Anyone have a Masters of Public Health (MPH)?

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    Mar 29, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    Anyone have a Masters of Public Health (MPH)?

    If so, what are you doing with it?
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    I am completing my Master's in Public Health right now. I don't know how much you know about the degree, but it's considered a terminal degree, so you should be entering the workforce afterwards. The options are so very broad, from Health Policy, to health management, behavior & health promo, enviornmental health, occupational, industrial hygiene, bioterror, epidemiology, biostatistics..... then the sector: federal? State? Non-profit? Hospital? Primary care provider? Research institute? University?
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    Mar 30, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    That was an option I was considering.. I might do it after med school, since Im into environmental and nutritional health
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    I'm entering a 2-yr specialty residency program with an additional/optional 1-yr MPH. As I have a BSc in mathematics (& always loved epidemiology), I'd love to get the MPH. The problem is that the tuition is ridiculously high. In most schools, the tuition is waived for MPH, but not mine. Oh well. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 30, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    I'm working on my Master's in Nursing (MSN) right now but plan on going straight into an MPH program as soon as I'm done. The focus of my nursing program is on providing direct and individualized care which is certainly important. My goal for getting the MPH is to move to a broader perspective on health issues. My interests in public health are on the areas of social determinants of health and social epidemiology. The MPH is such a versatile degree and one can really take it in so many different directions. For me, it also means adding extra skills and training in program planning/evaluation and research (although I'm planning on getting a PhD also to do independent research).
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    Jobs for people with this degree:

    https://corporate-advisory.icims.com/jobs/6150/job

    https://corporate-advisory.icims.com/jobs/6310/job

    https://corporate-advisory.icims.com/jobs/6143/job
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    Mar 30, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    I once applied for an MPH program and my application was internally forwarded to their highly competitive MBA in Healthcare Policy/Administration program and after an immediate brief interview with the dean I was accepted. Go figure! Though ultimately since it was still an MBA I wound up working outside the health care sector.
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    Mar 30, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    I don't have one, though I'm considering doing one, but I teach into the MPH at the university where I work and I supervise MPH students who are doing their research proposals/lit reviews.

    If you are considering doing one, try and at least have an idea of where you want to be when you finish. This will make choosing the right program easier. For instance, ours focuses more on environmental issues, whereas another university might focus more on something else like policy. It will also make doing subjects where you need to work up needs assessments or research proposals easier if you can choose a topic that either fits with where you want to go, or where you are in your working life.
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    Mar 30, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    Have an MPH. After I got it, i did community health education for a few years, then went to med school. Now doing community medicine and infectious disease/HIV/STI treatment. Love it! There are many many things you can do! Enjoy!
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    May 08, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    There are plenty of jobs available in the health field if you look in the right places. You can go into research, nursing or whatever it may be but I think one thing that is very important to do while getting your degree is to join different groups or research different associations that might be able to assist you later down while you're looking for a job. Being very interested in the study of cancer and learning about different research going on, I used http://www.cancer.gov/researchandfunding to learn about specific studies that are being looked into right now and then networked through the association in order to meet people that are interested in the same thing as me. If you use your resources at school and network to the best of your ability, it'll allow you to find more job prospects and be less stressed when it comes graduation time. If you're interested in other programs in the field check out http://www.mhaprograms.org that can help you find different programs that could fit what you are looking for and help you find the right job once you have graduated.

    Hope this helps and best of luck!