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Master Of Public Health Online

Make Your World a Healthier Place

Earn your Master of Public Health (MPH) online with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Serving the underserved and improving well-being in our communities have been integral to our mission for more than 100 years. That mission comes to life in our online MPH degree.

Drawing on decades of experience from those working in the industry, our MPH is designed to graduate public health leaders who understand persistent and emerging public health issues and who can work to provide solutions.

As an online MPH student, you’ll learn from real-world practitioners and benefit from a curriculum crafted by experts. You’ll prepare to prevent the spread of disease and promote equitable access to health services. You’ll also learn to help others improve their physical, mental, and social well-being as you design, execute, and evaluate public health programs.

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42

credits

$545

per credit

2 – 2.5

years completion

SeptJan

start dates

Online

42

credits

$545

per credit

2 – 2.5

years completion

SeptJan

start dates

Online

Develop Advanced Public Health Expertise

Establish a solid foundation for your public health career by pursuing your Master of Public Health online with Saint Mary’s. The well-rounded curriculum delves into biostatistics, epidemiology, health statistics, and more, positioning you for success as a knowledgeable public health leader. The online courses offer the flexibility that busy professionals need, and the field experience and integrative learning capstone help bolster your understanding of public health.

Program Highlights

  • CEPH-Aligned Curriculum
  • Specialized Field Experience
  • No GRE Required
  • Strong Lasallian Values
  • Designed to Meet the Highest Academic Standards
  • Complete Your Program in 24–36 Months
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

View Our Latest Virtual Open House

Learn more about the MPH program curriculum, career advancement, and frequently asked questions from the Program Director and admissions team.

Transcript

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Steve Calhoun: Well, good evening. I would like to welcome everyone to tonight’s virtual open house for the Master’s in Public Health program for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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It my name is Steve Calhoun. I’m the Senior Enrollment Counselor for the program, and we are very pleased this evening to have our program director with us.

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Steve Calhoun: Mr. John Raceler.

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Steve Calhoun: John has an extensive background in public health that he is here to share with us and give us some guidance as to what you expect from the program, and as a result of having taken the program, some career, opportunities, etc., etc. So without further ado, I will turn it over. John Stage is yours.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Okay, thank you, Steve. It is a real joy for me to be here tonight and to share a little bit about our Mph program. It’s a good program for people. Here is the basic agenda. What we’ll be looking at. I’ll do a little bit of welcome introductions. Tell you a little bit about myself.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: We’ll look at an overview of the Mph degree itself. What is the Mph. All about? How did it evolve. And then we’ll look specifically at the the Saint Mary, you Saint Mary’s University Mph program.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and then talk about how we achieve success within that program

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: at the end we’ll look at some of the Lasallian core principles. St. Mary’s University is a Lasallian University, and we’ll talk about what makes that distinctive, and then we’ll have some time for questions and answers, if any come in on the chat. So you do have an opportunity to raise up questions through the chat that Steve will be monitoring.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: So within the St. Mary’s public health programs. We are within the school of health and human services at St. Mary’s University. Within the schools of graduate and professional programs there are 3 schools, and the School of Health and Human Services is one of those 3 schools. The instruction that we have is asynchronous online, asynchronous means any lectures that we have are pre-recorded.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: The. We don’t have formal classes where everyone is it is attending. And then it’s all online which makes it very convenient for working professionals. Right now, we have

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: 2 programs that are active. We have an Mph program and a community health worker. We’ve also had a Bachelors of Public health. But what we’re talking about tonight is the Mph program, which is really at the top of this kind of learning pinnacle. This is the professional degree program that we have the graduate level program at. In the public health programs

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: within our public health program director’s office. We really have 3 people. I’m the full time employee. The program director, also working with me on a part-time basis is serene Zacharov.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: who is the assistant program director, and also Jackie Costello, who is a student services specialist.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now my background. I came to St. Mary’s University, after

