issues involved in disease prevention and health promotion globally. Specific emphasis will be on incidence/prevalence, morbidity/mortality, and identified health problems in specific regions and countries. This course will also identify international health prerogatives aimed at improving health status through education and intervention.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Public Health at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Public Health program in Public Health should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

International Students: TOEFL (min. 79 on IBT or 550 paper) /IELTS (min. overall band 7.0) required. WES course by course evaluation, if available but not required.

  • Tests | The MPH does not require the GRE, GMAT or MCAT

     

  • Recommendations | 2 recommendations need to be academic and/or professional

     

  • Essay | 500 word personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Program

  • Transcripts | From all prior institutions

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Student Assistantships


Student assistantships are available on a Competitive basis

Next Steps


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Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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ACCREDIT & PRACTICUM DIRECTOR


Name:

Stephanie Ewers MPH


Location:

3118B HEALTH SCIENCES BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-5476


For General Inquiries:

mph@odu.edu


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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