Master of Public Health Online

Master of Public Health Online

  1. For whom is this program designed?
  2. What are the entrance requirements for the MPH program?
  3. Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be accepted into the MPH program?
  4. Is there a residency requirement?
  5. How do online courses work?
  6. How is taking an online course different from a campus course?
  7. Do I need special computer skills or equipment?
  8. How do I get assistance with technical issues?
  9. What makes New England Institute of Technology’s Master of Public Health program different from others?
  10. How large will my classes be?
  11. How long is each academic term?
  12. How long should it take me to complete my program?
  13. How many courses do I have to take each quarter?
  14. Are there participation requirements?
  15. What faculty will be teaching this program?
  16. How can I access specific course-related help when I need it?
  17. Will I be assigned an advisor?
  18. Do I have access to other college services?
  19. Is New England Institute of Technology accredited?
  20. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
  21. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
  22. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?
  23. What does my program cost?
  24. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
  25.  Will I have the opportunity to practice the skills learned in a real public health setting while still in school?
  26. What are the opportunities for PhD level work in public health?
  27.  Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?
  28.  Are there any additional costs/activities associated with this program?
  29. Are there any behavior standards for this program?
  30. Is a master’s thesis required to complete the program?
  31. What assistance is available for the 120-hour field practicum?

 

For whom is this program designed?

The New England Institute of Technology Master of Public Health program is designed for working professionals who wish to enhance their capacity to make a difference in their communities by further developing their mastery of public health science, management and leadership.

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What are the entrance requirements for the MPH program?

Applicants to the program will need:

1.     A bachelor’s degree in a health-related field (health care, community health, health sciences, management, nursing, psychology, health and wellness, etc.) from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher,
-OR-

A bachelor’s degree in any other field, along with 3 years or more work experience in public health,

2.     Professional resume indicating experience in public health (work for a state, local, tribal department of health, hospitals, foundations, community health centers, health coalitions or advocacy groups, health insurance, college research, or other public health related entity)

-AND-

3.     A personal statement describing your personal/career goals, your interest in public health, and how the Master of Public Health at NEIT will help you reach those goals. 

For additional details and to apply, visit: http://www.neit.edu/Admissions/Admissions-Policy

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Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be accepted into the MPH program?

No, GREs are not required for acceptance into this program.

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Is there a residency requirement?

No, this is an online program with no residency requirement. There may be on-campus activities a few times during the program, but these will be optional, and will offer a way for distant students to participate.

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How do online courses work?

Online courses at New England Institute of Technology are developed by a faculty-led team of public health, management, learning, and technology experts. The courses are designed to be interesting, relevant and engaging, and to have a real impact on your life and career.

The majority of course work is expected to be completed based on your personal and professional schedule within the context of the course requirements. There’ll be some work due every week, while other projects will span multiple weeks. Occasionally, faculty may also schedule online discussions or other class activities through the Canvas Learning Management System that may require you to be available to participate at a specific time. See Online Learning at NEIT for more information about online courses in Public Health.
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How is taking an online course different from a campus course?

Online courses offer you flexibility in the scheduling of your class and study time. Instead of meeting at a fixed time and location, your online courses will run on a weekly schedule starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday evening. Some courses may require you to login to your course regularly and you are still required to submit assignments by the due dates specified in the syllabus.

Online courses require self-discipline and self-motivation to complete the work that is required. Since there are no scheduled class times, you’ll need to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to review the course content online, complete the readings, participate in the online discussion forums, and complete other work as assigned.

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Do I need special computer skills or equipment?

You’ll need basic familiarity with your computer, for example: emailing, using the Web, and downloading and attaching documents.

You’ll also need:

  • Either a laptop or desktop computer (PC or Mac). Generally, a computer that is less than 3 or 4 years old should be fine.

    Note: Tablets and smartphones can be convenient for reading course materials and email, but will not be sufficient for doing all of your course work.
  • A home Internet connection that’s fast enough to stream video; if you can easily view YouTube videos or Netflix, your connection is fine.
  • The latest version of a Web browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer) for your class work. If you’re not sure, this computer check page will tell you what browser you have. Or check this browser support page to see if your browser is up to date.
  • An “Office” suite such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. NEIT provides this to you for free through Microsoft's Office 365. 

You will need frequent and extended access to a computer to be successful in this program.           

You will also need:

  • A webcam (the one built into your laptop or iPad should be fine)
  • A microphone (built into the computer or headset is handy).
  • A digital camera (the one on a smart phone is fine).

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How do I get assistance with technical issues?

New England Institute of Technology’s online courses are designed to help acclimate you to technology, and build your skills and your confidence as you go. We provide 24×7 support via phone, email or chat to help you with computer or online system issues in the learning management system. NEIT is unable to help with every computer problem, but many issues can be resolved.

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What makes New England Institute of Technology’s Master of Public Health program different from others?
  • Ten-week long courses keep you focused and are easier to digest, and provide the chance to complete your program in as little as 24 months.
  • Our faculty are practitioners in the field: leading experts from many top firms, as well as the public sector. 
  • NEIT blends advanced topics in public health with the most relevant principles of general management and leadership to provide you with the right mix of technical and business skills to be ready for any challenge.
  • Our curriculum is designed to provide a balance of practical knowledge you can apply to your work right away with a long-term base of leading skills to assist in your career advancement.
  • 24×7 technical support by email, chat or phone helps you work on your schedule.

