Hi Everyone! Question about MPH w/no discussion boards.

Discussion in 'Nursing and medical-related degrees' started by CJMuffin, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. CJMuffin

    CJMuffin New Member

    I sincerely need some advice. I want to pursue my Masters in Public Health. I have researched many online schools. I did take one course at American Public University. I'm not afraid of the hard work but I find I can't have a good learning experience with 8 week classes and all the posting that is required. What is a good school I can complete this entirely online? I thought at one time Northcentral didn't require quite as much posting as other schools. Any advice is appreciated.
  2. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Hi CJMuffin. Welcome to Degree Info. Info for new members: http://www.degreeinfo.com/general-distance-learning-discussions/35100-new-users-ask-where-did-my-posts-go.html

    I have attended 6 online schools, earned 3 degrees online and have not experienced a school yet that does not require participation in a discussion board. I have earned 2 degrees at National University and I'm just finishing one at Liberty. I have also attended Walden, University of Phoenix, Capella and Northcentral University for a short time before bailing out. All of those schools used discussion boards as a prominent part of the class experience.

    There must be schools that do not require discussion boards, but you can rule the above schools out. Hopefully someone else will have an answer for you.
  3. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I do know Trident has minimal discussion activity.
  4. CJMuffin

    CJMuffin New Member

    Thanks for the info
  5. CJMuffin

    CJMuffin New Member

    Which school did you like the best SurfDoctor?
  6. major56

    major56 Active Member

    UMass-Amherst: MPH (Nutrition)
    UMass Amherst Department of Nutrition

    Loma Linda University: MPH Population Medicine, Health Education or Lifestyle Medicine
    Loma Linda University School of Public Health - Programs

    University of London – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: MSc Public Health (£11,400)
    Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Public Health | London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | LSHTM

    University of Bedforshire: MSc Public Health
    Public Health - beds.ac.uk

    University of Manchester: MPH (“Assessment is by submitted assignments, there are no examinations.”).
    Public Health (MPH) [Web-based Learning] (The University of Manchester)

    University of Sheffield: MPH
    MPH Distance Learning - MPH (Distance Learning) - Masters courses - Prospective Students - ScHARR - The University of Sheffield

    University of Liverpool: MPH
    Master of Public Health MPH ~ Online Degree

    Kings College-London (UOL): MDPH
    Dental Public Health (not running in 2012) - Overview - Graduate taught programmes - King's College London : Online prospectus

    University of Dundee: MSc Global Health and Wellbeing
    Global Health and Wellbeing - Postgraduate Courses - The University of Dundee

    Unisa Online - MPH Distance Education
  7. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    No question about it; Liberty U. All of the others were good schools too, even the schools I quit, but LU was a perfect fit for me. The only school I would not recommend out of the group would be UoP. It's as good of school as any of the others, but their advertising and enrollment practices over the past few years have earned them a bad reputation.

    Also, here's a quick tip that will make things easier for you: Use the "Reply With Quote" button below each post when you reply. When you do, it will be obvious who you are speaking to.
  8. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    ...and leaves you with minty, fresh breath.
  9. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    While it is great to collect opinions, always think about what is most important to you.
  10. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Or a cool weapon to spearfish!!
  11. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Very good advice.
  12. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

  13. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    I would recommend the MSc in Public Health from the University of London - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This is a correspondence program. Exams are taken once a year (with numerous locations in the states). LSHTM is one of the top public health schools in the world. They also offer a DL MSc in Epidemiology.

    Best of luck.

    UNISA (University of South Africa)


    Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Public Health | London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine | LSHTM
  14. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Two points,
    1) UMass actually has 2 MPH programs. One focuses on nutrition and the other on general public health practice. See umassonline.com
    2) In addition to UNISA, there is a second South African MPH program offered through DL. It's coming at you from MEDUNSA (Medical University of South Africa) that exists as a part of the University of Limpopo.
  15. soupbone

    soupbone Active Member

    Let's not forget about what I believe is the number 1 public health school in the nation, Johns Hopkins. 80% of the degree (MPH) can be completed via distance and the remaining 20% is face to face over 2 week school sessions.

    Here's a link--->

    Ways to Earn an MPH - Academic Overview - Master of Public Health - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    The PART-TIME/INTERNET-BASED FORMAT offers courses that are available days, evenings and weekends, in classroom settings, and online. Students complete the degree within two to three years of matriculation. The program begins in January and June at our East Baltimore campus and in November at Barcelona, with an orientation and two weeks of introductory coursework (one week in Barcelona). Students can earn up to 80 percent of their academic units through nearly 100 online course options. At least 20 percent of the degree is earned in a face-to-face format through any combination of:
    • Courses offered in regular eight-week academic terms on-site in Baltimore for local Part-time/internet based students
    • More than 100+ condensed courses offered during Summer and Winter Institutes on-site in Baltimore, with some additional options in Washington, D.C.
    • Courses range from 2 to 5 days in length with assignments completed before and/or after classes are held during the November Institute in Barcelona.
  16. eilla05

    eilla05 New Member

    In my experience online programs rely heavily on discussions and papers not sure how else they would go about it without discussions as they are supposed to be "speaking" with and interacting with your class mates. What exactly is it about them do you not like? Volume?
  17. CJMuffin

    CJMuffin New Member

    I hope I am replying to this correctly! I think it is the volume of posts. Plus you have to provide support for why you agree or disagree, APA style of course. Also a big group project. Essay questions for Mid term, Research paper and a final exam! I really don't mind the work but I want to learn and not spend the entire time trying to keep up with work. I guess I am looking for classes that are at least 10 weeks and not 8.
    Maybe I am being unrealistic in what to expect since this is my first attempt at onlne classes.
  18. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I understand what you mean. Some places seem to care about volume vs. quality. I would prefer to make one really high quality posts as opposed to 7 or 8 worthless ones.
  19. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    And so many of the posts in those discussions are absolute drivel.

    On the bright side: I'm finding, as I participate in discussions in the 800 and 900 series classes in my doctorate program, that the level of discourse has improved greatly. I am reading and replying to posts made by college administrators, great teachers and professors and a few school principals, all of whom seem to have something useful to contribute. It's a refreshing change from the busy work posts I have experienced in other programs.
  20. California2017

    California2017 New Member

    No Discussion Board Requirement

    Hello adult learners,
    I have been enrolled in North Central University Ed. D program since December, 2016. I have never been required to participate in discussion boards. The curricula for all courses do not require posting to any chat rooms. Although, I have noticed that there are community options available for such. However, I dislike the teaching concept so much.

    Best regards,

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