Earn Your Online MPH From GW’s Top-Ranked School of Public Health

No GRE Required

Milken Institute School of Public Health, ranked No. 12 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of best public health graduate schools, prepares public health professionals to make a difference in local, national and global communities.1

Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), our online Master of Public Health program, MPH@GW, offers you the opportunity to advance your public health career by earning a graduate degree from a top-ranked school — without having to relocate to GW’s campus in Washington, D.C.

Master of Public Health Online Program Options

MPH@GW offers several program options to accommodate your individual needs. You can advance your career in public health by enrolling as a full-time student in our accelerated, one-year online Master of Public Health program option. Alternatively, you have the option to complete coursework part time and customize your program track to your personal and professional commitments. Learn more about our program options below.

One-Year Master of Public Health Accelerated Program

GW offers an intensive, one-year MPH online that requires you to enroll on a full-time basis and take an average of 11.5 credits per quarter. If you qualify for this accelerated program, you will experience the same curriculum as GW’s other online MPH programs.

18-Month Master of Public Health Accelerated Program

GW offers an intensive 18-month, online MPH program option that requires you to take an average of 7.5 credits per quarter. If you qualify for this accelerated, 18-month program, you will not be able to work on a full-time basis while enrolled. However, you may be able to work part time.

Customizable Master of Public Health Program

In addition to the accelerated program options, you can choose to earn your MPH online on a full-time or part-time basis over the course of two, three, four or five years. The curriculum for each of these program options is the same; the only difference is the number of courses you will take each semester.

With our online MPH program, you will connect with GW faculty in live, virtual classes, learn from your peers’ diverse experiences in the health care field and network in-person with established professionals. Throughout your entire online master’s in public health experience, you will have access to a wide range of dedicated support services, including personalized assistance throughout the application process; technical, academic and career guidance throughout your time as a student; and lifelong connections to more than 270,000 fellow GW graduates around the world.

Which Program Option Is Right for You?

For more information about our one-year program, 18-month program or customizable program options, request information today.

Online MPH Admissions

Improve public health across cultures and communities with MPH@GW. The online MPH degree program is designed for professionals and recent graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. GRE scores are not required for admission. You may submit your test scores if you feel they will strengthen your application.

Our online master’s in public health program offers start dates four times per year, in January, April, July and September. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit your application by the priority application deadline in order to receive priority review and an application fee waiver. Contact an Admissions Counselor at Phone Number: 855-674-2849 or e-mail us before submitting your application for more information regarding the application fee waiver.

MPH@GW is guaranteeing a tuition scholarship of $10,000 to students who are accepted and enrolled into the September 2020 cohort. Our Admissions Counselors are available to answer questions on this scholarship and assist you throughout the entire application process. Request information below and an Admissions Counselor will contact you.

The Final Deadline is
August 7, 2020

MPH@GW Academics

Online MPH Program Elective Courses

With MPH@GW, you can customize your education to your career interests and aspirations. You may choose to concentrate your electives on one of six areas of public health below, or select courses from a range of public health areas to design a personalized, holistic MPH education.

Explore these areas of public health for detailed information about the fields of interest, career paths, and course options for each area.

Global Health

Tackle important global health issues by contributing to the development, implementation and evaluations of policies at the local, national, regional and international levels. If you are interested in global health, you can select from several elective courses, including:

  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs
  • Global Health Frameworks
  • Global Health Diplomacy
  • Public Health in Complex Emergencies

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Health Policy

Improve public health and health services domestically and globally by advancing innovative and effective health policy education, research and implementation. If you are interested in health policy, you can select from several elective courses, including:

  • Public Health Leadership Seminar
  • Public Health Law
  • Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Prescription Drugs, Policy and Public Health

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Environmental and Occupational Health

Examine global environmental and occupational health topics, such as reducing the spread of infectious diseases, promoting the health and safety of workers and analyzing the social factors that contribute to healthy communities. If you are interested in environmental and occupational health, you can select from several elective courses, including:

  • 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

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Epidemiology and Public Health Research Methods

Analyze data and conduct research to improve disease prevention and treatment across communities and develop a thorough understanding of public health patterns and trends. If you are interested in epidemiology and public health research methods, you can select from several elective courses, including:

  • Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • Global Child Health
  • Global Vaccinology
  • Epidemiologic Based Strategies for Global Infectious Disease Control

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Health Communication

Advance public health objectives by using communication and marketing as strategic tools to influence people, places and environmental conditions. If you are interested in health communication, you can select from several elective courses, including:

  • 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

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Program Planning and Evaluation

Assess, implement, manage and evaluate health promotions, interventions and education programs and communicate your findings to other health professionals and the public. If you are interested in program planning and evaluation, you can select from several elective courses, including:

  • 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

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The Online MPH Practicum Experience

As an MPH@GW student, you will complete a planned and supervised, in-field practicum at a local, national or international organization. A valuable component of GW’s Master of Public Health curriculum, the practicum enables you to address real public health challenges and apply what you are learning in the classroom directly to the field.

