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Program Overview | MPH Degree

What you learn here can save lives

The University of Arizona online Master of Public Health provides you with the unique opportunity to earn a degree that makes a difference, not just in your life and career, but in the well-being of countless others. Whether you’d like to prevent chronic disease, educate underserved communities on healthy behavior or work to improve health policy, you can graduate knowing your life’s best work is yet to come.

Core public health occupations will add 109,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The University of Arizona has answered the global call for highly skilled public health professionals by taking our lauded Master of Public Health program online.

Designed for working professionals, our 100% online MPH provides students with direct access to our world-class faculty, who bring real-time insights into the classroom based on active research, and inspire the innovative mindset needed to solve today’s public health problems.

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    100% Online

  • Concentrations in
    Applied Epidemiology,
    Health Services
    Health Promotion

  • Graduate in as few as
    2 years

  • Learn from
    public health

Why Choose the Online MPH Degree at UA?

We offer three concentrations in Applied Epidemiology, Health Services Administration and Health Promotion to match your desired area of service. Each concentration represents exactly 50% of your coursework, which makes for a truly specialized degree.

Our world-class faculty of public health leaders helps create a dynamic online program built on direct interaction, collaborative discourse and integrative thinking.

Our MPH degree examines public health issues through a global lens, with course content that evolves based on up-to-date research and current events. Whether you’re working close to home or across the world, what you learn will directly impact the health of others.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of public health-related careers is expected to increase by 21% by 2022, resulting in approximately 109,000 new jobs.

Through our dynamic online course delivery you can learn from anywhere while you continue to work. Directly apply new knowledge on the job as you learn. Graduate in as few as two years and pursue new job opportunities and career goals.

Students will gain valuable experiences to help propel their career forward with a required field-based internship in their local communities.

Why Choose the Zuckerman College of Public Health?

Established in 2000, we’re a young but fast-rising college of public health inspired to find new approaches to chronic disease prevention, community public health preparedness, family wellness and advocacy for public health policy. In our short history, we’ve gained national and international recognition for our research and community integration across Arizona, the Southwest region and the globe.


Ranked No. 25 Best Public Health Graduate School by U.S. News & World Report (2011)

TOP5Top 5 in American Indian and Hispanic graduates among U.S. public health schools

The only accredited college of public health in Arizona

Faculty research funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Who Should Choose the Online MPH degree?

For us, a career in public health isn’t just a professional endeavor, it’s personal. Our faculty and students converge at the University of Arizona to solve real-world problems that have touched their lives.


We expect all our students to bring passion and ambition with them to the program. Our online MPH degree fits many career profiles of working professionals. In fact, our graduates have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including the health care system, the nonprofit sector, and local and state government.

The Public Health Professional
If you want to make a greater impact as a leader in public health, the advanced knowledge you gain through our master’s in public health program can help you reach your goals. Gain the critical thinking skills to innovate across cultural and economic boundaries. Choose our MPH degree and learn how to take the lead in creating change.

Career Changer
For working professionals in fields related to preventive medicine, health care and medical science, our MPH degree can lead to a fresh, impactful resurgence to your career. While you may be motivated to enter the public health field to have a broader impact, you may also find increased financial opportunities. The median salary in public health occupations (excluding clinicians) is 18% higher than in other related fields.

Career Outlook

The scope of public health is vast and varied, and spans communities small and large, urban and rural. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 109,000 new public health jobs are expected by 2022*.

What can you do with an MPH degree?Professionals with an MPH degree can help write and shape policies for government organizations, become community advocates for healthier lifestyles through health departments and nonprofits, or conduct scientific research to help prevent the spread of disease. The options are plentiful and meaningful.

What are some of your career options?Below are some common career paths for individuals with a master’s in public health, along with average salaries and expected job growth through 2022.

Medical and health service managers, also called health care administrators, plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services. In this role, you may manage an entire facility or specialize in managing a specific clinical area. You must be able to adapt to changes in health care laws, regulations and technology.
Relevant UA MPH concentration: Health Services Administration
Salary range: $56,970 to $172,240
Job outlook 2016-2026: 20% growth (much faster than national average of 7%)

Epidemiologists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. You often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach your findings.
Relevant UA MPH concentration: Applied Epidemiology
Salary range: $46,870 to $114,540
Job outlook 2016-2026: 9% growth (at pace with national average of 7%)

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. You develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. You can become a community health worker who collects data and discusses health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.
Relevant UA MPH concentration: Health Promotion
Salary range: $23,320 to $63,880
Job outlook 2016-2026: 16% growth (much faster than national average of 7%)

*According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The online Master of Public Health curriculum combines a bedrock foundation in the core principles of public health with the option to choose one of three distinct concentrations in Applied Epidemiology, Health Services Administration and Health Promotion. Our concentrations reflect the disciplines most vital to public health professionals’ success and satisfy our students’ varied interests.

