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master of public health (mph)

online master's degree

online program

next start dates
january 04, 2021
april 05, 2021
apply by
december 29, 2020
march 31, 2021

21 months

estimated time to completion with full-time study1

4 starts

per year—start when you're ready

14 courses

to complete this degree

how you can be a leader with an mph degree

become a leader, innovator and advocate for communities by using research and insights to support the public’s well-being and influence social change. you can take your public health leadership and knowledge into many directions that are vital to community health, including:

  • health informatics and analytics
  • epidemiology and research
  • environmental health and risk management
  • public health policy and administration
  • population health management
  • community health
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what you’ll learn

our master’s of public health program offers a curriculum developed by experienced public health professionals, the guidance of doctorally prepared faculty and a practicum experience to apply your skills within your community.

you will learn to:

  • utilize research methods and how to interpret, analyze, explain and present relevant data to propose interventions and offer insight on advocacy issues
  • develop public health policy initiatives that advance community and global health equity
  • lead, understand and connect with diverse communities in collaboration with community partners
  • develop environmental risk management practices that affect local and global communities

sample courses

SoHS MPH Dr Evans testimonial

public health affects every single person in some way, shape, or form. the air we breathe is our public health.

dr. joyvina evans

school of health sciences faculty

online + practicum

online coursework with 100% competency-based education—which lets you move more quickly through familiar material and spend more time where you need—and a real-world practicum experience where you apply what you know in your community.

support at every turn

from 24/7 tech support, experienced faculty, graduate services advisors and career services to library and learning services with over 400,000 ebooks and electronic reference materials, we’re dedicated to a robust learning community.

transferable skills

wherever your career takes you, you’ll be a stronger contributor with skills in communication, critical thinking, diversity and teamwork, ethics and professional responsibility, digital fluency and information literacy.

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practicum experience

our master of public health program features a practicum experience. it’s a great way to apply what you’ve been learning in your coursework, potentially building your professional network and gaining exposure to potential employers.

sample practicum projects:

  • explore how social media and text messaging can be used as effective communication tools during situations such as the covid-19 pandemic
  • conduct a community needs assessment
  • create an emergency preparedness/disaster management manual
  • develop and present an educational seminar on vaping and tobacco
  • conduct a literature review and submit a grant proposal for a healthy living workshop for a senior living facility
  • evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of a telemedicine program

potential practicum sites to consider

  • government public health agencies
  • healthcare providers and organizations
  • public safety agencies, human service and charity organizations
  • education and youth development organizations
  • recreation and arts-related organizations
  • economic and philanthropic organizations
  • environmental agencies and organizations

affordable education

Tuition & Savings

do the math:

with four start dates a year, 11-week terms and a total of 14 courses, full-time students can finish in less than two years for as little as $26,390.1

$420 cost per credit
x 56 total credits
$23,520 total tuition
+$2,870 total fees
$26,390 full-time estimated total program cost

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higher education should be a manageable investment. talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our online master of public health program can be more affordable with loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.

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entrance requirements

to be considered for admission, students must hold a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution as recognized by the department of education with a 2.75 cumulative gpa or higher on a 4.0 scale. in addition to meeting all other admissions requirements, students must successfully complete and pass a criminal background check. no gre is required.

applicants with a gpa of 2.5 (no rounding) to 2.74 may request an exception to the minimum 2.75 cumulative gpa requirement through submission of a personal statement in the form of a written essay.

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frequently asked questions

  • is rasmussen’s master of public health (mph) degree online or in person?

    all of our mph program courses are online nationally, with on-the-ground support services available at 19 campuses in florida, kansas, minnesota, north dakota and wisconsin. the practicum experiences are not online or on campus; students arrange the organization and location for their own practicum, with support from rasmussen college. see all our campus locations ›

  • what’s the difference between a master of public health degree and some related master’s degrees?

    • the mph program prepares graduates for a wider range of environments (government agencies, health organizations, non-profits, colleges and universities) than other related master's degrees and focuses on research and data-driven issues that impact entire communities.
    • master of health administration graduates typically work in healthcare institutions, focus on the business of healthcare and manage teams of medical and health professionals.
    • the master of science in nursing (msn) with a public health specialization is geared toward medical settings with a combined focus on nursing and public health, serving individuals and families through nursing leadership roles.

  • what can you do with an mph degree?

    master of public health graduates work in a variety of areas, including government agencies, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, environmental health organizations, schools and universities, public safety and disaster management agencies, healthcare providers like hospitals and clinics, community health initiatives, and global health and non-governmental organizations (ngos).

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related programs

  1. completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. our program coursework is aligned with the standards of the council on education for public health (ceph).

    the council on education for public health
    1010 wayne avenue, suite 220
    silver spring, md 20910
  3. the certified in public health (cph) examination is administered by the national board of public health examiners (nbphe).

    the national board of public health examiners
    1900 m street nw, suite 710
    washington, dc 20036
  4. bureau of labor statistics, u.s. department of labor, occupational outlook handbook, [career information accessed may 1, 2020] employment conditions in your area may vary.
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