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Colorado School of Public Health
 

Online Master of Public Health

Leadership and Public Health Practice


Online student

At the Colorado School of Public Health we believe that ​​working professionals need flexibility to advance their career, and that geography shouldn't be a barrier to earning an accredited, graduate education in public health.

That's why we are excited to announce an innovative new educational program: the low-residency, online Master of Public Health in Leadership and Public Health Practice (LPH).

We invite you to earn your degree in a flexible, student-focused format from an established and accredited school of public health. 

LPH students will have the option to pursue all core MPH and concentration elective courses online, requiring only three short visits to campus during their training to complete their Leadership and Management in Public Health course.  


Admission Information

Like other MPH concentrations, applicants are required to apply for admission through SOPHAS and meet minimum admission standards including a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, GRE score (or approved substitution), academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume or CV, and application fee.  

In addition to general MPH admission requirements, applicants must use their SOPHAS essay to describe their career goals and purpose for study, with additional details on why the applicant is best suited to join the online/hybrid Leadership and Public Health Practice MPH program.  One of the applicant's letters of recommendation must come from a supervisor, professor or another reference familiar with the applicant's professional and/or academic work.

Applicants must also demonstrate a minimum of 3 years, preferably 5 years, of post-baccalaureate professional experience. Preference will be given to those with experience in public health, public administration or social service, although experience in other fields will be considered.

On-Campus Leadership Requirement

The LPH program requires students to visit campus over the course of two years, in order to complete the management and leadership course requirements. These visits are scheduled in late August and early May of each year. Students will finalize their residency plans with their program advisory.  Students are responsible for their travel and lodging expenses to and from campus during the duration of each leadership course.

Program Curriculum

Course #​ Course Requirement Credit Hours

Core MPH Courses (offered online)

PUBH 6600 Foundations in Public Health
Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

2

BIOS 6601 Applied Biostatistics
Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall

3

EPID 6630​ ​Epidemiology
Offered Spring
​3
EHOH 6614​ ​Occupational and Environmental Health
Offered Spring
3​
​CBHS 6610 ​Social and Behavioral Factors in Health
Offered Summer
​3
​HSMP 6603 ​Health Systems and Management
Offered Summer
​3
Concentration Course Requirements - 15 units
​CBHS (tbd) Leadership in Public Health Practice ​4
​CBHS 6612 ​Methods in Research and Evaluation
Offered Fall
​3
​EPID 6640 ​Investigation of Disease Outbreaks
Offered Summer
​2
​EHOH 6622
​Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Community Resilience*
Offered Summer
​3
​HSMP (tbd)
​Management, Budgeting, and Public Health Administration*
Offered Fall
​3
Concentration Electives​ ​- choose 6 credits for your electives from any of the following online classes; you may also have the option of taking any in-person course from the ColoradoSPH course catalog (note: if you have waived PUBH 6600 you may choose another class from this list)
TBD

One Health (intersects people, places, and the environment) 
Offered Fall (CSU)
3​
GERO 5600  Community Resources for the Elderly
Offered Fall (UNC)
3​
GERO 6400 Health Aspects of Aging
Offered Fall (UNC)
3​
GERO 6250 Psychosocial Community Resources for the Elderly
Offered Spring (UNC)
3​
​GERO 6350
​Social Policies of Aging
Offered Spring (UNC)
​3
​CH 56250
​Contemporary Issues in School Health
Offered Fall - odd years (UNC)
​3
​BIOS 6685 ​Introduction to Public Health Informatics ​3
​BIOS 6603/04 ​SPSS or SAS Lab
Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
​1
​CBHS 6628
​Technology Based Health Promotion
​3
​EHOH 6633  ​International Travel & Health
Offered Fall
​1
​CBHS 6620

​Survey Research
Offered Fall - odd years
​2
​Practicum
Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
​2
Capstone
Offered Spring, Summer, and Fall
2
​​Total Program​ ​42

*Course is not currently available online; anticipated start dates for these courses will be in Summer 2015 (EHOH 6622) and Fall 2015 (Management, Budgeting and PH Administration).​

Cost of Attendance and WRGP

Tuition rates for the online MPH are equivalent to on-campus programs, with the exception that each online course does have an online fee.  Click here for the current tuition rate and cost of attendance information. Students are also responsible for their cost of travel to and from campus three times per year and related lodging expenses as part of the leadership course.

The Colorado School of Public Health is please to participated in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP).  As a participating school, admitted applicants who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will receive the benefit of in state tuition rates.

Suggested Course Plan

Although students do not have to follow the suggested course plan, concentration-specific courses, including the leadership courses, should be taken in the suggested order whenever possible.

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1​ ​Summer Year 1 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2
PUBH 6600 (2 credits) ​BIOS 6601 (3 credits) Practicum (2 credits)

Capstone Project (2 credits)

HSMP 6603 (3 credits) ​EHOH 6614 (3 credits) Elective (3 credits)​ Electives (2 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

Elective (3 credits) ​EPID 6630 (3 credits) ​CBHS 6610 (3 credits) CBHS 6612 (3 credits)

 

Leadership (1 credit) 3 days in August​ ​Leadership (1 credit) 4 days in January and May ​Leadership (1 credit) 3 days in August ​Leadership (1 credit) 4 days in January and May
Total
credits: 9​
​Total
credits: 10
​Total
c​redits: 7
​Total
credits: 8
​Total
credits: 8

Course Sequencing

We suggest a specific sequence of courses based on availability and frequency of the online courses; students will have the option to set their own course sequence. The exceptions to this are the course in Public Health Leadership, which will be completed over four program semesters; and any courses that have required pre-requisites.  All core courses will be offered at least once each year.  Note: BIOS 6601 has been offered online every semester in recent years, but offerings may be reduced to once or twice per year.  Thus no semester is indicated in the sequencing tables below.

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