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Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

Impact the health of your community with an education that crosses geographical and cultural borders to promote a healthier, happier society.


Member of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH)



-Center for World University Rankings



-QS World University Rankings (2018)



-Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) ceph.org

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 42
Cost Per Credit: $950
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Why Earn an Online MPH?

Earn a degree that makes a difference, not just in your life and career, but in the well-being of your community. Whether you’re interested in preventing chronic disease, educating underserved communities on healthy behavior, or working to improve health policy, you will graduate with the freedom to choose your own career path.

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Zuckerman College of Public Health

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The Zuckerman College of Public Health has held continuous accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 2003 and is accredited through December 31, 2027

This practice-based professional degree offers five concentrations that reflect key disciplines in public health: Applied Epidemiology, Climate Change and Health, Global Health, Health Behavior Health Promotion and Health Services Administration.

Half of the courses are concentration-focused, resulting in a degree that covers foundational knowledge and skills and the opportunity for specialization.  All students also complete an applied practice experience that allows students to put their skills to work with organizations to address their real-world needs.

The online program is designed for working professionals to take two years to complete, and alternate plans of study can be designed with our program staff.

We also offer two dual degree options with the College of Nursing. 1) The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty with an MPH in Health Behavior-Health Promotion and 2) The MS-DNP in Executive Health Systems Leadership with an MPH in Health Services Administration. Students take courses in both programs each session. These programs start in the fall semester only and have different admission requirements and deadlines. Applicants interested in these options are advised to consult the College of Nursing first to review eligibility for the DNP program and admission details. Please contact CON-OSAA@arizona.edu (College of Nursing) and coph-onlinemph@arizona.edu (College of Public Health) for more information.

Eligibility: Admissions requirements for this program include: a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and coursework with a grade of C or higher in math (college algebra, precalculus, or calculus) and science (e.g. biology, physiology, or anatomy). Please contact us with questions about eligibility.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Eligibility: Admissions requirements for this program include: a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and coursework with a grade of C or higher in math (college algebra, precalculus, or calculus) and science (e.g. biology, physiology, or anatomy). Please contact us for questions about eligibility.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The core curriculum for this degree program includes:

PHPM 569: Fundamentals of Health Budgeting & Financial Management
EPID 573A: Basic Principles of Epidemiology
PHPM 574: Public Health Policy & Management
EHS 575: Environmental & Occupational Health
BIOS 576A: Biostatistics in Public Health
HPS 577: Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health


Earning your Master of Public Health in Public Health will build core skills, including:

  • Collaboration
  • Community engagement
  • Cultural competency
  • Data analysis
  • Leadership
  • Policy advocacy
  • Policy development
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Research
  • Systems thinking
  • Verbal and written communication
Graduates of the Master of Public Health concentrations will be prepared to pursue the following careers:
  • Program Manager
  • Technical Program Manager
  • Business Office Manager
  • Compliance Manager
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Proposal Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Relationship Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Clinical Manager
  • Environmental Health & Safety Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Directors of Nursing
  • Clinical Director
  • Executive Director
  • Medical Director
  • Program Director
  • Site Supervisor
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Program Coordinator
  • Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Directors of Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Director of Rehabilitation
  • Project Administrator
  • Project Administrator
  • Health Educator
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Registered Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Program Administrator
  • Biostatistician


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Applied Epidemiology

This concentration provides systematic training in measuring and studying the distribution and determinants of diseases and health issues in a range of populations.  Epidemiology, a fundamental science of public health, focuses on the prevention of both chronic and rare diseases, disability and premature death. Graduates may work in public, non-profit and private health settings gathering, analyzing, interpreting and communicating data to improve health and quality of life.

Applied Epidemiology Courses
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Applied Epidemiology

Examples of courses that you may take include:

  • EPID 572B: Applied Epidemiologic Methods
  • BIOS 576B: Biostatistics for Research
  • EPID 579: Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • EPID 555: Introduction to Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology
Applied Epidemiology Details
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Health Services Administration

This concentration offers a combination of public health and health care administration courses that provide students with a multifaceted understanding of the administrative and business aspects of healthcare. Graduates of this concentration may take leadership roles in working to improve the quality of policies, programs and services offered in healthcare, social service, academic and public health organizations.

