Improve Public Health with an MPH Degree

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Breakthroughs and major advancements in recent years have boosted medical science’s ability to treat diseases and other health conditions, but many experts believe the best way to improve the health of the most people is to focus on population-based prevention programs. Become a leader in the movement toward increasing wellness across communities with Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Public Health. This rigorous program in APU’s nationally ranked School of Nursing will help you develop advanced skills in medical research, evidence-based decision making, policy writing, health education, and program planning.

Health Equity Program Competencies

All Master of Public Health graduates will earn a health equity concentration, giving them the following competencies:

  1. Apply principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, ethics and justice
  2. Develop a reflective public health practice through awareness of implicit bias, knowledge of diverse cultural practices and worldviews, and cultural humility
  3. Recognize the intersectionality of individual identity, population, systems and health equity
  4. Evaluate trends in health disparities by using epidemiological and statistical methods
  5. Analyze public health strategies used to create conditions of health equity in policy, practice and/or workforce development.

Choose Your Electives

Public health affects us all on a daily basis, from immunization programs to food inspection to environmental hazard assessments. Make a difference and help people better their lives with an MPH degree, which will prepare you to plan prevention and other wellness programs, as well as analyze and develop health policy. Customize the program to your career goals by selecting electives from these suggested elective groups, including the unique grouping of Disaster Health and Emergency Preparedness. Gain real-world experience in the program’s field practicum component, and showcase your learning in your capstone project, which can aid in future job interviews and academic pursuits.

  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Disaster Health and Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Policy and Administration
  • Health Promotion and Education
  • International Health
  • Social and Behavioral Science

Learn more about the MPH elective groups.

Master of Public Health: Your Key to a Powerful Disaster Relief Career

Emergencies occur around the world every day, requiring more individuals equipped to aid communities in response. See how the MPH can prepare you for disaster relief careers.

Program Highlights

  • Designed for the working professional with only one face-to-face class session a week; part-time and accelerated options are also available.
  • Hone your problem-solving skills to make decisions about healthcare solutions for populations throughout the world.
  • Develop an understanding of public health as it relates to the program’s seven core themes: diversity and culture, leadership, professionalism and ethics, communication, program planning and assessment, public health biology, and systems thinking.
  • Study alongside faculty-mentors with experience in the core fields of public health, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and health policy and management.
  • Grow in your understanding of equity and social justice and how it relates to public health in this values-based, Christ-centered program, with coursework integrating concepts like assisting underserved populations and the effects of poverty on health outcomes.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.