Master in Public Health

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Classes start January 8, 2024

Enhance your career in Public Health

Montreat College’s Master in Public Health is designed for students with a desire to become involved in healthcare for the purpose of effectively protecting and improving the health of populations worldwide. This online master of public health degree intersects with business, law, pharmaceuticals, technology, and science, which enables students to combine their passions and find the right fit.

This program starts in Fall 2023. Admissions is currently accepting applications for this start.

Master’s in Public Health Degree Online Highlights

  • Gain insight into the complex world of public health that offers immediate value for a real-world work setting.
  • Build upon your foundation of public health while focusing on a specific public health concentration.
  • Explore ways to apply social and behavioral concepts, models and theories that form the foundation of health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Enjoy the benefits of receiving a Public Health Degree through online learning. Study when it is convenient in the comfort of your personal environment, while learning from supportive professors who care about your success.
  • Integrate Christian beliefs, faith, and spirituality with the best practices of Public Health.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies in North Carolina has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are the start dates for the Master in Public Health degree program?

Please see the admissions page for specific enrollment and start dates.

How much does the Master in Public Health degree program cost?

The cost is $595 per credit hour plus a $225 student fee per semester. In addition, there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options.

What are the length of online courses?

The courses for this graduate program are eight-week sessions. There are 2 sessions in a semester. To be considered a full-time graduate student, a student must take 6 credit hours per semester. The student must take 1 course (3 credit hours) the first eight-week session and 1 course (3 credit hours) the second eight-week session. Semesters in this program are Spring, Summer, and Fall.

What jobs can you pursue with a Master in Public Health degree?

With a Masters in Public health you can enter the workforce in a variety of arenas, for the purpose of effectively protecting and improving health of populations worldwide. Jobs you can pursue include:

  • Healthcare administrators
  • Epidemiologists
  • Social and community service managers
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • Medical records and health information techs

How long does it take to complete the Online MPH degree program?

The MPH program requires completion of 42 credit hours. If students take a full-time load each term—one class at a time continuously throughout the program—they should complete the program within 28 months.

What is the job market like for people with Master in Public Health degree?

The regional outlook is strong, with 16.5% job growth expected over the next 10 years, and 11.5% job growth, nationally.


How much money do Master in Public Health professionals typically make?

The average regional salary of graduates with a Master of Public Health is $67,382.


What are the admissions requirements?

To qualify for admission into the Master in Public Health degree program, the following conditions must be satisfied in addition to the standard graduate admissions requirements:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study*
  • Submit a current resume that includes both academic and employment history
  • Submit official transcripts for all colleges attended

*If applicant has a GPA below 2.75 in their last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study, a “Low GPA” essay is required. The essay should cover challenges that contributed to the low GPA, as well as specifically what the applicant will do to maintain a 2.75 overall GPA in the MPH program.


HLTH5000 Foundations of Public Health

This course introduces agencies, facilities, and programs that play a role in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health in the public. Special emphasis is placed on the competencies needed for public health professionals to function in a variety of settings. Public health career opportunities are discussed. A Christian theological understanding of health is explored.

HLTH5100 Environmental and Occupational Health

This course covers a wide range of topics in environmental health sciences. Students will be provided with a general introduction to the core concepts of environmental health (i.e. exposure assessment, toxicology, epidemiology and risk assessment); and ways to examine the environmental health issues by applying core concepts. This course will also briefly introduce some methods to measure pollutants in the environment— mainly the air pollution, and effectively control environmental hazards; and it will introduce the concepts of endocrine disruption and how early developmental exposures to environmental chemicals may influence of human disease. Environmental health issues in both developed and developing countries will be presented.

HLTH5300 Public Health Promotion and Disease Intervention

The course addresses the core questions of public health science: What lies behind preventing people from becoming ill, and how are policy makers working to promote good health? Through background information on how major public health challenges are described, students will familiarize themselves with a number of theories and methods for health promotion and disease prevention. The course will have a particular emphasis on the health education and health communication via mass communication, as students will identify existing campaigns. Furthermore, students will draft the outline of a public health intervention of their own.

HLTH5500 Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health

This course investigates the social and behavioral aspects of health and provides students insight as to how social determinants influence individual and community health outcomes. Students will learn frameworks, theories, and intervention methods that can be used to improve community health outcomes. Special attention will be paid to ethically engaging identity and culture in promoting healthy changes.

HLTH5700 The American Health Care System

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the U.S. health care finance and delivery systems within a public health context. In order to be effective practitioners, public health professionals must be able to link the theory of individual and external determinants of health status with the changing structures and organization of the U.S. health care system. This course will teach the basic components of the health care system including financing; the role of public programs, insurers, and employers; the health care delivery system; managed care; and an overview of current health system reforms.

HLTH6000 Strategic Management for Public Health Services

Change is ongoing in health care and public health organizations depend on strategic management in order to successfully achieve their mission. This course trains students to develop strategic thinking skills and lead strategy development, planning, implementation, and evaluation in public health organizations.

HLTH6100 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

This course provides students knowledge on the principles and methods of epidemiological understandings. Within this course the study of disease and ill health through patterns of occurrence in human populations is examined. The approaches of epidemiology in estimating the burden of disease, in making inferences about cause of disease, and in evaluating primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies are presented.

HLTH6300 Statistics in Public Health

The purpose of the course is to teach fundamental concepts and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications in health care, medicine, public health, and epidemiology. Basic statistics, including probability, descriptive statistics, inference for means and proportions, and regression methods are presented. The analytic methods and applications will be linked to topics including health promotion, epidemiology, and program evaluation.

HLTH6500 Health Law and Ethics

Public health practices, ethics, regulation, and law are inherently intertwined. In this course, students will survey ethical and legal issues facing public health leaders as they address complex local and global situations. Topics will include the nature, formation, and system of law in the United States, and how laws and regulations relate to public health administration and delivery.

HLTH6700 Public Policy and Healthcare Advocacy

This course equips students to thoughtfully discuss and develop public healthcare policy and advocate for public health concerns. Students will learn methods of analyzing, developing and evaluating public health policies and programs, and gain deeper understanding of the factors that affect public health policy.

HLTH7000 Global Health

This course provides an overview of the top global health challenges and opportunities of today. Students will identify determinants of global health and examine intervention strategies. Particular attention will be paid to health systems issues, cross-cultural engagement, ethics, and international programs and policies.

HLTH7100 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation

This is an introductory, graduate level public health program planning, development, and evaluation course that broadly addresses program planning models, process of program development and methods of evaluation in the area of public health. This course will be focused on the following three areas: (1) study of program planning models, (2) process of program development, and (3) methods of evaluation in public health settings.

HLTH7300 Research Methods

This course prepares students to critically evaluate research protocols in public health. Students must be prepared to design practical research methodologies to evaluate contributing factors of contemporary health issues with measurable goals and objectives.

HLTH7500 Current Issues in Public Health (Capstone)

This course will introduce students to current issues and controversies in public health such as HIV transmission risk behavior, poverty, globalization, gun control, healthcare access and obesity. Students will be able to describe various public health controversies, critically think through differing perspectives, and communicate conclusions.


Lorna Hylledig

Lorna Hylledig
Assistant Professor of Public Health