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Public Health

Master of Public Health

Develop the professional skills to prevent chronic disease, educate underserved communities on healthy behavior or work to improve health policy.

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Only accredited college of public health in Arizona

Top 100 Globally

Center for World University Rankings

2+ years to complete

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.

This practice-based, professional degree offers three concentrations: Applied Epidemiology, Health Promotion, and Health Services Administration. You will have the opportunity to complete an internship to gain practical, hands on experience in your area of specialty. 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.

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. Grade B or higher and 3+ years of paid or volunteer experience required for the HSA concentration.

If you have specific questions about the program, please contact MPH Admissions at 520-626-9967 or coph-onlineMPH@email.arizona.edu.

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.

Examples 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

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.

Examples 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 Administration

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 the quality of life around you. Learn to plan education strategies and evaluate their effectiveness. Promote healthier lifestyles in culturally diverse populations around the world.

Examples 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