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Master of Public Health

Careers for Public Health Professionals are Growing

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Career Outlook

Expanding Careers

Career prospects for public health and analytics professionals are growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for professionals will increase faster than average at a rate of 15 percent or higher through the year 2030.1

Earning your degree now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

Career Opportunities

A Master of Public Health degree will help you advance your career in this growing industry, so you can prepare for career opportunities that may include:

  • Healthcare Administrator/Manager
  • Informatics Nurse Specialist
  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Healthcare Analyst
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Data/Reporting Analyst
  • Population Health Data Analyst
  • Medical Informatics Analyst
  • Managed Care Analyst

Diverse Employers

Examples of organizations in which you may pursue employment include:

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Care Settings
  • Hospices
  • Insurance Companies
  • Physician Offices
  • Health Information Vendors
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Behavioral Health Settings
  • College Health Settings
  • Governmental Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Non-Profits

Program Overview

Create Your Path to a Public Health & Analytics Career

Designed by industry experts and developed in collaboration with our distinguished Board of Advisors, the Master of Public Health (MPH) provides you a broad range of skills and focuses on connecting you to the industry with simulated real-world experiences. Your professors will include experts such as healthcare specialists, administrators, data analysts, and industry professionals.

Additionally, since the Bryan University MPH program is aligned with current competencies required by the modern healthcare marketplace, you'll learn the skills employers demand. Upon graduation, you’ll be immediately prepared for the job market.

Gain Specialized Skills Employers Need

In today’s data-driven healthcare environment, college graduates should be equipped with the right technology expertise, data analysis skills and tools, and leadership acumen. As a Bryan University MPH student, you’ll build a solid foundation of knowledge from faculty who have real-world experience and you’ll learn critical competencies that employers need, such as:

  • Healthcare ecosystems and population health management
  • Public health policy
  • Designing effective public health intervention programs
  • Social & behavioral public health
  • Biostatistics for public health
  • Environmental & occupational health
  • Measuring the impact and improvement of population health programs
  • Reporting and analyzing relational data
  • Data-driven strategic decision support using cutting-edge technology
  • Strong knowledge and experience in organizing, analyzing and reporting healthcare data using common database and data analysis tools
  • Practical experience in applying healthcare data tools to real-world scenarios and case studies using the Health Informatics Simulation Laboratory (HISim Lab)
  • All books and courseware are included in the program tuition

Build Expertise in Our State-of-the-Art Simulation Lab

Our HISim lab (Health Informatics Simulation lab) gives you practical experiences with real-world scenarios using the latest industry tools so you develop a skillset that is primed for career growth. Using this cutting-edge lab, you’ll complete a Public Health Capstone Project, in which you’ll apply your knowledge to solving healthcare challenges and problems using the tools and techniques learned in class.

Experience the New Online Learning Model—Personalized to You

Our dynamic experiential learning model (DeXL) contains cutting-edge curriculum combined with computer-based learning tools, allowing you to learn smarter and retain more. You’ll receive a personalized learning experience, which includes:

  • Individual coaching meetings with instructors when you want them, and instructors who reach out to you if they see you need help
  • The flexibility to accelerate assignment due dates and select from a variety of assignment options to fit your schedule and learning style
  • A mastery-based learning environment giving you the option to improve grades by re-taking assignments based upon instructor feedback
  • Cutting-edge technologies such as SmartBook, an electronic textbook platform that identifies your current knowledge level and highlights only the information you need, saving you time and improving the learning experience
  • Meaningful, interactive conversations with your peers and faculty
  • Real-world experiences using simulated work environments
  • Weekly live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty coaching sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

Connect with an Online Community Like No Other

Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smart phone, tablet, or computer with BryanConnect, our online user-friendly community. At Bryan, we don’t think online learning means learning alone. You’ll become part of a vibrant community of your fellow students, alumni, instructors, and others, who provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop colleagues who will help coach and assist you during your college experience, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our consumer information page.

