From fighting infectious diseases to reducing health disparities, public health professionals across the globe face new challenges every day.

Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program provides the education you need to address public health issues, including:

  • A solid foundation in the core areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, and social and behavioral sciences.
  • A global perspective on public health, enriched by the experiences of students from all over the world.
  • Interactive and enhanced media that allow students to simulate real-world public health issues and solutions.
  • A cutting-edge online environment and curriculum featuring case studies on the latest public health issues.
  • A field experience designed for an immediate impact on your career and your community.

Reflecting Walden’s decades of commitment to positive social change, the master's in public health program prepares you to improve the health of communities and deal with health disparities within a wide range of settings.

How can a graduate degree in public health advance my career?

While it is possible to gain valuable experience working in the field, many public health careers require a graduate degree, such as a master's in public health, for entry or advancement.

A graduate degree in public health is a good investment if you want to:

  • Develop the leadership and communication skills needed to influence public health policies and programs.
  • Gain the multidisciplinary, global perspective required to address complex health issues.
  • Acquire the specialized expertise required to design and develop programs that address emerging public health challenges and breakthroughs.
  • Develop systematic approaches to eliminating disparities in underserved communities.

Master's Programs in Public Health

Master's Programs in Public HealthWalden offers both the Master of Public Health and M.S. in Health Education and Promotion.  View a comparison of the two programs.

Walden’s master's in public health program is part of one of the largest suites of public health programs available online today .  Along with a B.S. in Public Health and Ph.D. in Public Health, Walden provides public health professionals with a continuous path for career growth.

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Consistent with our commitment to continuous quality improvement, Walden University has designed the curriculum for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program to reflect the professional guidelines set forth by leading public health organizations.

Completion Requirements

  • 64 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (5 cr.)
    • Core courses (51 cr.)
    • Practicum and Capstone (8 cr.)
    • ePortfolio

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

The program’s courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.



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Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 64 total quarter credit hours  $445 per quarter hour $28,480
Books and Materials Estimated costs included $0
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $960
    Total $29,440
    Transfer up to 32 credits $14,720
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $14,720

Tuition Savings Available

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Transfer credits for your masters program

Public health is an exciting and rewarding field with a wide range of career opportunities. Whether you want to design and implement health programs, develop public health policy, administer public health services, or conduct research, Walden’s MPH program provides the expertise you need to advance your career and move into roles such as:

  • 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

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Who chooses a career in public health and why?

Public health is a wide field that attracts people from diverse educational and professional backgrounds—from mathematics undergrads who pursue careers in biostatistics to ecologists committed to protecting our environmental health to business people dedicated to improving health program administration.

Regardless of background or specialty, aspiring public health professionals are driven to make a broad, lasting impact on health, not only in their own communities but also all over the world.

What is the employment outlook for public health careers?

Depending upon your focus area, your public health career opportunities are expected to grow as fast or faster than the average for all other occupations in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are job growth projections and educational requirements for several major public health career categories*:

Public Health Occupation  Job Growth 2012–2022
Statistician 27% (Much faster than average)
Epidemiologist 10% (As fast as average)
Health educator or community health worker 21% (Faster than average)
Social worker 19% (Faster than average)
Medical and health services managers 23% (Much faster than average)

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,” on the Internet at (viewed online February 11, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. 

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

What is public health?

Public health is a multidisciplinary field focused on protecting and improving health and well-being within population groups—from your neighborhood to entire nations. Public health professionals take a proactive and preventive approach to health, working to improve health at the population level before illness or disaster strike rather than treating individuals after they become ill or injured.

While the field encompasses many academic disciplines, its core areas include:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental health
  • Public health administration
  • Social and behavioral sciences

Walden’s Master of Public Health program features:

  • A strong foundation in the core disciplines of public health.
  • A practice-oriented approach using real world examples and case studies.
  • Access to scholars and practitioners from government, health, and nonprofit sectors.
  • A practical fieldwork experience to apply your new knowledge.

