Address Public Health Issues with Multi-Disciplinary Knowledge
Calvin University’s Master of Public Health online degree takes a multi-disciplinary approach to learning to ensure you gain the diverse expertise necessary for career success. Courses are taught by public health experts who apply their real-world experience to every lesson.
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Impact Public Health Through a Christian Perspective
The Master of Public Health online degree utilizes the high-quality liberal arts curriculum Calvin University is known for, plus a Christian perspective that combines faith with health and wellbeing. As a student, you’ll engage in courses taught with Christian values while addressing today’s most pressing public health issues, including ethics, health inequity, and justice.
To ensure you graduate prepared for leadership opportunities, the online MPH degree offers two career-focused concentrations. Choose from the online MPH – Infectious Disease concentration or the online MPH – Global Health option and gain specific expertise to advance your career and excel in the position you want.
By earning your Master of Public Health online with Calvin, you’ll gain advanced multi-disciplinary knowledge and graduate fully prepared for the next step in your career. Regardless of the concentration you choose, you’ll gain the competitive skills public health employers are looking for.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a demand for epidemiologists, with the field growing at a rate of 5% per year. Professionals in this role earned a median annual salary of $70,990 in 2019.1Career Outlook
Calvin University provides students with an academic experience founded on liberal arts and Christian principles. With the online MPH degree, you’ll gain skills in scientific literacy, epidemiological studies, interpreting data, effective communication, program implementation and evaluation, and more.
The Master of Public Health online degree requires the completion of 42-43 credit hours, depending on the concentration you choose. Choose from two electives options in infectious disease and global health.View Courses
Once you complete the Master of Public Health online program, you’ll be able to:
- Apply evidence-based approaches informed by data analysis and systems thinking tools
- Discuss how structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at the organizational, community, and societal levels
- Design population-based policies, programs, projects, or interventions
- Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
- Apply principles of leadership, governance, and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration, and guiding the decision-making process
- Describe the interplay between religion and health
Choose from Two Concentrations
The Master of Public Health online program offers two career-focused concentrations designed to improve your leadership potential in the field.
To apply for the Master of Public Health online program from Calvin University, you’ll need:
- A completed application
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally
- accredited college or university
- Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic coursework to demonstrate a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
- A personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- A CV or resume
Calvin University’s Master of Public Health online program requires the completion of 42-43 credit hours, at $660 per credit.Get Tuition Details
The Master of Public Health online program is taught by a faculty of experts committed to helping you succeed academically and professionally. They incorporate their diverse experience into each class to ensure you gain the knowledge necessary to achieve your goals.
Kristen Alford, Ph.D., Co-Director
Kristen Alford discovered public health during a social work internship and she was instantly drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Kristen loves how public health provides a forum for each of us to contribute the gifts we’ve been given, and to use those gifts in concert to address larger needs in our communities and throughout our world. As such, she seeks out opportunities to work with others from a variety of disciplines. For instance, Kristen has been involved in researching the health effects of mass distribution of point-of-use filters in Liberia alongside colleagues and students in public health, statistics and geography. She extends this beyond research and has been actively involved in COVID response at Calvin University including leading the contact tracing efforts with Dr. Boldenow. Kristen’s family brings her great joy! She and her husband have 3 energetic and intelligent sons.
Kristen has been part of a 5-year, interdisciplinary project with the ultimate goal of bringing clean water to Liberia. Her role in the project is to assist with the data analysis and dissemination of results. Kristen’s research has primarily been in aging and chronic disease, with an emphasis on how cancer affects overall well-being.
Erica Boldenow, Ph.D., Co-Director
Dr. Boldenow loves the interdisciplinary nature of public health, pairing science with medicine, human behaviors and policy in order to prevent disease and promote well-being. She views the practice of public health as one way to enact her faith and “care for your neighbor”. She enjoys spending time in the classroom teaching and having deep moral and ethics discussions about health with her students. In addition, Dr. Boldenow enjoys working with students in her laboratory. Dr. Boldenow’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of adverse birth outcomes such as preterm birth. She has worked extensively on Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections at the maternal-fetal interface. Dr. Boldenow is also interested in how environmental contaminants potentially lead to adverse birth outcomes. Currently she is investigating how trichloroethylene (an industrial solvent and common ground water contaminant), contributes to changes in host immune response during pregnancy related infections. When Dr. Boldenow is not teaching or in lab, she can usually be found spending time with friends and family. She enjoys cooking for lots of people and canning. She also enjoys the outdoors: canoeing, camping, and hiking. Life always seems better in a canoe.
- Molecular mechanisms for adverse pregnancy outcomes.
- Group B Streptococcus infection during pregnancy.
- Toxicant-pathogen interactions during pregnancy: specifically focused on how tricholorethylene and its metabolites modulate infection and inflammation.
- Bicycle safety interventions.
- Health and religion: how religious institutions have responded to COVID-19 and how COVID-19 has reshaped worship practices.
At Calvin University, we’re committed to making your education affordable. Find out more about your financial aid options, including U.S. military benefits and employer tuition reimbursement.Get Financial Aid Details
Online Learning That Fits Into Your Life
The program engages all areas of life. At Calvin, we believe that learning comes from doing, and we maintain our commitment to practical, hands-on application and experience for online students.
Embrace the flexibility of an online program coupled with individualized instruction.Online Student Experience
Frequently Asked Questions
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The Master of Public Health online degree can be completed in as few as 18 months.
Yes. The Master of Public Health online degree offers both part- and full-time options.
The upcoming start dates for the online Master of Public Health program include Aug. 30, 2021 and Jan. 10, 2022.
Yes. You must choose between concentrations in infectious disease and global health. Visit this program’s curriculum page to learn more about these concentrations.
As a graduate of the online MPH program, you’ll be qualified for a variety of in-demand positions, including epidemiologist, medical scientist, clinical research coordinator, community educator, policy developer, and more. Visit the program’s career outlook page to learn more about the career opportunities that await you after graduation.