Wish me luck! I've applied to the National University MPH Program

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  1. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    I've just applied to the National University MPH program. NU obtained CEPH accreditation over the summer and the entire program can be completed in 16 months (1 course per-month, 2 months each for internship and capstone). No GRE required. They offer three areas of concentration (Health Promotion, Healthcare Administration and Mental Health). I'll likely choose Health Promotion or Mental Health.

    I was also considering the University of Maryland - College Park Executive MPH program (mostly online, with 6 weekends on-campus throughout the 18 month program), however, the area of focus (Public Health Policy) is not really my cup of tea.

    Now I just need to get used to hitting the books again (and this time with my 4-month old daughter and 8-year old daughter at home - 15-year old son visits on weekends)... Sleep?! Who needs it!
  2. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    Much luck wished! And I like what I see of NU's program. What do you have in mind for the internship and capstone? (If this isn't asking too far ahead, but hey, that's kind of what this forum is for. :) )
  3. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Thanks! I kept talking myself out of attending NU as they are not the most prestigious school. However, they are a non-profit and have CEPH accreditation now, so why not?

    I am hoping to complete the internship within my company (I work for a large pharma company). We'll see. I certainly can't take off for a month!

    Not sure about my capstone yet. I have a couple of topics in mind, but I'll see where my studies lead me.
  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Good luck! I look forward to your updates as you go through it.
  5. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Just a quick update - I just spoke with my adviser today and I am all set to begin the National University MPH program (Health Promotion concentration) in April. My first course will be "Theories of Health Behavior", followed by "Biostatistics." I think I'll begin reading up on both topics (esp. biostats!) now in preparation.

  6. kattypops

    kattypops New Member

    Hi! I too have applied and I'm set to start in May, my first class being "Biostatistics". I'm curious to know how you first class goes in April! :)
  7. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    That's great! I'm also taking Biostatistics in May. Is Tweeten your instructor? If so, we'll be in the same class. My academic advisor made me nervous when discussing this class. She gave me the impression that some MPH students fail out of it the first time around. Let me know if you'd like to form a study group. I know I'll need all of the help I can get. I took a 4-week undergrad stats course years ago (also at NU) and I barely got a C!

    I was actually able to start my first class in March. I just finished "HCA 600 - U.S. Healthcare System." The class was fairly interesting, but I wasn't exactly jumping up and down with excitement learning about health care finance and insurance regulations. LOL

    Next week I start "Theories of Health Behavior." I'm really looking forward to taking that class as I've been a psych nerd since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. ;)

  8. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    That sounds great!!! Good job, I see that you were accepted. Have fun.

    Abner :smile:

  9. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Thanks, Abner! I've just started my second class this week and so far so good. I'm getting psyched up for my upcoming biostatistics class. I have "Biostatistics for Dummies" on my Kindle app. LOL
  10. paggy

    paggy New Member

    best of luck buddy . .
  11. Delta

    Delta Active Member

    All the best! I hired a tutor to get through Biostatistics/Epidemiology.
  12. mattiberry85

    mattiberry85 New Member

    I have been looking at this program for some time. I have thought about doing the MH concentration, thinking it would go great with my education. I currently have a MEd in Mental Health Counseling and finishing a MA in Forensic Mental Health and will be starting a PsyD in Clinical Psych this Fall. How do you like it so far?
  13. kattypops

    kattypops New Member

    Hi there, sorry for the delayed response. I have Eggleston for Biostatistics COH 602. Oh my, what a nice first welcome class for me huh? Not too comforting to learn that some students failed out of it the first time around but I'll try to be optimistic :) .I haven' taken a statistics class since high school years ago when I took it at a community college (which allowed me to skip it during undergrad). I tried to get some readings done today, as he posted the syllabus and class content, but I feel like I'm behind already and we haven't even officially starter class!

  14. psychstudent54

    psychstudent54 New Member

    Sorry for bumping this up but I have questions for those of you who applied at this program and got accepted. I want to apply to this program and I'm wondering what the admissions process was like? Are there any additional requirements for admission to the MPH program that aren't listed on their website?

    How are classes so far? Would you recommend the program?
  15. sukhdeep16

    sukhdeep16 New Member

    I just started COH 602, I'm so lost. I don't know where to start, anyone who has taken the class, please help!!!!!!
  16. sukhdeep16

    sukhdeep16 New Member

    I need help!!

    How did you get through biostatistics?
  17. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Actually, I didn't get through biostats. I got behind in the first week and had to drop the class. I later dropped out of the MPH program due to the internship requirement. I learned only after enrolling that one may not complete the internship at work - must be a separate location - that was a deal breaker for me with a full-time job and three kids.

    I'm currently looking into the Southern New Hampshire University MS in Public Health program. It's the only online MSPH program on offer in the US and there is no internship requirement. SNHU is regionally accredited, but does not hold CEPH accreditation (which is an important requirement that some employers). That's not a deal breaker for me as I've been with the same company for 16 years and I have no intention of moving on elsewhere. If I obtain this degree, it should place me in a good position to move to another department within my company down the road. We'll see. I also really like the MSc in Epidemiology through the University of London External Programme. The only issue is that it takes 2-5 years to complete.
  18. Ebenezer Esau

    Ebenezer Esau New Member

    Good Luck, The Master of Public Health prepares you for a career in the public health sector


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