Shape Public Health at Local and Global Levels

Offered through the College of Nursing and Health, Madonna University’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree trains students to address the dynamic, emerging challenges facing the health care industry. The MPH degree shapes students into influential public health leaders who demonstrate empathy and compassion towards vulnerable populations as they work with expertise, flexibility, and intent responsiveness.

Through the immersive online curriculum, students learn to integrate the skills and knowledge regarding social determinants of health to populations throughout the public health arena. A capstone course and supervised internship provide hands-on experience with synthesizing theoretical concepts and trends in public health and demonstrating advocacy ability. As a result, students learn how to address a broad array of public health problems within the context of Franciscan values.

The MPH program was developed to be a two year totally online program with 45 credits required to complete the degree.

It is offered in both part and full-time formats.

Degree Specialty Tracks

Madonna’s online MPH degree offers two specialty tracks⁠—Population Health Care Management and Health Care Informatics and Quality Transformation⁠—which allows students to follow their preferred professional specialization. The curriculum builds expertise in a wide range of in-demand topics, including population health promotion, health policy analysis, health communication strategies, and population health care analytics. Explore the full MPH degree course requirements for each track.

MPH Population Health Care Management Track Outcomes

Students in the Population Health Care Management track refine their ability to provide culturally appropriate population health care and advocate with interdisciplinary teams to promote health equity and holism within the continuum of care. 

Through their in-classroom work and hands-on internship, MPH students in this track are able to assist vulnerable populations in negotiating complex systems across the health care continuum. They can evaluate a variety of communication strategies to achieve client goals and apply conceptual understanding of health care promotion concepts that are critical to the role of a population health coach.

MPH Health Care Informatics and Quality Transformation Track Outcomes

The Health Care Informatics and Quality Transformation Track of the MPH degree also builds the ability to provide culturally appropriate population health care systems, a vital competency in the public health field. Students in this track also gain experience in managing health care informatics projects within an interprofessional team with an emphasis on safety and quality improvement processes. 

Using health care informatics, MPH graduates assist vulnerable populations in negotiating complex systems across the health care continuum. They also apply conceptual understandings of health care informatics in a work environment and implement continuous quality improvements and cost-effective informatics within complex systems.

Online Structure Designed For Working Professionals

Designed to meet the unique needs of working professionals, Madonna’s Master of Public Health is offered entirely online. This provides MPH students with flexibility and ease of access in order to balance home, work, and academic schedules. 

All online MPH courses are taught by Madonna faculty members who are experts and thought leaders in the public health field, ensuring our students have access to the leading methodologies and theories in the field. The MPH faculty care deeply about student success and are easily accessible to provide support and mentorship that facilitates student goal achievement.

Career Outlook with an MPH Degree

MPH students graduate equipped to shape public health at the local, national, and global levels. They are poised to drive innovation in a way that provides access to information and technologies that combat population health issues.

It is predicted that employment of medical and health services managers will experience 20 percent growth from 2016-2026, reflecting a strong demand for qualified candidates. Further, a public health master’s degree opens doors to diverse professional opportunities in health care, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Career opportunities for MPH graduates include: 

  • Population health program analyst
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community health program manager
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Care coordination specialist
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Quality analyst
  • Health resource specialist 

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission into the online Master of Public Health degree program are required to submit the following items:

  • Completed online application for graduate admission
  • Official transcript showing evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale 
  • One year of professional/field experience
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Admission interview

Please note that applicants to the online MPH degree do not need to submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. Find out more about Madonna University's graduate admission requirements.

Address Public Health Challenges Head-on Through Madonna’s MPH Degree

Madonna University’s online Master of Public Health degree explores theory and methodology that prepares students to address an array of public health challenges in local, national, and global communities. MPH graduates possess strong leadership ability, compassion, empathy, and refined practical skill, setting them up to make a lasting impact in the lives of others.

Get started on your online MPH degree by requesting more information or submitting your application!

Master of Public Health Faculty Bios

Denise Brothers

Associate Professor, Chair, Population Health and Aging, Program Director, Aging Studies

Ph.D. Miami University

M.S. Miami University



Denise Brothers

Dr. Denise Brothers has been a faculty member of the Aging Studies Department since 2013. She holds a M.S. in Exercise and Health Studies and a Ph.D. in Social Gerontology, both from Miami University of Ohio. She also earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration.

Dr. Brothers teaches the introductory course in aging studies, psychology and aging, global aging, educational program planning, and programs and services for older adults. Her professional interests include understanding how race, class, and gender impact later-life outcomes, such as health, wealth, and social networks. Her research has included exploring how changing demographics and marital patterns are altering the ways in which older men and women are forming and maintaining new relationships in later life.

Earlier in her career, she assisted with a number of research projects on long-term care services and support in the state of Ohio. This research included a qualitative study on the experiences of consumers and caregivers receiving home-and-community based services as well as identifying current and future capacity needs for long-term care. She also engages in public scholarship through her participation on advisory groups within Michigan’s aging network.

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