MPH@GW is the online Master of Public Health (MPH) program offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. The Milken Institute SPH brings together the fields of medicine, business and health policy to develop professionals with the skills and knowledge to tackle complex global health challenges.

MPH@GW emphasizes local, national and global health practice as well as interdisciplinary teaching. The curriculum focuses on building your core competencies and skills utilizing coursework and case materials from both the U.S. and abroad. Students have the opportunity to tailor their curriculum to their personal and professional preferences through a number of elective areas, or take a generalist approach to their education.

MPH@GW is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Curriculum Highlights

The MPH@GW curriculum is designed to prepare you to take on the complex and ever-changing health issues facing our society. Hands-on experiences are built into the curriculum so that you have the opportunity to apply your didactic, case-based education in real-world settings.

Students have the option to complete coursework on a part-time or full-time basis.

The curriculum is composed of 45 credits:

  • 15
    Core Public
    Health Course Credits
  • 15-17
    Course Credits
  • 9-11
    Elective Courses
  • 2
  • 2
    Culminating Experience

Courses are traditionally taught in 10-week modules across the calendar year (four modules per year). MPH@GW offers 12-month and 18-month accelerated track programs. In addition, you may choose to earn your MPH online in two, three or four years.

Learn more about MPH@GW through our frequently asked questions (PDF, 249KB), 2019 academic calendar (PDF, 74KB) and 2020 academic calendar (91KB).

Learn more about our program offerings through our plans of study: one year plan of study (PDF, 185KB), 1.5 year plan of study (PDF, 186KB), two years plan of study (PDF, 187KB), 2.5 years plan of study (PDF, 204KB), and three years plan of study (PDF, 185KB).

Choose Your Elective Courses

MPH@GW allows you to select one of six elective options, giving you the flexibility to design a holistic MPH education tailored around your professional aspirations. Alternatively, you have the option to take a general approach and enroll in classes from each elective area.

As a student, you can customize your curriculum by selecting courses from the following elective areas:

Environmental and Occupational Health

Epidemiology and Public Health Research Methods

Global Health

Health Communication

Health Policy

Program Planning and Evaluation

  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Health Communication
  • Health Policy
  • Program Planning and Evaluation

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Real World Experience

As a student, you’ll complete both practicum and culminating experiences, giving you the opportunity to apply classroom principles to real-world situations. These experiences enrich your academic portfolio, offer hands-on learning experiences and foster collaboration and networking with health care leaders and peers.


The MPH@GW practicum empowers you to address real-life public health challenges, taking what you learn in the classroom and applying it to problems in your community or around the world. You can choose to complete your practicum at a local, national or international organization and tailor your practicum project to your area of interest.

We partner with more than 700 practice sites and affiliated preceptors, and you’re encouraged to be highly proactive and creative as you research where you would like to complete your practicum. 

Examples of practicum settings include:

  • International development organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Policy institutes
  • Think tanks
  • State legislative committees
  • Public and private secondary schools

MPH@GW offers working professionals with three or more years of public health experience (prior to matriculation) the option to petition for a practicum waiver. You can request to waive and replace the practicum with two additional elective credits. Requests to waive and replace the practicum must be submitted within your first two terms.

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience (CE) synthesizes the knowledge and skills you gain in your coursework and applies it to a community public health issue. You can select an issue that you explored during your practicum experience, or you can choose an entirely different public health challenge. With MPH@GW, you can customize the CE to meet your unique interests and needs.

As an MPH@GW student, you must complete one of the three CE options: 

Critical Analysis Project

Analyze your chosen issue through a full survey of published research. You may compare and contrast existing research, explore contradictions in published research or explore underlying factors contributing to your issue.

Program Plan

Develop a program plan that outlines an evidence-based intervention in a public health issue. You must address all relevant components of a public health program plan, including community profile, epidemiology profile, landscape scan, cultural analysis, program intervention, and budget and evaluation plan.

Research Project

Conduct research to address your chosen public health topic. You have two options for presenting the report: a full written report or a submission for publication of the research report to a public health journal of your choice.

Note: The CE consists of two 1-credit courses and is taken during your final two terms of the program. You are required to complete your core courses and complete or currently be registered for Practicum (PubH 6014) prior to enrolling in the Culminating Experience Part 1 course.

Learn more about the program competencies you will possess upon completion of the MPH@GW program.

Our Online Student Experience

The online campus acts as your virtual suite of academic and communication tools.

Attend live classes of approximately 15 students on a weekly basis that encourage in-depth discussion among students living all over the country.

Access faculty-curated coursework at any time, giving you the freedom to complete engaging assignments at your own pace between live classes.

Communicate face-to-face with faculty and fellow students, through breakout groups and one-on-one office hours, to discuss course content and collaborate on group projects.

As a student, you will have access to the Milken Institute School of Public Health resources, including library access, live events, the Student Handbook and the University Bulletin.

Live classes are hosted via HD streaming video which brings students and faculty together in real time. Classroom layouts can be adapted for the specific needs of each course and feature engaging sharing tools like live chats, breakout rooms, polling and annotation.

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Gain Global Access to Hundreds of Workspaces

When you become an online MPH student, you’ll receive a virtual passport that grants you access to WeWork’s global network of more than 450 workspaces in over 90 cities.

Perfect for the traveling public health professional, each space is equipped with on-site amenities, including Wi-Fi, printers, office supplies, kitchen space and coffee. Use these spaces to attend class, meet with classmates and connect with other professionals in the area, no matter where you are.

Blended Learning

As an MPH@GW student, you have the option to take up to 15 credits at the George Washington University campus in the heart of Washington, D.C. — the epicenter of health policy networking and advocacy. This mix of online learning and in-person experience comes together to create a dynamic and interactive curriculum structure.

The core curriculum is the same and taught by the same GW faculty who teach on campus, and you’ll work with the same adviser regardless of the mode of delivery.


Our world-class faculty members are passionate about training and mentoring the next generation of public health leaders. Outside of the classroom, they are conducting cutting-edge research, testifying on Capitol Hill, and influencing public health both in the United States and around the globe. Members of our faculty have worked at organizations such as the World Health Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.

Class Profile

MPH@GW students are diverse, intelligent and dedicated individuals from various educational and professional backgrounds.

States Represented
Countries Represented






Have Advanced Degrees

Have 5+ Years of Work Experience

Average Undergrad GPA

  • 47 States Represented
  • 21 Countries Represented
  • 79% Female
  • 21% Male
  • 57% Historically Underrepresented1
  • 30% Have Advanced Degrees
  • 38% Have 5+ Years of Work Experience
  • 3.26 Average Undergrad GPA

The information above reflects enrolled online students as of October 2018.

1 African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Return to footnote reference