Footnotes

1 See ONet Online, Summary Report for Medical and Health Services Managers, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9111.00; ONet Online, Summary Report for Informatics Nurse Specialists, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1211.01; and ONet Online, Summary Report for Medical Records & Health Information Technicians, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-9021.00. Sites visited 1/18/2022. Also, job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.

2 Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Program Details​

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Objectives

The Master of Public Health, with a focus in analytics, is designed to prepare students for positions that manage, analyze and report data to improve the performance of healthcare organizations and the outcomes of individuals and populations. The program focuses on the skills related to the environment of and the data analytics for public and population health which will prepare the student for employment in a variety of healthcare organizations. The university delivers the program through asynchronous online instruction.

The program includes core curriculum in theory of public and population health, analytic frameworks and methodologies, the structure and function of the United States healthcare system, databases and data warehouses, Structured Query Language (SQL), and the use of a variety of analytic tools. Case studies, realistic data sets, and the Bryan University Health Informatics Simulation Laboratory are used frequently to enable students to solve problems that simulate those issues encountered in the modern healthcare marketplace. The program requires a Portfolio Project to demonstrate competencies: The Public Health Capstone Case Study project, in which students apply their knowledge to solving real-world problems using the tools, data, and infrastructure of public and population health.

This program prepares students for jobs in healthcare organizations as data analysts who understand the healthcare environment, including the organization of and data flow between healthcare organizations, the use of terminologies and classifications to abstract and report data, policy and regulatory considerations, as well as basic statistical concepts and popular analytic tools, for example, Excel, R, and/or SAS. This program does not prepare or lead to any type of licensure or certification.

Courses

MPH-500—Healthcare Ecosystems and Policy—3.0 credits
To meet the goals of the Triple Aim, formerly disparate US healthcare systems must now coordinate their activities and seamlessly exchange data. In this period of transition, both the historical means of organizing healthcare systems as well as emerging models must be understood. This course describes the alignment of the goals of the Triple Aim with regulatory, compliance, accreditation, and healthcare policy structures and processes in the United States.

MPH-505— Biomedical Basis of Public and Population Health—3.0 credits
The practices of public and population health are necessarily constrained by, and therefore must consider, both normal anatomy and physiology, and adaptations to disease states. This course provides a foundation in the fundamental biomedical processes and reactions that define human health and disease.

MPH-510—Taxonomies, Nomenclatures, and Code Sets—3.0 credits
Given that over seventy percent of a healthcare record is free form narrative, wave-form, and imaging, systems are necessary for predictably and reproducibly abstracting healthcare data. Therefore, healthcare organizations have developed multiple methods for representing complex data. This course examines the development, purpose, and application of important systems used for reporting healthcare encounters.

MPH-520— Social & Behavioral Public Health—3.0 credits
Effectively changing individual, population and societal health behaviors is one of the substantial challenges of public and population health intervention programs. This course examines social factors that affect individual and group behavior, and how they must be addressed in the design and implementation of successful public health programs.

MPH-525— Biostatistics for Public Health I—3.0 credits
Quantitative analysis of healthcare, sociological and geographic data is important as a basis for identifying public health issues, and for designing intervention programs. This course introduces students to the basis of statistical reasoning, and to fundamental statistical methods used in public and population health.

MAP-530— Information Systems, Databases and Data Warehouses—3.0 credits
Healthcare data, both within an organization and in a multi-entity healthcare system, must be stored and organized in a structured environment that enables reliable access, analysis, and reporting. Robust data storage, management, and analysis approaches require a carefully integrated network of hardware, operating systems, utility devices, and software. Students will learn the fundamentals of modern biomedical information and database systems and will be introduced to structured query language (SQL).

MPH-535— Biostatistics for Public Health II—3.0 credits
Quantitative analysis of healthcare, sociological and geographic data is important as a basis for identifying public health issues, and for designing intervention programs. A continuation of course MPH-525, this course introduces students to the basis of statistical reasoning, and to the fundamental statistical methods used in public and population health.

