Public Health, M.P.H.


Master of Public Health


About the Degree

The Master of Public Health (MPH) located in The College of Health Professions at The University of Akron is an interdisciplinary program providing diverse opportunities in public health throughout northeastern Ohio and beyond. The University of Akron MPH program is partnered with four Ohio public universities through the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) program. The four universities include: Cleveland State University (CSU), Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Ohio University (OU) and Youngstown State University (YSU). The MPH program outstandingly benefits from expert faculty at all five institutions. Although the program is consortium based, the Master of Public Health degree at The University of Akron will be awarded by The University of Akron. 

This nontraditional program is geared toward working professionals who wish to expand their roles in improving population health, enhancing proficiencies within current careers, or seek career advancement. Students are encouraged to move through the program as a cohort with core courses being taught on Saturdays by interactive videoconferencing from one of our distance learning sites.


Salary and Career Outlook

The goal of public health is to extend healthy lives nationally and globally. Over the past century, public health professionals have eradicated smallpox and have worked ceaselessly to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The average American lifespan has been extended by 30 years as a result of public health professionals. Within the last year, public health experts have worked tirelessly to find treatments and a cure for the Ebola virus. At present, public health professionals continue to work to find cures and treatments for the leading causes of death in the U.S. such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Public health experts strive to decrease infant mortality, youth violence, homicide, abuse, and exposure to second-hand smoke. The work of public health officials is imperative to the health and quality of life for populations both nationally and worldwide. 

By having a graduate degree in public health, a person has numerous and diverse employment opportunities with varied ranges of salaries. The career a person selects will determine the salary. Examples of median salaries in 2012 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) are listed below:

  • Healthcare Administrator: $103,680
  • Health Educator: $41, 830
  • Epidemiologist: $65,270
  • Registered Nurse: $65,470
  • Nutritionist: $55,240
  • Healthcare Social Worker: $53,590
  • Occupational Health & Safety Specialist: $66,790
  • Urban & Regional Planner: $65,230


Why Akron?

  • Distance learning is offered for the six core courses
  • Elective courses can be taken at any partner university
  • Saturday classes are offered for core courses to accommodate working students
  • Interactive videoconferencing and web enhanced learning is offered at distance learning classrooms


Contact Information

 MPH Coordinator:                Amber Murray, MSN, MPH, APHN-BC, RN

                                               Mary Gladwin Hall, Room 201R

                                               amurray@uakron.edu

                                               (330) 972-7865  

Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                               Polsky Building, Room 467

                                               hblake@uakron.edu          

                                               (330) 972-7664