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Master of

Online Master of Public Health

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Overview

Devise new ways to accomplish better living for people with FIU Online’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree—one of the most respected and best MPH programs in the nation from a top-tier, public research institution with the highest Carnegie classification for Institutions of Higher Education. The MPH program will prepare students for interdisciplinary public health careers that investigate the epidemiology or distribution of diseases, as well as social and environmental determinants of health among diverse populations. Students will also learn about environmental health and safety and how to use existing health policies to make a difference as they influence policy development in support of optimizing population health. With the online master’s in public health program, Florida International University also showcases the diverse pool of our faculty who work at the forefront of research, scholarship and programming in public health—our students learn from experts.

This MPH degree is a program of distinction among public health master’s programs as it is the only generalist MPH online program offered in South Florida under the Florida State University System (SUS). It is affordable, flexible and tailored to the students’ needs and interests. Our faculty are locally accessible if students need to meet them in person for guidance to facilitate timely graduation or course selection.

Why Apply?

Graduates need the well-rounded education our MPH program provides to adequately address today’s public health needs. Our program’s strategic balance between coursework, lab research and practice delivers the perfect platform for both practitioners looking to sharpen their skills and scholars gearing up for cutting-edge research for a successful public health career. For students who want a public health master’s degree to learn about epidemiology and occupational health and safety, the FIU Online MPH degree, offered through The Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, is accredited by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). FIU is a top-tier, urban, public research university in South Florida that offers one of the best MPH programs in the nation. As with any MPH program, advancing your education demands dedication and guidance. The MPH online degree in Public Health is a catalyst for professional advancement.

Prepare yourself to become a professional in an array of areas that support the health of the public as this program enhances the skills and qualifications of professionals working in the healthcare sector. Of note, physicians, dentists and other health practitioners are increasingly obtaining an MPH to enhance their professional careers, and to better participate in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The reason for this is because there is a growing need for public health professionals. Growth in the public health arena can be attributed in part to a rise in the elderly population, efforts to improve health outcomes, and a focus on reducing healthcare costs by increasing education of healthy habits and maximizing the utilization of available healthcare resources (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). For example, overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average (seven percent) for all occupations. Graduates who secure positions in the public health field will shape the future of the health sector. Today’s professionals are driving change as they stimulate growth within the public health arena through improved health outcomes, a reduction of healthcare costs and by teaching people healthy behaviors and explaining how to use available healthcare services.

Students can expect to obtain transformational careers with a student-centered approach that include:

  • Opportunities to work closely with extraordinary faculty, irrespective of geography
  • Flexible schedules for full-time and part-time learning
  • Accommodations for working professionals pursuing a graduate degree while employed
  • FIU’s Master of Public Health program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health
  • Public health education complements all health profession degrees
  • National linkages to facilitate successful practicum experiences wherever you are located

Courses

Program Requirements

FIU Online’s Master of Public Health requires completion of 45 credit hours of approved coursework with a minimum of a ‘B’ (3.0) average. Public Health Core courses must be passed with a grade of ‘B’ or higher. All work applicable to the degree must be completed within six years of first enrollment in the master’s program.

Public Health Core Courses: (15 credits)

Five courses (3-credits per course) are to be selected to reflect the Online MPH competency-based objectives that allows the learning outcome in the integration of interdisciplinary public health programs.

PHC 6000 Epidemiology I: Intro to Public Health Epidemiology

PHC 6065 Public Health Statistics                

PHC 6102 Introduction to Public Health Policy and Management

PHC 6315 Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences         

PHC 6410 Health Behavior and Public Health

Online General Core Courses: (15 credits)

Five courses (3-credits per course) are to be selected to reflect the Online MPH competency-based objectives that allows the learning outcome in the integration of interdisciplinary public health programs.

PHC 6055 Data Management and Applied Epidemiologic Analysis

PHC 6155 Health Policy

PHC 6311 Environmental Health Risk

PHC 6536 Health Demography

PHC 6XXX Community Health Promotion Planning and Research

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Students are required to take three courses (3-credits per course) for 9-credits of the following advised graduate public health electives. Students may take any other faculty approved 6000 level courses in the college to meet the 9-credit requirement. For MPH, course descriptions please visit the catalog

PHC 6009 AIDS Epidemiology

PHC 6091 Biostatistics 2

PHC 6104 Public Health Management and Leadership

PHC 6442 Global Environmental Health

PHC 6XXX Health Promotion in Culturally Diverse Communities

Practicum and Culminating Experience: (6 credits)

PHC 6946 Practicum in Public Health

PHC 6930C Integrative Seminar in Public Health 

PHC 6945 (practicum) and PHC 6930C (culminating experience) are both required for all online MPH students. The practicum may be taken after completing a minimum of 30 credit hours, including all core courses. Students must contact the program at least two semesters prior to registering for the practicum to begin the process of planning, respective to the geographic location of the student and intended project. The practicum may be waived if the student has at least three years of relevant practice experience working in a public health practice setting. The waiver request is prepared by the student and submitted to the program for final approval. If the practicum requirement is waived, the student will need to substitute an approved 3-credit course in place of PHC 6945 (practicum) such that the total curriculum hour requirement of 45 credit hours is met.

Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the university’s general graduate admission requirements. Students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  • International applicants must have a WES-verified institution and also recognized in its own country as preparing students for further study at the graduate level.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of upper-level undergraduate coursework.

International Students

  • Proof of English Language Proficiency. Applicants from non-English speaking countries and domestic students who studied outside of the U.S., must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by presenting a minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language), or 6.5 overall on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years. Applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution within the United States, other English speaking countries, or countries listed in the university’s English Proficiency Test Exempt Countries (http://gradschool.fiu.edu/toefl-exempt-countries/) are not required to submit English proficiency exam scores.
  • Official Transcripts Translation. If official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be requested for translation by an official translation agency. Both the official translation, as well as the original transcripts, must be submitted to FIU.
  • Certified Copy of Diploma if you obtained your degree at a foreign institution.

Admissions Documents

The following must be submitted:

  • A current resumeInclude education, training, and employment history, practical and research experience (such as projects and publications), skills and other pertinent information.
  • A written statement of purposeStatement must clearly state his/her intended career goals, in addition to other information.
  • Three letters of recommendation must be sent. Letters are to be from those who have knowledge of the applicant's prior professional experience (e.g. a supervisor) or of the applicant's ability to perform graduate work (e.g., a professor) and should attest to the applicant's intellectual ability, motivation, maturity, and potential.
  • Submission of official GRE scores. Scores must be less than 5 years old. The committee may exempt the applicant from submitting a GRE score if the applicant has submitted MCAT or DAT scores, has earned a Ph.D., or is a practicing physician, dentist, pharmacist, or an individual of an equivalent background. 

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed institution envelope to: 

FIU Online
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
Miami, FL 33199

 

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make — one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support to reach your goals.

FIU Online Academic Merit Scholarship: $2,700

FIU Online awards scholarships acknowledging academic achievement to students in select online graduate programs who exhibit strong academic credentials upon admission.  Applicant must meet all of the following criteria to be considered:

  • Meet all requirements for admission into the applicable online graduate program.
  • Submit application for admission into the online program as well as all application supporting documents. 
  • 3.25 GPA in upper-division undergraduate coursework.
  • Submit a scholarship application.  Deadlines vary by term.

 Note: meeting any or all of the above requirements does not guarantee receipt of a scholarship. Scholarship will be applied in equal disbursements over each semester.

To apply for this academic scholarship, please contact an enrollment advisor by calling (305) 348-3125 or emailing onlineprograms@fiu.edu.  Scholarship amounts are subject to change.

Academic Works

FIU offers Academic Works, a website that matches students with relevant scholarship opportunities.  Find the one that’s right for you!  Academic Works is an online scholarship application tool where FIU students can browse and apply for more than 100 scholarships, made possible by the generosity of FIU alumni and friends.  Students can apply after they are matriculated into one of our programs.  For more information visit https://give.fiu.edu/business-governance/scholarships/.

Other Resources

There are other third party resources that prospective students can access while researching on how to pay for school.  Below are various links that provide more information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities:

Federal Financial Aid

For information on Federal Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please visit our financial aid page.

 

Top Faculty

Stempel College is home to groundbreaking research programs and centers fueled by faculty, staff and students who parse problems to find answers at an accelerated pace. We research and teach to affect positive change for the health of communities through interventions at every possible level. Our research guides leaders, is translated into policy and processes, and ultimately, serves those who need the most support.

Our faculty members are well-respected scholars, practitioners, and experts in many areas of public health; all share a common goal of inspiring and mentoring students to best facilitate the process of learning. Faculty members are dedicated to empowering students to become leaders in their chosen fields.