Curriculum at a Glance:42 total credits
Modular program with each course only 7.5 weeks long
A 6-unit internship is required for all concentrations
50% of your coursework will be concentration-based
Complete your MPH degree in as few as 2 years

EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology 3 units
The course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and how these concepts are applicable for their own particular interests and career in epidemiology related fields.
PHPM 574 Public Health Policy & Management 3 units
Management processes/roles of public health professionals; health service organization; policy issues and resource utilization/control; human resources management; public health trends.
BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health 3 units
The course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and how these concepts are applicable for their own particular interests and career in epidemiology related fields.
PHPM 569 Fundamentals of Health Budgeting & Financial Management 3 units
This course will offer a current approach to the fundamentals of budgeting and financial management, with an emphasis on non-profit and health care organizations, in particular the community health sector.
HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health 3 units
This graduate course is an overview of significant social, cultural and behavioral issues related to public health. Major public health problems and the influences of sociocultural issues are analyzed in relation to health behavior. Readings, discussions, films, and class experiences/assignments will 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.
EHS 575 Environmental & Occupational Health 3 units
Course emphasizes health hazard sources, methods to identify & evaluate them, and framework used to affect hazard control. Students will evaluate public health issues, understand research designs, identify and evaluate factors important to the development of monitoring programs.
HPS 909 Master’s Report 6 units
The MPH Internship is the culminating experience in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Master of Public Health Program. The internship requires the MPH student to synthesize, integrate and apply knowledge acquired in coursework to a project in a professional practice setting. Faculty members use the internship to determine whether the student has mastered the body of public health knowledge and can demonstrate proficiency in the skills the program has determined to be necessary. The internship provides an opportunity for students to obtain additional applied experience working in the public health field and further clarify their career goals. The MPH internship will be completed through the final three semesters of the program.

The curriculum 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.

EPID 573B Epidemiologic Methods 3 units
This course will increase the student’s understanding of research methods in epidemiology.
EPID 573D Analysis of Public Health Data 3 units
This course focuses on how public health data are used for epidemiologic investigations and prevention programs and develops skills and strategies for the analysis and presentation of public health data; using epidemiological and biostatistical principles to analyze public health data through descriptive statistics, stratified analyses, regression and other basic approaches.
BIOS 576B Biostatistics for Research 3 units
An intermediate course in biostatistical methods and their application in epidemiology and public health. This course covers linear regression analysis, logistic regression analysis, time-to-event (survival) analysis and study design.
EPID 579  Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology3 units
This course focuses on developing practical skills in the investigation of outbreaks, development and implementation of infectious disease surveillance and the administration of infectious disease control and prevention.
EPID 555  Intro to Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology 3 units
This course will cover methodological issues in epidemiologic research on reproduction, childhood conditions and women’s health, including topical information specific to conditions in each of these areas. The course will also cover national MCH databases and surveillance systems.
HPS 628  Public Health Research & Evaluation 3 units
This course provides a theoretical introduction and applied experience with methods for undertaking public health research and program evaluation. Activities will involve designing and presenting both a research and evaluation plan using standards set by federal funding agencies and practical problem solving in applying research and evaluation methods in the field.

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.

PHPM 507 Health Care Economics & Policy 3 units
Health policy is examined from an economic perspective. Basic economic theories and their relationships to the structure and function of the U.S. health care system are explored. Alternative health care systems and health care reforms are also evaluated
PHPM 561 Introduction to Health Care Quality & Safety 3 units
This course provides an overview of health care quality and safety. Students are introduced to the history, definitions, practices, and the broader political, financial and ethical contexts of health care quality and safety.
PHPM 562 Health Services Administration 3 units
This course provides a foundation in health services administration. It introduces the student to the structure and functions of the United States health care system. The health care system in the community and its environment are examined to determine how they impact health services administration.
PHP 641 Health Systems Delivery 3 units
This course will introduce students to the organizational structure of large, complex health care organizations, compare them to other international health care systems and illustrate how regulatory and legal requirements contribute to administrative and management challenges.
PHPM 608A Public Health Law & Ethics 3 units
This course addresses special topics in Public Health Practice. The course will promote understanding of current practice, advances in the field and evaluation of public health practice.
PHPM 558 Health Care Marketing & Strategic Planning 3 units
This course provides an overview and applications of strategic planning theories, methods and group processes in different organizational environments.

The curriculum 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.

