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Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public and Community Health online

Become a leader in creating policies and procedures that can shape the future of healthcare in your community.

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Program Overview

$14,940* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
36 Credit Hours

Learn to analyze and investigate public health issues and implement appropriate interventions in the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public and Community Health online program. As part of this program, you will develop essential skills in policymaking and public communication.

You will also focus on health counseling, environmental health and health behavior. Plus, our relevant core coursework gives you a background in key areas of public administration, including policy analysis, budgeting and finance, organizational theory, human resource management and more.

This 100 percent online program from Murray State’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts includes a capstone experience in which you will integrate theories and methods by proposing and executing a project involving a substantive management or analytic issue in the public sector.

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Recognized as a "Top Tier" university in academic quality for 29 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report (2020)

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Master of Public Administration online programs from Murray State University offer affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$415 Per Credit Hour
$14,940* Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MPA Public and Community Health $415 $1,245 $14,940*

*Proposed rate subject to approval by the Murray State University Board of Regents and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.


Murray State University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 1 08/18/20 08/06/20 08/12/20 08/14/20 08/14/20 09/30/20
Fall 2 10/12/20 09/25/20 10/02/20 10/05/20 10/06/20 12/04/20

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At Murray State University, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public and Community Health online, including where to send your transcripts. The requirements include:

The requirements include:

Online application accepted on a rolling basis
Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year domestic institution
Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
2.5 GPA on undergraduate coursework

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For admission to this MPA online program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year domestic institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent from issuing institutions to:

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Murray, KY 42071

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For the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public and Community Health online, you must complete 21 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives.

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POL 660: Research Methods

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines the process of research in public affairs, with an emphasis on quantitative methods and techniques.

POL 670: Foundations of Public Administration

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A graduate-level introduction to the study of public administration, covering substantive topics in the field as well as the political dimensions of public service and the ethical issues faced by government practitioners. Emphasis is placed on the development of the discipline as a field of inquiry.

POL 671: Public Policy Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Problems and methods in perception of public problems, determination of goals, generation and evaluation of alternative policy practices and programs, and explanation of policy choices. Emphasis on political and analytical methods of examining policy-making and policy outcomes. Includes a survey of literature dealing with theories of the policy process.

POL 673: Public Budgeting and Finance

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive, graduate-level overview of public agency and governmental budgeting and finance at the federal, state and local government levels. This course examines budgeting as a tool of governmental economic and public policy. Specifically, the course considers the evolution and purposes of budgeting with special attention given to recent efforts to improve government resource allocation.

POL 674: Public Organizations

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces management of public and nonprofit organizations by reviewing the history and evolution of organization theory and the application of these theories to 21st-century public and nonprofit organizations. Topics such as organizational culture, conflict, stress, communication, leadership, groups, power and politics, and ethics will be examined in an attempt to explain and predict employee behavior in the context of public organizations.

POL 681: Public Sector Human Resource Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An intensive, graduate-level overview of public sector human resource and human capital management in the federal, state and local governments, including such topics as types of personnel systems; recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; training and development; performance management; legal compliance; diversity; and labor-management relations. Students address the literature in one of these areas.

POL 685: Public Administration Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course integrating the theories and methods of public administration in a major research project related to a substantive management or analytic problem in the public sector. Students must propose, execute and publicly defend their project after completing a major review of public administration literature. This course is typically taken in the last semester of graduate work with the MPA program.

Students must take five electives from the following.

HEA 603: Health Behavior

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the major theories of health behavior and strategies used to implement health interventions. Students will examine the social, cultural and environmental influences on behavior and the links between behavior and health. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for putting theory into practice via health counseling.

HEA 610: Biostatistics in Public Health

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will cover principles of biostatistics in the context of public health applications. It will include the basic and advanced statistical techniques for analyzing and investigating public health issues, including disparities. A statistical package, like SPSS, will be used.

HEA 611: Epidemiology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course will introduce and outline the science of epidemiology as it relates and contributes to the fields of public health, medicine and the social sciences. Additionally, this course will focus on the epidemiology methods used to investigate health outcomes in different situations and populations through identifying causative and associative factors of disease and exposure.

POL 648: Health Policy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course addresses how public policy development and analysis have an impact on the public’s health. The course is designed to provide professionals with the skills for collecting, analyzing and communicating information on public health policy issues using approaches that would be useful in the policy-making arena. Students will learn what policy is, who the policymakers are in public health, who the actors are who are affected by public health policy, and the major influences in determining what policy gets implemented, including the science underlying policy proposals.

HEA 612: Environmental Health: A Public Health Perspective

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: X

Course examines factors in the environment that impact human health. This course is designed to explore ways in which humankind may control the environment in order to minimize deleterious effects on health and quality of life. These types of topics will be discussed: how certain environmental health conditions could be an asset or barrier to health, health behavior change, community participation, environmental health advocacy, justice and programming, the public health side of environmental health, and environmental epidemiology.

HEA 675: Health Assessment and Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: X

Course presents concepts, procedures and methods for the identification of population-based needs for public and community health interventions, development of programs to meet those needs and evaluation of the effectiveness of these interventions. The course will integrate several knowledge and skill areas, including research methods, epidemiology, biostatistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation period.

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