The Department of Public Health Sciences offers degree programs leading to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in either Community Health Education (CHE) or Health Management, Administration and Policy (HMAP). We offer the CHE program of study via traditional, on-campus format or online via distance education technology. We offer the HMAP concentration via online format only. (The Department also offers a non-degree Graduate Certificate in Public Health which may be taken in on-campus or online format. We also offer a joint MPH/MSW degree program.)
We have designed all our MPH Degree programs to accommodate working professionals. On campus classes are scheduled in the evening hours, usually starting at 5:00 pm; online courses can be completed asynchronously, fitting any schedule.
Our MPH program faculty members are committed to provide excellent and innovative instruction both on-campus and online. MPH students master core competencies during the program providing a strong academic foundation for careers in public health or further graduate study. Our students become successful health professionals and leaders working with diverse populations.
We have a long history of providing excellent, accredited graduate education. Our graduate program began in the fall of 1996, received initial accreditation in 2000, and full accreditation in 2003, through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). We are currently preparing to renew our current accreditation, which runs through December 31, 2018. We are also a member of the Council of Accredited MPH Programs (CAMP), and a member of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Fellows Program.
MPH Degree Programs
MPH in Community Health Education (CHE)
This program is offered in two-formats:
- On-Campus. We offer the on-campus MPH degree in a traditional classroom setting at times that accommodate working professionals. Online students have enhanced opportunities to interact with professors, engage in research, complete a thesis, and participate in other on-campus professional and extracurricular activities. On-Campus students are also eligible for Graduate Assistantships to help defray the cost of their educations. Such assistantships also come with in-state tuition rates.
- Online. Our online degree programs serve students who cannot participate in a traditional on-campus educational experience because of geographical or other constraints. Online students engage with professors via a wide range of distance education technologies including Canvas, Skype, Zoom Meeting, and Adobe Connect. Many of our distance education courses have been certified by our Teaching Academy Professionals. Note that the state of New Mexico allows out-of-state residents to register for six hours of online courses at IN-STATE tuition rates (plus a modest distance education fee).
MPH In Health Management, Administration & Policy (HMAP)
This program can be completed in the online format only.
Students in the online HMAP concentration complete all their degree requirements online including Public Health CORE courses, concentration courses, field placement, and electives. Online students are required to visit campus just once for an initial orientation at the start of their first semesters. Students completing the HMAP concentration can only complete the non-thesis option.