Online Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH)

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Program at a Glance
  • Develop the administrative, ethical, and professional skills to apply public health principles to health education and communication programs.
  • Build practical experience and strengthen your resume through fieldwork opportunities that provide real-world training.
  • Choose elective courses that focus on a variety of special topics to align your online MPH degree to your interests within the field of public health.
COURSE EFFORT 12–15 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Master of Public Health Overview

The Master of Public Health online degree is a widely recognized professional credential for those seeking leadership and managerial positions in governmental, nonprofit, and private organizations in the health industry. Our master's in public health focuses on providing core knowledge and skills in foundational areas of public health.

At Purdue Global, we work with a variety of organizations to give our students the clearest possible picture of the ever-changing health care environment. This allows us to continue to develop and adapt our master's in public health online curriculum, so our graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to meet the expanding needs of the industry.

Our MPH curriculum is focused on preparing you to:

  • Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to public health practice.
  • Leverage fundamental epidemiological concepts in addressing population health problems.
  • Appraise contemporary health issues and policy.
  • Implement leadership, administrative, and communication skills through planning, organization, administration, and evaluation of public health programs and processes.
  • Evaluate concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Gain Real-World Experience

Prior to graduation, you will complete an onsite fieldwork experience to help you gain valuable on-the-job experience. You will work closely with a site preceptor, faculty advisor, and supportive staff every step of the way.

Earn Credit for Your Prior Professional Degree

If you hold a MD, DO, ND, DC, or PharmD degree from an accredited university, you may be eligible to receive 28 credits toward your master’s degree.*

Contact an Advisor to learn more.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Career Opportunities

Public health professionals are concerned with the health of populations as large as several countries and as small as a local neighborhood. With a master’s degree in public health from Purdue Global, you can pursue a wide range of public health careers.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Speaking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Writing
  4. Social Perceptiveness
  5. Coordination

Top Jobs With this Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

Courses in the Master of Public Health degree program teach you to apply principles of public health to real-world situations and develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills.

Your program will culminate with a capstone course that builds upon all the courses taken in the program.

Sample Courses
  • Foundations in Public Health
  • Health Behavior
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health Leadership and Administration
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits40
  • Elective Credits16
  • Total Credits56

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our Master of Public Health and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.