EKU Master of Public Health Adds Fully Online Degree Option

Published on May 04, 2023

Those interested in earning a master of public health (MPH) degree can now complete it 100% online with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).  

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for qualified, knowledgeable public health professionals has dramatically increased. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has noted a projected 5% job growth and up to 28% job growth for specific public health jobs. 

The MPH with health promotion concentration will be fully online, while the environmental/occupational health and sustainability concentration will continue to be offered on campus in a hybrid and flexible format. Both the online and on-campus degree programs are tailored to meet the needs of individuals working in or planning to work in a public health profession. Students will graduate prepared to face public health issues and emergencies at the local, state and national levels. 

“Our MPH curriculum is designed to equip students with foundational knowledge and competencies to face whatever public health issue or emergency arises,” said Dr. Michelyn Bhandari, associate dean of EKU’s College of Health Sciences.

“Within the public health workforce—from epidemiologists, to community health workers and public health education specialists—the need remains strong for professionals who understand how to promote healthy behaviors and combat misinformation. We’re so excited to offer our MPH degree to a broader audience through online delivery so more students can develop the expertise and skills needed to address current issues and help prepare the world for future health crises.”

EKU’s online MPH program blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as program planning and evaluation, principles of epidemiology, public health communication, public health administration, biostatistics in health science, research methods in public health and health promotion. This combination of academic and professional preparation provides graduates with the competencies and credentials to gain jobs in the growing public health field. 

The EKU Online MPH program is a flexible and convenient option for working professionals. Students will enroll in accelerated 8-week courses, and the classes are taught completely online with no campus visits required. Personalized support is available to every online student from the moment they inquire until the day they graduate and beyond. EKU is currently accepting applications to the online MPH program, and classes will begin in August 2023.