Overview

Online Master of Public Health (MPH)

UGA's College of Public Health prepares you to confidently engage in complex public health issues and create a meaningful impact that can help transform the world’s wellness. Graduate with the knowledge and skills to tackle the important challenges of today. 

Making the world a healthier place is what drives public health organizations. If you are dedicated to the idea of helping people live healthier and safer lives, public health might be the answer. 

The Online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is considered the heart and soul of any school of public health. Through coursework and learning experiences in the field, MPH students receive training to provide service and leadership in public health in the state of Georgia, for the nation, and around the globe.

The public health field has a long history of promoting health through research, community programming, education campaigns, implementing policy, and advocating for safer living and working conditions. Vaccination programs, family planning, and preventive medicine are just a few examples of how public health has a positive global impact.

The demand for public health professionals is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of healthcare occupations is expected to grow by 14% by 2028.

Online MPH students will learn foundational theories and skills in each public health area, including health policy and management, health promotion, environmental health, biostatistics, and epidemiology – in a format that allows you to advance your career from the comfort of wherever you are.

Potential job titles include Epidemiologist, Environmental Health Scientist, Health Data Analyst, Healthcare Administrator, Health Educator, Public Health Program Manager, Healthcare Consultant, and Policy Analyst.

 

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

The University of Georgia College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar's Office website for current tuition and fees.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Admissions

All students must have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and relevant course history are recommended for consideration during the admission process.

Admissions will be based on evaluation of the applicant’s educational background and any work experience, past performance, and/or potential to work in the field of public health. Preferences for the online program will be made for working professionals, and particularly those currently in the public health or relevant health professions. In addition, other requirements include:

 

  • Admission based on academic preparation (GPA)
  • Current resumé or CV
  • Recommendations by discipline-specific academic advisors or employers
  • Personal statement of academic and professional background and objectives
  • Writing sample

Curriculum

The curriculum includes 15-credits of courses in the core disciplines of public health, 21 credits across public health domains, and 8-credit hours focused on acquiring professional training and applied practice experience for a total of 44 credit hours.  

The first year will be a cohort model with students taking the same courses. Subsequent years will vary in course enrollment and will depend on the term start. 

*There is a required internship - The 300-hour semester-long applied practice experience can take place in the student’s geographic region and can be extended to 2-semesters with prior approval.  Students may complete this work under their current employer, but must report to a different supervisor, and must complete duties that are not part of their current position. 

 

Online Master of Public Health Sample Program of Study

Year One Core courses (19 credits)

Fall Spring Summer
  • BIOS 7001E [1 credit] Biostatistics Bootcamp
  • HPRB 7010E [3 credits] Social and Behavioral Foundations in Public Health 
  • BIOS 7002L [1 credit] Applied Biostatistics for Public Health I
  • EPID 7010E [3 credits] Introduction to Epidemiology I

Total Semester Credits: 8

  • HPAM 7010E [3 credits] Introduction to Health Policy and Management
  • EHSC 7010E [3 credits] Fundamentals of Environmental Health Sciences
  • BIOS 7003L [1 credit] Applied Biostatistics for Public Health II

Total Semester Credits: 7

 

  • EPID 7450E [3 credits] 
  • SEMINAR I Professional Development Seminar [1 credit] 

Total Semester Credits: 4

Year Two Additional Requirements (19 credit minimum)

Fall Spring Summer
  • GRNT 7150E [3 credits] Early Life Influences on Aging
  • HPRB 7400E [3 credits] Fundamentals of Evaluation

Total Semester Credits: 6

  • EHSC 8110E [3 credits]Fundementals of Chemical and Microbioal 
  • HPRB 7990E [3 credits] Diversity and Social Justice in Public Health

Total Semester Credits: 6

  • DMAN 7100E Public Health Crisis and Disaster Management [3 credits] 
  • SEMINAR II Professional Development Seminar [1 credits] 
  • HPAM 7700E [3 credit] 

Total Semester Credits: 7

Year Three Applied Practice Experience and Professional Development (6 credits)

Fall Spring Summer
  • PBHL 7560E [6 credits](Applied Internship/Practicum)

Total Semester Credits: 6

   

Offerings are Subject to Change

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.