Earn Your Online MPH in One Year with GW

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Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)


No. 12 ranked school of public health1

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. MPH@GW offers you a one-year online MPH program option in which you can complete coursework on a part-time or full-time basis. You will also have the opportunity to tailor your curriculum track according to your personal and professional preferences.

As a student, you can select from the following accelerated program tracks:

One-Year Accelerated Track

  • 60-80 hours of weekly course work
  • Not permitted to be employed during program
  • Undergrad GPA above 3.5 required

18-Month
Accelerated Track

  • 40-60 hours of weekly course work
  • Can work up to 20 hours/week during program
  • On average above a 3.5 undergrad GPA

Find out which accelerated program track is right for you.

One-Year Program Details

MPH@GW offers an intensive online, 12-month accelerated program that requires students to take an average of 11.5 credits per quarter. The curriculum for this online one-year MPH program is the same as the traditional GW online and on-campus Master of Public Health programs. Given the demanding course load, students approved for this program track are not permitted to work while enrolled. Accelerated candidates must be fully admitted to the MPH@GW program (i.e., provisionally admitted students may not pursue the one-year program). Additionally, candidates must also receive approval from the Program Director to pursue this 12-month MPH program.


18-Month Program Details

MPH@GW also offers an intensive online, 18-month accelerated program that requires students to take an average of 7.5 credits per quarter. The curriculum for this online one-and-half year MPH program is the same as the traditional GW online and on-campus Master of Public Health programs. Given the demanding course load, students approved for this program are not permitted to work more than part-time while enrolled. Accelerated candidates must be fully admitted to the MPH@GW program (i.e., provisionally admitted students may not pursue the one-and-a-half-year program). Additionally, candidates must also receive approval from the Program Director to pursue this 18-month MPH program.


Accelerated MPH Details

Curriculum

Both online accelerated MPH tracks — the one-year and 18-month options — mirror the on-campus degree in their requirements. These include:

  • 17 core public health course credits
  • 10 program-specific course credits
  • 16 elective course credits
  • 2 culminating experience credits

Elective Tracks

One of the top benefits of earning your MPH online with GW is the ability to generalize the degree and then customize your curriculum with our elective options — which is why we’ve incorporated them into every program completion track. Our electives cover a wide variety of focus areas and allow you to tailor your learnings to your specific interests and career aspirations.


Sample Course Schedule

Below are sample course schedules for our one-year and 18-month options. These schedules can help you decide which courses to take during which quarter.

1 Year, Accelerated

Quarter 1
Sample Course Schedule, 1 Year, Accelerated, Quarter 1
Course Credits
Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health (6011) 3
Fundamentals of Health Policy: Public Health and Healthcare (6012) 2
Principles and Practice of Epidemiology (6003) 3
Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health (6007) 2
Leading Self and Teams in Public Health (6021)2
Quarter 2
Sample Course Schedule, 1 Year, Accelerated, Quarter 2
Course Credits
Biostatistical Applications for Public Health (6002) 3
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (6009) 2
Planning & Implementation of Health Promotion Programs (6500) 3
Elective  2
Managing Organizations & Influencing Systems in Public Health (6022)2 1
Quarter 3
Sample Course Schedule, 1 Year, Accelerated, Quarter 3
Course Credits
Comparative Global Health Systems (6442) 2
Practical Data Management & Analysis (6052) 2
Introduction to Public Health Communications & Marketing (6503) 3
Elective 3
Culminating Experience I (6060) 1
Quarter 4
Sample Course Schedule, 1 Year, Accelerated, Quarter 4
Course Credits
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 2
Culminating Experience II (6061) 1

Total Credits: (All Courses)45

2 Note: In PUBH 6021 and PUBH 6022, the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) will be introduced and guidelines and tools for fulfilling this requirement will be provided. Upon completion of the 120 hour required Practicum, students will receive credit for PUBH 6022. PUBH 6021 must be completed in the first term of enrollment.

1.5 Years, Accelerated

Quarter 1
Sample Course Schedule, 1.5 Years, Accelerated, Quarter 1
Course Credits
Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health (6011)
3
Principles and Practice of Epidemiology (6003)
3
Leading Self and Teams in Public Health (6021)3
1
Quarter 2
Sample Course Schedule, 1.5 Years, Accelerated, Quarter 2
Course Credits
Biostatistical Applications for Public Health (6002) 3
Fundamentals of Health Policy: Public Health and Healthcare (6012)
2
Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health (6007)
2
Quarter 3
Sample Course Schedule, 1.5 Years Accelerated, Quarter 3
Course Credits
Planning & Implementation of Health Promotion Programs (6500)
3
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation (6009)
2
Practical Data Management & Analysis (6052) 2
Quarter 4
Sample Course Schedule, 1.5 Years Accelerated, Quarter 4
Course Credits
Elective 2
Introduction to Public Health Communications & Marketing (6503)  3
Managing Organizations & Influencing Systems in Public Health (6022)3 1
Elective 3
Quarter 5
Sample Course Schedule, 1.5 Years Accelerated, Quarter 5
Course Credits
Comparative Global Health Systems (6442) 2
Elective 2
Elective 3
Culminating Experience I (6060) 1
Quarter 6
Sample Course Schedule, 1.5 Years, Accelerated, Quarter 6
Course Credits
Culminating Experience II (6061)  1
Elective 2
Elective 2
Elective 2

Total Credits: (All Courses)45

3 Note: In PUBH 6021 and PUBH 6022, the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) will be introduced and guidelines and tools for fulfilling this requirement will be provided. Upon completion of the 120 hour required Practicum, students will receive credit for PUBH 6022. PUBH 6021 must be completed in the first term of enrollment.


Additional Program Options

In addition to the accelerated online programs, you can choose to earn your MPH online over the course of two, three, four or five years. The curriculum for each of these program tracks is the same — the only difference being the amount of courses taken per semester. You have to up to five years to complete the degree.

1 U.S. News & World Report, Best Public Health Graduate Schools 2019 Return to footnote reference