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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Learn How to Make the World a Healthier Place

To excel and advance in the field of public health, you'll need to be ready to handle critical societal issues, like controlling infectious diseases, improving access to healthcare, and reducing environmental hazards. See how South University can help you prepare today.

Program is offered at the following campuses. Select a campus to learn more.


Earn a Master’s in Public Health Online or On Campus

Our campus or online master’s degree in public health program can help you develop the skills you need to practice in this critically important field. In all of our public health master’s programs, our knowledgeable instructors* serve as mentors and teachers. Inside the classroom, they provide one-on-one, personalized support and draw on their own past work experiences to prepare you for diverse public health scenarios, settings, and dilemmas in populations of all sizes.

This master’s in Public Health program can be completed in as little as 21 months on campus or 17 months online. Upon successfully earning your master’s in Public Health online or on campus, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Assess the public health conditions of populations.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate programs and services that address public health conditions.
  • Employ an ecological approach to your work, emphasizing the relationships among the multiple determinants of health to assure conditions that promote and protect the health of populations.
  • Analyze health disparities to design appropriate and culturally competent prevention and intervention strategies.
  • Demonstrate skills in public health research and communication.
  • Apply critical thinking skills in the context of public health policy, practice, and research.

Build Your Knowledge of Advanced Public Health Topics

Our master’s in public health program courses are carefully selected and structured to prepare you for an array of public health careers, covering topics that include:

  • Social and behavioral aspects of public health
  • Environmental and occupational health
  • Health services and research
  • Epidemiology principles
  • Biostatistical methods
  • Public health policy research
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Public health informatics
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Evidence-based public health practice
  • Case studies in public health
  • Public health law and ethics
  • Grant and contract proposal writing in public health

In your master’s in Public Health practicum course, you can apply what you’ve learned in the program to real-world challenges in a local government agency, community organization, business, social service agency, or other public health organization or setting. This course requires a minimum of 120 hours of hands-on experience, during which you maintain close contact with your instructor and an organizational preceptor.

Master’s in Public Health Requirements for Admission

Our Master of Public Health requirements and prerequisites for admission include:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.7 (on a scale of 4.0), or
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with minimum GRE scores (GRE scores may not be older than 5 years) in the 45th percentile for Verbal, and 32nd percentile for Quantitative, or
  • An earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of an application for admission.
  • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended within 10 weeks after the initial start date.
  • A minimum paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 or the electronic-based score of 250 for applicants for whom English is a Second Language (ESL) to be considered for the program
  • Submission of the following:
    • An essay (goal statement) of 1-2 pages (typed, double-spaced) explaining your career goals and why you want to pursue an advanced degree in public health.
    • A résumé describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.

If you’re applying to our master’s in public health, scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. For questions about admissions, scholarships, or financial aid, call us at 1.888.444.3404.

Leave Your Impact on the World: Careers in Public Health

Wondering what you can do with a master’s in Public Health? After earning your master’s in Public Health, careers and jobs that you may be qualified for include:

  • Medical and health services managers, leading others in developing and launching local, national, or international public health programs
  • Health educators, teaching diverse populations about health and wellness
  • Community health workers, ensuring that underserved and vulnerable populations have the resources and information they need for healthy lifestyles

Public health professionals may work in numerous settings, such as nonprofit organizations, government or social service agencies, hospitals, and private businesses. For a professional with a master’s degree in public health, salary can vary based on factors like experience level, employment type, industry, and geographic region.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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