MPH in Social & Behavioral Sciences

My Degree and What It’s Good For

Public health is concerned with the health of a population, rather than with treating individuals. If students get a Master of Public Health (MPH), one of the areas in which they can specialize in social and behavioral sciences. A community’s traditions, laws, and habits are all tightly yoked to that community’s health. Huge improvements to a community’s standards of living can be caused by changing a few minor but widespread habits in that community. Someone with a Master of Public Health and a concentration on behavioral science may conduct research or implement programs to improve public health in a population by changing that community’s own behavior.

The field of social science looks at the impact of social behavior on a population’s health, which behavioral science studies the communication and interaction processes within a population and how this effects health. Some of the areas students study as part of their degree program include:

Once students have their MPH degree, they can work for a variety of types of employers including government health departments, non-profit organizations, healthcare facilities, research laboratories, and more. Having a MPH also means that students qualify for more advanced positions in the field of public health, working in an administration or management position.

My Earning Potential

There is no reliable data about how much graduates of MPH – Behavioral Science programs earn once they enter the workforce, but since many who are interested in behavioral science pursue sociological research, it may be useful to look at the data collected by The Bureau of Labor Statistics for that career path. Sociologists earned a mean annual wage of $80,130 as of May 2008.

Most MPH programs last about two years for full time students. Students can also go to school part time to earn their master’s degree, which is optimal for students who want to continue to work as they get their degree. A bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite of nearly all MPH programs, but credit transferability, costs, and the speed at which a program can be completed vary by school, so contacting an actual university is the best way to get detailed information about a particular program.

Online Degrees in Public Health

Public health is the science of preventing disease and promoting health at the population level. Programs prepare students to become leading public health professionals capable of addressing current global public health problems. By clicking on the logos below, you can receive more information regarding your degree and school of choice.

Southern New Hampshire University MS: Public Health
Southern New Hampshire University – Southern New Hampshire University offers an MS in Public Health that readies graduate students for the business, programming, planning, and policy aspects of public healthcare management. This degree is a 46-credit hour program that includes a compulsory healthcare practicum.
Liberty University MPH: Health Promotion
MPH: Global Health
Liberty University – The Master of Public Health program at Liberty University is focused on the study of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, hazardous materials, natural disasters, psychological effects of disasters, stress intervention, and disaster research. Liberty offers two specializations, Health Promotion and Global Health.
Kaplan University Master of Public Health
MPH: Health Education
Kaplan University – Graduates of the Kaplan University MPH program are ready to take their careers to the next stage at the government, nonprofit, or private level. The online program provides students with an education on how to analyze and apply scientific research, prepare public health policies, develop health education programs, and review the impact of occupational and environmental factors. Kaplan offers several specializations within their MPH program, including health education.
Walden University Master of Public Health
MPA: Health Policy
Walden University – The Walden University MPH degree teaches the development of healthy individuals, organizations, and communities. The program provides core study in the public health field, using real-world teaching methodology, industry leading professors, and a capstone fieldwork practicum. Those interested in policymaking may find Walden's MPA in health policy to be of interest.

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