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  Oct 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Augusta University Catalog

Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Informatics


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About the Program

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, accredited by the Council of Education in Public Health (CEPH) is a two-year program offering core public health courses with concentrations in Health Management, Health Informatics, Environmental Health, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Program also includes a public health internship and a Capstone research experience. This comprehensive educational experience is designed to prepare leaders with critical thinking, problem-solving, and information management skills needed to improve healthcare delivery and promote public health.

An MPH degree presents tremendous value to “clinicians” as well as “non-clinical professionals,” with undergraduate preparation in any field.

  • Clinicians are prepared to be leaders in evidence-based quality improvement, patient-centered care, and community health. They are equipped with research skills to critically evaluate clinical literature and promote evidence in diverse areas such as health services organization.
  • Non-clinical professionals are prepared with knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines to create and manage information systems, improve healthcare delivery and thereby promote community health.

The MPH Program is offered largely online, and can be completed in two years. It is designed to support the working professional in pursuit of a graduate degree. Graduates are prepared to be leaders in healthcare organizations, public health agencies, the pharmaceutical and information technology industries, and research institutes.

Master of Public Health with concentration in Health Informatics prepares professionals with requisite knowledge and skills to create, analyze, and manage information system to improve health delivery.

Note to International Applicants:

The MPH program delivers approximately 90 percent of its content via online courses. The remaining 10 percent is delivered as on-campus courses which require the student to attend classes at the Health Science Campus. At this time, the MPH program does not offer sufficient on-campus course work for students with F–1 or J–1 student status to meet all study requirements. The university will not issue a Certification of Eligibility for F–2 Academic Students (Form I–20) or J–1 Exchange Visitors, Student Category (Form DS–2019) for MPH program enrollment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to manage information enterprises of:

  • Healthcare organizations
  • Public health agencies
  • Research institutes
  • Industries including pharmaceutical, healthcare technology and insurance

Accreditation

The MPH Program is accredited by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH).

c/o CEPH

1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone: 202-789-1050

Fax: 202-789-1895

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/graduate/master-public-health-informatics.php

Financial Aid

The university participates in all federal student aid programs as well as state and private programs. With the university’s help students can fund their education through grants, scholarships, loans, a service commitment program and/or employment. Information can be found at http://www.augusta.edu/finaid/.

Technical Requirements

Students must be computer-literate and have access to a PC running Windows XP Professional and connected to a broadband Internet Service Provider. Hardware and software requirements for MPH on-line courses:

Hardware

  • IBM‐compatible PC (Macintosh computers are acceptable only if bootable into Windows)
  • Pentium IV processor or better;
  • 2GB of RAM (3GB or higher recommended);
  • CD-ROM, CD-RW or DVD-RW recommended;
  • 60GB hard drive (80 GB or higher preferred);
  • SVGA (1024 x 768 or higher) display;
  • Full duplex sound card with speakers/headphones and microphone;
  • Web Cam; (Microsoft LifeCam HD 5000, for example)
  • Windows operating system; Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (Windows 7 recommended)
  • High-speed Internet connection through an ISP account or a network; cable, DSL or satellite high-speed access required. (Dial-up Internet connection is NOT acceptable for this program)

Software

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher;
  • Windows Media Player 11.0 or higher for access;
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (or higher to include Access 2010);
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or higher

Proprietary browser versions (those not downloaded directly from Microsoft) may not work reliably with online systems. If you use other “Office” type programs, please note that some instructors may require you to convert your files to an MSOffice compatible format for online submission. Your connection to the Internet may initiate behind a firewall; however, the firewall settings may have to be adjusted to allow for proper functioning of our Web-based tools.

Online Course Readiness Assessment Tool

The University System of Georgia provides an online tool to help you determine if you are a good candidate for online courses. Visit http://goml.readi.info to assess your readiness.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Electives: 6


Total Hours for the Degree: 45


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