Online Master of Public Health FAQs

Q. How and when do I get started?
A. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Contact an Admissions Advisor at (866) 295-3104 for program and enrollment information.

Q. How many sessions a year do you offer?
A. The online Master of Public Health offers six sessions per year. Call us at (866) 295-3104 or request more information.

Q. What kind of educational background is required for admission?
A. You must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Q. Is campus residency required?
A. No. The online Master of Public Health does not require travel to campus, but you are required to complete an internship, which can be arranged at a location that is convenient for you.

Q. Is a thesis required?
A. No, the online MPH does not require a thesis, but students are required to complete an internship.

Q. Is an internship required? 
A. Yes, the online Public Health master's degree requires students to complete 240 hours in a particular area of public health to fulfill the internship requirement, which can be completed in a facility or setting convenient to your location.

Q. What are the MPH degree requirements?
A. Students must successfully complete 66 credits in order to earn the Master of Public Health degree.

Q. Can I earn a certificate without committing to the MPH graduate program? 
A. Yes. Students can choose to earn the certificate alone without enrolling in the full MPH degree program in one of three areas: Health Management and Policy, Disaster Management or Health Education and Promotion.

Q. What are the admissions requirements for the certificate programs?
A. Students are eligible to enroll in a certificate program if they have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Q. What if I want to earn a certificate as part of my MPH degree program?
A. Students who are accepted into the online MPH degree program can choose to earn a certificate as part of the MPH program. See the Certificate Overview page for specific information.

Q. Can the graduate entrance exam requirement be waived?
A. Applicants to the online MPH program can request a graduate entrance exam waiver under the following conditions:

  • Applicants who already possess a master's, PhD, or other advanced degree are eligible to request a graduate entrance exam waiver.
  • Applicants may be eligible to wavier the graduate exam requirement based on their undergradute cumulative GPA. Students are encouraged to speak to their Program Manager or call 1-866-295-3104 to learn more.

All graduate entrance exam waiver requests are reviewed on an individual basis.

Q. How many total credits are required?
A. The Online MPH program consists of 66 credit hours, which includes the core courses and electives.

Q. How many courses do I take per academic term?
A. Most students who work full time take one online course per eight-week session. The online MPH program offers six academic sessions per year, which means that most students take six courses per year.

Q. Can I transfer equivalent course work?
A. Yes. Up to 32 quarter hours of equivalent graduate coursework completed with a grade of "B" or higher within the last five years at a regionally accredited college or university can be reviewed for transfer.

Q. Is faculty advising available?
A. Yes. Each student receives a customized curriculum plan for the online MPH program and always has the opportunity to schedule a telephone appointment with an advisor.

If you have additional questions, please request more information or call 1-866-295-3104 to speak to an Admissions Advisor.