Online Master of Public Health (MPH)

Learn to take on the new challenges public health professionals face with the help of our Master of Public Health degree program.

Learn to take on the new challenges public health professionals face with the help of our Master of Public Health degree program.

Why Walden

Walden Facts

Cutting-Edge Curriculum

A solid grounding in foundational public health knowledge. Cutting-edge curriculum featuring case studies on the latest public health issues.

Global Perspective

A global perspective on public health, enriched by the experiences of students from all over the world.

Interactive online Environment

Interactive and enhanced media that allow students to simulate real-world public health issues and solutions.

Readily Applicable Skills

A field experience designed for an immediate impact on your career and your community.

Walden’s Online 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. Walden's cutting-edge online curriculum comes equipped with interactive and enhanced media programs, simulating real world public health problems and solutions. With a Master of Public Health from Walden University, you'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

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Program Details


Completion Requirements

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


Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Requirements: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admissions Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost AMOUNT
Tuition 64 quarter credit hours $510 per quarter hour $32,640
Technology Fee Per quarter $170 $1,360



*Represents minimum time to completion and Believe & Achieve Scholarship. Your actual total program time and costs may vary. Believe & Achieve Scholarship savings based on current tuition. See Scholarship Details for more information.

**Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 30 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.

Program Outcomes

Create a World of Difference

Walden’s practice-based Master of Public Health program provides you with a solid foundation in the profession. Build the multidisciplinary expertise to design programs that address emerging public health challenges and breakthroughs. Develop the leadership skills needed to reduce disparities and shape innovative public health policies and programs.

You also have the opportunity to gain direct field experience via an intensive, two-quarter practicum.

 What’s the Career Impact of Earning a Master of Public Health?

From food safety concerns and the reemergence of eradicated diseases to the rise of a pandemic, public health has become an urgent global priority. Public health professionals play a key role in monitoring health trends, advancing policy, and leading programs that protect and save lives.

A Master of Public Health degree from a CEPH-accredited program is an elite credential that sets you apart in the job market and opens new career doors. You’ll be prepared to work in a variety of settings and make a direct and lasting impact on the health of your community, your country, and the world.

A Master of Public Health can prepare you to pursue career options such as:

  1. Epidemiologist3
  2. Occupational health and safety specialist4
  3. Public health analyst
  4. Environmental health specialist5

A Master of Public Health can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  1. Government organizations
  2. Nonprofit and NGOs
  3. Universities
  4. Health departments

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


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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program will be prepared to:

  • Utilize culturally appropriate communication skills to convey prevention and intervention strategies used to improve health outcomes among diverse local and global populations.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate biological, environmental, legal, and regulatory factors that affect the health of local and global communities.
  • Evaluate the major social, behavioral, and cultural factors that affect the health of local and global populations.
  • Appropriately access, interpret, and evaluate public health data that are available through the use of information technology.
  • Analyze essential services, systems, public policies, and associated challenges that impact the health of local and global communities.
  • Demonstrate skills needed for sound leadership and decision making in public health, including applications of ethics and professionalism.
  • Apply health management and systems thinking to public health agencies, programs, policies, and issues.
  • Apply the principles of program design, implementation, and evaluation to improve the health of local and global populations.
  • Exhibit a commitment to professional and ethically responsible public health research and practice.


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FAQ About Walden’s Online Master of Public Health (MPH)

What is a Master of Public Health?

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a graduate-level degree in public health. While students may enter the program with a bachelor’s degree in public health, for many, the MPH degree will be their first formal instruction in the field of public health. In fact, MPH students come from many different backgrounds including healthcare, public health, government, nonprofit, social work, and other disciplines.

Why should you choose an accredited MPH program?

