Public health professionals observe changes to community health and safety, measuring the impact of disease and illness, working to improve access to health care resources, and addressing inequities in care delivery. Regis can prepare you to meet these emerging challenges on a local, state, or national level.
Regis offers a diverse community of passionate people who appreciate cultural differences and value what can be learned from each other. Students who seek an online MPH degree from Regis College are those who care for their communities; care for the well-being of others, and strive to make a difference in the world around them.
Convenient flexible program
3 start times a year
Apply with no GRE
Lower cost per credit versus other MPH programs
Choose from 2 concentrations: Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Complete in as few as 7 semesters
Discounts, benefits, and support resources for military and veteran students
The online MPH is offered through the Regis College School of Health Sciences. The program is designed for working professionals who are compassionate, resourceful, service-oriented people, aspiring to be change agents in their communities by helping to improve public health.
Health Care Expertise
The courses are taught by active public health professionals who have an insider’s perspective on the leadership and management competencies the field demands, and a curriculum to help you build those skills. Unlike many public health graduate programs, this program also gives you an in-depth view of the political and policy context in which public health care services are paid for and delivered.
Dedication to Social Justice
Regis's commitment to social justice and lifelong learning isn’t summed up in one lecture; it’s woven into each course. This MPH degree is designed to help you make lasting change in health care by leading and managing organizations to increase access to high-quality health care for all people.
Regis is here to support you. By offering this distinguished MPH online with several degrees of student support and no GRE requirements, Regis is opening the door for health care professionals to tackle the growing complexities of the industry, assume more responsibility, and increase your autonomy and leadership in the public health field.
The Regis MPH program curriculum has been designed to help you utilize evidence-based approaches to propose solutions to public health issues. Learn to analyze how societal factors can play a role in achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.
This online MPH is composed of 42 credits and consists of foundational courses, specialization courses, a capstone and a field practicum. Half of your credits will be in your area of specialization so you can make an impact in the area of your choice as soon as you graduate.
Choose a concentration in Epidemiology or Health Policy & Management
Learn how to advocate for policy change, improved health outcomes, shared vision, social change, and community solutions to address organizational and community challenges
Discover ways to promote health research and data that will improve diverse community’s health outcomes
PBH 600 Biostatistics
This course is designed to teach master's-level students the basic principles of biostatistical analysis, epidemiological analysis, and design and analysis of clinical trials. Topics include study design, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing; sample size and power calculations; analysis of variance; correlation and regression; multiple regression and statistical control of con- founding; and survival analysis. This course provides students with the skills to perform, present, and interpret basic statistical analyses. For the more advanced topics (regression techniques and survival analyses), the focus is on interpretative skills and critically reading the literature.
HP 601 Health Ethics and Law
This course introduces students to the complex area of health ethics and law. Ethical and legal issues related to organizational and professional responsibility, patient rights and informed consent, reproduction and human genetics, end-of-life care, duty to treat and to warn, and clinical research and experimentation are among the areas of areas of study and discussion. Prerequisites: HP 602, HP 609, or permission of the program director
PBH 635 Contemporary Issues in Environmental Health
Contemporary Issues in Environmental Health will address current issues and concepts in the field of environmental health. It is intended to provide students with an understanding of how environmental factors impact the health of individuals and the community. This course will also cover the efforts that have been made to prevent or minimize the negative impact of environmental toxins. Emphasis is placed on providing students with an understanding of the health hazards resulting from exposure to physical, chemical, and biological hazards; vectors for dissemination (water, soil, fomites and air); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; the scientific basis for policy development; and emerging global environmental health issues.
PBH 633 Epidemiological Methods
This course will introduce students to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology. The course will cover methods used in research studies that address the distribution and determinants of disease in the population. This course is intended to provide an introduction to the skills needed to critically evaluate the epidemiologic literature relevant to public health professionals.
HP 602 Concepts in Health Administration
This is an introductory course to the field of health administration. Topics include health care leadership and management, strategic planning, human resources, marketing, quality management, and cultural competency/diversity in health care organizations.
PBH 611 Social and Behavioral Sciences
In this course, learners explore different public health behavioral models that are used for promoting healthy behavior change. The learner also breaks down community and social factors, including race, education, and economics, that may contribute to public health problems.
PBH 632 Applied Practice Experience - Practicum Course taken at the end of the program of study and provides students with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge obtained in both core and principle courses to the practice of public health under the guidance of a preceptor and a MPH practicum course faculty
PBH 636 Integrated Learning Experience – Capstone
The main purpose of this course is to provide the culminating, integrative curricular experience for students enrolled in the Regis College Online Master of Public Health program during their last semester prior to graduation. The course draws on students’ prior training in the five core areas of public health (i.e., Social and Behavioral Sciences, Biostatistics, Epidemiological Methods, Concepts in Health Administration and Contemporary Issues in Environmental Health); their additional required course work in one of 2 tracks (Epidemiology or Health Policy and Management); and their “real world” experience gained in the field prior to their graduation. In particular, the capstone class is closely linked to the MPH Practicum (PBH 632).
PBH 614 Observational and Interventional Study Design
In this course we will explore observational and interventional study design types. Observational studies in epidemiology draw inferences from a sample where the researcher is not in control and are often retrospective and used to assess potential causation in an exposure-outcome relationship. Interventional studies are often prospective and are tailored to evaluate clinical outcomes. The commonly used designs to study health outcomes among humans, such as cohort, case-control, ecological and cross-sectional and case studies will be discussed. The strengths and limitations of each of the study designs will be explored while looking at the guiding principles for each design and interpretation of results using such designs
PBH 615 Data Management and Analysis
The course will expose students to basic concepts that are needed to use SPSS for epidemiological research. The goal will be to familiarize students with various analytic methods and their uses to answer specific epidemiologic research questions. It will cover conduct of basic epidemiologic data and its management, and statistical analysis of data from epidemiologic investigations. Brief reviews of relevant statistical methods, their applications in epidemiologic research and interpretation of results will be covered step by step in this course. Students will be provided with several data sets from epidemiologic studies and will be asked to conduct analyses of these data.
