MPH@GW is the online Master of Public Health program from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health — ranked the No. 12 best public health graduate school in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report.
Our online MPH program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The program is designed to empower aspiring public health leaders to make a difference in local, national and global communities. MPH@GW offers the same world-class faculty, admissions requirements and academic standards as GW’s on-campus program.
As an MPH@GW student, you’ll:
Establish connections with influential public health movers and shakers who are on the front lines of policy and advocacy in D.C.
Learn to respond to the growing needs of your community, and society at large, through analytical research and in-person practicums at well-established health organizations.
Gain unique perspectives from fellow students who are diverse, intelligent and dedicated professionals from a variety of backgrounds.
Design your curriculum to reflect your specific public health interests and aspirations.
Online MPH Program Options
GW proudly offers flexible program options that allow you to complete the program anywhere between 12 months and five years. Each program option covers the same rigorous curriculum, but you can choose the track that best suits your goals.
One-Year Accelerated Online MPH Program
This intensive 12-month completion track offers 11.5 credits per quarter. Given the accelerated nature of this option, you will not be permitted to work while enrolled. Learn more about it.
18-Month Accelerated Online MPH Program
Offering 7.5 credits per quarter, the 18-month completion track enables you to work part time (roughly 20 hours a week) while enrolled.
Personalized Online MPH Program
Customize your program track to fit your personal and professional goals. Earn your MPH online on a full-time or part-time basis over the course of two, three, four or five years.
GRE scores are not required for admission. You may submit your test scores if you feel they will strengthen your application.
Find Out If MPH@GW Is Right for You
Whether you want to build upon your current career or take a new path forward, GW’s online MPH can prepare you for leadership in the public health field.
Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), MPH@GW offers a 45-credit program designed to help you develop the skills and real-world experience required to lead public health initiatives.
To address the multifaceted and ever-changing landscape of public health, MPH@GW is built to give you complete control of your MPH. You can take a comprehensive curricular path or concentrate your elective courses in one particular focus area.
Online MPH Program Focus Areas
With MPH@GW, you have the option to select elective courses based on your personal goals and interests. Specialize in one of six subject areas or take a more generalist, holistic approach.
Address important global health issues by developing, implementing and evaluating policies at the local, national, regional and international levels. Learn how to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations in low- and middle-income environments. Courses include:
- Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
- Global Health Frameworks
- Global Health Diplomacy
- Public Health in Complex Emergencies
Environmental and Occupational Health
Research and influence global environmental and occupational health by reducing the spread of dangerous diseases, enhancing the well-being of workers and analyzing the societal factors that comprise healthy populations. Courses include:
- Climate Change and Social Change
- Researching Climate Change and Public Health
- Global Environmental and Occupational Health
- Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
Study complex data sets and leverage research to influence disease response and treatment at the local and national levels. Investigate patterns and trends throughout populations and create strategies to improve society’s health. Courses Include:
- Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
- Global Child Health
- Global Vaccinology
- Epidemiologic Based Strategies for Global Infectious Disease Control
Spearhead beneficial public health initiatives through marketing and communication campaigns. Use strategy to influence populations, geographical locations and environmental circumstances. Courses include:
- Community Engagement and Advocacy
- Social and Behavior Change Communication in Middle- to Low-Income Countries
- Social Marketing: Theory and Practice
- Marketing Research for Public Health
Strategize, design and create public health initiatives through legislation and marketing. Collaborate with health specialists and experts to lead the implementation of health strategies aimed at enhancing health systems worldwide. Courses include:
- Public Health Leadership Seminar
- Public Health Law
- Law, Medicine and Ethics
- Prescription Drugs, Policy and Public Health
Program Planning and Evaluation
Evaluate, initiate and oversee health interventions and education programs within a wide range of public health sectors. Communicate research and findings to the public and other health professionals. Courses include:
- Design, Monitoring and Evaluation of Sexual and Reproductive Health Programming in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
- Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
- Cost Effectiveness in Health Promotion Programs
- Researching Violence Against Women and Girls
Online MPH Practicum
The practicum and culminating experiences enable you to apply classroom principles to a real-world environment. You can choose to complete your practicum in your own community or study abroad. GW offers its established partnerships with more than 700 affiliated preceptors as you search for the perfect fit.
Examples of practicum settings include:
- Federal and state health agencies
- Health care start-ups
- Health service delivery organizations
- International development organizations
- Policy institutes
- Think tanks
- Volunteer health agencies
Speak With an Admissions Counselor
MPH@GW Admissions Counselors are available to help you figure out which focus area works best with your goals. They can also assist you with your application and keep you up-to-date on important deadlines and events.
The George Washington University’s online Master of Public Health program, MPH@GW, seeks aspiring public health leaders who are ambitious about addressing complex health care challenges.
MPH@GW offers program start dates four times per year, typically in January, April, July and September. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about start dates and deadlines.
Online MPH Application Requirements
To apply to MPH@GW, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. GRE scores are not required for admission, however these scores can be provided to supplement previous academic and work experience.
To complete your application, you must submit the following:
- Online application
- Application fee
- Statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
- Resume or CV
Application and Program Support
Our support team can provide you with the resources you need to learn about the program and submit your application. Admissions Counselors, Academic Advisors and Student Success Specialists are available to assist you from the moment you request information up until you graduate.
Our program support specialist can help you:
- fill out and submit your application
- understand your financial aid options
- learn about the online student experience
- explore the curriculum and academic coursework
- find out if the program fits your professional goals
If you meet the above requirements and have all the information you need, we invite you to start your application.
Bringing together the fields of medicine, business and education, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree can open the door to a breadth of career path options in many segments of the health care industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a growing demand for skilled health care professionals. Employment of health care occupations is projected to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs.1 MPH@GW prepares you to meet this growing demand. Learn more about MPH@GW. Request information here.
What Can I Do With an MPH?
Health Care Policy Analyst — Health Policy
Health care policy analysts research complicated health policy problems and formulate subsequent recommendations for reform.
Community Outreach Program Manager — Health Communication
Managers of community outreach programs coordinate and supervise health-related programs and community organizations. They manage staff that provide health-related services to the general public.
Project Manager — Global Health
Project managers oversee all aspects of a project and work to ensure that a health initiative is reaching and exceeding its goals. Project managers are integral to the success of global health projects.
Medical Director — Program Planning and Evaluation
Medical directors are doctors who manage other doctors and medical employees while ensuring projects and organizations operate effectively.
Infection and Injury Prevention Specialist — Epidemiology
Infection and injury prevention specialists conduct research to chart infection and injury trends in populations. They then communicate prevention strategies with the public, hospitals, corporations and more.
Environmental Health Officer — Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental health officers work with the federal, state or local government to ensure that companies and organizations are complying with relevant laws.
Prepare for Your Ideal Career With GW
Designed to help you become a leader in public health, MPH@GW gives you the tools and options to pursue the career of your choice.
Ready to enhance the health and wellness of communities around the world? Submit your application today.