What is it like to be an online student?
The diverse student group that makes up the Population and Health Sciences program has created a valuable and dynamic online network of peers to study with, work with, and learn from.
The current class of students includes a unique and dynamic group from across the United States. Students come from all different types of backgrounds, from recent graduates to physicians in the midst of a 30-year practice, nurses, researchers, fitness coaches, and medical scribes, to name a few, many of whom continue to work while pursuing their master's degree in Population and Health Sciences online.
Our students have busy schedules and the online format gives these professionals, caregivers, and achievers the flexibility to live, work, and study whenever and wherever they are. Online students have been excited to share their real stories as they make their way through the program. Read more about them below, you might find that their stories are not that different from your own.
Integrating Class into Life and Work
Students can participate in classes, connect with staff and peers, and complete assignments via laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Many students find it easy to incorporate their classes into their life schedule: They can listen to lectures while cooking dinner, read while in the carpool on the way to work, or join live Zoom sessions from the break room on the evening shift.
Each course includes both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities. While you can watch the recorded lectures at any time of day, you will also participate in a regular, live Zoom session with the instructor and your peers. Most of these will occur weekly on a weekday at 7pm ET. You can anticipate spending 15-20 hours per week on coursework.
“I'm impressed with the diversity [of the program]. We've got people serving in the
military, there's one who’s overseas in Africa doing mission work now, a couple of
medical students, one who just had a kid... I'm just so impressed with what these
people are doing on so many different levels. It really is encouraging.”
- Mark A., online MPH student
Read more about the population health work our students and faculty contribute to in our thought leadership blog, The Pursuit. Check out some of those blog posts here: