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)

GRE Requirement Waived Through Fall 2021


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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This practice-based, professional degree offers three concentrations that reflect the disciplines most vital to your success: Applied Epidemiology, Health Behavior Health Promotion and Health Services Administration. 50% of your coursework will be concentration-based, resulting in a highly specialized degree. You will also have the opportunity to complete an internship to gain practical, hands on experience in your area of concentration.

Eligibility: This program is designed for applicants holding a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Coursework in human or general biology, and either algebra precalculus or calculus with a grade of C or higher is required. Three plus years of paid or volunteer experience required for the HSA concentration.

Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Master of Public Health
College: Zuckerman College of Public Health

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $950
*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:

  • EPID 573A: Basic Principles of Epidemiology – Learn the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and how these concepts are applicable for your own particular interests and career in epidemiology related fields.
  • PHPM 574 Public Health Policy & Management – Explore a range of topics including: management processes/roles of public health professionals, health service organization, policy issues and resource utilization/control, human resources management, and public health trends.
  • HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health – Review significant social, cultural and behavioral issues related to public health. Focus on understanding the social and cultural issues that influence health-related behavior among specific populations with an emphasis on the populations in the U.S. and the Southwest.
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Applied Epidemiology

This concentration provides systematic training in measuring and studying the distribution, characteristics and causes of disease across demographics. Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health and is essential in the prevention of rare and chronic diseases, disability and premature death.

Applied Epidemiology Courses
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Applied Epidemiology

Examples of courses that you may take include:

  • EPID 573B 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 classes that provides you with a multifaceted understanding of the administrative and business aspects of health care. Use the skills learned in the curriculum to pursue leadership roles in both governmental and non-governmental settings.

Health Services Administration Courses
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Health Services Administration

Examples of courses that you may take include:

  • PHPM 507 Health Care Economics & Policy
  • PHPM 561 Introduction to Health Care Quality & Safety
  • PHPM 562 Health Services Administration
  • PHP 641 Health Systems Delivery
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 concentration operates under the philosophy that education, communication and effective implementation of sound health policies and initiatives can improve quality of life. Promote healthier lifestyles in culturally diverse populations around the world.

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 532E Evaluation of Public Health Programs
  • HPS 535 Multi-Cultural Health Beliefs
  • HPS 642 Public Health Communications
Health Promotion Details

Dates & Deadlines

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

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Spring 2021: November 15, 2020

Summer 2021: March 1, 2021

Fall 2021: July 1, 2021

Upcoming Start Dates:

Spring 2021: January 13, 2021

Summer 2021: May 17, 2021

Fall 2021: August 23, 2021


Career Outlook

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109,000new 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 – International transcripts (not including study abroad transcripts) should be evaluated by the World Evaluation Service at


Submit Test Scores

Submit official test scores to SOPHAS

GRE and MCAT requirements are waived for all cohorts through Fall 2021 in response to COVID-19.

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:


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 for more information.


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

Tiffany Castro

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