Our Mission

The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to advance public health knowledge, prevent disease, and promote health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally.  

Classes are designed with working professionals in mind, meeting on weekday evenings and include some blended courses. The program has completion options of two or three years.

master of public health

The MPH program at Rollins College is designed to prepare health professionals to effectively develop, implement, and evaluate programs that have an impact on the health of the public. Students who successfully matriculate come from a wide range of professions and academic disciplines including:

  • Individuals from any background planning to pursue a career in public health
  • Recent college graduates interested in a career in public health or preventive medicine
  • Physicians, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, or other clinicians pursing managerial and administrative roles and responsibilities in public health or the health sector
  • Healthcare professionals, managers, or administrators seeking formal training and education in preparation for advanced careers in public health

We recognize that full-time professionals have strict demands on their time. This is a rigorous program that meets approximately two evenings a week, allowing students to find balance while continuing to be competitive in the rapidly changing public health environment. At graduation, graduates of the MPH program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of best practices in public health
  • Work with community groups to assess the health status of populations, identify problems, and plan potential solutions
  • Be able to secure resources that support public health efforts
  • Analyze and apply research findings to public health problems
  • Integrate population and community-based medicine in clinical practice
  • Serve as community leaders in devising solutions to public health problems
  • Engage in formulating policy to improve public health

Fall 2018 Application Deadlines:

Early Decision: March 1, 2018

Regular Decision: May 15, 2018

Click here for application instructions

Program Length

Two or three years

Tuition and Fees

The program requirement for graduation is 46 credit hours. Based on the 2017-18 tuition rate of $605 per credit hour, the total program will cost an estimated $27,830.

Monthly Payment Plan

Rollins College provides a low-cost payment plan that divides tuition into affordable monthly installments with flexible payment options. The plan differs from a loan in that there is no interest rate, just a low $25 enrollment fee each term. Students are required to enroll in the plan prior to published payment deadlines in order to avoid late payment penalties. Additional information is available on the Bursar’s Office website at www.rollins.edu/bursar/.

For further information:

Bursar’s Office
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue – 2716
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499


The MPH program is a 46 credit hour curriculum that begins in the fall semester. To accommodate working professionals, classes are offered on weeknights and include some blended classes. Two-year and three-year tracks are available.

Students will be required to complete a sponsored practicum (internship/fieldwork experience). Students may register for this experience at any time following the successful completion of the first semester with permission from the program director. The Practicum must consist of a total of 4 credit hours that may be completed during one semester or over the course of multiple semesters. 

The curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Course Descriptions

MPH 500 Survey of Human Disease (2)

This course provides an overview of the major diseases of public health importance, their classification and causes.

MPH 510 Research Methods for the Health Sciences (4)

This course explores the fundamentals of research design in the health sciences and applying quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods to address public health issues.

MPH 515 Comparative Health Systems (2)

This course compares the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings. The course uses a systems approach. Major public policies and their impact on health and health equality will be also be discussed. 

MPH 520 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (4)

This course serves as an introduction to the major issues of public and community health in the United States. The means by which structural bias and social inequities undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity will be emphasized. Students will learn to assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health.

MPH 530 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (4)

This course will explore social and behavioral science theories, models, and approaches that inform public health research and practice. With emphasis on an ecological perspective, students will apply relevant theories to understanding community health issues and to developing interventions. 

MPH 540 Applied Biostatistics (4)

This course covers the basic tools for the collection, analysis, and presentation of data in all areas of public health. Students will learn to assess the impact of chance and variability on the interpretation of research findings and subsequent recommendations for public health practice and policy. Topics will include general principles of study design; hypothesis testing; review of methods for comparison of discrete and continuous data including ANOVA, t-test, correlation, and regression.

MPH 600 Environmental and Occupational Health (4)

This course introduces environmental health topics with a primary focus on environmental factors impacting human health, sources of these factors, methods of identification, and regulatory measures.  Topics include health hazards associated with contaminated water, food and air; vectors of disease; exposure to toxic chemicals; solid and hazardous waste; environmental justice; regulations; safety in the work place; and emerging global environmental health problems. 

MPH 620 Global Public Health (4)

This course discusses the global context of public health including principles underlying global health and the dimensions of public health particular to international settings.  Emphasis will be placed on the issues and challenges to world health that transcend geopolitical boundaries, and the wide array of forces that impact these health issues.  Focus areas will include the impact of globalization; health disparities, social and gender inequity; infectious disease; nutrition; maternal and child health; wars and civil conflicts; resources and environmental issues; and disaster response and management.

MPH 630 Practicum (1-4)

All MPH students are required to complete an approved supervised practicum of at least 120 hours. Students will integrate and apply classroom learning in a public health work environment enabling students to observe and learn from professionals in the field through active engagement in a professional organization.

