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 degree to your interests within the field of public health.
COURSE EFFORT 12–15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 56
COST PER CREDIT $420
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 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.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

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 of Public Health from Purdue Global, you can pursue a wide range of positions.

Some career titles associated with this degree include*:

  • Public health advisor
  • Medical or health services manager
  • Public health educator
  • Community health worker/advocate
  • Health analyst
  • Environmental health worker
  • International health worker
  • Health consultant

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.

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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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

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