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Why ODU for an online MPH program?

ODU's Master of Public Health (MPH) is an interprofessional degree program. That means you will connect with students, international and community organizations, and health professionals.

You will complete both didactic and experience-based courses. This will give you a solid foundation of public health knowledge, plus the skills to apply that knowledge in areas such as healthcare management, population-based research, and the community practice of public health.

Focus your studies with one of three concentrations. Our online MPH program culminates in a practicum based in a community organization, so you can practice your new skills and knowledge in real world situations.

Full-time and part-time study is available. This program can be completed in two years with full-time study.

ODU's MPH program is fully approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). To see the CEPH accreditation report or ask questions about this accreditation, please visit the department's website.

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Online MPH Concentrations

Applied Epidemiology & Public Health Data Analytics

Develop strong epidemiological and analytical skills to address pressing public health issues with data management, visualization, and analysis.

Global Environmental Health

Study a broad range of 21st century public health issues in the U.S. and worldwide. Topics include air and water quality, climate change, and disaster preparedness.

Health Behavior & Health Promotion

Learn how to prevent disease and injuries by promoting health behavior through education, communication, research, and publication.

Ranked #6

Best Online Master's in Public Health, 2021
- Study.com

Required Courses

  • 43 credit hours, including a practicum

Online courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer for full- and part-time study. Your exact course of study will depend on the concentration you select.

The practicum can be completed in a community organization local to the student. Your graduate advisor can help identify an appropriate organization for the practicum.

Are you a current ODU undergrad studying public health? Check out our Linked BSPH to MPH program.

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. This program requires a practicum. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Bright Outlook

Employment of epidemiologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sept. 2020

Careers in Public Health

Our concentrations will prepare you for different facets of the public health sector. In general, you will be ready to take on responsibilities such as:

  • Assessing health status or needs in populations
  • Designing and implementing programs
  • Managing administrative functions
  • Conducting program evaluation and outcomes research
  • Developing coalitions to meet community needs
  • Marketing health services
  • Analyzing the epidemiology of specific diseases
  • Measuring or assuring the quality of healthcare and public health services and products

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2021 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To apply, you should have:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all degree-granting programs listing the dates of completion or attendance.

Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are preferred. No GMAT or GRE required.

If you are an international student interested in taking this program online from your home country, please contact the ODU International Admission Office for assistance.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.