Master of Public Health

Classes Start October 28

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to challenge and change the way you think about the health of population groups, while preparing you to lead projects and teams that implement solutions for a diverse range of public health programs and policies.

Whether you are new to public health or are an existing healthcare professional, Chamberlain’s MPH degree program can help position you to reach your goals.

  • Responsive and engaged faculty
  • Earn in as few as 4 semesters* with accelerated study
  • 100% online coursework available 24/7
  • No GRE or entrance exams

*Written approval is required by program director for accelerated, 4-semester option; 6 semesters with year-round, full-time study.

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MPH at a Glance

  • Work with communities and populations throughout the world
  • Lead projects and teams that implement solutions for a diverse range of public health programs and policies
  • Become a leadership change agent
  • Improve health outcomes at the population and community level
  • Make a lasting difference

¹Center for Disease Control
*Some careers may require several years of experience in addition to educational credentials.

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What is Public Health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and inquiry prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases¹. Public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations through the prevention of illness and disease and the promotion of positive health outcomes.

Public health practitioners work with communities and populations throughout the world to promote healthy living and to prevent community health problems such as disease, poverty, health access disparities and violence. The MPH degree program prepares you for a variety of roles* including:

Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental Health Specialist
Health Policy Advisor
Health Policy Advisor
Disease Investigator
Disease Investigator
Global Health Professional
Global Health Professional
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What will I learn?

The interdisciplinary coursework draws on systems thinking knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, including research, epidemiology, leadership, public health policy, environmental science, health promotion and communication.

  • Accelerated, Full-Time and Part-Time options are available
  • Work with a public health professional and focus on an area of public health of your choice
  • Earn your MPH on your time with no mandatory lecture or login times and no group grades
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Fieldwork Practicum
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What will my courses look like?

The MPH degree program is designed to prepare students to become public health practitioners who work with communities and populations throughout the world to promote healthy living and prevent community health problems such as disease, poverty, health access disparities and violence. The coursework draws on systems thinking knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines. The purpose of the MPH program is to prepare graduates to become leadership change agents improving health outcomes at the population and community level.

At the end of the MPH program, you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned into practice through a two-part fieldwork practicum opportunity. During this time you will work with a public health professional of your choice and you will have the opportunity to focus on an area of public health that interests you. This allows you to synthesize and demonstrate what you have learned in a practical setting and to contribute to meaningful change in public health outcomes.

Take the next influential step in your career and earn a Master of Public Health degree in as few as 6 semesters* from Chamberlain University.

The online MPH coursework provides a scientific and practical base for public health practice.

Coursework includes:

  • Quantitative methods in public health (biostatistics)
  • Epidemiology
  • Leadership and emotional intelligence
  • Healthcare policy
  • Community activism and program development
  • Behavioral and social aspects of public health (the social determinants of health)
  • Environmental health
  • Cultural competency and health communication

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Why MPH?

The Master of Public Health degree can be applied in a variety of settings and positions

  • Health officer
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Disease investigator
  • Public health educator
  • Public health information officer
  • Public health analyst
  • Public health policy coordinator
  • Public health emergency preparedness and response coordinator
  • Global health professional
  • Research analyst
  • Health policy advisor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community health worker
  • Biostatistician
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Policy advisor

Healthcare professionals with advanced training (i.e. physicians, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, safety engineers) may find that the MPH degree will add value to their professional practice as they seek to enhance their skills with different populations and communities.

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We strive to build a culture of health, equipping extraordinary health professionals with the values, behaviors and knowledge base required not only to succeed but drive healthcare forward.

Dr. Kia James

EdD, MPH, RN, MPH Program Director


How do I get in?

It is strongly recommended that completed applications, along with any supporting materials for admission, be submitted as early as possible. Applications are accepted throughout the year for our summer, fall or spring semesters. Prospective students must complete an application and interview with a Chamberlain admission representative. They must also provide documentation of previous education. When all admission requirements are fulfilled, applicants are notified in writing of their admission status.

Admission Requirements

Chamberlain University looks for candidates with the following qualifications for admission to the Master of Public Health program:

  • A degree at the bachelor’s level or higher from an institution accredited by either a regional accrediting agency or an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degrees earned from non-U.S. schools will be considered based on evaluation of transcripts by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.(NACES) approved evaluating agency
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale based on 9 or more semester hours of graduate coursework

Request more information or call (877) 751-5783 to speak with an admission representative for detailed information regarding admission requirements.

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    Tuition & Expenses

    What types of financial assistance are available?

    MPH Program Costs

    Chamberlain provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that's one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid. 

    View tuition and expenses information for the MPH degree program.

    Financial Aid Options

    Chamberlain partners with healthcare institutions, community colleges and associations to provide accessible educational opportunities for healthcare professionals. Check to see if you qualify for a group-specific tuition rate because of your association with one of our healthcare partners.

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    Our admission representatives can help you find out what financial options are available to you.

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    Accreditation, State Authorizations & Approvals

    Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Chamberlain University is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. The accreditation review will address the generalist Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review. Council on Education for Public Health is located at 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910,

    Chamberlain’s application for CEPH accreditation of the MPH program was accepted on October 7, 2017. While future accreditation is not guaranteed, if accreditation is granted, the date of initial accreditation will be either the date on which our application was accepted by the Council (October 7, 2017) or the date on which the most recent extension of the applicant status was granted, if applicable, whichever occurs later. The Council assigns the date of initial accreditation during the Council meeting at which the accreditation decision is made. Entry into the process and acceptance of an application are not a guarantee of initial accreditation.