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To meet the needs of the dynamic, emerging health care challenges there is a demand for flexible, responsive health care roles that demonstrates empathy and compassion towards vulnerable populations. Students will integrate the skills and knowledge regarding the social determinants of health to populations throughout the public health arena.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a well-established degree with which graduates can gain employment in a wide array of settings including: health care, non-profit organizations and government agencies. The program has two tracks: Population Health Care Management and Health Care Informatics and Quality Transformation.

The College of Nursing and Health at Madonna University has been offering high quality programs for more than 50 years!

  • Online program for professional leaders
  • Distinctive academic programming
  • No GRE required

Degrees Offered


Master of Public Health Faculty Bios

Dr. Mary E. MitschProfessor, Chairperson Health Sciences Department

Nursing Edu./Maternity Nursing, B.S.N., Villa Maria College of Nursing/Gannon Univ.

M.S.N. University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D., Wayne State University


734-432-5841, Room D-120

Dr. Mary E. Mitsch

 Dr. Mary E. Mitsch is a Nurse Anthropologist and Professor in the College of Nursing and Health and the Director of the Health Sciences program. She joined the full-time faculty of the Madonna University College of Nursing and Health in 1993 after teaching part-time maternity nursing clinical for the college since 1990. She is the lead faculty in the area of population health care management, teaching health promotion and navigating the US Health Care System for the health sciences undergraduate program. She also holds status as a graduate faculty member in the Graduate Nursing Education Certificate program. She is an end-of-life researcher and presents nationally on her research area of interest related to ritual activity and meaning making during sudden death events. Her other research interests and expertise include qualitative research methods especially, auto ethnography and narrative.

Dr. Mitsch is committed to service both at Madonna University and in the community in which she lives serving on various committees and review boards. At Madonna University, she has received two prestigious awards: the University Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation, and the coveted Faculty Excellence Award from graduating seniors.

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Dr. Rachel MahasMaster of Public Health Program Director and
Assistant Professor

B.S.M.T., Armstrong State University

M.P.H., Armstrong State University

M.S., Wayne State University

PhD., University of Toledo


734-432-5780, Room D-123

Dr. Rachel Mahas

Dr. Rachel Mahas is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health and joined Madonna’s full-time faculty in 2016. Her Ph.D. studies in Health Education were completed at the University of Toledo in 2016. She completed her Master of Science degree in Basic Medical Sciences at Wayne State University and Master of Public Health degree from Armstrong State University.

Her research interests include: health disparities, psychosocial determinants of health related behavior, and community-based participatory research.

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Dr. Linda J. NikpourAssistant Professor

A.S., North Iowa Area Comm Coll

A.S., Macomb Community College

B.S.N., University of Iowa

M.S.N, University of Colorado

D.N.P., Waynesburg University


734-432-5453, D-120-C

Dr. Linda J. Nikpour

 Linda Nikpour is an Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Program and she has joined the faculty of Madonna University in 2016. She is the course facilitator for Professional Role Development, Internship in Health Sciences 1, Quality and Clinical Transformation, and Safety across Healthcare Settings. Her research interests are healthcare data analytics working with Big Data for Population Health. She is board-certified in Nursing Informatics and certified as an Associate within The Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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Staff Bio

Sara Foos

Sara FoosAdvisor & Retention Specialist
Health Sciences


734-432-5491, Office - 1400I

Sara Foos

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