Program for Experienced Professionals - Master of Public Health
The MPH degree Program for Experienced Professionals (MPH-PEP) is the oldest MPH program in the state of Ohio and has graduates in many leadership positions in the state and beyond.
The combination of on-campus and distance learning components reduces traditional class time without losing the essential interactions between faculty and students.
- On campus -- four weekends per semester
- Distance learning -- course websites that allow students to access course materials, communicate with the instructor and other students, take quizzes, and submit assignments.
Program of Study
The curriculum for the MPH-PEP is similar to that for the full-time MPH, requiring a minimum of 45 semester credit hours. However, PEP students do not specialize, other than through their use of electives and their choices for practicum and culminating experience.
The specific PEP course requirements recognize the needs and interests of more experienced students, with emphasis on general preparation for positions of leadership in public health. The division of time in the curriculum is as follows:
- Required courses (28 semester credit hours)
- Practicum (2 semester credit hours)
- Culminating project (3 semester credit hours)
- *Electives (12 semester credit hours)
*Electives (12 semester credit hours)
Twelve semester credit hours of electives may be applied toward the 45 total hours required for the degree (naturally, students may take more if they wish).
Students are encouraged to consider electives from all divisions in the College. Some courses will be offered in formats to make them more accessible to PEP students (e.g., evening, weekend, distance education). All courses offered by the College of Public Health are approved as PEP electives (provided they are not fulfilling other degree requirements for the student).
In addition, students may also take approved courses in other departments at Ohio State or at other universities. With the continuing changes of this university and others with the semester conversion, there is not a list of pre-approved elective courses not offered by the College of Public Health. Elective courses taken in other departments or other universities must have prior approval. Students who wish to take an elective that is not offered by the College of Public Health must submit an elective course approval form along with a course syllabus and course description to their faculty advisor. In order to receive approval, the course must be at the graduate level, relevant to public health, and contribute to the student's career goals and objectives.
The MPH-PEP curriculum can be completed in two years. The program is designed to begin in the summer with one introductory course. Students take two courses per semester during the regular academic year (mid-August to May). The second summer is left open for a practicum experience and electives. In the second academic year, students again take two courses per semester, including completion of a culminating project.
Who chooses the MPH-PEP degree?
- County health commissioner
- Clinical fellow in infectious disease
- Environmental health director, local health department
- Community health surveillance coordinator
- Quality improvement specialist, hospital
- Resident in pediatrics
- College nurse
- Wellness coordinator
- Program manager, nonprofit health agency
- Managed care contract specialist
- Epidemiology investigator, state health department
- Health educator, local health department
- Industrial hygienist, federal agency
- Staff pharmacist, hospital
- Research manager, clinical medical department
- Foundation program officer
- Medical faculty member
- Public health emergency response coordinator