Health Services Administration Courses
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Health Services Administration

Examples of courses that you may take include:

  • PHPM 562: Health Services Administration
  • PHPM 608A: Public Health Law and Ethics
  • PHP 641: Health Systems Delivery
  • PHPM 558: Health Care Marketing
Health Services Administration Details
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Health Behavior Health Promotion

This concentration examines the sociocultural factors that influence health and health behavior. The program trains future professionals to plan, implement and evaluate effective policies and programs designed to improve community health and well-being. Graduates work to promote healthier lifestyles, prevent premature death, and fight disease in diverse communities large and small.

Health Behavior Health Promotion Courses
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Health Behavior Health Promotion

Examples of courses that you may take include:

  • HPS 532P: Planning of Public Health Programs
  • HPS 531: Contemporary Health Issues and Research
  • HPS 535: Multi-Cultural Health Beliefs
  • HPS 628: Public Health Research and Evaluation
Health Behavior Health Promotion Details
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Global Health

This concentration prepares students to identify and address key health and human development issues in complex and culturally diverse settings. Graduates learn to develop policies, programs to improve the health and well-being of children and adults in the U.S. and around the world.

Global Health Courses
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Global Health

Examples of courses that you may take include:

  • HPS 533: Global Health
  • CPH 557: Global Maternal Health: Cultural Perceptions and Policy Approaches
  • HPS 529: Project Design & Evaluation in Global Health and Development
  • HPS/NSC 560: International Nutrition
Global Health Details
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Climate Change and Health

This interdisciplinary concentration is offered jointly by four Departments. Students in this concentration prepare to respond to climate-driven health crises. They learn to identify and address the complex chronic disease, infectious disease, and mental health effects of climate change on population health. Graduates will develop communication skills and adaptation measures to address climate effects on health and the environment, including ongoing and emergent health challenges.

Climate Change and Health Courses
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Climate Change and Health

  • EHS 525: A Public Health Lens to Climate Change
  • CPH 502: Climate and Health
  • CPH 532: Food in 2050 and Beyond: Climate Change and Global Health
  • EPID/EHS 545: One Health Foundations
Climate Change and Health Details
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Dates & Deadlines

The Master of Public Health program offers rolling admission throughout the year.

Upcoming Information Session:

 The meetings will be Thursdays 5:30-6:15 PM (AZ Time) via Zoom. Dates and registrations links for each are below. 

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Summer 2024: March 1, 2024
  • Fall 2024: July 1, 2024

Upcoming Start Dates:

  • Summer 2024: May 13, 2024
  • Fall 2024: August 19, 2024

Career Outlook

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109,000 new public health jobs expected by 2022 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

With an MPH degree, you can work in a variety of settings, including health care delivery and administration, government organizations and nonprofits. You may choose to help write and shape policies for government organizations, become a community advocate for healthier lifestyles through health departments and nonprofits, or conduct scientific research to help prevent the spread of disease. No matter which path you choose, you will have many opportunities to make a positive impact on your community.

Online MPH alumni have worked in county/state health departments, non-profit organizations, university settings, healthcare systems/hospitals, the CDC, for-profit organizations that offer health services or employee wellness programs, insurance companies and a variety of other organizations.

Admissions Process


Applying through SOPHAS

Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all accredited schools of public health. Application materials, including transcripts, statement of purpose, resume, and letters of recommendation, will be submitted through SOPHAS.


Submit Transcripts

Official U.S. and Canadian Transcripts - Transcripts should be submitted from all colleges/universities attended to SOPHAS at:
PO Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471

International transcripts (not including study abroad transcripts), should be evaluated by the World Evaluation Service at www.wes.org/cas. Please note this process can take several months.


Submit Test Scores

Submit official test scores to SOPHAS

GRE is not required.

GRE: UA College of Public Health/SOPHAS Code 4253, which routes scores directly to SOPHAS
TOEFL (international applicants): SOPHAS code 5688
IELTS (international applicants): SOPHAS code "SOPHAS"


Supplemental Application

Once you have completed your SOPHAS application, submit a short supplemental application through the University of Arizona Graduate College and pay the application fee: apply.grad.arizona.edu.

Cost & Aid

Sample tuition per trimester for a student taking 6 credits:

  • Tuition/Fees $5,930
  • Books/Supplies $600
  • Total per trimester $6,530

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Questions about Financial Aid?

The online MPH degree is eligible for federal loans. Please contact onlinefinancialaid@arizona.edu for more information.


Online MPH students have a dedicated Outreach Counselor to answer any questions you might have about enrolling in this program.

Clare DeBuhr
Enrollment Counselor


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