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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Online Master's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
July 01, 2024
September 30, 2024
Apply By
June 27, 2024
September 26, 2024

21 months finish in as few as1

$14,770 total estimated program cost2

14 courses to complete this degree

How You Can Be a Leader with an MPH Degree

For under $15,000,2 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."

Joyvina Evans, PhD
Adjunct Faculty - Health Sciences

Online + Practicum

Online Empowered Learning® courses allow you to learn by doing, manage your pace and stay connected with faculty and peers. Real-world practicum experience lets 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.

Take Your Skills with You

Wherever your career takes you, you’ll be a stronger contributor with employer-valued transferable skills, including communication, diversity, equity and inclusion, and more. Your digital Comprehensive Learner Record makes it easier to showcase your skills. See how.

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Practicum Experience

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

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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 under $15,000.2

$210 cost per credit
x 56 total credits
$11,760 total tuition
+ $3,010 total fees
$14,770 full-time estimated total program cost

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Earn Your Online MPH for Under $15K

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 credit transfers, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, corporate grants and military discounts for those who qualify.

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Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit an official transcript from an accredited institution of higher learning as recognized by the U. S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) documenting either a conferred Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 (no rounding) or higher, or a conferred graduate-level certificate, Master’s degree, or doctoral degree. No GRE® is required.4

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree GPA of 2.0 (no rounding) to 2.49 may request an exception to the minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA requirement through the submission of a personal statement in the form of a written essay. Instructions and a scoring rubric for submitting a request for an exception may be obtained from the Admissions Advisor. The scoring of the committee will be final.

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Rasmussen University’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 18 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 University. 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).
  • Can I transfer credits into this Master’s program?
    Yes. If you've earned Master's-level credits before, up to 20% of this Master's degree program can be completed through transfer credits. Your admissions advisor can help you get an answer on your specific transfer credits in one business day, on average. For more information, visit our Transfer Policy page.

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