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.

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Master of Public Health MPH
Walden’s Master of Public Health provides you with a solid foundation in the core areas of public health, keeping you one step ahead of present day issues.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Note on Certification:
The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) offers the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential as a voluntary core credential for public health professionals. Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and at least five subsequent years of public health work experience will be eligible to take the CPH exam. However, for individuals without these qualifications, a candidate must be an alumni of a school or program of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

While Walden's MPH program is an applicant for CEPH accreditation, the program is not yet accredited; thus, Walden MPH graduates must have at least five years of post-baccalaureate public health work experience in order to sit for the CPH exam. Students should evaluate all requirements related to national credentialing agencies and exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CPH credential, students should visit http://www.nchec.org.


Edward Irobi

Edward Irobi

MPH Graduate / PhD in Public Health Student
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden University is that I am in control of my future.
I continue to find the academic legitimacy at Walden to be far superior to other online institutions.
I chose the Master of Public Health program because I realized it would allow me to pursue becoming a health educator and professor.
Tira Wallace MPH Student
Tira Wallace
W. Sumner Davis MPH/PhD in Public Health Graduate
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