MAP-540— Reporting and Analyzing Relational Data—3.0 credits
Much of the clinical and operational data that healthcare organizations manage are stored in relational databases and frequently require custom scripts to extract, analyze and report data. In this course, students will use a framework to guide their approach to solving problems using relational data. The students will be required to extract and analyze the data and format the results for meaningful presentations.

MAP-545— Analytics Tools I—3.0 credits
Programmable analytic tools, such as SAS and R, are important business tools for complex analysis of healthcare data. Students will learn the fundamentals of a popular programmable analytic tool, including: how to import and export raw data files; manipulate and transform data; combine data sets; create basic detail and summary reports; and, identify and correct data, syntax and programming logic errors. Students will also be exposed to other programmable analytic tools.

MAP-550— Analytics Tools II—3.0 credits
Programmable analytic tools, such as SAS and R, are important business tools for complex analysis of healthcare data. A continuation of MPH-545, students will learn the fundamentals of a popular programmable analytic tool, including: how to import and export raw data files; manipulate and transform data; combine data sets; create basic detail and summary reports; and, identify and correct data, syntax and programming logic errors.

MPH-555— Epidemiology—3.0 credits
Structured, evidence-based frameworks are necessary to consistently identify and analyze healthcare data, and report relevant healthcare information that can be used to design intervention programs to improve outcomes in human populations. This course examines methods for studying health determinants, distribution, populations, mortality, and morbidity.

MPH-560— Environmental & Occupational Health—3.0 credits
The environment in which people live exerts a powerful influence on both the health of individuals and of populations. These environmental factors are a background to all other determinants of health and well-being, and can profoundly affect public health. This course examines environmental health by considering the agents of environmental diseases, interventions, and policies used to address environmental health concerns.

MPH-565— Improving the Public’s Health—3.0 credits
Rising healthcare costs, an aging population and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases are all burdening the US healthcare system. Although clinical care is still directed at individuals, interventions that address specific groups or populations are necessary to address widespread, common problems. In this course, students examine approaches to identifying populations and problems in the US healthcare system that are amenable to public level interventions, and review methods for intervening.

MPH-570— Public Health Capstone—3.0 credits
Solving problems in healthcare organizations requires understanding the issues and context of the problem, selecting the relevant analytic methods and tools, and reporting the results in an appropriate format. Students will apply their data and analytic skills and tools to solve a real-world problem using data stored and managed on a live healthcare informatics laboratory. Students will present their results for students and faculty to review.

Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online. Attend from anywhere in the world!

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 42 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

Transfer credits:
Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution of higher learning. To determine if your degree is eligible, please contact a member of the admissions team by calling 888-721-9773 or completing the Request Information form above.

Dr. Demalesh B. Areda

Faculty, Bryan University

DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, Addis Ababa University; Master of Food Safety (MFS), Norwegian University of Life Sciences; Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM), University of California, Davis; Master of Public Health (MPH), Grand Canyon University; PhD, School of Veterinary Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Dr. Gudeta Fufaa

Faculty, Bryan University

Ph.D. Public Health, Epidemiology, Walden University; MSc., Statistics, Utah State University; BSc., Applied Biology, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Dr. Jaleesa Moore

Faculty, Bryan University

Doctor of Public Health, Florida A&M University; Master of Public Health, Florida State University; BS Biology, Alabama A&M University

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Valerie Akbulut

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University

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Kelly Baker

Instructor, Bryan University

DPA in Public Administration from West Chester University; MA in Communication Studies from West Chester University and BA in Communications from Immaculata University

Emily Chaffin

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

Christina Hammerton

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University

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To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:
  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • For students applying to the Master of Public Health program, they must provide official transcripts for an earned bachelor’s degree, or higher-level degree, from an accredited postsecondary educational institution.
To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

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You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

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