Program Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree offered by New Mexico State University is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online format. This program is intended for students who wish to earn a Master’s degree, but who cannot fully commit to the traditional, on campus, in-classroom learning environment. The curriculum and degree requirements of this program align with the on campus program and the online version of this program is also covered by the same accreditation. This program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is a member of the Council of Accredited MPH Programs (CAMP), as well as a member of the Returning Peace Corp Volunteer educational program (RPCV). This program is intended specifically for health professionals who wish to work in many different kinds of settings and environments. This includes state and federal agencies, as well as various community-based organizations and environments.

This program requires its students to take and complete 49 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Students who are taking courses on a part-time schedule can complete this course of study in a three years. This program requires that students should have completed 6 semester credits in Social and Behavioral Sciences, 3 semester credits in Statistical methods, 4 credit hours in Biology or a related field, and 3 credit hours in a public health or related field. This program also requires students to take the Graduate Record Examination test and submit their scores. Additionally, students are required to complete a biographical essay and an essay that declares their intentions regarding their graduate studies in Public Health.

This program requires students to take and complete 44 through 49 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Public Health degree. The Thesis option of this program requires students to take 44 to 46 credit hours of courses, while the non-thesis option requires students to take 49 credit hours of courses. Some of the required courses include: Orientation to Public Health, Community and Psychosocial Aspects of Public Health, Biostatistical Applications in Public Health, Foundations of Public Health Education, Techniques of Health Community and Education, Community Organization in Public Health, and Program Planning, Evaluation, and Research.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    This graduate program began in the Fall of 1996, was initially accredited in 2000, and in 2003 received full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) through December 31, 2010. NMSU is a member of the Council of Accredited MPH Programs (CAMP), and a member of the Returning Peace Corp Volunteer educational program (RPCV)

    Requirements

    This program requires that students should have completed 6 semester credits in Social and Behavioral Sciences, 3 semester credits in Statistical methods, 4 credit hours in Biology or a related field, and 3 credit hours in a public health or related field. This program also requires students to take the Graduate Record Examination test and submit their scores. Additionally, students are required to complete a biographical essay and an essay that declares their intentions regarding their graduate studies in Public Health. 

    School Overview

    New Mexico State University, a four-year, public, land-grant institution, was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. In 1889, the New Mexico territorial legislature authorized the creation of an agricultural college and experiment station and Las Cruces College became the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Due to rapid growth, in 1960 university status was awarded and the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts became New Mexico State University. The school's mission is "to serve the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service."

    Students have a variety of options academically at New Mexico State University. There are nine colleges in which students can find a program to interest them. The colleges include:

    • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Health and Social Services
    • Honors College

    NMSU offers bachelor degree completion programs, master's and doctorate programs, and a number of certificate and licensure options online.

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