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: working in public health for 38 plus years. 33 of those even more than that now 34 years working for the Minnesota Department of Health. I took A formal retirement from the Minnesota Department of Health last year, but I’ve actually continued working for the Department of Health

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: one day a week, working on some projects that I had not really finished up and have an opportunity to continue working on.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: But my own background. I started off with an an MS. And Environmental health, epidemiology and biometry from the University of Minnesota. And the way I did my program, I did it as a working professional. I did one to 2 courses per quarter using the Regent scholarship at the University of Minnesota. And this is a program not unlike

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: many people use do with our Mph. Program at St. Mary’s taking one course per term.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Then I

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: was accepted and went into the Ph. D. Program. I’m technically abd all but dissertation

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: did not complete my dissertation, but my dissertation was in pediatric traumatic brain injury. Actually, I had a student of mine used my dissertation as his P. For his Phd.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: So it was fun working with him, and actually seeing that dissertation brought to completion.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: I started off my career then at the North Dakota Department of Health, working there as an epidemiologist, and then went over to the Minnesota Department of Health, working as an epidemiologist and epi supervisor. And then, one year ago, just over a year ago, coming to Saint Mary’s University, I come from actually now a family of

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: public health. My father had an Mph. From the University of Minnesota. He started off as an industrial hygienist, and then was the Director of Environmental Health with Richfield Hopkins and Invergrove Heights in Minnesota.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: now talking a little bit about the Mph. Degree and what it was intended. It was really designed to prepare government public health workers.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and it was intended to be a terminal degree. It’s very practice, oriented versus academic or research, and the part I talk about where it was designed to prepare government public health workers. We’re going to see a slide

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: because the Mph degree is ever evolving, ever changing. And

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: that has not been the the way it is been progressing.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now, some research that has come out recently. And some of the authors of this paper that just publish it. So come from the University of Minnesota, most notably Jp, later on. This, we’re looking at the what happens with people when they get their Mph, and we see that 73% of Mph

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: graduates

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: are employed and that 15% go on to are going on to further education of one sort or another. 5 are going into a fellowship or traineeship, and about 6% are unemployed.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now of those who are employed. what is very notable

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: is where they’re going. We see 27% going into healthcare, 24% going into corporations, such as pharmaceuticals or insurance companies, 19% going into academia.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: 17% going into government.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and then 12% into nonprofits, and then a 1% in the other areas. This 17% going into government. agencies. City, county State, Federal.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Government

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: was a little bit surprising, I think, for a lot of us who work in in educational

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: programs, because.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: again, the MPH. Was originally designed to train governmental workers, and we see that that is not where most of the Mph graduates are going to work.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: So that was interesting. At least that’s where they’re not initially going. It’s also very striking because the government is having a real shortage of workers right now. Covid really hammered the

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: government workforce in terms of yeah, yeah, just as the employees, a lot of them resigned, etc. And so there’s been a real struggle. And again, Jp, lighter has been doing a lot of research in this area and trying to better understand the public health workforce.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now the workforce has surely changed, and

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: I got a couple of slides here that reflect some of that. This is the the founding, the founding members of the

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Minnesota. this would be the Minnesota Society of Professional Sanitarians, which is now called the Minnesota Environmental Health Association, 1961. And you can see this is a group of all white men standing in the back in the center. There, very tall and stately.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: is Professor Lee Stauffer, from the University of Minnesota, and he later went on to be the second Dean of the School of Public Health

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: at the University of Minnesota. These are all for the most part Mph’s, and they’re all white males, and and, as a matter of fact, my father is one of those men who is in that group.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: But now this is the Minnesota Environmental Association, the Board of Directors 2023. So this is 62 years later, and the face of public health obviously has changed a lot. And during that time. And so the the degree, the mph, the training that has gone on has changed. The workforce has changed. The people have changed. We can see that society has changed very much, and the mph has evolved right along with it.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now to talk a little bit about our program at St. Mary’s University.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: It is 42 credits. We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We are Cifa line. That’s the Council on Education and Public Health.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Which is the accreditation agencies for public health programs and colleges of public health.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: So we’re aligned with their accreditation process.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: The program is typically completed in 7 semesters.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: If you do a course each term, there’s 2 terms per semester.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: The field and capstone would be done together the last semester. So those are both 2 term courses and done the last semester. We have 3 semesters a year, so there’s a fall, spring

