Master of Public Health Generalist (online)


The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program provides students with a breadth of knowledge, subject-specific expertise, specialized skills, and a powerful global network. MPH students benefit from an innovative curriculum that employs unique educational experiences beyond the virtual classroom. The MPH program is designed to teach analytical and quantitative methods, as well as cultivate problem-solving skills and the application of public health training in real-world situations.  

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Generalist field of study is a part-time, online program designed for working professionals with broad public health interests. 


  • Abbreviation: MPH-GEN 
  • Degree format: Online 
  • Time commitment: Part-time 
  • Average program length: 2 years part-time
  • Weekly expectations: Average 15–20 hours/week of work, involving asynchronous lectures, individual and group projects, and homework assignments 
  • Estimated cohort size: 50 students 
  • Start term: Fall 

Admission information

Eligibility requirements

In general, applicants for the MPH Generalist must have one of the following: 

  • A bachelor’s degree plus five or more years of relevant health experience.   
  • A master’s degree in a health-related field—for example, MSN, MSW, MBA (the strongest applicants will have at least two years of relevant work experience following completion of the degree).  
  • A prior doctoral degree—for example, MD, DO, DMD, DDS, PhD, SD, JD—or equivalent. 

Current medical and dental students are not eligible for the MPH Generalist program. 

Application requirements

All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS – the centralized application for schools and programs of public health. In addition to the application, applicants must submit:

  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Official test scores (not required/not reviewed)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resumé/curriculum vitae
  • Post-secondary transcripts or mark sheets (World Education Services credential evaluation for applicants with degrees from outside of the United States.)
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS), if applicable

Learn more about the application process.

Application deadline