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How large will my classes be?

The average size for a class is about 15 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.

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How long is each academic term?

Courses are 10 weeks long, with four terms (quarters) offered per year: January, April, July, and October.

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How long should it take me to complete my program?

You’ll take two courses in each quarter as outlined in the prescribed curriculum. In this 8-quarter program you may complete the requirements in as few as 2 years. 

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How many courses do I have to take each quarter?

We recommend taking two courses per quarter to stay in sync with your class and earn your degree quickly. But you may take one course per quarter as well, if you prefer, and you may vary your course load from one quarter to the next. Taking fewer than 2 courses per quarter will increase the time to finish your degree.  

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Are there participation requirements?

Yes. Depending upon the course, you may be required each week to participate in various activities such as discussion boards, case study analysis, project work, or other activities.  You will be interacting with other MPH students and faculty, and become part of an active, vibrant learning community. All course activities will be counted towards your final grade. Required participation will be identified in the course syllabus. 

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What faculty will be teaching this program?

All online courses in the MPH program are taught by faculty with appropriate academic and professional credentials, as well as extensive practical experience who understand the needs of the working health professional. Additionally, all faculty teaching online courses receive specific training in online delivery methods to provide you with a robust online learning experience at New England Institute of Technology.

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How can I access specific course-related help when I need it?

There’s a team of specialists behind the screen to help you with course and technical issues.  Your professor will be available to you via email, the course Q&A forum, and by phone.  Additional support staff -- advisors, tutors, and librarians – are also present in many courses to provide assistance. Responses to a question will generally be delivered within 24 hours. Preferred methods of contact as well as contact information will be identified at the beginning of each course in the course syllabus.

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Will I be assigned an advisor?

Yes. Students in the MPH program will be assigned a Student Success Coordinator from the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. The Student Success Coordinator provides guidance, encouragement and support and is the primary point of contact for all your concerns and information about college policies and procedures. 

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Do I have access to other college services?

As an online student, you’ll have access to all college services including the Academic Skills Center, the Bookstore, our Career Services Office, Financial Aid Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Student Support Services, as well as the Library, Student Accounts, the Office of Teaching and Learning and the Help Desk.

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Is New England Institute of Technology accredited?

New England Institute of Technology is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). Accreditation by NEASC is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs.

NEIT also holds many specialized health science accreditations, including Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), Accreditation Counsel for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP, and Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.

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Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.

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Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?

The program would consider transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at accredited post-secondary institutions if you earned a "B" or above for such courses. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the quarter for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that quarter. 

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How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?

Students entering the program will be eligible for various forms of financial aid, including loans. See your financial aid officer for additional details.

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What does my program cost?

The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials.

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What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?

The Office of Career Services assists NEIT students and graduates in resume writing, interviewing skills, and the development of a job search strategy. Upon completion of your program, you may submit a resume to be circulated to employers who are seeking candidates with the skills and/or experience that matches the employers’ requirements. Employers regularly contact  our Office of Career Services about graduates of NEIT’s degree programs. In addition, our Office of Career Services contacts employers to develop job leads. As a graduate seeking employment,  you’ll also be expected to participate fully in the job search process. No institution can, and NEIT does not, guarantee employment or a specific starting salary to its graduates.

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 Will I have the opportunity to practice the skills learned in a real public health setting while still in school?

Yes. The program requires a field practicum of at least 120 hours in a public health agency or a public health related organization.

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What are the opportunities for PhD level work in public health?

As a MPH graduate, you can pursue doctoral degrees in public health. Whether you’re interested in research (PhD degrees) or practice (DrPH degrees), there are a variety of doctoral programs in public health, some of them also entirely online with rigorous academic requirements. Positions for professionals with public health doctorate degrees exist in academia, and in policy and public health organizations.  

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 Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?

Yes. You’re required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 (B) throughout the entire program. An individual course grade of C is considered passing. You are required to repeat any course in which you receive a final grade below a C.

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 Are there any additional costs/activities associated with this program?

Besides textbooks, you’ll be required to complete a field practicum. You’ll have sole responsible for all costs associated with travel for fieldwork education.

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Are there any behavior standards for this program?

You’ll be expected to exhibit ethical and professional behavior at all times. This will be assessed on a continual basis and will encompass not only grades but also adherence to classroom protocol, distance learning practices, attendance, participation and preparedness for class, appearance and ability to work as a team member. Development of professional values and attitudes is inherent in the curriculum, and you’ll be expected to exhibit such behavior to assure a placement in a public health setting.

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Is a master’s thesis required to complete the program?

No, the program does not require a thesis. All students are required to complete a field practicum for 120 hours, and prepare a paper and an online presentation. Together, these 3 components along with the number of credits as described in the program fulfill the graduation requirements.

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What assistance is available for the 120-hour field practicum?

NEIT works with you to identify a public health organization to conduct your field practicum. Depending on the organization for which  you work, the practicum can be done at  your current employer, with the understanding that the field project will need to be done in addition to your current responsibilities. You’ll need to be engaged in one aspect of public health, and explore how the organization is handling the issues and challenges. At the end of the practicum, you’ll need to write a paper and present the work to a committee. The field practicum, along with  your paper and presentation meet the graduation requirements.   

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