MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Masters of Public Health program recently was recognized as one of the best online programs of 2014-15 by PublicHealthOnline.org, a leading online resource for public health education and careers.
UM was ranked No. 16 out of 50 colleges and universities. The list included programs that met the standard of excellence of traditional on-campus public health programs and also provide students the flexibility to continue their education through the graduate level while working and building experience in their chosen field.
“We are pleased to be able to partner with so many public health leaders in our community and across the nation to promote student success,” said UM School of Public and Community Health Sciences Chair Craig Molgaard. “Our program contributes to a 21st century liberal arts education by promoting among our students the liberal arts values of social and global responsibility, ethical and critical reasoning, and leadership.”
The rankings are based on a proprietary scoring system that uses various cost, quality and student support metrics. They include online tuition cost, academic/career counseling services and placement services for graduates. To be ranked the schools must be a public or not-for-profit institution, accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and offer four-year programs and an online master’s degree in public health.
"Many public health careers require a master’s degree," said Wes Harris, founder of PublicHealthOnline.org. "Today’s working professionals need the flexible learning options these online MPH programs offer."
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, health education, community health and other public health-related occupations are expected to grow faster than average.
“Earning a master’s degree and having work experience could be the difference between getting the job and not,” Harris said. “It’s important for students and working professionals to know their options when it comes to furthering their careers.”
The full listing of Best Online MPH Programs can be found online at http://www.publichealthonline.org/degree-programs/masters/. For more information on UM’s School of Public and Community Health Sciences, visit http://publichealth.health.umt.edu/.