Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

About the Program

Our country needs dedicated public health leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to promote and protect the health of vulnerable communities. Available as either an on campus or an online program, Ohio University's Master of Public Health prepares students to address community health needs locally, nationally, or internationally. With a concentration in community health, students will learn in collaboration with partnering organizations and entities.

Uniquely situated in the heart of rural Appalachia, OHIO's location provides public health faculty with the opportunity to work with many underserved communities. Students will benefit from this focus by completing coursework related to social, behavioral, environmental, and cultural determinants of the health of rural and other underserved populations as well as courses focused on the assessment, design, implementation and evaluation of health interventions in settings that serve these communities. Through classroom instruction, research and/or field experience, students will work closely with OHIO faculty and public health leaders who are actively engaged in public health research and practice. Students who complete an MPH are well positioned for careers in a variety of settings, including: local or state health departments, community-based organizations, governmental organizations (CDC) and global health.

The online Master of Public Health at Ohio University stands out from other MPH programs by offering an added level of understanding of health access disparities. Our degree program is focused on building well-rounded, bold leaders who are armed with the skills to face down public health challenges of all varieties — making you a desirable candidate for hire upon graduation. Additional details about the online program are available online as well. 

Admission Requirements


  • Fall admission only 
  • April 30 deadline each year
  • Preference will be given to assistantship applications submitted by Feb. 15; however, applications will be reviewed until April 30. Applicants who complete the application by the Feb. 15 deadline will be given priority.

Applicants must have:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree at the start of the MPH program
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (undergraduate)
  • GPA of 3.5 of higher on a 4.0 scale (graduate)
  • Submit three professional letters of recommendation
  • Submit a personal statement (1,000-word limit) (academic background, professional background, why they want to pursue an MPH at OHIO, and what they plan to do in the future)
  • Send official transcripts
  • CV or resume


International admissions:

  • TOEFL official scores sent to Ohio University

Sample Academic Schedule

Fall Semester 1 

HLTH 6710: Public Health Concepts (3 credits)

HLTH 6720: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (3 credits)

HLTH 6760: Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health (3 credits)

HLTH 6001: Program Planning and Implementation in Rural Public Health (3 credits)

Spring Semester 1 

HLTH 6730: Epidemiology in Public Health (3 credits)

HLTH 6740: Biostatistics in Public Health (3 credits)

HLTH 6140: Rural Health Disparities (3 credits)

HLTH 6002: Program Evaluation in Rural Public Health (3 credits)

Fall Semester 2

HLTH 6770: Grant and Proposal Writing in Public Health Practice (3 credits)

HLTH 6080: Health Policy (3 credits)

HLTH 6900: Special Topics in Health Sciences (3 credits)

HLTH 6920: Applied Practice Experience (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2 

HLTH 6911: Master of Public Health Integrative Learning Experience (3 credits)

HLTH 6791: Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control (3 credits) 

Total Program Hours: 42

For more information about the program, please contact the Department of Social and Public Health at 

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