We offer academic and professional degrees to qualified transfer candidates who have a concern for the health and well-being of individual people, communities, and populations. Professionals in the two domains – public health and health care – work directly with communities, organizations, other health care professionals, and other social institutions.
We provide education to qualified health professionals whose prior education, training and experience prepare them to take leadership roles in their chosen fields. Our programs are designed to adapt to our students’ diverse international backgrounds and future career goals. Previous academic credits deemed acceptable for transfer are from relevant institutions accredited in your own country.
Public health is the foundation of healthy and sustainable societies. Public health comprises ten core functions organized in three domains: Community health assessment, health policy and practice development, and assurance of environments, policies and practice that support the health and well-being of communities. Public health professionals in any society work to protect and improve the health and wellness of populations and to reduce health disparities between groups within communities. These include helping people and communities become empowered to advocate and work for improvements in their own health and well-being. The mission of public health requires a focus on the wide determinants of health, including education, the physical and social environments in which people live including housing, employment and workplace issues, access to clean water and air, transportation and access to spaces in which to engage in healthy activities, and the time in which to enjoy them.
Health care administration focuses on designing and maintaining systems of health care that improve the health of individuals and reduce health access and health care inequities. Health care administrators work to assure community access to the health care system and access to appropriate and necessary services for all people, especially those who are medically vulnerable. They continuously assess health care needs and resources and work to balance the two. Health care administrators may oversee large health systems or individual departments. They may work in large hospitals or small medically-oriented facilities such as nursing homes or hospice care. Health care systems around the world are changing and developing at rapid rates. Administrators need to stay in touch with these changes and work to promote changes that benefit the members of the communities in which they live and work.
Candidates in all three tracks may focus on a concentrated area of study. Practitioners in these domains tend to be problem-solvers who want to improve the health and wellness of people in their communities around the world. They engage in changing health policy, promoting community empowerment and self-efficacy, conducting research, managing health systems, teaching and research, and advocating for resources adequate to meet the health needs of the societies in which they work and live.
The academic degrees require a dissertation or thesis resulting in original research oo theoretical, policy, or practice issues.
The applied/practice degrees require a capstone project that focuses on the application of knowledge in settings such as health care organizations or agencies at local, state, territorial or national levels. Completion of these degrees provide professionals with the knowledge and skills to make effective contributions to health care practice, whether as advanced clinicians, administrators or educators.
All prior graduate work will be assessed to assure transfer credits meet relevant academic and professional standards. Basic requirements include
*All relevant graduate credit, including credits from graduate degrees, as well as approved graduate level, continuing education, certification and licensing coursework with appropriate conversion of course hours.
** Distance Learning
Prospective doctoral candidates usually have either a masters’ degree and additional coursework or have reached the level of "all but dissertation" in a relevant program at another accredited institution.
Public health candidates typically have coursework such as biostatistics, environmental health, management sciences, policy/problem solving, public health biology, and social sciences. Candidates also typically have experience working in a public health setting.
Health Care Administration candidates typically have coursework such as health policy, healthcare economics, organizational development and human resource management, marketing and communications, information systems, performance management, governance, leadership, statistical analysis and application, financial management, and strategic planning. Candidates also typically have experience working in a health care administration setting.
Prospective masters’ candidates generally have completed or nearly completed coursework requirements for a masters’ degree. Those pursuing the academic degrees (MSPH or MSHA) are expected to write a thesis with an oral defence. Those pursuing an applied MPH or MSHA are expected to complete an applied capstone project with an oral review.
ALL TUITION AND FEES ARE PAYABLE IN U.S. DOLLARSApplication Fee $250 (non-refundable)
Tuition (Includes: advisement, library fees, the Graduate Seminar, workshops, Research and Design I & II, the external and internal reviews of the project or the dissertation, the oral project examination or the oral dissertation defence and the printing and binding of the project or the dissertation.)1
*Mentor Fee (PhD candidates are required to hire a mentor. Non PhD candidates a mentor is suggested but is not required). The typical mentor fee is $1,500 but is negotiated between the candidate and the mentor.
Travel, food and lodging (Estimate)
Total Cost without mentor
Tuition (Includes: advisement, library fees, the Graduate Seminar, workshops, Research and Design I, the exam and the review of the project, the oral project examination or the oral thesis defence and the printing and binding of the project or the thesis.)1
*Mentor Fee (Master's thesis candidates are required to hire a mentor. Master's non-thesis candidates a mentor is suggested but is not required). The typical mentor fee for master's candidates is $1,000 but is negotiated between the candidate and the mentor.
Total Cost without mentor
1 Total Cost does not include the cost for the evaluation of continuing education course content or for the testing of unevaluated continuing education coursework submitted for transfer, or online courses offered by the University.
$200 per credit
$300 per credit
Independent study and online courses (if needed)
$450 per credit
Payment Plans are available
Dean, Faculty of Public Health, Healthcare Administration
On a part-time basis, most candidates are anticipated to complete their degree requirements within eighteen months. The determining criteria are dedication and the candidate’s previous academic and professional portfolio.