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Public Health, MPH (Public Health Practice)

Master of Public Health

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The Public Health, MPH concentration in Public Health Practice online program is designed for working public health professionals who want to expand their skillset to meet today’s public health challenges. Students will sharpen their analytical, instructional, interpersonal and problem solving skills.

Through the Public Health, MPH Public Health Practice program, students:

  • Learn practical, public health and leadership applications in the online environment
  • Collaborate and communicate with other students through a collaborative online environment
  • Gain fresh perspectives and the ability to advance in their career settings

Career outlook: The need for public health practioners with strong backgrounds in health administration and health education is growing as health care delivery has shifted dramatically in recent years to include a greater focus on prevention.

Demand is high for skills in:

  • Monitoring and assessing community health
  • Assuring access to health services
  • Policy development

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates employment of health educators and community health workers to grow 13% from 2014 to 2024, faster than average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts made to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs through preventative care.

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health in addition to Higher Learning Commission accreditation
Brandon Grimm, PhD, MPH
Director & Assistant Professor

A public health practioner with over 15 years experience, Brandon Grimm is passionate and dedicated to helping assure that all Nebraskans can be healthy. Grimm has been instrumental in building numerous trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with community partners throughout the state, region and nation. His professional interests include the measurement and evaluation of competency-based education and training, visioning the future of public health and adolescent health and wellness.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    You must have 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.

  4. Taken the GRE

  5. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

  7. 3 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete the online application. Use School Designation section in online application to select program and area of concentration you wish to apply
  • Submit application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
October 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 500

This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.

CPH 501Health Behavior3

Course Number: CPH 501

The purpose of this course is to study the theoretical foundations of health behavior. Students will develop an understanding of the determinants of health behavior, the models and theories that provide a framework for predicting health behavior, and the strategies employed to bring about behavioral changes for health and disease prevention in individuals and groups.

CPH 502Health Services Administration3

Course Number: CPH 502

This is a survey course designed to be an introduction to the management of health services organizations and systems in the United States. Specifically, this course will introduce students to the types of health services organizations and health systems in the United States, the context surrounding the administration of these organizations and delivery of health care services, and the skills needed to manage a health services organization within this setting.

CPH 503Public Health Environment and Society3

Course Number: CPH 503

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to environmental factors, including biological, physical, and chemical factors, which affect the health of a community. The main focus of the course will be the effects of exposures that have been associated with human health and environmental problems in the Midwest, specifically water and air pollutants related to animal feeding operations, arsenic in ground water, pesticides, herbicides, lead, and radiation. The effects of global warming, ergonomic problems in the meat packing industry, and occupational and environmental problems in health care will also be discussed.

CPH 504Epidemiology in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 504

The objective of the course is to understand the application of survey and research methodology in epidemiology, especially in the community setting. Theoretical aspects will be taught as an integral part of understanding the techniques of study design and community survey. Concepts to be covered include measure of disease occurrence, measures of disease risk, study design, assessment of alternative explanations for data-based findings, and methods of testing or limiting alternatives. Students will be expected to address an epidemiological question of interest to them, first developing the hypothesis and conducting a literature search, then developing a study design and writing, in several stages, a brief proposal for the study.

CPH 505Applied Research in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 505

This course will assist students to develop the basic skills to conduct applied research to address contemporary problems in public health. The course will emphasize proposal writing, data collection, research design, statistical analysis, computer application, and writing of research reports. Unique problems associated with data collection in public health settings such as public health departments, neighborhood health centers, and community-based organizations will be addressed. Both quantitative and qualitative research designs will be explored. Considerable emphasis is placed on evaluation of public health research published in scholarly publications. A research proposal/capstone service- learning proposal is written as one of the course requirements.

CPH 506Biostatistics I3

Course Number: CPH 506

Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate statistics course or permission of instructor. This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include types of data, descriptive statistics and plots, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and one-way analysis of variance. A brief introduction to correlation and univariate linear regression will also be given. The course is intended for graduate students and health professionals interested in the design and analysis of biomedical or public health studies.

CPH 536Health Promotion Program Planning3

Course Number: CPH 536

An in-depth application of the health promotion program planning process utilizing a comprehensive model called PRECEDE-PROCEED. Students submit six papers applying each phase of this model: social diagnosis, epidemiological diagnosis, behavioral/ environmental diagnosis, educational/organizational diagnosis, administrative/policy diagnosis, and evaluation at the process, impact and outcome levels. Prerequisites: None.

CPH 538Public Health Program Evaluation3

Course Number: CPH 538

This course will build skills for selection, development and analysis of various types of instruments and techniques for conducting process, impact, and outcome evaluations in health education and health promotion. Evaluation of health behavior change and its antecedent’s changes in community services/programs, and community health status will be discussed. Students will learn methods for developing/choosing psychometric tools, choosing appropriate evaluation designs, procedures for data collection, and describing evaluation results. Emphasis will be placed on political statistical, and theoretical aspects of instrumentation and evaluation practices. Prerequisites: waived for MPH students.

CPH 563Strategic Planning & Management in Public Health3

Course Number: CPH 563

This course examines the theory and practice of strategic planning and management in public health, health services, and voluntary health and welfare organizations. Application of specific principles, concepts, and techniques of strategic planning and management for these organizations will be addressed. The roles and responsibilities of public health and health services administrators in developing, implementing, monitoring and revising strategy will also be examined. Prerequisites: Instructor permission.

CPH 565Health Care Finance3

Course Number: CPH 565

This course is the required health care financial management course for the Health Care concentration in the MPA program and a required course in the MPH curriculum. Students are not expected to have prior coursework in financial management, managerial and financial accounting. The course does, however, assume the students have some experience with spreadsheet models. This course, which focuses on the application of financial management principles and concepts to health care organizations, consists of (1) instructor lectures, (2) case analyses, (3) presentations, and (4) two examinations. Much of the learning in this course will come from your own individual work and from interacting with other students, so the benefits that you receive will be directly related to your individual efforts. Prerequisites: Research methods, epidemiology, or biostatistics, or instructor permission.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HPRO 998Special Topics in Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health: Mixed Methods Research3

Course Number: HPRO 998

The course designed for graduate students MPH and PhD students in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research and other graduate students. This course focuses on mixed methods as a distinct research design that includes the collection and analysis of both qualitative and qualitative data in a project. Topics include the rationale for using mixed methods, philosophical assumptions, types of mixed methods designs, and approaches used to integrate qualitative and quantitative data into a project. Prerequisites: BIOS806/CPH506 Biostatistics I or equivalent course

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $560.00
  • Fees: $71.25
  • Total: $631.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1680.00
  • Fees: $213.75
  • Total: $1893.75
Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Public Health charges a $150 Technology Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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