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MPH Online

Students in the Online MPH specializing in Health Policy and Management will develop the skills necessary for addressing public health risks and developing effective health services, research, health policy analysis, and health care planning and management. 

The Online MPH prepares graduates for:

  • Administrative and management positions in hospitals, clinics, state and local health departments, nursing homes and mental health facilities.
  • Policy analyst positions in health planning organizations and governmental agencies
  • Planning and management positions in health maintenance organizations and health insurance companies.

Specialization courses include:

  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Finance
  • Policy
  • Management
  • Law and Ethics
  • Program Implementation

College of Public Health

• Earn your MPH in as few as two years
• An associate member of ASPPH
• Convenient, flexible—at your pace
• One-to-one faculty advisor
• Affordable for all, even out-of-state students
• Taught by experienced faculty
• Curriculum focused on competencies
• Resources and prestige of a top research university

Online MPH - Health Policy & Management FAQ

If you do not find an answer to your questions here, or need additional information, please email or call 1.330.672.6500; so that we can add your question and provide you with additional information.

How long does it take to complete the MPH online? 

The online MPH is designed for both part- and full-time students.  Students averaging at least 6 credit hours per semester (including summer) can complete the degree program in about two years.  Part-time students will take longer to complete and need to plan their program of study around course availability.  Given that many students work full-time, we recommend a schedule that includes two courses in the fall, two courses in the spring and one course in the summer.  With that schedule, part-time students can complete the program in three years.

How do I apply for the online MPH program? 

Electronic applications are submitted via the Kent State University website ( See Online Graduate Degrees – Public Health). Please note that the online application is separate from the on-ground application.

Is there an admissions deadline for the online MPH program? 

No.  The Department of Health Policy and Management has “rolling admissions,” which means that there are no deadlines and you can start the program in any term.

How much does the program cost?

Cost per credit hour is $629.00 beginning Fall semester 2014.    There is a $12 per credit hour distance learning surcharge. Books, fees and related instructional costs are additional.

Does this program qualify for financial aid? 

Yes.  The Kent State University of Financial Aid is the best resource for what kind of aid is available and to whom.

Must I take the GRE?  Will the MCAT or DAT be acceptable? 

Any of these examinations will be acceptable for admissions.  GRE scores may be waived, in rare circumstances, as determined by department chairs.

Is there a minimum score I must achieve for the GRE? 

Competitive applicant scores will be in the 50th percentile or above.  GRE scores are also considered in relation to other admission requirements: 1) an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, 2) three letters of recommendation, 3) official transcripts from previously attended institutions, and 4) a personal goal statement.

Is the TOEFL required for international applicants? 

Yes.  International applicants must present evidence of English competency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Minimum English proficiency scores for the online MPH are:  100 on the internet-based TOEFL, 600 on the paper-based TOEFL or 7.0 on the IELTS.  More information about  English proficiency, international admission processes and other requirements is found at Kent State University Office of International Admissions.

What if I applied for one semester and I want to start in a later semester? 

As long as you applied within the last year you can notify the Kent State University Division of Graduate Studies that you want to change your Admit Term.  If you want to apply for a term more than one year after you applied, you will need to start a new application.

May I transfer credits into the online MPH program? 

Yes, with advisor and department chair approval.  The University limits the amount of graduate credit hours that can be transferred from an accredited university.  Students should check with Health Policy & Management department chair prior to application if there are questions related to transfer credits.

How many credit hours do I need to complete the online MPH degree?

The online MPH consists of a minimum of 46 credit hours organized around four curricular domains: 1) 19 hours in the core MPH courses, 2) 15 hours in the HPM specialization area, 3) 6 hours of advisor approved electives, and 4) 6 hours of practicum.

What are core courses? 

Core courses are designed to provide students with a basic public health foundation.  Descriptions of the courses can be found at Kent State University College of Public Health.

Can I change my major to other specializations in the College of Public Health? 

Yes.  However, the Health Policy and Management specialization is the only MPH specialization that is 100% online.

Will I have an advisor to help me choose classes? 

