Online MPH Excitement Builds
Kent State is offering the first fully online Health Policy & Management MPH program available from an Ohio university and one of only a handful nationwide. Delivered 100-percent online, the program is ideal for working professionals seeking career advancement in public health, healthcare administration and nonprofit management.
The new program is coordinated by Willie H. Oglesby, PhD, assistant professor, HPM. “The online MPH delivers the education required to make a difference in the community,” says Oglesby. “Students build a portfolio of academic and practical learning applicable in their current positions, as well as in future professional opportunities. Graduates will emerge with strong capabilities in health services organization and management, alternative models of service delivery and funding and strategies for improving population health,” he explains.
The college is a leader in online education, having developed the university’s first fully online bachelor’s degree in 2012. While the online MPH will officially be launched in Fall Semester 2015, a small cohort has already enrolled and is taking classes.
The new MPH program is among the most affordable fully online programs based in Ohio and offers a practitioner-focused degree in 24- and 27-month options. The program is 46 credit hours in length, consisting of 13 courses, a career-focused practicum and optional global immersion experiences. Delivery is chiefly through the Blackboard Learn course management system and consists of text, narrative PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups and other learning enhancements. Technology requirements include a computer, broadband Internet connectivity and the ability to record audio and video. The program incorporates the Quality Matters best practices standards to ensure high-quality instruction. Enrolled students receive an application fee refund, and experienced professionals can apply to wave the Graduate Record Exam. Scholarships are also available.
Everspring is the university’s partner in designing and marketing online courses and degree programs. The firm will be conducting a national marketing campaign for Kent State’s online MPH.
“This is a full MPH curriculum in HPM, with all the excellence and rigor of the college’s full- and part-time face-to-face programs,” observes Oglesby. “Nothing is truncated. Students will achieve all of the same competencies, but get it through a modality that accommodates their other life obligations,” he says.