GW has formed valuable partnerships with organizations and affiliated preceptors across the United States and around the world. We encourage you to be proactive and creative as you research and work with us to secure the best practicum site for your interests. Examples of practicum settings include:

  • Federal and state health agencies
  • Health care start-ups
  • Health service delivery organizations
  • International development organizations
  • Nonprofits
  • Policy institutes
  • Think tanks
  • Volunteer health agencies

“I was exposed to the impressive cadre of diverse individuals who work in the CDC’s Washington office. Each of the staff have a portfolio of different centers with whom they communicate to ensure the advancement of public health activities through a robust policy strategy, involving members of Congress, partner organizations, community stakeholder groups and other agencies. Being able to engage with the staff was a highlight of my practicum and overall MPH experience.” - Priyanka Surio, MPH@GW Graduate | Practicum Site: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington, D.C.

“My favorite part of practicum was getting some real-world experience. I’ve been a student my entire life — with minimal public health practice — so this was a wonderful time for me to get my hands dirty in epidemiology and in state and local public health endeavors.”- Stephanie Melquist, MPH@GW Graduate | Practicum Site: North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Disease Control

Request Information About the Online MPH

Learn more about the MPH@GW academic experience by requesting information today.

Washington, D.C.: The Hub of Health Policy

GW’s Milken Institute SPH is the only public health school in our nation’s capital. As an online MPH student, you will benefit from GW’s faculty, who are respected experts working actively in the field, and GW’s location in Washington, D.C., the nexus of public policy and global health advocacy.

Our Mission: Through our commitment to excellence in scholarship, we advance the health of populations in our local, national and global communities by providing the best public health educational experience to foster the next generation of public health leaders.

An Online Master’s Degree From One of the Nation’s Top Schools of Public Health

Strong communities are the foundation of public health and the Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) is committed to the outreach, service, training and research efforts necessary to build them. With robust academics and online and on-campus learning opportunities, the school aims to directly affect the well-being of the world’s people.

Join a Diverse Student Community

“I love the range of knowledge that comes from having such a widespread population of students. Everyone from physicians to political science majors — I enjoy the discussions we get into in class, where everyone brings a unique viewpoint!” - Alicia Day, MPH@GW Student

World-Class Faculty

GW’s faculty members are passionate about training and mentoring future public health leaders. Outside of the classroom, they are influencing the field of public health in the United States and worldwide, conducting cutting-edge research and testifying on Capitol Hill.


Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and the MPH@GW program are fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation by CEPH ensures that Master of Public Health (MPH) programs consistently provide high quality education that includes opportunities for collaboration and innovation for future public health professionals.

At GW, we are committed to empowering underserved populations and advancing the health of communities around the globe.

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How Can You Make a Difference in the Public Health Field?

The coming years will be a critical time for the public health and health care industry. There is a growing need for leaders, scientists, researchers and practitioners in the heath care field that can be attributed, in part, to recent technological advances transforming the profession and various public health crises emerging worldwide. This growing need for leaders, scientists, researchers and practitioners in the field can be attributed, in part, to recent technological advances transforming the profession and various public health crises emerging worldwide.

Public Health Issues Across the U.S.

It’s important for aspiring public health professionals to study and understand the prevalent health challenges being addressed in different regions of the country. Find out how earning an MPH online with GW can help you combat public health issues in the following cities:

Potential Careers in Public Health

By broadening your knowledge of local, national and global public health practices, an MPH will help you learn core competencies and acquire the skills needed to be an effective leader in the public health field. Graduates with a Master of Public Health degree may be interested in the following careers:

  • Health and safety engineer
  • Emergency management director
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Health educator
  • Communications and advocacy officer
  • Health psychologist
  • Health insurance specialist
  • Policy analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Grant writer

Are You Ready to Become a Public Health Leader?

Advance your career in public health with the online MPH program from GW. Request information today.

1 Best Public Health Schools, U.S. News and World Report (2019) Return to footnote reference
2 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm (February 13, 2018) Return to footnote reference