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Online Master of Public Health
Impact the Health of Your Community

Online Master of Public Health

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Advance your skills for the career you want.

As you look to advance your career, Ohio University's online MPH can propel you forward while building on your natural instinct to serve. With a curriculum designed for real-world application, you will master essential concepts while connecting with hands-on learning opportunities at public health organizations. You'll also work directly with our top-ranked faculty and engage in a community-focused, applied practice experience.

Graduate certificates are also available to earn simultaneously with your degree. Choose from certificates in either Appalachian Health or Epidemiology or add three credit hours to your program to earn both. When you graduate, you'll have more than a degree: you'll have a comprehensive understanding of how to further community health and step confidently into the next stage of your career.

Program Benefits

  • Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Earn a Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology or Appalachian Health with no additional courses, or earn both with an additional three credit hours
  • Ranked a #1 Online College in the State of Ohio
  • A Forbes "Top Research University"


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Exciting Career Opportunities for MPH Graduates

With the online MPH, you position yourself to take advantage of a range of career opportunities in a field projected to grow by more than 15,000 jobs by 2031.1 Advance your ability to address public health challenges in your community and abroad. Graduates are also eligible to pursue the Certificate in Public Health (CPH) and Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentials.

Career Outlook

Careers in Public Health

  • Emergency Management Director


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  • Health Educator


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  • Community Health Coordinator


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  • Public Health Specialist


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Online Public Health Graduate Certificates

  • Appalachian Health Certificate

    Gain foundational knowledge in Appalachian health, history and culture as you prepare to impact public health in this region. The specialized focus offered by this certificate will help you address the health disparities in Appalachia and beyond.

  • Epidemiology Certificate

    With courses focused on preventing and controlling diseases, the online Epidemiology Certificate delivers the skills to investigate disease outbreaks, design epidemiological studies and analyze health data in your career.

Enhance Your Impact in Public Health

14 Total Courses | 42 Total Credits

Ohio University's online MPH equips bold leaders with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills to address public health challenges of all varieties. Learn from innovative 7-week courses in areas like Epidemiology in Public Health, Health Policy, Biostatistics in Public Health, and more. You will also complete 200 hours of an applied practice experience in an approved organization focused on health outcomes in the community. This can be your current workplace. Your capstone experience will consist of an integrative learning experience under the guidance of the MPH faculty.

Course Highlights:

  • HLTH 6001 Program Planning and Implementation in Rural Public Health
  • HLTH 6730 Epidemiology in Public Health
  • HLTH 6770 Grant and Proposal Writing in Public Health
  • HLTH 6791 Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control

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Take the Next Step in Your Career

No GMAT Required | No Prerequisite Coursework

Fall 2024:

  • Application Deadline: 04/12/24
  • Classes Begin: 08/26/24

Spring 2025:

  • Application Deadline: 12/09/24
  • Classes Begin: 01/13/25

It's time for you to advance your career by applying to an online MPH program with flexibility,  opportunities for hands-on experience, and more. As you begin your application, here are key admission requirements to keep in mind:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • CV or resume
  • $50 application fee

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Invest in Your Career - Secure Your Future

$27,636 Total Tuition (Resident) | $658 Per Credit (Resident)

When you invest in the CEPH-accredited online MPH program, you benefit from a well-rounded education in public health sciences and graduate as a leader ready to pursue your passions in furthering community health while building your own success.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Financial Aid

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

Tuition Details

  • College of Health Sciences and Professions

    Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions offers several graduate programs that provide students with an immersive educational experience to prepare them for careers that will improve the lives of others. The graduate programs are designed to give students a deep understanding across a variety of disciplines, and equip them with the hands-on practical skills they need to succeed. Students have access to a variety of practice settings and experienced faculty members who instill a sense of intellectual curiosity and engagement. Upon graduation, students are well-prepared to take on leadership roles in their respective fields and make a positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (one course per seven weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

What You'll Learn

Throughout the online MPH experience, you'll acquire knowledge on how public health intersects with larger healthcare concepts including health policy, rural health disparities, epidemiology, biostatistics, and more.

Program Outcomes

  • Document determinants of health behaviors among specified populations
  • Develop strategies responsive to obstacles to care in rural communities 
  • Design public health programs based on established frameworks
  • Design plans for evaluating public health programs
  • Develop proposals for funding community-based public health programs
  • Pursue the CPH credential and the CHES certification

Learn from Faculty Engaged in Public Health

As current practitioners and researchers in their fields, Ohio University's online MPH faculty are experts in community-based public health settings, both domestically and abroad. They are nationally recognized leaders who leverage their years of experience to guide students in achieving their personal and professional pursuits.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Mentorship and support throughout the program
  • More individualized instruction thanks to low student-to-instructor ratios
  • A broadened professional network thanks to direct connections to faculty

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Michael Reece

Program Coordinator and assistant professor of instruction in the College of Health Sciences and Professions


A Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the College of Health Sciences at Ohio University, Dr. Michael Reece spent the past 19 years at Indiana University, where he served as a Professor in the School of Public Health, and as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. He has a Ph.D. in public health from The University of Georgia and earned his MPH at San Diego State University. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.



His practice experiences have included leadership positions across a broad range of organizations in the U.S., ranging from non-profit community organizations to governmental agencies and corporations. He has also been fortunate to work extensively on a global scale, in African countries like Kenya, Liberia, Botswana, and South Africa; and in European countries including The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Romania. His research focus is on sexual and reproductive health. He founded and led the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and has served as President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the North American Federation of Sexuality Organizations.



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Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

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Does the Master of Public Health degree have a full-time option?

The online program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is only offered part-time with a total of 14 courses over a series of 7-week terms. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to absorb the information in your coursework fully.

To see the curriculum, view our Master of Public Health curriculum page.

What is the total tuition for the Master of Public Health degree?

Tuition for the Master of Public Health degree is $$27,636 for Ohio residents and $28,434 for non-residents. You need to complete 42 at $658 per credit for Ohio residents and $677 for non-residents. You can review all tuition costs here.

Is the Master of Public Health degree ranked?

Ohio University has been named a "Best College" by Princeton Review, a "Top Research Universities" by Forbes for American's Top Colleges 2018, and is Ranked #1 Online Colleges in the state of Ohio.

Does the Master of Public Health degree require an entrance exam like the GMAT or GRE?

No, Ohio University's Master of Public Health degree does not require GMAT or GRE scores.

What are the start dates for the Master of Public Health degree throughout the year?

The online MPH degree program starts three times per year in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.

Does the Master of Public Health degree offer concentrations?

The MPH program has a concentration in Community Health. Students are also eligible to earn a Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology without taking any additional courses.

The Community Health concentration prepares students to examine the behavioral, social, and cultural factors that impact health behavior and health outcomes. Students complete coursework related to social, behavioral, environmental, and cultural determinants of health as well as courses focused on the assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions in rural and underserved settings.


  1. "Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers," Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved March 7, 2023 from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm#tab-5.
  2. "Highest Paying Public Health Careers," Public Health Degrees. Retrieved March 7, 2023 from https://www.publichealthdegrees.org/careers/highest-paid-public-health-jobs/.


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