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and summer semester each year. Courses are each usually for one term again, with the exception being field experience in capstone, each term is 8 weeks long.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: So now, as we’re getting ready term, one starts January eighth

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: term, 2 starts march fourth. Each term again is 8 weeks. And, as I had mentioned before, all courses are asynchronous online

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: professors usually offer

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: online office hours that can be scheduled either with other students or personally online with the professors

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: in terms of program advising, it’s important to follow the pro program degree line. And we’ll look a little bit at the program. That we have. Jackie, our student support specialist emails, each student prior to registration with the course recommendations, and normally you would not take other courses unless you first discuss that with me as the program director, and we generally do not recommend that students take more than one course per term, although

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: we have. We do make exceptions to that. But most of our students are working adults that have families, etc., and one course per term for the most part, is enough. And we usually recommend that students

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: stick to that schedule.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now, our program faculty really are all public health practitioners. Most are really full time public health practitioners, and they provide excellent insights and

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: connections which is really important which may be useful for those field experiences and for the capstone project.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: The faculty members for this program have all earned a doctorate or master’s degrees faculty are selected for their combination of educational professional experience and expertise.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: I don’t have a slide here. I just want to mention. So I don’t forget the Capstone project that we have here is not writing the big paper on a topic.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Our capstone project is writing a Grant application.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: One of the things that you find out in public health is that you have to write grant applications.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: That is just the bread and butter of doing public health. And so your capstone project with our program is to write a Grant application, and we walk you through that process of writing a Grant application. That’s your your Capstone project. It’s it’s a excellent

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: way to prepare you for your for a career in public health through that capstone project. Also.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: as you go through it. You also do presentations on your capstone

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: project as well as when you do a grant review reviewing your other classmates grant applications. So it’s a very holistic and expansive way of thinking about

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: writing a Grant application.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now, the degree requirements, those 42 credits. We have 15 credits, 5 courses that are core courses, 21 credits of application courses, and then the summit of courses. That’s the capstone and the field experience of 6 credits, 2 courses for a total of 42 credits.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: And here’s you’ll get the slide deck, I believe, or it’ll become available for you. But here are the how the courses are broken out the core courses, the 5 core courses.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: principles of public health, bio stats, etc. And then the application courses that we have, and then the summative courses there at the end.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and to note

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: things do happen while you’re working on your degree. And we want to note

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: you do have the opera, you know we will be flexible. We can be flexible, and we will work with you.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Students oftentimes have to take a leave of absence for various reasons. Academics can be challenging for some students. We work through probation issues. People sometimes come up with incompletes.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: We work through those issues with people. And

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: but there are program limits as well. I think we have a 5 year program limit. You need to get through your degree on a timely basis.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: We understand life happens.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and that, I think, is one of the things that St. Mary’s University can do. We are flexible to the degree that we really can be, because our goal is to help you cross the finish line to get this mph, so that you can go forth and make a difference.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: And I’m just thinking about some of the health equity issues that we try to address, that people try to work on, and we can talk about that a little bit more. But really to make a difference in people’s lives later on, that Mph. Degree can open up doors for you so that you can really make a difference, for in other people’s lives.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now, just a little bit more.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: As soon as you’re coming into the program, the course and the schedule is really pretty much fixed. We really don’t have electives. There is one elective option in this whole thing, but for the most part we don’t have electives. So this puts an emphasis in our program

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: on the field experience and the capstone. Because this is what’s gonna make your degree really unique and what you make your program your mph, unique. And so you need to be thinking about that when you come into this, what are you gonna do for your field experience? What are you gonna do for your capstone, and you can’t be thinking about this early enough.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: What do you want to write dead?

