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Master of Public Health (MPH) Program

Program Overview

Do you have a bachelor’s degree and are looking for a graduate program to meet your career goals or a career-changer ready for an exciting new future in healthcare? Are you interested in preventing disease transmission, promoting health and wellness in communities, and improving health outcomes? If so, the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at MCPHS Online might be a great fit for you. This program is designed to educate professionals about the essential services of public health and meet core competencies set forth by the Association of Schools of Public Health. The MPH program may be completed in a full- or part-time capacity and is committed to meeting the needs of the working professional. Individuals with interest or work experience in public health, clinicians or recent college graduates with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline are encouraged to apply. Possible applicants may include: physicians, nurses, nutritionists, lawyers, social workers, biologists, epidemiologists, dental hygienists, paramedics, technical writers, etc.

Innovative Programs

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program may be completed online with a required face-to-face Preparatory Seminar for the Culminating Experience offered once a year. Upon completion of the MPH program, students will be able to:

  • Define the ten essential services of public health and utilize them as a framework for community health
  • Demonstrate competencies in the five core disciplines of public health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Science, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Develop strategies to address complex health issues
  • Translate the information provided in the virtual classroom to public health practice


Currently, MCPHS Online offers a concentration in Community Health. Community Health is a discipline of Public Health which focuses on researching and enhancing the health and wellness of communities.


Graduates of the MPH program may work in local, state, federal or international settings to include the public and private sector. Opportunities in public health may include careers at local, state, or federal health departments, university or college systems, non-profit organizations, healthcare facilities or within the private sector to include health insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

Our program is ideal for clinicians or professionals looking to work in a variety of public health settings.

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  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience, interest or current employment in public health
  • GRE scores (if graduated less than five years ago)
  • A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 (internet-based), 213 (computer-based) or 550 (written) for all candidates for whom English is not their primary language


PBH701 Survey of Public Health 3
DRA807 Statistics in Clinical Research 3
DRA809 Health Epidemiology 3
PBH705 Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences 3
PBH710 Introduction to Health, Policy and Management 3
PBH715 Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
PBH890 Public Health Practice Experience 2
PBH895 Preparatory Seminar, Culminating Experience 1
PBH898 Culminating Experience 3
  Total Required Courses 24

Concentration Core Courses

PBH750 Community Health Science and Practice 3
PBH755 Community Health Education and Promotion 3
PBH760 Program Design, Research and Evaluation 3
PBH765 Community Health Assessments 3
  Total Required Concentration Courses 12

Electives (Select 2)

DRA811 Health Policy and Development Analysis 3
PBH801 Community Organizing 3
PBH805 Maternal and Child Health 3
PBH810 Principles of Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3
PBH815 Mass Communication and Health 3
  Total Required Electives 6

Please note: Students are also required to attend an in-person Preparatory Seminar for the Culminating Experience. The duration is five days and the seminar is held once per year. Students must have completed twelve credits towards the degree prior to registering for the seminar.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of B- in all courses and a 3.0 overall GPA to remain in good academic standing.

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in all graduate degree programs at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for spring 2014, complete The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for fall 2014, please complete the FAFSA after January 1, 2014.


Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is June 1 each year for a fall semester start and November 15 for a spring semester start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

Additional Links

Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.


Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is the MPH Program accredited?

MCPHS University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by NEASC indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by NEASC is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by NEASC should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (617.732.2854).

In regards to accreditation of the MPH Program: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is submitting an application to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in May, 2013 to begin the accreditation process

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What is Public Health?

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public Health helps improve the health and well-being of people in local communities and around the globe. Public Health works to prevent health problems before they occur. (Source:

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What are the benefits of an MPH?

An MPH is a professional degree oriented towards practice in public health settings. There are job opportunities in a variety of settings such as Local/State Health Departments, Managed Care Organizations, Community-Based Organizations/Non-Profits, Hospitals, Consulting Firms, International Agencies, State and Federal Agencies. This degree may also be complementary to a clinical path/degree.

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What will I learn in the 5-day seminar?

The Seminar provides an opportunity for collaboration with students and faculty. The intent is to introduce students to the Culminating Experience course requirement for the MPH degree. Material covered will synthesize concepts from the five core disciplines of public health and community health in practical, discussion-based exercises.

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What is the practice requirement?

The practice requirement is a 120-hour experience in a public health setting of the students’ choice. Students must have approval from their faculty advisor before commencing. Students must have on-site supervisor that will sign off on hours/work completed. Students may complete the practicum at a current employer, but the experience must be different than everyday responsibilities. The experience may be paid or unpaid but please note, MCPHS Univeristy will not be providing a stipend for student practice experiences. Students may take the course as a Pass/Fail.

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How much of the program is offered online?

The program will be offered entirely online. After you have completed 12 credits in the program you may register for the 5-day face-to-face seminar.

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This program is part-time, so am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes. As long as you are taking at least five graduate-level credits each semester, you are eligible to apply for financial aid. All financial aid is awarded through the FAFSA.

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What are the prerequisite courses for the MPH program?

The only prerequisite is a bachelor’s degree in any subject. Some helpful (but not required) coursework would include:

  • Coursework in Statistics, Calculus or other mathematics courses would be beneficial for the following required courses: Statistics in Clinical Research and Health Epidemiology
  • Biology
  • Coursework in sociology, psychology, education or anthropology

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Can I register for courses at MCPHS Online as a nondegree student before I enroll in the program?

Yes! Students are encouraged to take courses as a nondegree student in order to ensure the program is a good fit. Students may take a maximum of 12 credits as a nondegree student. These semester hours would be transferred into the program once enrolled.

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If I enroll in the program, what is the minimum and recommended number of classes I can register for per semester?

A part-time student may take 1-2 courses per semester (3-6 semester hours). A full-time student may take 3 courses (9 semester hours). In certain circumstances, a student may wish to take more than 3 courses, but this must be approved by the student’s Faculty Advisor or MPH Program Director.

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How many credits would I be eligible to transfer in for previous MPH coursework that I completed?

Students may transfer 9 semester hours of MPH coursework from a Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accredited institution with permission from the program chair.

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