As an MPH@GW student, you will enroll in core public health courses (15 credits), program-specific courses (15-17 credits) and electives (9-11 credits). The total 45-credit degree program also includes a practicum (2 credits) and a culminating experience (2 credits) in which you apply your didactic education in a real-world setting.

MPH@GW courses are taught in 10-week modules across the calendar year (four modules per year). Each course is designed to deliver the required credit hours within the 10-week module format, with existing courses being formatted to meet this requirement.

Core Public Health Courses

You will begin your MPH@GW program by taking the core MPH courses, which focus on building expertise and understanding of essential public health principles. Full-time students and students enrolled in the one-year program should plan to take 6001 and 6003 in the first module and complete all core courses within the first three modules.

Program-Specific Courses

Following your core courses, you will complete elective courses that focus on individual public health areas of interest.

Elective Courses

You may focus your electives on one of the six focus areas, or select courses from a range of focus areas to design a more holistic MPH education.

All core public health courses must be completed before program-specific courses; all program-specific classes must be completed prior to elective courses.

The practicum course should be started before enrolling in the culminating experience course. The culminating experience course is to be completed in the last two quarters of the program.

Some elective classes do have prerequisites. Please read the course descriptions carefully and check with your academic advisor if you have any questions.