When you choose Walden’s Master of Public Health program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, but it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s Master of Public Health program:

A Media-Rich Learning Environment

Explore the Master of Public Health’s engaging e-learning environment. Sophisticated online classrooms use graphics, animation, video, simulation, and other media to enhance your learning experience.

Meet Students and Alumni

Meet a few of the students and graduates of the MPH program. Their unique perspective on Walden and on this program can offer you a glimpse of what to expect from your student experience. These students and alumni offer insights into learning at Walden, applying the MPH in the real world, and how earning an MPH has helped them make a difference in the field of public health.

Lisa P. Stevens, M.D., M.P.H.“Walden taught me to look at things holistically and know that everything affects health. If I see someone who’s diabetic, for instance, I ask about the person’s diet or mood. I may involve a therapist in their treatment. As a result, I’ve enhanced integrative care and outreach programs within our center.”
Lisa P. Stevens, M.D.
Master of Public Health (MPH) Graduate

“The instructors are highly qualified and experts in their respective fields. There is always room for student-instructor interaction in order to succeed in the program. My exposure to courses like communication in public health, environmental health, biostatistics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, and research in public health revolutionized my concept about the MPH program.”
Edward Irobi
Master of Public Health (MPH) Student

Ronessa Roberts“During my MPH program at Walden, I chose to do research instead of the typical practicum. I did a cross-sectional study to try to discern the reason for the underutilization of health services by the Haitian population in central Florida. My practicum preceptor is now my boss. My new job is teaching me about all aspects of public health and research in the best way—hands on. I am a program coordinator for an HIV and STD program that targets African-American women. I am very proud to be heading this project and to work with this team. I would not be in this position had I not pursued and completed my MPH at Walden. I apply every aspect of my Walden curriculum at work.”
Ronessa Strickland-Roberts
Master of Public Health (MPH) Graduate

Krystal Kirkland“The moment I realized my work could positively impact the community I serve was when I implemented my practicum with the Coastal Health District’s public health ambassadors program. The project focused on implementing first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative in Savannah, Ga. I conducted interviews and a community health assessment. As future public health leaders, we must focus on implementing healthier food choices, habits, and physical activities.”
Krystal Kirkland
Master of Public Health (MPH) Graduate and Ph.D. in Public Health Student 

Practicum and Capstone

Your Master of Public Health program culminates with a field practicum and written capstone. You can design a practicum around the delivery of a public health program or as a researcher—assessing the need in a community or evaluating the effectiveness of a program. You can carry out your practicum experiences at a city, county, state, or federal public health agency.

This experience is designed to provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Synthesize knowledge.
  • Develop proficiency in professional practice in foundational areas.
  • Apply knowledge to the solution of public health problems.
  • Develop a respect for and commitment to continued professional knowledge.
  • Develop health programs and interventions that include design, implementation, and evaluation components.

M.P.H.: An Inside Look

Listen to faculty and students share their insights and experiences with Walden’s Master of Public Health program.

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize culturally appropriate communication skills to convey prevention and intervention strategies used to improve health outcomes among diverse local and global populations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how research methods, biostatistical data and software, and the epidemiological approach impact the study of patterns of disease, disability, and injury.
  3. Evaluate biological, environmental, legal, and regulatory factors that affect the health of local and global communities.
  4. Evaluate the major social, behavioral, and cultural factors that affect the health of local and global populations.
  5. Appropriately access, interpret, and evaluate public health data that are available through the use of information technology.
  6. Analyze essential services, systems, public policies, and associated challenges that impact the health of local and global communities.
  7. Demonstrate skills needed for sound leadership and decision making in public health, including applications of ethics and professionalism.
  8. Apply health management and systems thinking to public health agencies, programs, policies, and issues.
  9. Apply the principles of program design, implementation, and evaluation to improve the health of local and global populations.
  10. Exhibit a commitment to professional and ethically responsible public health research and practice.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.