MPH Related Degrees

The job opportunities within the field of health care are vast and diverse. With so many different career paths available, higher education provides several degree offerings that lend themselves to public health concerns. While a Masters in Public Health is still the most comprehensive offering for a public health career, these degree programs are ultimately related and therefore increasingly relevant. We invite you to explore the specific opportunities of related degrees and how they fit into the sphere of public health.


MPH@Simmons MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.
MPH@GW An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.
MHA@GW Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

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Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA)

As the healthcare industry continues to change and adapt, administrative positions remain a necessary component for the effective delivery of health care. Those with a Masters in Healthcare Administration are prepared to work in a variety of fields within the public and private healthcare sector. Those with an MHA are often employed in management positions within a hospital or other health services organizations. This degree prepares students to understand the infrastructure specific to the operation of healthcare systems and to analyze these systems from a management perspective.

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) equips students with the skills necessary to analyze the conditions of the public environment and develop effective policy responses. Depending on their program, students can choose to focus their studies on the development of healthcare policy specifically. Even with a healthcare concentration, most students pursuing an MPP will be exposed to a wide curriculum ranging from microeconomic analysis to examining financial trends. Those with an MPP have the opportunity to work for public entities such as the US Department of Health and serve as transformative leaders enacting adaptive and effective public policy.

Master of Science in Health Communication

Healthcare is constantly adapting to the needs of the public and providers rely heavily on communication professionals to clearly disseminate messages of authority that ultimately affect the well-being of the masses. Those pursuing an MSHC will be receiving an advanced communications education with a specialization in working in healthcare. Sample career opportunities include positions in healthcare marketing, public relations, education, promotions, and advocacy. Professionals in this field have the ability to participate in groundbreaking campaigns of health awareness and have a significant impact on the healthcare industry’s relationship with the general public.

Master of Science in Environmental Health Science

This specific discipline of health science studies the relationship between human health and our surrounding environment. Those pursuing this degree will study a curriculum consisting of a variety scientific disciplines. Graduates with an MS in Environmental Health have the opportunity to work as program/project managers, staff scientists, and research associates for firms that influence the environment’s impact on public health. Opportunities exist within state and federal agencies, non-profits, environmental consulting firms, and industry settings. Through the skilled interpretation of environmental health data and application of intervention strategies, professionals within this field can have a tremendous impact on the well-being of the public.

Master of Science in Occupational Safety

In this specific discipline of health science, students focus on the core discipline of occupational safety. Students study curriculum designed around understanding common osafety and health concerns in the workplace and learning established techniques for accident prevention, control, and reduction. This education will provide extensive coverage of current safety regulations, biomechanics, risk management, insurance and worker’s compensation, fire safety, transportation safety, and industrial organizational infrastructure. Graduates with an MS in Occupational Safety will likely find careers as competent safety practitioners for businesses and industries as well as government agencies. This can certainly serve as a rewarding career for those looking to improve the work environment for thousands of employees.