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Yale Launches Online Executive Master’s Degree in Public Health

September 10, 2020
by Colin Poitras

The Yale School of Public Health is now offering a unique online executive master’s degree in public health (MPH) for professionals interested in acquiring a strong public health education and hands-on leadership and management training.

Most of the coursework will be completed remotely, with three five-day in-person intensive sessions on the Yale campus over two years.

The new Executive MPH encompasses all of the strengths that define the Yale School of Public Health academic experience – faculty excellence, individualized attention, curricular innovation and interdisciplinary approaches to public health challenges.

“We developed this program with a focus on the knowledge and skills working health professionals need to advance in their chosen careers,” said Martin Klein, Ph.D., MPH ’86, director of the Executive MPH program. “As someone who obtained a graduate degree while working full time, I know how challenging it can be. We created a simple and direct value proposition: dedicate some of your valuable time to this program and we will ensure that you get an education that befits the excellence and quality that is a Yale degree.”

The program offers four tracks:

  • Health Informatics
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Applied Analytical Methods and Epidemiology
  • Essential Public Health Skills

Every student in the Executive MPH program receives a $10,000 scholarship to help offset costs. More information about tuition and financial aid can found on the school’s financial aid website. Admission requirements can be found on the program’s website.

Program participants also will have full access to the Yale School of Public Health’s Career Management Center, which offers expert individual guidance and assistance for those seeking new jobs. Graduates become Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) alumni, joining an academic community of nearly 7,000 alumni in all 50 states and 71 countries around the world. More information about YSPH alumni benefits and services can be found on the alumni website.

Designed for working health professionals, the Executive MPH provides a broad foundation in public health, specialized instruction in areas critical to health promotion and disease prevention and a year-long integrative capstone experience that enables students to apply what they have learned to a real-world public health problem.

Top faculty within the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine and from outside Yale were handpicked to serve as instructors for the program. More information about course instructors can be found on the program’s faculty page.

“For over 100 years, our graduates have gone out to change the world,” said YSPH Dean Dr. Sten Vermund, who will teach one of the program’s foundational courses. “This program is designed to bring into our community of learners working professionals who could not leave career and family to come to New Haven for full-time study. This executive MPH fills that need, designed to help practicing professionals enhance their abilities to lead.”

Each one-credit course is 13 weeks and each week consists of roughly a one-hour pre-recorded lecture and one hour of real-time class discussion in the evening. The curriculum is 16 credits and is built around four themes – management and leadership, core public health knowledge, specialization and integration.

Within these themes, students can learn such essential skills as:

  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Applying and interpreting biostatistics
  • Fundamentals of behavior theory
  • Public health ethics
  • Health informatics
  • Toxicology
  • Public health modeling
  • Leading transformational change

Applications are now being accepted.

To learn more, please visit the program’s website.

Submitted by Denise Meyer on September 10, 2020