Yes.  Upon acceptance to the online MPH degree, you will be assigned a Health Policy & Management faculty advisor.  You are required to meet with your advisor via phone, Skype or face-to-face prior to registering for courses each semester.

Does the study program include synchronous (set times for p) chat or lecture sessions?

Our courses rely on asynchronous sessions, discussion and collaboration; allowing students to work in a manner that is most convenient to them before assigned deadlines, which are set in US Eastern time.  Synchronous sessions may be introduced by an instructor upon unanimous agreement of students enrolled in a given course or in a manner that is not a course requirement.

How do I access and use the online course material? 

The course management system, Blackboard, is accessible like any website.  You will be given a username and password that will allow access to your courses and communities on Blackboard.  A full website provides tutorial and user support, Blackboard Learn.

How flexible is this online program? 

The online format allows students to engage in the learning process from any part of the world and any time of the day or night.  All that is required is an internet connection.  Course content, however, is highly structured.  There is a start and finish date to each semester and work must be completed and submitted according to course deadlines established by faculty.

When should I log in to my courses? 

As indicated, there are no specific times or days of the week required for long in (so long as assignments are completed by specified dates/times indicated on the course syllabus).  We recommend logging in at least four times per week to stay up-to-date on course information and assignments.

How much time should I expect to spend each week on my courses? 

Expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week per course on course-related activities.  Many assigned readings may be downloaded and/or printed, reducing the amount of time spent online.

Do I need to come to Kent State University? 

No, this program is 100% online.  You will not need to travel or interrupt your work schedule for on-campus sessions.

Will I be able to contact faculty teaching my courses? 

Yes, all courses are monitored by a live instructor.  Correspondence with instructors will be conducted within the online course, or via email, Skype, phone calls or other media.

Are there examinations? 

Some courses may require examinations.  Others will have your learning experience evaluated through weekly assignments and/or term papers.  All students are required to take a take-home comprehensive exam in the second year of the program. Identity verification processes may be required in some classes.

What is the practicum requirement?

The Practicum project is an applied exercise that serves as evidence of a student’s ability to apply knowledge and skills gained in coursework to a public health problem.  This exercise is conducted in “real world” settings with support and guidance from community preceptors and Department faculty.  Completion of the Practicum requires a minimum of 300 contact hours and the development and presentation of a portfolio.

How soon can I start my practicum? 

Practicum is usually completed during the last year of the student’s program of study.  Students register with the HPM Practicum Coordinator to begin the Practicum.  Once site/project approval has been received, students enroll in the Practicum course to begin development of their project.  Students register for 6 hours of practicum.  Upon completion of their project, grades are assigned.  Grades are based upon the quality of the portfolio, the presentation, preceptor evaluation, self-evaluation, and faculty assessment.

Can I do my practicum at my current place of employment? 

To ensure development of competencies in a variety of public health settings, this is not recommended.  The Department may approve a practicum in such settings only provided that certain safeguards can be established to ensure that the educational quality of the learning experience is preserved.

Does my Practicum Preceptor need to have an MPH degree? 

Not necessarily.  However, your Practicum supervisor should be academically prepared to 1) provide direction or facilitate your practicum project; 2) have expertise in your subject matter; 3) be available for student consultation; 4) be willing to complete the required paperwork and evaluations; and 5) have an interest in working with students.

Is the online MPH accredited? 

Yes, Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting agency for post-secondary educational institutions recognized by the United States Department of Education.  The online MPH is included in this accreditation.  In addition, the College of Public Health is currently undergoing additional specialized accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  The College is already an Associate Member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, which is the voice of accredited public health education, representing member schools and programs accredited by CEPH. The College is expected to receive full school-level specialization accreditation by CEPH and full membership in ASPPH by fall 2015.  This specialized accreditation is in addition to the accreditation we already have, which is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Can I take a single class to learn more about the program? 

Yes.  By applying, and being admitted, as a non-degree or guest student, you can take a limited number of classes as allowed by Kent State University.

If you do not find an answer to your questions here, or need additional information, please email or call 1.330.672.6500; so that we can add your question and provide you with additional information.