MPH 640 Epidemiology (4)

This course introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology as applied to public health problems. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation and appropriate summaries and displays of data to describe the health of populations. Topics include the dynamic behavior of disease; usage of rates, ratios and proportions; methods of direct and indirect adjustment, and clinical life table which measures and describes the extent of disease problems. Various epidemiologic study designs for investigating associations between risk factors and disease outcomes are introduced. Also presented is the application of epidemiology in the areas of health services, screening and public policy.

MPH 650 Public Health Core Concepts (Capstone Course) (4)

Students will synthesize, integrate and apply the skills and competencies they have acquired to a public health problem that approximates a professional practice experience. The course will include a capstone project whereupon students will work on public health practice projects or research projects that are of particular interest to them.

HSA 515 Principles of Health Services Administration (4)

This course provides an overview of health delivery systems, organizational theory, and the conceptual basis of traditional and executive leadership roles in healthcare facilities. Emphasis will be on the application of theory and best practice standards to the demands of the health business environment, and the development of leadership skills and competencies through a wide array of specialty topics including: strategic planning, organizational structure, performance and change, organizational communication, motivation and problem solving.

HSA 610 Healthcare Human Resources Management (4)

This course provides an overview of leadership perspectives and strategies as they apply to healthcare settings.  Leadership is specifically related to the processes of managing and developing human resources, complying with professional and governmental regulations, and monitoring the policies and culture of the healthcare organization to maximize productivity, health, and job satisfaction.

meet the faculty

Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson
Visiting Assistant Professor
Director, Master of Public Health Program

Dr.P.H., Georgia Southern University
M.P.H., Florida State University
B.S., College of Charleston

Dr. Johnson is the Director of the Master of Public Health Program. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses related to public health. Dr. Johnson has published numerous articles in reputable journals and coauthored a number of chapters in extensively used public health text books. Dr. Johnson’s research interests include chronic disease epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, and health disparities.

Prior to his arrival at Rollins, Dr. Johnson worked for the Hawaii State Department of Health as a community health outreach worker for a statewide syringe exchange program. This position involved working in some of the most economically, socially and politically depressed areas of Honolulu directly providing services to injection drug users and commercial sex workers. In addition to his work in Hawaii, Dr. Johnson has worked on public health projects in Belize, Turkey and Ethiopia. Additionally, Dr. Johnson was a delegate at the 12th World Congress on Public Health where he voted to ratify the Istanbul Declaration, which declares health as a basic human right. This declaration has since been presented before the General Assembly at the United Nations both in New York and Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition to his public health pursuits, Dr. Johnson is a strong proponent of the value of a liberal education. He is well read in classic literature, original religious texts, history, western philosophy, and Greek mythology. His travels abroad are fairly extensive and include fourteen countries.

Nancy Niles

Nancy J. Niles 
Associate Professor of Health Services Administration
Chair, Department of Health Professions
Office: Warren Basement A
(407) 646-2793

M.P.H. Tulane University 
Ph.D. University of Illinois 
M.S. University of Maryland 
M.B.A. University of Maryland

Dr. Niles is the Chair of the Health Professions department and Program Director for the undergraduate health care management major. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate health related courses.  Prior to her arrival at Rollins, she taught in two undergraduate business schools located in small liberal arts colleges.  Her related work experience includes a directorship of a multi-million dollar New York State health program, and a consultant for small businesses. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer for two tours in Senegal, West Africa where she managed health and business projects. During her second Peace Corps tour, she was appointed to manage an economic development project for the U.S. Ambassador. 

Her research areas of interest include medical and business ethics, strategic planning, social media health care marketing and the impact of health policy on organizations. She enjoys writing textbooks. She believes that we are never too old to learn and loves teaching students of all ages.  

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Renee Brent Hotchkiss
Associate Professor of Health Professions
MHSA Program Director
Office: Warren Basement B
(407) 646-2480

Ph.D., University of Central Florida
M.H.S.A., University of Central Florida
B.S., University of Central Florida

Dr. Hotchkiss holds a master's degree in Health Services Administration and a doctorate in Public Affairs with an emphasis in Health Administration from the University of Central Florida.  She has held two previous faculty appointments at Georgia Southern University and at Florida Gulf Coast University where she taught a number of courses on healthcare management, public health leadership, and health policy at the graduate level.  Dr. Hotchkiss has published numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of American College Health, Journal of Health Administration Education, International Journal of Public Policy, Health Care Management Review, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; and, two book chapters that focus on emerging trends in the health policy field. She has also had two papers included in the conference proceedings of the Academy of Management and the Global Business and Technology Association and was the recipient of an Academy of Management Best Papers award in 2008.  Her research is centered on vulnerable populations, intervention strategies, unique human resource structures/developments, and economic viability of programs.


