General Application Questions
I am admitted to a professional program on the Downers Grove, IL campus. Can I apply to the M.P.H. dual degree program?
Yes! Current or admitted Midwestern University students may submit their MWU healthcare professional application (using a transfer link in the student portal) to the M.P.H. Program for admissions consideration.
How do I apply to the dual degree program?
You can apply for the dual degree after you have been accepted to your primary professional program. On your student portal, use the transfer application link, which allows you to transfer your health professions application to the M.P.H. program for admissions consideration. Additionally, you will be required to submit a personal statement on how the M.P.H. degree fits into your professional goals.
What is the application deadline?
The application window opens on December 1 st and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early but no later than March 1 st.
I am a Midwestern Alum, can I still participate in the dual degree option?
Beginning in Summer 2022, a year-round M.P.H. program option will be offered. The flexible online program will allow working professionals who graduated from Midwestern after 2010 to enroll in the M.P.H. program and transfer some approved credits from their professional degree towards the M.P.H. requirements, shortening time to completion of the second degree.
What is One Health?
One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple health science professions, together with their related disciplines and institutions-working locally, nationally, and globally-to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants, and our environment.
One Health inspires the Midwestern University faculty, staff, and students to work collaboratively as respected colleagues. Midwestern graduates understand the nature and interdependency of humans, animals, and the environment and strengthen their bonds as healthcare professionals through education and research to benefit the health, quality of life, and well-being of all species.
M.P.H. Degree Program Questions
What degree programs does Midwestern University offer in Public Health?
Midwestern University offers an M.P.H. degree with a concentration in Global One Health. This degree prepares students to tackle increasingly complex public health issues through a One Health approach that integrates human, animal, and environmental health principles and practices.
How many credits is the M.P.H. degree?
The M.P.H. degree consists of 56 quarter-credit hours which includes online coursework, a practicum experience , and a culminating project .
What does a typical week’s course load look like for a student?
It is estimated that, based on the credit load and online format, each course requires approximately 3 hours of student work per credit hour, per week during a 10-week quarter. This includes reading, virtual lectures, assignments, and assigned online discussion. A typical course load for students is 12-15 credits, equating to approximately 36-45 hours of course work per week during the summer quarter. Dual degree students will take most M.P.H. course work during the summer quarters when they are not taking courses in their primary professional program. Some electives, the public health practicum, and the culminating project will be completed concurrently with the third and fourth year clinical rotation schedule.
What courses in my primary program count toward the M.P.H.?
The dual degree program is designed to allow the transfer of up to 18 credits for approved courses completed in the primary program towards the M.P.H. degree. Typically, students take the M.P.H. degree requirements during two summer quarters and complete the practicum and culminating project during their third or fourth year. For a list of courses eligible for elective credit in the M.P.H. program, see the Midwestern University course catalog:
Will I have to take other M.P.H. courses during the primary program academic year?
M.P.H. coursework is generally taken during the summer quarters. Certain electives, the public health practicum and the culminating project are completed during the third and fourth years of the primary program. Refer to the Midwestern course catalog for a sample course sequence:
Will I be assigned an advisor?
Students in each cohort will be assigned a faculty advisor to assist them with academic concerns and program completion. In addition to the faculty advisor, the Program Director, College of Graduate Studies Dean, Associate Deans, and the Dean of Students are available to assist students. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the faculty mentor for assistance. Students will be able to choose additional faculty to work with for their culminating project.
What is the public health practicum?
The public health practicum is a planned, supervised, and evaluated practice experience that students complete late in the M.P.H. program. It is an opportunity for students to participate in experiential training in public health within healthcare settings and government-sponsored organizations. Students can expect to devote approximately 160 hours to the practicum experience and will produce two work products, such as a written assignment, multimedia presentation, public health educational material, etc. Example practicum sites include local and state health departments in the local geographic area or other more distant sites.
What is the culminating project?
The culminating project is an approved applied research effort that provides students with an opportunity to synthesize public health knowledge and skills obtained during the program. It can take many forms and is completed in conjunction with the practicum or as an independent study. Examples of types of projects include developing or evaluating a public health-related program, conducting a community needs assessment, or conducting traditional hypothesis-driven research of a public health nature. Students will produce a formal written report and deliver an oral presentation of their findings to M.P.H. program faculty and community stakeholders.
I have specific questions about the cost of attending with the dual degree option, where can I find more information?
The Office of Student Financial Services can advise on cost of attendance, financial aid options, and other questions related to attendance. Refer to the office’s website for additional information: https://www.midwestern.edu/admissions/tuition-and-financial-aid.xml
Where can I find resources and required textbooks?
The Midwestern University Library offers a variety of resources for students including many e-books for public health. Desk copies of required textbooks are also available in the reserved section of the libraries on both the Downers Grove, IL and Glendale, AZ campuses. Many of the required textbooks are also available at the library as e-books. Some allow for unlimited users while others are limited to one user at a time. See the Midwestern library website for further details: https://library.midwestern.edu/public-health/ebooks
What are the computer requirements to do the online M.P.H. Program?
Students enrolled in online courses are expected to have consistent access to a computer that is connected to reliable internet, installed with a word processing and a presentation program (e.g., Microsoft Office, Mac Pages/Keynote), and equipped with a microphone, speakers, and webcam.
Will I need to purchase my own statistical software?
The biostatistics courses in the M.P.H. Program utilize the SAS University Edition statistical software package. This software is available for download at no charge to students.