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: That the Grant application? On what kind of topic. What do you want to do? Your field experience in? You need to be thinking about that as you come into this. Brainstorming, talking to your faculty as you take each of your different courses, be constantly thinking, okay, what opportunities? What am I interested in? What field experience would I like to explore.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Some people are already working in public health when they come in, and I usually encourage them

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: to pick a different agency or a different area so that they can broaden their contacts and broaden their experience so that it’s not so narrow but to really get some breadth in their own public health experience. So

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: this is something to be really thinking about as you come into the program. This is where you can really make the program yours and to give it your own flavor.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now, in terms of achieving success. There are university resources that we have available. There are access services in terms of

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: getting. If you have any kind of disability or learning, disability, etc. We have those kinds of services. We have a writing center which is very useful for students.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: We have student central, which helps with the some of the financial issues, textbooks, the bookstore, etc.,

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: with program expectations. One of the things. This is a challenge. Of course, when you’re in an online environment, online environment provides significant opportunity for students

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: where you might not otherwise be able to

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: attend graduate school, or really commit yourself when you can learn in the evenings, or at home, or in the mornings when you’re not working.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Wow! Asynchronous online. What an opportunity! But it’s a challenge. So now you have to be present for discussions. The discussions are all on line.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and there

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: taking place in a kind of a list. Serve environment where students are talking, where you’re talking with your classmates. In a list, serve like environment.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: And you need to be engaged. You need to be providing timely and thoughtful responses. It is challenging. To be engaged in this community. And so you really need to be thoughtful and involved in your engagement. And so that is an intentional aspect about this program in an asynchronous online environment.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: also need to be thinking about professional engagement, establishing a professional identity, doing networking with your faculty, your fellow students thinking about work and volunteer experiences, and beginning to look at professional organizations.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: such as the Minnesota Public Health Association.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Sophie, the Minnesota Society of Public Health Educators.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: C. Sd. The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Minnesota Environmental Health Association. They all have student memberships. These are important places to get involved with and to begin working on doing presentations at the conferences. as a student, and beginning to build up your Cv. Or curriculum vidi moving away from the resume.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Because as you move into public health, and as you write grant applications. You need to have a Cv curriculum vidi, and you need to begin to accumulate the various credentials that you will be listing on your Cv.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Now talking a little bit about Lasallian. What’s it mean to be a Lasallian University?

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: There are 5

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Lasallian core principles. What is this, Lasalle. Father de la Salle was an educator in France in the late 16 hundreds, early 17 hundreds, and

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: out of the work of Father de Lasalle, who started one of the first colleges

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: in the world for teachers. So before Father Day Lasalle, they really there really was no education for teachers. They just took

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: made them teach. But Father de Lasell actually taught people how to teach

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and so of this came a whole movement which is now the Lasallian movement.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and they developed some core principles out of these core principles. If you look at Number 4 there, the concern for the poor and social justice. I think this is really important.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: For the university and for our public health program. With this maxim of enter to learn and learn to serve. I think this is very important for what we think about in terms of our

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: public health programming. We come to learn

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: in our Mph program and we learn how to serve. We serve the various populations as we go forth to help build

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: build health literacy.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: help establish health in various populations that we will be working with in our professional careers.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: And so there’s the St. Mary’s Mission that we seek to awaken nurture, empower learners to ethical lives of service. And again.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: that enter to learn and learn to serve. That’s what we’re really striving to do with our Mph program within the Lasallian tradition.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and here is just something you can go back and read if you want to read a little bit about the father, Jean Baptiste de la Salle. He established schools for the poor in the Reims, France around 1680,

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: for the poor uneducated youth, children, etc. Who normally would not get an education, and he taught

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: teachers who would then go to the poor in many of the same ways. Now we educate

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: people such as yourself.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and we establish your credentials and get you an Mph, so that you can go forth and bring health, health, literacy.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: health, equity to various populations that may lack health and wellness in themselves. So that we can bring and build, maintain, establish health, wellness, etcetera.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: in various populations within the societies that we’re working with. So that’s what we’re trying to do much like father.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Father Jean-baptiste de Lasalle did so. That’s what we’re working towards. That’s the tradition that we’re working from at St. Mary’s university.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and I’ll hand this over now back to Steve. About how you can think about applying.

