MPH Nutrition and Wellness

We are pleased to bring you the first and only online MPH program in Nutrition and Wellness offered in the country.

This program is offered in an interactive online format (see School of Distance Education Definitions). The interactive online degree does NOT require any on-campus time.

Offered at a 50% tuition discount, this program will prepare health professionals for service in the community and church by building knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the health of human populations and promote a healthy lifestyle through personal and community efforts.

 
 
  1. Mission, Values, Goals, and Objectives

  2. Degree Requirements

  3. MPH Program Composition

  4. Admission Requirements

  5. Class Co-requisites

  6. Mission Opportunities

  7. MPH Program Course Schedule

 

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Missions, Values, Goals and Objectives

THE MISSION:
The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is to prepare highly competent public health professionals to prevent disease and restore health in local, national and global communities. This mission is accomplished through excellence in graduate teaching, and through public health research to develop or implement evidence-based lifestyle solutions to improve health while addressing public health problems from a wholistic perspective.  We offer a distinctive program with a concentration in Nutrition & Wellness providing a unique emphasis in vegetarian nutrition.

A STATEMENT OF VALUE:
The MPH program is intended to provide the following values:
Wholeness: To promote wholeness based on the NEWSTART  principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Christian philosophy.
Inquiry: To support a culture of inquiry, as a means to develop critical thinking, and a culture of research.
Service: To equip graduates with public health skills and knowledge for service to humanity through practicum experiences and service learning activities.
Excellence: To pursue the highest standards professionally, academically and ethically.
Transformation: To educate graduates to transform their communities
Diversity: To develop cultural competency to help serve a global community

GOALS:
1. To prepare highly competent public health professionals.
2. To prepare MPH graduates to collaborate and engage in innovative research.
3. To provide health educational services to various communities in vegetarian nutrition education, and wellness programs to improve health.

OBJECTIVES:
Teaching Objectives
1. At least 80% of the students will pass the Comprehensive Examination annually with a passing grade of >70%.
2. At least 80% of graduating MPH students will report satisfaction with the MPH program by responding “Agree” [Good] or “Fully Agree” [Excellent] to ≥70% the exit survey questions. 
3. At least 80% of the students will meet the satisfactory “Met” criteria for competencies at the final practicum evaluation as determined by preceptors.
4. At least 80% of the responding employers will rate MPH program performance positively by responding “Agree” [Good] or “Strongly Agree” [Excellent] to ≥ 70% of the Employer Survey questions.
5. At least 30% of courses taught in the MPH program will include activities within the syllabi that will enhance MPH student competencies to meet the health needs of diverse populations.
Research Objectives
1. 80% of students will obtain a  70% rating or higher for their Research-based capstone Oral Presentation.
2. At least 10% of the students will collaborate with faculty in research activities with the potential for manuscript submission for publication.
3. At least 75% of MPH faculty member will engage in one of the following annually: research presentations, grant proposal/submission, journal reviewer, submission of a manuscript for publication to a peer-reviewed journal, or research contracts for public health professional practice.
Service Objectives
1. At least 75% of students will be rated positively, “Agree” [Good] to “Strongly Agree” [Excellent], in their evaluation of service performance activities by those served.
2. At least 25% of faculty members will deliver health and wellness training, services or activities to diverse populations in public health agencies, community organizations, and/or educational institutions annually.

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Degree Requirements

 

In addition to the Graduate Academic Requirements for graduate degrees the following departmental requirements should be noted:

  • A minimum of 42 semester credits
  • Public Health Core - 17 Credits
  • Concentration in Nutrition and Wellness - 15 Credits
  • Practicum - 2 Credits
  • Research - 8 Credits
  • Culminating Activity

 

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MPH Program Composition:

Public Health Core (17 Credits)

Course ID Class Credits
PBHL 500 Introduction to Public Health 2
PBHL 511 Biostatistics 3
PBHL 521 Principles of Epidemiology 3
PBHL 525 Principles of Environmental Health 3
PBHL 531 Principles of Health Behavior 3
PBHL 535 Principles of Health Administration 3

Concentration in Nutrition and Wellness (12 Credits)

Course ID Class Credits
FDNT 565 Current Issues in Nutrition and Wellness 3
FDNT 520 Vegetarian Nutrition and Disease Prevention 3
FTES 510 Fitness and Health Promotion 2
PBHL 540 Grant Writing 2
PBHL 545 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
PBHL 646 Integration of Spirituality in Healthcare 2

Research (8 Credits)
 

Course ID Class Credits
FDNT 560 Health Research Methods 3
FDNT 680 Research Seminar 1
PBHL 698 Capstone Research Project (1 + 3)

Practicum  (2 Credits)

  • PBHL 580 - Field Practicum: 2 Credits

Culminating Activities

These include...

