Online Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH)

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Total Courses
Cost per Credit
1.5 years
Average Completion*
15 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Master of Public Health (MPH) Overview

It’s time to move your public health career forward. Earn the valuable MPH credential online and be ready to meet the growing demand for leaders in this field.

  • Prepare for leadership roles in government, nonprofit, and private organizations that advocate for the advancement of healthy individuals, organizations, and communities.
  • Develop well-rounded expertise in epidemiology, health care finance, law, management, and analytics to be able to make data-driven decisions and find evidence-based solutions for complex public health issues.
  • Gain practical experience and strengthen your resume. The final capstone project includes an onsite fieldwork component where you’ll apply what you learn to real-world public health issues.
  • Customize your program with electives to develop specialized expertise. See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Gain the Skills That Employers — and the Public — Need

  • Drive innovation and implement the latest tools and technologies in the fast-evolving field of public health.
  • Appraise and critique contemporary health issues and policy.
  • Combine leadership, advocacy, administrative, and communication skills in planning, organizing, and evaluating public health programs and processes.
  • Evaluate concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences to drive change and solve public health problems.
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See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Earn Credit for Your Prior Professional Degree

Get the credit you deserve. 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 Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

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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Program Requirements

Core Credits
Elective Credits
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

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

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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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.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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Download the Program Brochure

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

Prepare yourself for success with a master’s degree in public health.

Our MPH courses enlighten, enhance, and empower students' understanding and application of public health principles, which advances their ability to impact the public health space on an individual, community, and organizational level.


Michael Taylor

PhD, Adjunct Faculty

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.


Faculty members who have advanced degrees


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Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

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*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

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