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Steve Calhoun: Alright. Thanks, John, so what you would do is you will. You’ll find that we will provide you with a link to

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Steve Calhoun: access us and submit your application, and so forth. But the the the steps involved in the application process. You’ll be required to do a personal statement.

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Steve Calhoun: What that will consist of. It’s essentially a page and half to 2 pages double spaced, and view it as your opportunity to speak to the Admissions Committee. So take us for your journey. Take us through your path that led you to where you are to day. Why be looking to do the mph, and why Saint Mary’s?

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Steve Calhoun: Other than that? You will include your resume

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Steve Calhoun: now, as far as official transcripts go, you’ll find this, I think, very handy. We do have a department by which I can send you an online transcript request form.

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Steve Calhoun: You simply list your school ballpark, the days of attendance, sign it, email it back to the email address at the bottom of the form, and then we will reach out. We’ll request your official transcripts and we’ll absorb the cost to get it.

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Steve Calhoun: Now, 2 things about that number one we only require official transcripts from those schools where you’re conferred a degree.

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Steve Calhoun: So if you’ve taken some miscellaneous classes here, there, or certificates, we would not need those.

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Steve Calhoun: Now. The process that I laid out works very well, 90% of the time like anything else. There’s always going to be exceptions. So those schools that won’t play nice with a third party form. I’ll simply supply you a link to the school and ask you to order it. But let us try to get it for you first

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Steve Calhoun: in terms of the application fee. It’s simply $25. That’s not an upfront application fee. We’ll simply send you a bill for that once you’re accepted into the program

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Steve Calhoun: in terms of starts per year. As mentioned, we are divided into 3 semesters throughout the year, spring, summer, fall. We do, however, only start students in 2 semesters, which would be the spring for us, which is typically the first Monday in January this year. It’s January eighth, because New Year’s falls on a Monday, and then the fall, which is usually late August. This year. It helps to work out

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Steve Calhoun: to September third, but those are the 2 start periods for throughout the year, and the application process, as you can see, is very straightforward. Our goal is to have someone complete that within 2 week period time, and oftentimes I see people do it in 4 and 5 days. So very straightforward.

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Steve Calhoun: Okay, thank you, Steve. –

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: if you are interested in contacting me and want to talk about public health.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: or about life in the Twin Cities, or whatever feel free to contact me. If you want to come on campus to to.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and Minneapolis to our graduate school campus, I would love to meet you face to face, and I am in Brother Lewis Hall, and there’s my address. And there’s my telephone number and my email address.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: So feel free to get in contact with me. If you want to continue this conversation

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and to end up. There is a picture of St. Mary’s University, the undergraduate campus which is down in Winona. That’s more of a traditional campus.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: The campus that we have in in Minneapolis is our graduate school campus, where we have our Mph program and the School of Health and Human Services on Park Avenue in Minneapolis, in the Phillips community.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Yeah, that’s about all I have to say, for right now. So do we have any questions that came through at this time? Steve? Yeah, we have one. And they were wanting to have a little more information about the the field experience. How many hours would they be looking at? Do we assist in setting that up?

