Master of Public Health | MPH

A Master of Public Health (MPH) is a graduate degree that focuses on public health practice, and prepares students to assess and respond to factors influencing health in populations and target improving their overall well-being.

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100% online MPH degree

  • Flexible class schedule geared towards the working professional
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio for a personalized experience
  • No previous Public Health experience is needed!

The public health courses align with the certified health education specialist (CHES®) core areas of responsibility, which are defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree at UMHB may choose the five-year combination degree plan with 12 hours of dual credit (graduate courses that will fulfill the undergraduate course requirements) for a total of 150 credit hours.

Why Study MPH at UMHB?

At UMHB, the MPH is tailored to train public health professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate effective health promotion programs.

The MPH with a Health Promotion concentration is a 42-credit hour master’s level degree plan that also allows students to gain real world experience with an internship at an extramural agency or organization. Upon program completion, students will be able to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) exam and the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam.

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Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA requirement is preferred, but the process is holistic and will take into consideration 2.75 – 2.99 with additional interview and letters of reference.
  • No GRE
  • No expiration on coursework taken in the past
  • No essay or letters of recommendation or interviews
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What courses will I take?

The public health courses are intended to align with the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) core areas of responsibility, which are also defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). NCHEC provides oversight for the CHES® examination and credentialing.

Full Course Plan
  • MPHE 6310 Foundations of Public Health and Health Promotion
  • MPHE 6315 Measurement & Evaluation in Health
  • MPHE 6320 Assessment and Program Planning in Health Promotion
  • MPHE 6325 Health Systems, Organization, and Policy
  • MPHE 6330 Applied Epidemiology
  • MPHE 6340 Management & Leadership
  • MPHE 6345 Population Health
  • MPHE 6355 Proposal Writing & Grant Management
  • MPHE 6365 Global Infectious Disease
  • MPHE 6375 Advanced Theory in Health Behavior

Upcoming Information Sessions

  • Monday, September 18th at 2:00 pm -Virtual
  • Wednesday, October 18th at 5:30 pm- On-Campus
  • Tuesday, November 14th at 12:00 pm- Virtual

Health education specialist

Health education specialists are the public health professionals who work “on the ground” to teach people about health and to promote positive behavior change. They work in a variety of settings, including healthcare facilities, colleges, public health departments, and nonprofit organizations.

Medical and health services manager

Healthcare services managers direct the day-to-day functioning of healthcare facilities, as well as their long-term trajectory. They work to improve healthcare outcomes and efficiency, manage financial issues, and communicate with staff.

Social and community service management

These managers plan and enact programs that benefit the local community. Managers coordinate services, oversee workers, and evaluate the success of the community service programs offered by their agency.


Biostatisticians work to make sense of the numbers collected from public health research. They work to see if there are any significant trends that we should notice related to the health of communities.


These professionals help prevent the spread of disease by investigating the causes of disease. Epidemiologists plan disease studies, analyze information on disease spread, and oversee public health programs designed to prevent disease.

Environmental scientist and specialist

Arsenic poisoning from wells, hazardous chemicals released from oil spills, air pollution from heavy traffic in metropolitan areas; these and many more are issues addressed by public health professionals working in environmental health.

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The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health programs. Although accreditation of a PHP is not a requirement, UMHB will seek this accreditation status as it places higher standards on public health programs, therefore increasing the credibility of the program. CEPH accreditation, at a minimum, is a three-year process, which can be initiated prior to having at least one graduate from the BSPH and the MPH; however, accreditation cannot be granted until at least one student has graduated from each degree program. Following the completion of the first year of the UMHB PHP, the CEPH initial application submission will be submitted.