HPS 532P Planning of Public Health Programs 3 units
This course will equip students with skills in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing small-scale projects in public health. The course will provide guidance and engage student in conducting a community needs assessment, mapping community assets and prioritizing public health needs, writing project goals and objectives that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed), developing project logical models, selecting appropriate intervention designs drawing on the evidence based literature and theoretical models, and strategies for project implementation including engaging community partners in all stages if program planning and implementation. Goals, priorities and strategies for applying for federal, state and private funding for public health and development projects will addressed.
HPS 532E Evaluation of Public Health Programs3 units
Evaluation is essential to all research- and service-based programs. The course provides students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in public health with the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation of health promotion programs.
HPS 531 Contemporary Health Issues & Research 3 units
Designed to explore a broad spectrum of health education and health behavior issues and programs in order to evaluate their impact or potential impact. Students will read, review and critique numerous research efforts that were designed to change behavior via health education and/or health behavior programs.
HPS 535 Multi-Cultural Health Benefits 3 units
This course provides learning opportunities for graduate students in the development of sensitivities and competencies related to public health practice among multicultural populations with varying health beliefs, values, behaviors and needs in American society. Such cultural sensitivities and competencies are basic to effective program planning, implementation, service delivery, program evaluation and successful health outcomes through public health education and health promotion. There are special emphases on the ethnic and cultural characteristics of primary ethnic/racial populations in Arizona.
HPS 642 Public Health Communications 3 units
In this course we will examine the fundamentals of public health communication; discover the vital role that public health communication plays in the success of new health care delivery structures, the implementation of health care reform and the adoption of advances in prevention, health promotion and emergency preparedness; and explore the latest public health communication innovations, tools, technologies, research and strategies. Throughout, student will learn and practice the skills of citizen engagement — with consumers, family members, providers, policy makers, researchers and the public — skills that build the foundation for improving and maintaining health and well-being through public health communications.
HPS 628 Public Health Research & Evaluation 3 units
This course provides a theoretical introduction and applied experience with methods for undertaking public health research and program evaluation. Activities will involve designing and presenting both a research and evaluation plan using standards set by federal funding agencies and practical problem solving in applying research and evaluation methods in the field.

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Faculty Profiles

Students in our online MPH program learn from faculty who have been recognized across the world for their research productivity and integration into communities. Our faculty respond to current public health issues - from the Zika Virus to Diabetes Prevention - with a dedicated focus on understanding and incorporating their findings into the classroom.


Dr. Kacey Ernst’s Work Inspires Graduates to Pursue Epidemiology

I am interested in learning more about the dynamics of vector-borne diseases and how environmental changes influence the transmission patterns,” Dr. Ernst said. “I then apply that knowledge to develop and evaluate community-based strategies that are aimed to be sustainable.


Dr. Dennis Helps Further Important Cancer Research

Being around a variety of research and community outreach conducted in Tucson and the surrounding areas, including the U.S.-Mexico border, makes University of Arizona’s community distinct.


Dr. Terry Urbine Helps Students Forecast Health Care’s Future

With a Ph.D. in Economics and an accomplished finance career, Dr. Terry Urbine now applies his mastery of free markets to mine data for medical discoveries. While his previous industry work was lucrative, he said it lacked a sense of purpose. That’s why he joined the University of Arizona in 2008 as an assistant research scientist focused on health outcomes.


Christine Girard Improves Public Health Through Increased Collaboration.

Like a disease with no visible symptoms, the key to improving public health is often overlooked: To save more lives, everyone must work together. That core belief has driven Master of Public Health online instructor Christine Girard’s 20-year career.


Public Health Is a Fascinating and Diverse Field

Public health is a fascinating and diverse field with a growing body of scientific evidence. In addition to understanding the science, public health professionals will need strong advocacy and leadership skills if we are to continue making progress in building a healthier world.


Online MPH Assistant Professor Yann Klimentidis Mines Information for Public Health Solutions

The more you know about a public health issue, the sooner you can solve it. In the age of information, Master of Public Health online assistant professor Dr. Yann Klimentidis sees data analysis as an underutilized element of undermining disease.


Where Does Law Fit Into Public Health?

The most important thing I have learned is that public health is intertwined with so many other disciplines,” Professor Barraza said. “We know from the social determinants of health that many factors impact health — education, affordable and safe housing, environment and income levels, among others. If we ignore these factors, we cannot truly improve population health.


Morgan Dahlgren: From Pre-Law to Public Health Certain life experiences can have a singular impact on the direction your career takes, and you never know when an unexpected spark will set you off on an entirely new path. Following a successful undergraduate experience in pre-law and political science, Morgan Dahlgren took a position at a […]



How do I apply?

Application materials, including transcripts, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation, will be submitted through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools of public health. Once you have completed your SOPHAS application, you will submit a supplemental application through the University of Arizona Graduate College and pay the application fee. To learn more about the application process, please complete the form at the top of this page and an Enrollment Advisor will contact you.

What factors determine a top MPH degree?

To determine the best MPH degree for you, there are many factors to consider. Our coursework can be completed 100% online and our program is CEPH accredited.

What can you do with a Master of Public Health degree?

You can work in a variety of settings, including health care delivery and administration, government organizations and nonprofits.

Are the Master of Public Health degree courses really online?

Yes. You can complete your degree from anywhere. All you need is an Internet connection. You will, however, be required to apply what you learn in class during your internship in your local community.

Do I get financial aid for an online program?

Our online MPH degree is eligible for federal loans.

What do I need to succeed in online learning?

Since you’re learning on a more flexible schedule, we’ve found time management and organization are keys for success. Along with basic technical skills, you need to manage your time to study. The expected amount of time to complete course assignments are estimated by concentration below:
Applied Epidemiology: 25-30 hours per week
Health Promotion: 18-20 hours per week
Health Services Administration: 18-20 hours per week

What support is available for online learning?

Our advisors, faculty and support staff will help you from admission through graduation. Help is always just an email, chat or phone call away.

Where can I find more details on the admission requirements and cost of attendance?

For details on admission requirements and tuition costs based on concentration of interest, please visit here. To speak with an Enrollment Advisor about the application process, please complete the form at the top of this page.

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