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Yeah. So what we have? we recently made some revisions to the

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: and also with the capstone. It used to be 4 credits for the field experience and 2 credits for the capstone. We made it 3 and 3 on those programs. We reduced it the field experience from 240 h down to 120 h to be more like most of the other mph programs that are out there.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: It’s done over the 16 weeks. And so if the first week is kind of an orientation to the program, then if you do 15 weeks to do the 120 h that would be 8 HA week to get to your 120 h.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: The in the we will assist you in finding a place for your field experience. In the end. You are responsible for finding your field experience, but we have lots of ideas and lots of context. And we have worked with lots of people in establishing field experiences for people.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: So we have not had a problem in finding field experiences for any of our students. I have people contacting me. I just this week I had someone from the American Lung Association reaching out to me saying, Hey, we have

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: paid internships for students are we would love to have one of your Saint Mary’s students come work with us in a paid internship.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: So not all field experiences are paid but sometimes you can find a paid field experience. I had one of my former students. Who is now research director for access medical. Say, John, he says, you know you gave me a great field experience, he said.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Boy, he said, you need to be sending me some some students. And and so I was able to get a student connected with him, working with him on a field experience on a vaccination program. That was a real good experience there for that student. So yeah, we can make fields. We can establish connections for you and find

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: an appropriate location. I can brainstorm one of my joys, given my background in public health.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: I know a lot of people

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: in in in public health, and can have make a lot of contact stuff the faculty for the field experience. Deb. Moses has worked also many, many years in public health, really knows a lot of people and is very good in establishing a lot of relationships and making connections for people. So that’s

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Steve Calhoun: has not been a problem on finding field experiences for students so glad to make that happen for people good. Well, John mentioned how you would contact him in terms of how you would contact myself or anyone in admissions. You know different schools. There’s varying degrees of, I would say, quality of sites and

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Steve Calhoun: and ease of access. I love our site. You simply log on to University of, or Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. It takes you right away to a home page where it says, Find your program, you scroll down, and not only will it list all of the programs that we have available. It will then tell you which ones are available on the Minneapolis campus, which ones are Rochester, which ones are Winona, which ones are online

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Steve Calhoun: and then direct you to the appropriate individual to to speak with. When you request that information. Now, one of the things I did wanna point out because we’re talking about it access to myself. Access to to John. And you saw he provided you with his with his name, his email address, his physical address.

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Steve Calhoun: Personally, I’ve been doing this for 14 and a half years. I’ve been very fortunate to be with Saint Mary’s for the last 4 and a half

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Steve Calhoun: forget that what it was like before before I came here. To a program. You have program directors? Very readily available

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Steve Calhoun: professors very accessible, because our commitment is obviously to your success. Because if what we want you to do is we want you to enter, to leave, enter, to learn, and then leave to serve.

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Steve Calhoun: That doesn’t take place unless we partner with you and make sure that we pour into you that that knowledge, those skills, those expertise that are gonna serve you throughout your career. So very pleased to have this opportunity to have you? With us tonight, John? This will be recorded. We will have a link that we can send out, so that if those that didn’t get an opportunity to attend tonight they’ll be able to access it via that link.

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Steve Calhoun: And once again I just want to thank you for your time. I very much enjoyed it, I hope.

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Steve Calhoun: you folks got a lot out of it and have a nice evening.

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Jon Roesler, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Thank you.

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Steve Calhoun: Alright, thanks again, John.

Course Requirements

In this online MPH degree, you’ll explore health equity and social justice through a public health lens. You’ll learn about the foundations and history of public health and biostatistics, epidemiology principles, research and analysis methods, communication and policy concepts, and more. You’ll conclude the program with four courses of fieldwork in real-world environments.

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.

Admissions

Pursuing an online Master of Public Health (MPH) with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota prepares you to create meaningful relationships within the community and effective health programs. We take into account more than just your GPA, transcripts, and recommendations because we understand that your passion for public health includes more than credentials. We look forward to learning more about your abilities, strengths, experiences, and future goals, which will all be considered when reviewing your application. After you review the online MPH admissions requirements, let us know if you need more information. When you’re ready, apply and get ready for your future career.

