Online Master of Public Health

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Turn your desire for service into action.

Our communities need public health leaders to meet the challenges of promoting and protecting the health of vulnerable communities. As an Ohio University student, you can prepare to join them.

You have the heart to serve. The Ohio University Master of Public Health online can give you the knowledge and skills to provide care to communities. The MPH degree is designed to prepare professionals like you to aid underserved communities across the country. Build on your passion by expanding your expertise as you connect to real-world learning opportunities at public health organizations. You’ll emerge with not just an education, but also the applicable knowledge and skills to create a healthier future for all.

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One of a handful of MPH programs that provides an understanding of rural disparities

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Enjoy the flexibility of 100% online coursework

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No GRE required 

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Graduate in as few as 2 years

Why Choose the Master of Public Health Online Program?

What differentiates us from other MPH programs? We’re one of the only Master of Public Health online programs that offers an added level of understanding of rural health disparities.

Our online MPH degree allows students to work directly with top-ranked faculty, staff, and public health leaders who are actively engaged in health research and practice. In addition, you’ll experience a hands-on practicum, providing you with research-focused, real-world expertise to connect to career opportunity — and initiate positive, lasting change for communities in need of your skills.

“I had an enriching experience in the OHIO MPH program. The professors were dedicated and passionate,which was clear from their teaching methods andstudent interactions. The coursework was rigorous,which has prepared me for my doctoral coursework.The curriculum is quite comprehensive and offersa focus on rural health which gives you deeperinsights into health equities and disparities.”

— Gloria Aidoo-Frimpong, Alumni,  Ohio University

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Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

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Ohio University was listed among the top research universities as rated by Forbes for America’s Top Colleges 2018.

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Ohio University ranks #1 online college in the state of Ohio.

Career Outlook for MPH Degree Program Graduates

Qualified public health professionals are needed to serve at-risk communities both rural and urban — a trend that is only growing with time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical and health services managers are projected to grow by 20% from 2016 to 2026. Students who complete our MPH degree emerge with distinct expertise — and are well positioned for careers at local or state health departments, community-based organizations, and government and global health facilities.

What are the types of Master of Public Health jobs?

  • Community health coordinator
  • Environmental scientist or specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health administrator
  • Health educator
  • Medical and health service manager
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Public health nurse
  • Public health specialist
  • Social and community service manager

Medical & Health Services Management

20% Projected Growth by 2026*

Medical & Health Services Managers

$72,448 Median Salary*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Online Master of Public Health Curriculum

Our online MPH degree curriculum is composed of 42 credits and combines social, behavioral, environmental, and cultural determinants of community health as well as courses focused on the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions in a community setting. Throughout the program, you’ll take 14, 3-credit courses that are each seven weeks long. Even if you take one course at a time, you can still graduate in as few as two years.

Once you complete your coursework, you’ll be required to take part in an MPH capstone project, in which you apply what you’ve learned to a community setting outside of the virtual classroom.

HLTH 6710 Public Health Concepts 3 Credits
HLTH 6730 Epidemiology in Public Health* 3 Credits
HLTH 6001 Program Planning and Implementation in Public Health 3 Credits
HLTH 6002 Evaluation and Quality Improvement in Health Care 3 Credits
HLTH 6760 Environmental Health 3 Credits
HLTH 6770 Grant Writing in Public Health Practice 3 Credits
HLTH 6720 Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits
HLTH 6740 Biostatistics in Public Health* 3 Credits
HLTH 6140 Health Disparities 3 Credits
HLTH 6920 Practicum/Field Experience 3 Credits
HLTH 6911 MPH Integrative Learning Experience ILE 3 Credits
HLTH 6791 Chronic Disease Epidemiology 3 Credits
HLTH 6900 Special Topics: Communication & Leadership in Public Health 3 Credits

We Develop Public Health Leaders for a Modern World

Our MPH faculty are highly knowledgeable with years of public health experience, and they leverage their research-focused expertise to guide students in their personal and professional pursuits. They also bring an unwavering commitment to your success. Under their guidance, you’ll soon be able to bring your goals within reach — and qualify for broad career opportunities.