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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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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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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%)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.“READ FULL PROFILE
“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.“READ FULL PROFILE
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.READ FULL PROFILE
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.READ FULL PROFILE
“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.“READ FULL PROFILE
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.READ FULL PROFILE
“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.“READ FULL PROFILE
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.
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.
You can work in a variety of settings, including health care delivery and administration, government organizations and nonprofits.
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.
Our online MPH degree is eligible for federal loans.
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
Our advisors, faculty and support staff will help you from admission through graduation. Help is always just an email, chat or phone call away.