 

Benjamin C. Amick III

Benjamin C. Amick III
Dr. Benjamin C. Amick III has long been attracted to teaching and research, and was one of the early developers of the social inequalities and health program at Harvard University. Today, he is chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management where he has led the creation of innovative master’s programs and a new doctoral program in health systems research. Dr. Amick specializes in integrating advanced qualitative and quantitative methods to answer complex questions on how to support successful and healthy work careers. Dr. Amick and his colleagues developed the groundbreaking labor markets and health conceptual model that, for the first time, incorporates life course thinking into work and health research. In addition, Dr. Amick is engaged in translational research using both systematic reviews and benchmarking to change employer behavior with his partners at the Canadian Institute for Work & Health and with provincial partners in Canada. He has been a leader in the development of work-related, patient-centered outcome tools including being co-developer of the Work Limitations Questionnaire. He continues to advance the measurement of patient-centered outcomes through his work on sustainable employment among cancer survivors with his collaborators at the University of Groningen Medical Center in the Netherlands. He is a member of the Healthy West Kendal team in a collaborative effort to introduce a population health approach into traditional medical care. He and his colleagues are also in the midst of developing decision-making tools to support Health Ministers in the Caribbean as they work to improve responses to new disease outbreaks (e.g., Zika), and with LifeWallet, a local high-tech company in medication adherence.

Elena Bastida

Elena Bastida
Dr. Elena Bastida’s research focuses on aging, the life course, health disparities, religion, population and community health. She led the 12-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported Border Epidemiologic Study on Aging (BESA) and, with continuous NIH support, conducted research on religion and aging, and community based participatory research on obesity and diabetes. Though, substantively, her research topics have varied, she has maintained her focus on Latino populations and health disparities. Both her teaching and her mentoring have received statewide and national recognition with two national role model awards and most recently, the University Graduate School Mentorship Award and the Florida McKnight Foundation Mentor Award. In 2009, she received the Public Health Hero Award from Research America. Dr. Bastida is the past president of the Population Research Committee of the International Sociological Association. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, The Gerontologist, The Journal of Gerontology, Health Economics, Journal of Scientific Study of Religion, Diabetes Care among others.

Marcus S. Cooke

Marcus S. Cooke
Prior to his move to Florida International University (FIU) in July 2014, Dr. Marcus Cooke led of one of the foremost groups in the UK undertaking oxidative stress research, specifically studying DNA damage. This expertise is now firmly established at FIU. He is internationally recognised as a leader in demonstrating the source and significance of urinary 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2’-deoxyguanosine, a non-invasive biomarker of oxidative stress. He continues to chair the EU-funded, European Standards Committee on urinary (DNA) lesion analysis, an international project comprising more than 30 labs/SMEs, the goal of which is the validation of urinary DNA lesions as important biomarkers for future large-scale human studies. He is a member of the following EU-funded COST Actions: EU-ROS (€ 64 million COST Action; 2012 – 2016) and hCOMET. From a total of 119 publications, 79 are original, primary data articles, the majority of which are in the top three journals for the field. He is co-inventor on three patent applications, and recipient of two license agreements, as well as a co-editor of one book and a guest editor of a special DNA damage edition of Free Radical Research (2012). He is also an editorial board member for Scientific Reports and Biomarkers and a peer reviewer for more than 75 journals and major funding bodies, such as World Cancer Research Fund; EPSRC; Italian Telethon Foundation; Wellcome Trust, BBSRC; Medical Research Council; International Union Against Cancer; French Agence Nationale de la Recherche; and National Cancer Institute.

Wasim Maziak

Wasim Maziak
Dr. Wasim Maziak is both professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology. He is also the founder and director of the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies, a pioneer research and capacity-building institution in the Middle East. He has extensive experience in tobacco control research and has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers, including contributions in Science, Lancet, Nature, and British Medical Journal. His current (2017) h-index is 47, and i10-index is 117 (Google Scholar). He is a leader on waterpipe (hookah) research, and his work in this field has been instrumental to putting this emerging threat to global health on the international public health radar. Dr. Maziak has been continuously funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2001.

Changwon Yoo

Changwon Yoo
Dr. Changwon Yoo’s research, teaching, and service activities are shaped by three common aims: examining and developing novel computational and statistical methods, providing useful insights in improving health outcomes of the public in general, and involving a collaborative partnership of university, community agencies and organizations, and residents to achieve the first two aims. The incorporation of these aims into all levels of his scholarship (research, teaching, service) provides cohesiveness to his work, which enables him to be more efficient, effective, and productive. Dr. Yoo’s research focuses on developing and disseminating innovative statistical methods for Big Data Analytics (BDA). His research draws from statistical machine learning, genomics, and neuroscience and seeks to identify and build statistical methods in big data such as genomics, proteomics, neuroimaging and clinical data. It is highly collaborative because understanding disease mechanisms and coming up with better treatments and prevention in medicine and public health inevitably involve analyzing complex and big data. He is currently a principal investigator in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to build a novel computational causal model of key genes interactions in brain cancer development.

@ A Glance


45 Total Credits

$600
per credit hour
All courses are 3 credit hours
  • 18 month program
  • Accredited by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)