When reviewing public health degree programs to find the best fit for your life and lifestyle, you’ll want to verify that the programs you’re considering are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health programs, ensuring that they provide rigorous preparation to meet the needs of the profession and the health and safety of society. This accreditation is important to MPH programs because it ensures that they meet specified criteria and standards for quality. It is considered the benchmark of quality in the evaluation of public health programs, as accreditation ensures the MPH degrees offered provide the highest caliber of education possible, preparing competent public health professionals to enter the field. Walden University received CEPH accreditation for its MPH program in September 2019. 

Graduates can qualify for an expansive range of employment opportunities. Some employers, such as the U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. military, and state and local government agencies, may require that MPH-level jobs be filled by graduates of CEPH-accredited schools or programs.

Additionally, graduates of CEPH-accredited MPH programs are eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health exam administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) without needing five years of public health work experience after earning their bachelor’s degree.

What can you do with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree?

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is very versatile and can lead to opportunities in a variety of areas and industries. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiologists have become much more prominent in the public eye. However, public health remains essential even when a crisis has passed and the spotlight fades. Clinicians and other medical professionals appreciate the focus on prevention and the balance that the MPH degree gives to their professional practice. Some of the key roles in which you can find MPH-prepared individuals include positions as health educators, scientists and researchers, community health planners, biostatisticians, social and behavioral health workers, environmental and occupational health and safety professionals, and public health policymakers.

Do you have to take Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) before applying to enter an MPH program?

While some universities may require the examinations, Walden University does not require GRE scores for admission into the MPH program.

What is it like to earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) online?

Earning your MPH degree online has a number of great advantages. Most significant is the flexibility to log in to the classroom from home and complete work on your own schedule within the stated deadlines, enabling you to work full time or pursue other activities while you earn your degree. The Walden MPH program of study also incorporates a required practicum, which allows students to get hands-on experience in an approved public health setting that aligns with their academic and professional goals.

What is special about Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program?
  • Walden’s MPH faculty are all public health practitioners with relevant terminal doctoral-level degrees (such as PhD or DrPH). This can differ from many other programs that may be taught by research-based faculty or adjunct faculty who don’t have relevant terminal degrees.
  • Walden’s MPH program is truly global. With students from all over the world and highly skilled faculty who are not limited to any geographic area, our program offers a comprehensive and robust learning environment.
  • Walden’s MPH program is adaptable and relevant, with a focus on up-to-date instruction. Faculty bring their professional expertise and can incorporate current events into the curriculum to really bring the mission of public health and the program to life.
  • The Walden MPH program is individualized in that students can determine the focus of their research and practice in public health.
Does having a master’s in public health make a difference to employers?

Public health careers offer all of the challenges and rewards that come with a dedication to improving the health and safety of others. There is a wide range of jobs in public health in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and while it’s possible to gain valuable experience working in the field, many of those career paths require a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. That’s because a high-quality MPH program prepares burgeoning public health professionals to address health issues around the globe. In addition, earning your master’s demonstrates to employers that you’re committed to furthering your knowledge in the field.

How long does it take to earn a master’s degree in public health?

Walden’s MPH program is 64 quarter credits. The program is designed to be completed in eight quarters, which generally equates to two years. At Walden, we understand that adult learners are often juggling many priorities such as work and family, and students have up to seven years to complete the program.

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Note on Accreditation
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors acted at its September 6, 2019, meeting to accredit the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at Walden University for a five-year term, based on an application for accreditation submitted on February 3, 2018. On June 5, 2020, the CEPH Board of Councilors accredited the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) at Walden University, after reviewing an accreditation application submitted on April 21, 2020. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and programs of public health. CEPH accreditation provides assurance that the program has been evaluated and met accepted public health profession standards in practice, research, and service. For a copy of the final self-study document and/or final accreditation report, please contact the dean of the College of Health Sciences and Public Policy ([email protected]).

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. As the eligibility criteria may change periodically, students should visit for more information about certification in public health. It is the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification or practice as a public health professional in the state where they intend to practice.

1Source: Global Health Workforce Labor Market Projections for 2030.

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Educators and Community Health Workers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.