Public Health

Master of Science
Female medical worker in lab

Overview

The PIU Master of Science in Public Health degree program is for candidates from diverse backgrounds seeking to become practitioners and researchers.

The MSPH requires the completion of 48 credit hours (including capstone project), over 2 years. The program prepares students for practice in the field or an advanced degree, such as a PhD, by providing a strong grounding in research methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Healthcare occupations are amongst the most rapidly growing areas of employment in the United States. Specifically, the Department of Commerce in North Carolina projects that this sector will employ the largest number of workers in the state during the period up to 2026. The ASPH estimates that there will be a need for 250,000 professionals in the field by 2020. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the projected jobs growth for epidemiologists for the 2018-28 period is 5% (as fast as average). BLS projects that job growth for environmental scientists is likely to be 8% during the period to 2028 and the median wage was $71,360 per year in 2019. Similarly, biostatisticians are likely to be in very high demand — jobs are likely to grow 26% to 2028, and the median wage in 2019 was $92,030 per year.

The PIU master’s program is high quality and extremely affordable. It is differentiated by greater flexibility in delivery and the ability of students to take courses in cognate areas such as data science.

Courses in the program include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion & Intervention
  • Immunology
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Global Public Health
  • Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology
2 Year Program
Available Residentially
Available Online

Public Health at PIU

Objectives

  • communicate using basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including using technology tools
  • Allow course flexibility to enhance and expand the learning experiences in relation to student interests in public health
  • Value cultural competence and promote diversity and inclusion of thought, culture, gender and ethnicity
  • Prevent disease, promote health, and protect the well-being of the public through education, research and service
  • Develop exemplary professionals who are able to integrate and apply the knowledge basic to public health and perform its core functions
  • Provide students with a hands-on, experiential learning practicum
  • Develop real-world skills and knowledge in health-related settings
  • Address community-identified needs and assist in solving urgent public health problems
  • Prepare students for an advanced degree, such as a PhD, through research methods and practice
  • Provide students with opportunities for integration and practical application of the learned competencies through a practicum, capstone project, and other educational, research and service activities