FAQ
MPH@Simmons

We’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about our online Master of Public Health program, MPH@Simmons, below. If you are unable to find an answer to your specific question here, our Admissions Counselors are happy to help and can be reached at admissions@online.simmons.edu or 1-844-622-2872.

Questions About Online Learning
Questions About the Program
Questions About Student Support
Questions About Admissions

 

Questions About Online Learning

What is the online learning experience like?

MPH@Simmons uses a blend of live, online classes and self-paced content to ensure a high-quality learning experience and full mastery of the curriculum. Our unique approach to online learning has contributed to the success of students from our online nursing, social work, behavior analysis, communications, MBA, and health care MBA programs.

What are live class sessions like?

Through our innovative online learning platform, students are able to earn their Master of Public Health from Simmons University from any place with an internet connection. As a student, you will participate in weekly, live classes, hosted face-to-face in our online classroom. Classes are led by our expert faculty, who bring real-world public health experience into the classroom. The live format encourages collaboration and connections with classmates and faculty, allowing students to forge real and lasting relationships.

How is the coursework delivered?

Course content is developed by Simmons’ expert faculty, who are leaders in the field of public health and bring practical, real-world experience into the classroom. Our content is designed from the ground up in order to provide a rich, online learning experience. Students engage with documentary-style videos, case studies, readings, and written and video assignments, which can be accessed at any time, giving you the ability to work at your own pace.

Will my diploma indicate that I earned my degree online?

No. Your diploma will state that you earned a Master of Public Health from Simmons University.

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Questions About the Program

What is the student-to-faculty ratio?

Classes generally consist of approximately 15 students. This is to ensure that each student can develop close, personal connections with classmates and professors.

How many credits are required to complete the program?

Students are required to complete 45 credits of coursework to graduate from this program. This program consists of seven 11-week terms.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program can be completed in as few as 21 months by taking two courses per term.

Is the online program available full time and part time?

MPH@Simmons is a part-time program. View the course sequence to find out more about the program’s curriculum.

Does this program require students to complete a practicum or culminating experience?

In the final two terms of the program, MPH@Simmons students complete a Health Equity Change Project, which combines the practice and culminating experiences required of MPH degree recipients into a single opportunity.

Will I be required to visit Boston during my time in the program?

Yes. Students are required to compete two immersions during their time in the program, one of which must be in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, students are invited to come to campus for graduation.

Is MPH@Simmons an accredited program?

Simmons University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). First accredited in 1929, the university was last reaccredited in April 2011.

Simmons University is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The accreditation review will address the general public health bachelor’s degree programs (BS and BA), an MPH with a concentration in health equity and a joint degree that combines the bachelor’s and MPH degrees in a condensed format. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review.

Do you know when your program will be accredited?

The accreditation process typically takes about three years from the acceptance of an application to a positive accreditation decision. Our application was accepted in October 2017.

Is accreditation retroactive?

The date of initial accreditation will be whichever of the two dates occurs later: either 1) the date on which our application was accepted by the Council, October 7, 2017, or 2) the date on which the most recent extension of applicant status was granted, if applicable. The Council assigns the date of initial accreditation during the Council meeting at which the accreditation decision is made. Entry into the process and acceptance of an application are not a guarantee of initial accreditation.

Where can I find more information about the accreditation process?

Answers to frequently asked questions about the accreditation process can be found on the CEPH website.

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Questions About Student Support

What type of support does Simmons provide for its students?

At Simmons, we are committed to the success of our students on an individual level. It is a principle that guides everything we do. From the moment you request information about the program to the day you earn your diploma and beyond, Simmons offers unmatched support services to assist you every step of the way. We offer comprehensive admission, enrollment, and academic support services that help ensure each student’s success.

As a student in our online program, you will receive a dedicated Admissions Counselor, who will work with you one-on-one throughout the admissions process to answer any questions you may have about the program.

Once you are admitted, you will work directly with our student support team. Our student support specialists will help you acclimate to the virtual campus, provide technical support, and assist with registration each term. You will also be assigned an academic advisor who will help ensure you are meeting your academic goals.

How does Simmons support its graduates?

Once you graduate from the program, you will join Simmons’ extensive network of alumni who are professionals living and working around the world. Throughout the program, you will also have access to career services provided by Simmons. From creating a résumé to preparing for an interview and securing a job, our experienced career services team can assist you in developing the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career.

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Questions About Admissions

Do I need to hold a particular undergraduate degree to be eligible for the program?

No. While applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, the type of degree earned does not impact your eligibility for the program.

Are standardized test scores required to apply?

No. Applicants can submit GRE scores if they choose, but these scores are not required for admission to the program.

Do I need to complete an interview?

An interview is not required; however, the admissions committee may request an evaluative phone interview upon review of your completed application.

I’m not a U.S. resident. Can I apply?

No. MPH@Simmons is open only to U.S. residents who currently reside in the United States.

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