Master of Public Health (Online)

Protect and enhance the health of communities and populations with your MPH degree

Make the world a healthier place by pursuing your online Master of Public Health.

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease and promoting health through organized community effort. Whereas traditional medical fields treat individuals as the patient, Public Health focuses on the health of communities and populations.

The online MPH program provides practical, skills based training to be successful in a public health career. Our program is ideal for new graduates, those seeking to advance their public health careers, or those looking to change careers.

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum

Program Benefits

  • 100% online: learn from anywhere in your own time
  • Small class sizes
  • Expert faculty with years of experience in the public health field
  • Accessible and responsive faculty who want students to succeed
  • Student Support: our IT support and available faculty make learning a smooth process
  • Career opportunities: Benefit from a nationwide network of faculty colleagues
  • The Foundations of Public Health Course will be waived for students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health.

Why Should I Go Into Public Health?

Students with a passion to help others and promote healthy communities where people live, learn, and play should consider a degree in Public Health. Students who are looking to obtain a MPH degree believe in:

  • Preventing diseases
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Creating a healthy sustainable environment for everyone

Explore Our Program

USJ’s Master’s of Public Health online program consists of 42 credits. Students will enroll in a total of 6 credits each semester.

Students will gain a foundation in the five core disciplines of public health: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Social and Behavioral Health, Public Health Policy and Management, and Environmental Health. Each core course aligns with the core competencies for public health programs defined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In addition to the five core courses, students will take courses in Research Methods and Program Planning and Evaluation, and a minimum of two electives.

The program culminates in a practicum near you, and either a capstone or research based thesis to apply and develop skills learned in the didactic portion of the curriculum.

Should I Major in Public Health?

A MPH degree would benefit local, state, national and global communities. Public Health majors make a difference in the world and better it for future generations. In a world that is constantly evolving, public health practitioners are needed to ensure a sustainable quality of life.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduation you will have the skills to:

  • Assess and monitor health problems at the population level
  • Apply epidemiologic principles to identify and investigate population based health problems in your local or global community
  • Assess and monitor environmental issues that impact human health and formulate strategies to address these threats and promote social and environmental justice within communities
  • Develop evidence based programs to promote health and improve health equity in communities
  • Utilize social and behavioral health theory and cultural awareness to develop strategies to help people develop healthier behaviors
  • Evaluate the implementation and progress of health promotion programs
  • Develop public health communication strategies to effectively reach target populations
  • Promote health and health equity through development and analysis of public health policy
  • Apply systems thinking to complex public health issues


Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis for a Fall term start. You can apply at any time online and receive a timely decision. Our admissions counselors can assist you with financial options.

The following are required for admission:

  • A completed graduate online application
  • All official transcripts (must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Course work and/or experiences (volunteer or work) in community health or social services strengthens your application

After Graduation

The Master’s in Public Health graduate degree program at USJ prepares you to succeed in a public health focused career by providing a solid foundation in the art and science of public health. Your training can be applied to a wide variety of fields. There is currently a high demand for master’s trained public health professionals as well as health care practitioners with public health training. Among the many possible career paths in public agencies, private companies, healthcare, non-governmental agencies, or research institutes are:

  • Disease surveillance program specialist
  • Epidemiologist with local, state, or federal agencies
  • Health prevention program developer or evaluator
  • Public health and epidemiologic research
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Occupational health specialist
  • Infection control professional
  • Public policy analyst
  • Workplace wellness specialist

How Much Do You Make with a Master’s Degree in Public Health?

On average, individuals who have a master of public health (MPH) degree earn $63,000 a year. Students with an MPH degree can pursue different occupations in the public health field. For example, an epidemiologist makes $63,000-$70,000 while students who pursue the environmental health field make $68,000-$120,000.


The University of Saint Joseph MPH program is designed to align with Council for Education in Public Health’s current core competencies.

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