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. Most students complete the program in two to 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 in the evening, allowing students to find balance while continuing to be competitive in the rapidly changing public health environment. Some courses are offered in a blended format with reduced seat time. 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 2019 Application Deadlines:

Early Decision: March 1, 2019

Regular Decision: May 15, 2019 (Late applications will be considered based on space available).

Click here for application instructions


Program Length

2-3 years


Tuition and Fees

The program requirement for graduation is 49 credit hours. Based on the 2018-19 tuition rate of $623 per credit hour, the total program will cost an estimated $30,527.

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 enrollment fee. 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
407-646-2252

curriculum

The 49-credit-hour Master of Public Health curriculum has been designed to provide a foundation in the five core disciplines of public health (epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral health, environmental health, and health administration and policy) as well as a strong foundation in global health.

Graduates must complete eleven required core courses. They must also select an additional elective. In addition to their coursework, graduates must complete a 100-hour practicum at a public health organization that helps further their career goals.

Students are encouraged to follow a two- or three-year program of study. Please see the schedule tab for more details. The curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

CORE CLASSES [44 credits]

MPH 500 Biological Basis of Human Disease [4]
MPH 510 Research Methods for the Health Sciences [4]
MPH 515 Comparative Health Systems [4]
MPH 520 Foundations of Public Health [4]
MPH 530 Health Behavior and Education [4]
MPH 540 Applied Biostatistics [4]
MPH 550 Public Health Management [4]
MPH 600 Environmental and Occupational Health [4]
MPH 610 Special Topics in Public Health [4]
MPH 640 Epidemiology [4]
MPH 650 Public Health Capstone Project [4]

ELECTIVE [4 credits]

Choose one:
MPH 599 Global Health Field Experience [4]
MPH 620 Global Public Health [4]

PRACTICUM [1 credit]

MPH 630 Practicum [1] - 100 hours at a public health organization


Course Descriptions

MPH 500 Biological Basis of Human Disease [4]
This course provides an overview of the major diseases of public health importance, their classification and causes. This course serves as a foundational course familiarizing students with the basic pathophysiological aspects of many of the diseases discussed throughout the program.

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 [4]
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 Foundations of Public Health [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 Behavior & Education [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 550 Public Health Management [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.

MPH 599 Global Health Field Experience [4]
This course will introduce students to the many facets of multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to global health. The course will be held in Geneva, Switzerland where students will participate in seminars at the World Health Organization and engage in site visits at organizations such as the United Nations, International Red Cross (ICRC), and UNHCR. In addition to experiential learning, the course will include assigned readings and materials. 

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]
All MPH students are required to complete an approved supervised practicum of at least 100 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 Capstone Project [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.

MPH 610 Special Topics in Public Health [4]
This course will focus on specific topics of public health importance. Topics covered may vary.

meet the faculty

Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson
Assistant Professor of Public Health
Director, Master of Public Health Program
jajohnson@rollins.edu 

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
nniles@rollins.edu
Office: Warren Basement A
(407) 646-2793

Ph.D. University of Illinois
M.P.H. Tulane University
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 healthcare 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.  

program of study

Classes are designed with working professionals in mind, meeting weeknights with some courses in a blended format. Students are encouraged to follow a two- or three-year program of study.

Graduates must complete eleven required core courses. They must also select an additional elective. In addition to their course work, participation in an 100-hour internship  is a requirement for graduation. The Health Professions Department will assist with internship placement. Students must be enrolled in the MPH 630 Practicum course while completing their internship.

Sample Two-Year Program of Study (49 credits)

First year (Fall) – 12 credit hours

  1. MPH 500   Biological Basis of Human Disease [4]
  2. MPH 510   Research Methods for the Health Sciences [4]
  3. MPH 520   Foundations of Public Health [4]

First year (Spring) – 12 credit hours

  1. MPH 515   Comparative Health Systems [4]
  2. MPH 530   Health Behavior and Education [4]
  3. MPH 540   Applied Biostatistics [4]

First year (Summer) – 1-5 credit hours

  1. MPH 630   Practicum [1]
  2. MPH 599   Global Health Field Experience [4]
    • Elective Option 1. Students may select MPH 599 or MPH 610.

Second year (Fall) – 12 credit hours

  1. MPH 540   Applied Biostatistics [4]
  2. MPH 550   Principles of Health Services Administration [4]
  3. MPH 600   Environmental and Occupational Health [4]

Second year (Spring) – 8-12 credit hours

  1. MPH 620   Global Public Health [4]
  2. MPH 650   Public Health Capstone Project [4]
  3. MPH 610   Special Topics in Public Health [4]
    • Elective Option 2. Students may select MPH 599 or MPH 610.
      

Sample Three-Year Program of Study (49 credits)

First year (Fall) – 8 credit hours

  1. MPH 510   Research Methods for the Health Sciences [4]
  2. MPH 520   Foundations of Public Health [4]

First year (Spring) – 6 credit hours

  1. MPH 530   Health Behavior and Education [4]
  2. MPH 640   Epidemiology [4]

First year (Summer) – 1 credit hour

  1. MPH 630   Practicum [1]

Second year (Fall) – 8 credit hours

  1. MPH 500   Biological Basis of Human Disease [4]
  2. MPH 540   Applied Biostatistics [4]

Second year (Spring) – 4-8 credit hours

  1. MPH 515    Comparative Halth Systems [4]
  2. MPH 610    Special Topics in Public Health [4]
    • Elective option - Select MPH 610 in this spring or MPH 599 in a summer term

Third year (Fall) – 8 credit hours

  1. MPH 550   Principles of Health Services Administration [4]
  2. MPH 600   Environmental and Occupational Health [4]

Third year (Spring) – 8 credit hours

  1. MPH 620   Global Public Health [4]
  2. MPH 650   Public Health Capstone Project [4]

 

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