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the MPH program director

    • College-level courses (3 cr. each) taken in the last 10 years:
      • Human Biology
      • Statistics or Quantitative Methods
    • You don’t need prior work experience or a bachelor’s degree in public health to be accepted, and you can fulfill prerequisites at Saint Mary’s University
    • Prerequisites can be waived on a case-by-case basis

  • GMAT and GRE scores are not required.

  • You can transfer a maximum of six credits you’ve earned before admittance to Saint Mary’s. Transfer credits are subject to graduate school and program criteria, as well as the recommendation of the program director and approval by the dean.
    Work and life experience are not accepted as credit for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing.

    Saint Mary’s accepts the:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application, via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to: oladmissions@smumn.edu or mailed to
      Transcript Processing Center
      Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
      851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
      Maitland, FL 32751
    • An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A written statement: Describe your personal background, training, career goals, and experience. Tell us why you’re seeking admission to the MPH, what your personal and professional strengths are, and any other personal information you wish to share

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online MPH:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online MPH:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • You’ll receive notice of acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees.

Careers & Salary

An MPH degree prepares you for a diverse range of careers with a singular mission: To improve people's quality of life locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Here are a few of the influential and high-paying positions you could pursue with a master's in public health.

Health Education Specialist

$59,9901

Environmental Scientist

$76,4802

Chronic Disease Program Manager

$50,0003

Health and Wellness Coordinator

$52,2044

Statistician

$98,9205

Epidemiologist

$78,5206
Explore MPH Careers
7%

growth is projected for health education specialists from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for other occupations1

6%

growth is projected for environmental scientists from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for other occupations2

What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Define the presence of a community or potential community and its subgroups to ensure appropriate place-based public health initiatives
  • Promote health equity through culturally competent, community-level communication and engagement plans
  • Integrate public health behavior change theories, interventions, and strategies into community engagement, organizing, and outreach
  • Use critical thinking to evaluate, analyze, and report community-level behavior and health change as it pertains to policy, programming, and advocacy activities
  • Apply ethical leadership skills to promote inclusive and respectful collaboration with communities

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Work experience is not required for the online Master of Public Health. However, if you don't have employment experience, you might need to complete two required undergraduate courses covering foundational knowledge by the end of your first semester.

There is no on-campus residency requirement. However, you will need to complete fieldwork in your geographic area.

Yes. The only difference between our online and on-campus programs is the method of delivery. The curriculum is the same, the coursework is just as rigorous, and the faculty also teaches on campus. The diploma you earn when you complete the program is the same as well.

We use the Canvas learning management system.

Before you can begin taking classes, you must apply for admission to your program of choice. Depending on when you are admitted, you may begin taking classes during the spring or fall semesters.

Yes. Certain coursework requires software only compatible with a Windows-based PC and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

All the information about eligibility and admissions requirements can be found on the program's Overview page.

No. You are not required to take the GRE for this program.

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Our MPH program is taught by those who have experienced the same thing you will in the field, with many of our instructors still working as public health professionals. Even though there are some elements of research in this MPH program, that is not its main focus. This curriculum is designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills to go beyond entry-level and into leadership and program management roles.

Yes. Saint Mary's is committed to making its programs accessible to all qualified students. We can assist you in providing effective academic accommodations that address your individual learning needs. Visit the Access Services page for more information.

Yes. Saint Mary's is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

No. Although Lasallian Catholic principles underpin all aspects of our online degree programs, we welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds.

Getting started is easy. Just call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor, or request more information today.

Sources

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Health Education Specialists.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Environmental Scientists and Specialists.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm.
  3. Payscale, “Average Chronic Care Program Manager Salary.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chronic_Care_Program_Manager/Salary.
  4. Payscale, “Average Health/Wellness Coordinator Salary.” Retrieved September 6, 2023, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health%2FWellness_Coordinator/Salary.
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Mathematicians and Statisticians.” Retrieved April 9, 2024, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/mathematicians-and-statisticians.htm.
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Epidemiologists.” Retrieved April 9, 2024, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/epidemiologists.htm.