Ivy Kodzi
Visiting Assistant Professor

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ohio State University
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., University of Ghana
B.Sc., University of Ghana

Dr. Kodzi is a Global Health Scientist and currently a Visiting Assistant Professor. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in statistics, research methods, and global health-related topics. Her previous professional experience includes teaching and research positions at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya, and Pennsylvania State University, PA. She has a keen interest in the interrelationship between population and health in developing societies; particularly in reproductive health, poverty, and aging. She focuses on understanding the sources of health and socio-economic vulnerability and variability among women in deprived settings such as in some sub-Saharan African communities. She has published in reputable international journals including Social Science and Medicine, Studies in Family Planning, Demographic Research, Ageing and Society, Journal of Biosocial Science and Journal of Urban Health. Dr. Kodzi’s academic training includes a doctorate degree in Demography and Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University, master’s degree in Economic Policy Management and B.S. in Statistics and Computer Science from the University of Ghana.

Supporting Faculty

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Chet Allen Evans
Executive Director
Center for Health Innovation
(407) 646-2331

D.P.M, Samuel Merritt University
M.S., University of Florida
B.S., University of Miami

Dr. Evans is a board certified foot and ankle surgeon, and has been involved in medical and health sciences education and program development for more than two decades.  He is a seasoned executive administrator, wound and accreditation specialist, world-recognized medical educator, surgeon and entrepreneur.  As Executive Director of Rollins Center for Health Innovation he is responsible for the development of new health professions and related programs, in addition to providing a forum for innovative health presentations to the community.  Dr. Evans is also the President and CEO of AnchorMed, a medical and dental program development and health non-profit management company.  Formerly he was Vice President for Medical Education and Program Development at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton, Florida.  There, Dr. Evans oversaw the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Pharmacy and was responsible for developing the state’s third and newest School of Dental Medicine.  Prior to that he was Vice President for Medical Affairs for the Division of Medicine at Barry University, serving also as Dean & Professor of Surgery of its School of Podiatric Medicine and its School of Graduate Medical Sciences.  Dr. Evans has published widely, serves on multiple boards at the local, state and national levels, and is actively involved in both regional and professional health/medical accreditation activities.

program of study

Students begin the program in the fall term each year. Classes are designed with working professionals in mind, meeting weeknights with some courses in a blended format. The program can be completed in 21 months (five semesters) or 33 months (eight semesters). In addition to coursework, the completion of a capstone project is required either in the form of a master’s thesis or a professional project.

Participation in an internship or field experience is a requirement for graduation. The internship/field experience must total 120 hours. The Center for Health Innovation will assist with internship placement. Students must be enrolled in the MPH 630 Practicum course while completing their internship.

Two-Year Program
Time – 21 months 
Credits – 46 credit hours
Total estimated cost – $27,830* 

First year (Fall) – 10 credit hours

  1. MPH 520   Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (4)
  2. MPH 510   Research Methods for the Health Sciences (4)
  3. MPH 500   Survey of Human Disease (2) – Blended

First year (Spring) – 10 credit hours

  1. MPH 530   Health Behavior and Education (4)
  2. MPH 540   Applied Biostatistics (4)
  3. MPH 515   Comparative Health Systems (2) – Blended

First year (Summer) – 6 credit hours

  1. HSA 610   Healthcare Human Resources Management (4) – Blended
  2. MPH 630   Practicum (2)

Second year (Fall) – 10 credit hours

  1. MPH 640   Epidemiology (4)
  2. HSA 515   Principles of Health Services Administration (4) – Blended
  3. MPH 630   Practicum (2)

Second year (Spring) – 10 credit hours

  1. MPH 620   Global Public Health (4)
  2. MPH 600   Environmental and Occupational Health (4)
  3. MPH 650   Public Health Core Concepts (Capstone Course) (2) – Blended

Three-Year Program
Time – 33 months
Credits – 46 credit hours
Total estimated cost – $27,830*

First year (Fall) – 6 credit hours

  1. MPH 520   Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (4)
  2. MPH 500   Survey of Human Disease (2) – Blended

First year (Spring) – 6 credit hours

  1. MPH 530   Health Behavior and Education (4)
  2. MPH 515   Comparative Health Systems (2) – Blended

First year (Summer) – 4 credit hours

  1. HSA 610   Healthcare Human Resources Management (4) – Blended

Second year (Fall) – 8 credit hours

  1. MPH 510   Research Methods for the Health Sciences (4)
  2. HSA 515    Principles of Health Services Administration (4) – Blended

Second year (Spring) – 8 credit hours

  1. MPH 540   Applied Biostatistics (4)
  2. MPH 600   Environmental and Occupational Health (4)

Second year (Summer) – 2 credit hours

  1. MPH 630   Practicum (2) 

Third year (Fall) – 6 credit hours

  1. MPH 640   Epidemiology (4)
  2. MPH 630   Practicum (2)

Third year (Spring) – 8 credit hours

  1. MPH 620   Global Public Health (4)
  2. MPH 650   Public Health Core Concepts (Capstone Course) (2) – Blended

 Based on the 2017-18 tuition rate of $605 per credit hour

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