Idaho State University

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Idaho State University Public Health Online Program

Idaho State University's Master's in Public Health degree is the only MPH program in Idaho that is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. It is offered in either a traditional or online format that is tailored to meet the needs of working adults. The program has four goals: instruction, research, community service, and continuing education. It is presented in an asynchronous format which means that the learning units and the deadlines are the same for all students. According to the university, the focus of the program is the "health of communities and populations using planning, evaluation, and implementation of programs that promote good health and prevent disease." In accordance with that focus, the degree program teaches skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health ethics, health organization and policy, health program planning and evaluation, community health promotion, research methodology, and environmental health.

The emphasis of the degree is on community health. Students take 48 credit hours. Of these, 36 are in the major core and 12 are in electives and in either a thesis or a culminating project. Courses in the online format are taught by the same faculty as are those in the traditional program. Sample course titles are Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health; US and Global Health Systems and Health Program Planning. The program includes an internship that is flexible and may be completed in the US or abroad. At the end of the program, all students must take a comprehensive oral examination.

About Idaho State University

This coeducational public research university was established in 1901 as the Academy of Idaho. It grew rapidly and in 1915 became the Idaho Technical Institute. The institution kept that name until 1927 when it was designated as a university, but it still was a two-year school. That changed in 1963 when it became Idaho State University and offered baccalaureate degrees. Today it is the state's "lead institution in the health professions and medical education," according to the university website.

There are 12,643 students in the student body, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Idaho State University awards baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees as well as certificates in more than 250 programs. The university is divided into five colleges (The College of Arts and Letters; The College of Business; The College of Education; The College of Science and Engineering and The College of Technology) in addition to the Division of Health Sciences which houses the MPH degree.

Idaho State University Accreditation Details

Idaho State University is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, the institution has more than 40 accredited programs and degrees. Included in this number is the Master of Public Health which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Idaho State University Application Requirements

All students applying to the university should do so through the online application. That requires setting up an account with the school website. Undergraduate applicants must arrange for their high schools to send their official transcripts to the school. Additionally, whether the student took the SAT, ACT or Compass exams, those official scores must be submitted to ISU by the testing agencies. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that must be submitted with the application.

Graduate students applying to the school must apply online a well. Requirements may differ by department, but in general, the university requires graduate students to submit official transcripts of all undergraduate work, names and contact information for those giving letters of recommendation and official GRE or GMAT scores. The non-refundable application fee for graduate student application is $60.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Because state universities generally have lower costs-of-attendance than private schools, earning a degree at Idaho State University may be less expensive than some other institutions. Undergraduate tuition, including school fees, for one year is $7,166. The summer sessions are charged according to credits. The housing cost at the school is $1,395 per semester and the cost for a meal plan averages $1,613. The school estimates books and supplies at $500 per semester. Students must also budget for other fees, transportation and parking costs, personal expenses and various other items. Estimated cost-of-attendance for undergraduates at the university is $22,367 per year. Graduate school tuition is $8,928 per year, and estimated cost-of-attendance for a year of graduate study is $24,129.

Most students find that they need assistance in meeting that financial burden. The first step in getting that help is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance. The FAFSA program uses financial information submitted by students and their families to determine eligibility for federal grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. After receiving the award confirmation from the federal program, the next step is looking at the assistance offered through the state and the institution.

Idaho offers several state programs for higher education expenses. Some of these are The Idaho Opportunity Scholarship, The Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners, The Tschudy Family Scholarship and The Gear Up Idaho Scholarship.

Idaho State University lists hundreds of scholarship opportunities online through their BOSS (Bengal Online Scholarship System) site. Some of these are funded through private grants and alumni organizations. There are also university merit scholarships, athletic scholarships, grants related to a major of study and service awards. Most of these are merit-based, though some also carry a financial need stipulation. In addition to school and state-sponsored opportunities, service organizations individuals and corporations sponsor scholastic financial aid. These can be found through an Internet search.

Students who apply all scholarships and grants they received and still do not meet their obligations can take out student loans. These are loans that carry lower interest and allow borrowers to defer repayment until after graduation. Students should note that although the payment on the principle of these loans is deferred, the interest accrues from the inception of the loan. Part-time jobs and work-study programs are also options and they have the added benefit of allowing students to gain experience and add to their resumes. There are many ways to make a degree program at Idaho State University really affordable.

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