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Master of Public Health

Our online Master of Public Health degree will empower you to provide solutions that improve the quality of life for people through blending public policy, research, and population health sciences. We are a top-ranked online Public Health program aligned with an award-winning academic medical center focused on research and patient care. Engage with our supportive Public Health faculty experts to gain the knowledge and the skills you need to understand timely real-world health priorities and the methodologies to work toward solving them.

Our 42-credit, online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, developed in collaboration with the Larner College of Medicine, prepares you for a number of Public Health careers. Our program helps students explore timely public health and policy issues while providing a strong foundation in population health sciences. The program leads to a Generalist MPH degree focused on excellence in Environmental Public Health, Epidemiology, Quantitative Public Health Sciences, and Health Policy, Leadership, and Advocacy. Our graduates are well-rounded and you will be prepared to grow your career in the area of Public Health of most interest to you.

Full-time students can complete the MPH within two years and part-time students have up to five years to complete the program. Students who start the MPH in the summer session can complete the program in four semesters.

Empowering You to Make a Difference in Public Health

Public health is a dynamic and challenging, multidisciplinary field blending public policy, research, and population health sciences. The focus of public health is on promoting health and preventing disease among entire populations. Our Master of Public Health generalist degree gives you many options for career paths. If you enjoy research and improving the quality of life for people then this is the field for you. There are over 20 major fields of study and five core disciplines:

Behavioral Science/Health Education

You enjoy working closely with people on initiatives to improve their health.

Example positions:

  • Director of a Human Services Organization
  • Asthma Program Manager
  • Tobacco Control Program Manager

Biostatistics

You enjoy crunching numbers and interpreting scientific data related to Public Health.

Example positions:

  • Social Sciences Researcher
  • Infection Preventionist
  • Immunization Data Analyst

Environmental Health

You enjoy getting out into the field and improving environmental conditions that impact health.

Example positions:

  • New York City Research Scientist
  • Clean Air Manager
  • Natural Resources Defense Council Policy Advocate

Epidemiology

You enjoy a scientific approach to analyzing and investigating diseases in populations so that disease outbreaks can be prevented in the future.

Example positions:

  • Epidemiology Coordinator
  • Public Health Physician
  • Infection Preventionist

Health Services Administration

You enjoy combining policy, business, and science in order to deliver public health services.

Example positions:

  • Health Program Manager
  • Health Director
  • Deputy Director for Management & Operations, Global Health Task Force




The UVM online MPH degree prepares students to take on leadership roles in a variety of public health disciplines. We accept students with professional health and non-health backgrounds including:

  • Medical and public health professionals
  • Researchers
  • Graduate students
  • Clinicians
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Professionals and students with a variety of backgrounds
  • Graduate students preparing for advanced study at the doctoral level

Our program will help you further your goals by teaching you to:

  • Learn about policy and advocacy and their crucial role in improving health in many areas
  • Gain a population perspective to develop academic and practical skills to positively impact populations in communities, states, and entire countries
  • Research, evaluate, and improve the health of various populations
  • Work collaboratively with a network of professionals in healthcare, government agencies, and non-profit organizations
  • Navigate the levels of community resources to improve public health
  • Identify changes needed to improve healthcare systems and requirements for accountability within the healthcare system
  • Implement new models for population-based medical practice

The UVM online Master of Public Health curriculum was developed in collaboration with the Larner College of Medicine. Our 42-credit online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree prepares you for a number of Public Health careers. Our program helps students explore timely public health and policy issues while providing a strong foundation in population health sciences. Our program leads to a Generalist MPH degree focused on excellence in Environmental Public Health, Epidemiology, Quantitative Public Health Sciences, and Health Policy, Leadership, and Advocacy. Our graduates are well-rounded and you will be prepared to grow your career in the area of Public Health of most interest to you.

We take academics and our online MPH program seriously, expecting a certain level of performance from our students. Students enrolled in the program are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and meet all of the requirements of the Graduate College.

You can earn all program credits online, with the option to complete the culminating capstone project experience based on your home location. As a full-time student, you can complete the program within one or two years, or you can choose the flexibility of part-time study around your professional schedule.

The Online Master of Public Health degree requires 42 total credits and includes:

  • 18 credits in national competency core courses (6 courses)
  • 9 credits in required advanced core courses (3 courses)
  • 6 credits of required culminating (capstone) project experience
  • 9 elective course credits (3 courses)
MPH Required CORE Courses (planned schedule, subject to change) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH301 Public Health and Health Policy
PH302 Epidemiology I
PH303 Biostatistics I: Applied Research in Public Health
PH304 Environmental Public Health I
PH305 Policy, Organization, and Financing Health Care (or PH317)
PH317 Management in Health Services and Medical Care (or PH305)
Note: Only PH305 or PH317, not both.
PH306 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
MPH Required Advanced CORE Courses and Required Culminating Project Experience (planned schedule, subject to change) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH307 Epidemiology II PH302, PH303
PH308 Environmental Public Health II PH304
PH310 Public Health Law & Ethics
PH392 - Part 1 PH301, PH302, PH303 PH307 (co-requisite, may change)
PH392 - Part 2 (Spring immediately following PH392 Part 1)
PH392 – Part 3 (APE)
PH392 - Part 1
Regularly Scheduled Electives (typically offered every other year, schedule subject to change) Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH309 Public Health Biostatistics II PH303
PH311 Global Public Health
PH315 Public Health Surveillance (usually every other year) PH302
PH318 Improving Health of Patients and Populations
PH321 Controversies in Health Economics
PH324 Public Health Informatics
PH325 Investigating Disease Outbreaks
PH326 Legal Issues in Health Care
PH327 Climate Change and Public Health
PH329 Global Health Law, Ethics and Policy
Non-Scheduled Pop-Up Electives Fall Spring Summer Prerequisite Courses
PH312 Public Health and Food Systems
PH314 Environmental Risk and Risk Communication
PH319 Environmental Public Health Law & Ethics
PH322 One Health: Zoonoses
PH328 Epidemiology for Practice

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