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Master in Public Health Degree Program

The Executive MPH Program is designed for mid-career professionals in public, community and environmental health. It helps develop skills to effectively manage today's population health and health care issues.

The Executive MPH is a partial-distance program that requires some on-site attendance. The program can be completed in two years. Studies continue while off-site using the web and email.

The on-site commitment involves a small number of sessions per year. Most sessions are two to three days.

The Executive MPH provides:
  • Graduate education in core public health disciplines (health services, epidemiology, environmental health and biostatistics)
  • A focus on program management and evaluation, health promotion and education, and evidence-based research
  • An introduction to research methods and, for those who work on a thesis, the opportunity to conduct a literature search, design a study, and collect and analyze data.
  • An opportunity to design an individualized course of study using elective courses, the thesis or capstone project, and practicum experience
  • Opportunity for graduate-level education without leaving your job

Who Should Apply?

The Executive MPH Program is designed specifically for employed public, community, and environmental health professionals. Individuals involved with such organizations as state and local health departments, health systems agencies, hospitals, and voluntary health agencies are also encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should have, or anticipate having, program responsibilities, such as program planning, organization, management, or evaluation within the agency in which they are employed.

Summary of Admission Requirements

The average level of student experience is nine years, but only two are required in order to apply.
  • Baccalaureate Degree from accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 for the last 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits
  • Official scores from the GRE
  • The ability to attend all required on-site sessions

Review the admission and on-site requirements for more about general applicant requirements

Practicum Requirement

All students enrolled in an MPH program must complete a practicum experience in an organization, agency, or community that provides planning or services relevant to public health; however, MPH students with at least three years of comparable experience may be eligible to waive the practicum requirement.

Thesis or Project Requirement

MPH program students have the option of pursuing either a thesis or an agency-related project to complete their degree requirements.