PBH 616 Advanced Analysis of Epidemiologic Studies The course exposes students to advanced concepts that are needed to use SPSS for epidemiological research. The goal will be to expose students with various analytic methods and their uses to answer specific epidemiologic research questions. It will cover conduct of advanced epidemiologic data and its management, and statistical analysis of data from epidemiologic investigations. This course will deepen students' knowledge of epidemiological principles.
PBH 617 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
This course covers the importance and basic methods for infectious disease epidemiology for selected diseases. The methods will include outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, and cross-sectional studies. Distribution, risk factors and causes, transmission, and control of selected infectious diseases will be covered including interpretation of epidemiological data. Program evaluations in infectious disease settings and rates and measures will be covered as well.
PBH 618 Chronic Disease Epidemiology
This course provides an overview of some chronic diseases and will highlight the key methodological issues surrounding studies of such chronic diseases. It will give students the opportunity to apply epidemiologic methods in understanding chronic diseases problems. Chronic diseases account for six of the top seven causes of death in the United States according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Various chronic diseases will be studied including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, chronic lung disease, and arthritis, among others. The more epidemiology students understand about these diseases, the better they will be able to continue to study them effectively and attempt to influence public policy. In addition, challenges that are attendant to chronic disease risk factors and their epidemiological behavior will be examined.
PBH 619 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods
The course covers principles and methods of epidemiology, including descriptive and analytic approaches to assessing the distributions of health, disease, and injury in populations and factors that influence those distributions. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of concepts, rather than quantitative methods, although basic calculations are involved. In addition, epidemiologic issues in the interface with public health policy will be studied. The course will consist of readings and critical review of epidemiology articles.
PBH 622 Health Policy Analysis The course provides an overview of the U.S. Health care delivery system and current policy challenges, (i.e. chronic disease, health equity, access to care, and healthcare reform) and provides an introduction to policy analysis tools useful for defining policy problems, assessing alternative solutions and examining effects of health policies. The framework used for achieving these aims will be to consider public health policy from the perspective of the main stakeholders in the system: patients, providers, health plans, and payers.
HP 609 Health Policy, Politics and Perspectives
This course examines U.S. health care policy and the political challenges related to delivery, cost, quality, and access to care. The course is in seminar format with a field experience component which allows students to observe the policy-making process and the role of government and private stakeholders in the financing and delivery of services through a field experience attending health policy-related events and meetings.
HP 622 Economics of Health Care
This course uses economic analysis to help understand the economic challenges confronting our health care system. Topics include supply and demand in health care, market forces, health reform, and health care financing. Prerequisites: HP 602, HP 609 or permission of the program director
PBH 623 Contemporary Issues, Special Populations and Policies
The health of special populations depends on not only the characteristics and health behaviors of individuals but the social, economic, and physical environments in which they live and the health care systems that provide their medical care. This course will explore the current evidence regarding the role of these factors as determinants of population health and identify emerging issues. The role of public policy in improving the health of special populations will be discussed in the context of empirical research evidence. Particular emphasis of the course will be to explore public health policy initiatives to address the health problems under consideration, and to evaluate their success and unintended consequences
PBH 624 State Health Policy
This course provides an overview of health care policy in the United States, a close examination of selected current policy topics, and exposure to real-world health policy-making via case studies in various states.
PBH 625 Health Policy and Program Implementation This course is designed to provide public health students with a conceptual framework for both understanding and integrating the dimensions and practice of the evolving field of public health. It addresses historical aspects and events that have impacted the field and emphasizes directed efforts to clarify and strengthen the discipline and functions of public health from a systems approach. It also reinforces the organization and management of mandated community health and related services provided by governmental health agencies.
Provide a professional resume or curriculum vitae that address educational, employment, volunteer, and other experiences that have prepared you for graduate studies in public health
Provide an essay of intent
Provide contact information for two people who have agreed to provide a reference for you. Recommenders will be emailed immediately and must complete a brief form.
Provide a personal, electronic copy of all transcripts for review (official copies must be provided before acceptance)
Completion of Statistics course required (may be taken concurrently with MPH but must be taken before PBH 633 Epidemiologic Methods)
Tuition and fees
$600 per credit hour
$200-$400 estimated cost of textbooks per course
Regis Corporate Partnerships and Military Benefits
Regis offers a variety of benefits and support resources through its Veterans Relations, Corporate and Organization Partners’ departments. Regis offers corporate and organizational partners a 10% – 15% discount for employees, members, and their spouses. Regis is a military friendly institution and offers a 15% tuition discount for all active or reserve military, veterans, and military spouses. Dedicated staff members are ready to help guide you through the application process and assist you with applying for available benefits.
About Regis College
Regis College, founded in 1927, is a multifaceted Catholic University in Greater Boston with 3,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the arts, sciences, and health professions devoted to engagement, service, and advancement in the global community. Regis College offers majors and graduate/professional programs to prepare students for in-demand fields such as nursing, health, public service, education, and business communication. Students pursue excellence to become change agents in their own communities, and to serve and lead as advocates for a more just and compassionate global society.
As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of healthcare and designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, healthcare landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.
When you choose Regis, you join a closely knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid healthcare foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.
Accreditation and ranking
Regis College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Among The Princeton Review’s “Best Regional Colleges”
Designated Military Friendly (MF) silver level institution in 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Schools list due to Regis’ commitment to serving the military and veteran community