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2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Mar 05, 2021  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog

Public Health, M.P.H.


Faculty


  • Margaret Longacre, Ph.D.., M.S.H.E., Assistant Professor and Department Chair/MPH Director
  • Dejenaba Gordon, M.P.H., Assistant Professor, MPH Internship Coordinator
  • Heather deVries McClintock, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W., Assistant Professor and BSPH Director
  • Comfort Olorunsaiye, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor
  • Suzanne Redington, Dr. PH, M.P.H., Assistant Professor

Adjunct Faculty

  • Sarah McCool, M.P.H., Global Health and Diversity, Maternal and Child Health, Human Sexuality
  • Arteid Memaj, M.S.
  • Gregory Benjamin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Lindsay McGann, M.P.H
  • Kourtney Pulliam, M.P.H
  • Mary Alice DiFilippo, MSHE
  • Lidyvez Sawyer, M.P.H
  • Alexis Mraz, Ph.D., M.S
  • Paul Turcotte, M.P.H., Epidemiology

About the Program


Community Health Concentration

Program Planning Skills/Policy Development

  • Preparation for community public health professions
  • Capstone projects that integrate practice and research
  • Internships that gives students firsthand experience working in public health settings
  • Domestic and international service projects and internships
  • Option to incorporate more of an international focus in the degree with specific course selections and an international or global focus for the internship and Capstone project
  • Four dual-degree programs: Physician Assistant; International Peace and Conflict Resolution; Physical Therapy; and Counseling

. Our Master of Public Health (MPH) with a community-health focus health focus, trains students to work effectively as public health professionals in local and global communities through a wide variety of health-related organizations.

The core curriculum includes epidemiology, biostatistics, research methods, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, health policy, and inter-professional training opportunities while the community health concentration supplements the core with courses that focus on the development, implementation and evaluation of public health programs. A required Internship and Capstone project prepares graduates to enter the field of Public Health as program planners, researchers, evaluators, and educators.

Our program allows for broad interests in public health but we also encourage students to focus their coursework on a specific area of interest, choose an Internship experience that emphasizes their individualized interests, and plan a Capstone project focused in the same area. In this way, each student can develop a specialized knowledge base about public health issues related to his or her specific area of interest.

The dual-degree programs train health professionals in the core areas of community-based public health. The application of the public health skill set added to the skills learned within the clinical and behavioral primary degree instills a public health perspective to blend and build an interdisciplinary career.

The MPH program educates future community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research and practice in a globally-minded environment. The goals of the Public Health program are the following:

  • Educate individuals in community public health and develop the skills needed to succeed in a public health career.
  • Provide an academic environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
  • Enhance the understanding of the connection between health status and human rights.
  • Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects and internships, both domestically and internationally with community-based organizations, health facilities, government organizations, and local health departments.
  • Employ scientific investigation to advance public health knowledge of the relationship between health and the structural environment within which individuals live and work.

 

The MPH is offered through the College of Health Sciences.

Accreditation


Arcadia University’s MPH program is an accredited public health program.  Accreditation was granted by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in June 2018.

Certification


Students are eligible to sit for the National Credentialing Exam in Public Health (CPH) after completing 21 credits in the MPH program or after they complete the degree  and the National Certification for Health Education Specialists (CHES) exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Admission Requirements


The following program-specific requirements must be met:

  • A completed graduate application including personal statements, to be completed online at SOPHAS.org.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better in the major course of study.
  • Include one  official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended in your SOPHAS application Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.  Do not send transcripts directly to Arcadia.
  • Two letters of recommendation, such as from a professor (if a recent graduate) and one from a health professional.
  • Test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) taken within the last five years will be reviewed if submitted but are currently not being required for the MPH application.
  • Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience.
  • International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. TOEFL/IELTS results are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States is required.

Application Deadline

All students seeking admission to the MPH program must apply through the centralized application system (www.sophas.org).  Applicants are required to complete all components of their application including essays, by the deadline April 15 as all students must enroll in late May. 

Course Schedule

Course schedules are posted on Self-Service 3-5 months prior to the semester starting (e.g. posted in early November for courses starting in January).  Students will likely only have one section to select from and thus must adjust work schedules to allow for enrollment in courses.  Courses can start as early as Noon but are often later afternoon or evening, and can be offered Monday through Friday (day).

Expenses


Note: Dual degree program expenses are listed under the specific programs.

2020-21 Tuition: $780 per credit

Fees:

  • Registration: $50 per semester
  • Technology: $100 per semester
  • Parking: $55 per semester or $100 per year (Fall and Spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.

Financial Aid

Graduate students who have been accepted into a degree program and are enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid for information regarding available aid options and visit www.arcadia.edu/gradfinaidapply to complete required forms online.

Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Student Employment

Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Student Employment may be available to graduate students registered for at least 9 credits per semester. Students may apply for assistantships/graduate student employment upon acceptance and registration. Questions regarding graduate assistantships should be directed to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at 215-572-2925.

Federal Loans

Graduate students are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan programs provided they are taking at least 6 credits per semester (in the summer, 6 credits over all summer sessions combined satisfies this requirement). For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid.

Degree Requirements (42 credits)