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New Master’s Degrees in Computer Science and Public Health

July 20, 2021

Angelo State University has added two new master’s degree programs – a Master of Science (M.S.) in computer science and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) – and both are now enrolling students for classes that will start this coming fall semester.

The M.S. in computer science degree is offered through the Department of Computer Science in ASU’s College of Science and Engineering. It provides a much-needed advanced degree program and career path for students and professionals in computer science and related fields, such as cybersecurity, information technology, the sciences, mathematics and engineering, to meet Texas’ and the nation’s increasing workforce demands in those areas.

Dr. Don Topliff Dr. Don Topliff“There has never been a greater need for computer science and cybersecurity professionals,” said Dr. Don Topliff, ASU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “So we are continuing ASU’s long tradition of providing academic programs that help address societal needs and also give our graduates opportunities to immediately start important and fulfilling careers. Adding the M.S. in computer science, as well as the M.P.H. degree, also directly reflects our Core Values of ‘Significance’ and ‘Community.’”

The M.S. in computer science degree program consists of 30 credit hours and can be completed either totally online or in a hybrid on-campus/online format. Students in the program will study systems and products, develop skills in assessment and application of technological advances, and gain communication and collaboration skills in the computing field. Upon graduation, they will have in-depth research, analysis and implementation skills for the design and development of computer software.

The M.P.H. degree is offered through the Department of Health Science Professions in ASU’s Archer College of Health and Human Services. It will prepare students to become practitioners, researchers and teachers who can carry out public health functions at the local, state, national and international levels. The degree program consists of 42 credit hours and is delivered entirely online.

“The field of public health is constantly evolving in response to the needs of communities,” Topliff said. “To identify and address those needs, the world needs public health professionals to research issues affecting public health, implement treatments and interventions, and influence public health policy. Our M.P.H. graduates will be at the forefront of those efforts.”

Graduates of the M.P.H. program will be prepared for a wide variety of career options in the broad field of public health, including epidemiology, statistics, community health, program management, health education, environmental science, survey research, medical records management, nutrition, and health services management, among others. They will also be eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam and/or the Certified Public Health (CPH) exam.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 100,000 new public health jobs are expected by 2022. ASU graduates can expect to find employment in government agencies, educational institutions, healthcare, managed care organizations, corporations and nonprofit organizations.

With the addition of the two new degrees, ASU now offers 48 bachelor’s degrees, 28 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree. More details are available at angelo.edu/academics.