  • A capstone research project

  • Field practicum,

  • Written comprehensive exam

  • Professional portfolio

  • An exit interview with the department chairman at the conclusion of the program. 

 
 
 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the MPH program, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A limited number of students whose background and experience show potential for success but whose GPAs are less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis. A candidate who has a bachelor degree but without the prerequisites below may also be admitted on a provisional basis. 

 

To be eligible for admission to the MPH program, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).

A limited number of students whose background and experience show potential for success but whose GPAs are less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis.

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. 

  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. The candidate is asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.

  • Resume or professional history: Information about a candidate’s employment, research, or special projects.

  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay, including a statement regarding the purpose for the degree, future goals, unique qualities that can contribute to the program and desire to be a part of and be committed to a Christian atmosphere and education.

 
 

Class Co-requisites

Depending on the condition of the provisional admission, the student may need to complete all or one of the following courses with a minimum grade of C before being allowed to register for the following MPH courses: FDNT 520 Current Issues in Nutrition and FDNT 565 Vegetarian Nutrition and Disease Prevention. The courses below can be taken concurrently while in the MPH program.

• Biology or Physiology or Anatomy and Physiology.
• Two courses in nutrition. (One introductory nutrition course similar to FDNT 230 Nutrition or equivalent and one intermediate level nutrition course similar to FDNT 310 Nutrition in the Life Cycle or equivalent).

 

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Mission Opportunities

It's one thing to be entertained, and quite another to be engaged, enriched, and inspired. This is what distinguishes Andrews University from other colleges; it's a place where Spiritual Life consists of much more than just pew warming.

Here at Andrews, you'll find a challenge. A challenge to be spiritually engaged, not just spiritually entertained. A challenge to not only be spiritually fed but to feed others. A challenge to truly encounter the Creator.

Click here for  Mission Opportunities 

 

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MPH Program Course Schedule

FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR THIRD YEAR
Fall Semester: 5 Credits Fall Semester: 6 Credits Fall Semester: 6 Credits
PBHL 500 Introduction to Public Health (2 credits) FDNT 520 Vegetarian Nutrition & Disease Prevention (3 credits) PBHL 540 Grant Writing (2 credits)
PBHL 525 Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits) PBHL 511 Biostatistics (3 credits) PBHL 580 Field Practicum (2 credits)
    PBHL 698 Capstone Research Project (2 credits)
Spring Semester: 6 Credits Spring Semester: 6 Credits Spring Semester: 2 Credits
PBHL 531 Principles of Health Behavior (3 credits) FDNT 565 Current Issues in Nutrition & Wellness (3 credits) FDNT 670 Comprehensive Exams (0 credits)
PBHL 535 Health Administration (3 credits) PBHL 545 Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits) PBHL 698 Capstone Research Project (2 credits)
Summer Semester: 6 Credits Summer Semester: 5 Credits  
FDNT 560 Health Research Methods (3 credits) FTES 510 Fitness and Health Promotion (2 credits)  
PBHL 521 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits) FDNT 680 Research Seminar (1 credit)  
  PBHL 646 Integration of Spirituality in Health Care (2 credits)  

 

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Total Credits: 42

 

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Cost Per Credit: $523.00 for Academic Year 2017-2018

(Deadline for Application is July 15, 2017)

 

 

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For More Information Please Contact:

Dr. Dixon Anjejo Director of Masters of Public Health anjejo@andrews.edu or 269.471.3386
Korissa Mattson Health Professions Enrollment Coordinator korissa@andrews.edu or 269.471.6318
Dr. Sherine Brown-Fraser Chair, Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness brownfraser@andrews.edu