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Online Master of Public Health

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The University of Arizona online Master of Public Health is designed to prepare you to make a broader impact in your community and around the globe in the public health arena. Through a blend of groundbreaking research, theory and a real-world view of today’s public health issues, our program provides an education that is being applied across geographical and cultural borders to promote a healthy, happier society.

Our world-class faculty of public health leaders helps create a dynamic online learning experience built on direct interaction, collaborative discourse and integrative thinking. The online MPH is a perfect opportunity to match your boundless dedication to public service with a thirst for knowledge.

For further information regarding the online MPH program, please visit

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Admissions Deadlines

Spring 2023: November 1, 2022 - EXTENDED, November 15, 2022

Summer 2023: March 1, 2023

Fall 2023: July 1, 2023



The online Master of Public Health curriculum combines a bedrock foundation in the core principles of public health with the option to choose one of three distinct concentrations in Applied Epidemiology, Health Services Administration and Health Promotion. Our concentrations reflect the disciplines most vital to public health professionals’ success and satisfy our students’ varied interests.


The online MPH degree is available in three concentration areas

Applied Epidemiology

The Applied Epidemiology program is a fixed curriculum that provides the opportunity for students to develop skills in key epidemiological concepts applicable in applied public health settings. Further skills are obtained in a set curriculum on infectious and chronic diseases and maternal and child health which also reinforce key concepts from the course series.


Curriculum Details

The curriculum provides systematic training in measuring and studying the distribution, characteristics and causes of disease across demographics. Epidemiology is a fundamental science of public health and is essential in the prevention of rare and chronic diseases, disability and premature death.

EPID 572B//Applied Epidemiologic Methods//3 Credits

This course will expand epidemiological research methods at the masters level for applying epidemiological concepts. This will include design of research studies, misclassification and bias, then apply it to the basics of survey design and data analyses of survey data.

EPID 572C//Analysis of Public Health Data//3 Credits

This course focuses on how public health data are used for epidemiologic investigations and prevention programs and develops skills and strategies for the analysis and presentation of public health data; using epidemiological and biostatistical principles to analyze public health data through descriptive statistics, stratified analyses, regression and other basic approaches.

BIOS 576B//Biostatistics for Research//3 Credits

An intermediate course in biostatistical methods and their application in epidemiology and public health. This course covers linear regression analysis, logistic regression analysis, time-to-event (survival) analysis and study design.

EPID 579//Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology//3 Credits

This course focuses on developing practical skills in the investigation of outbreaks, development and implementation of infectious disease surveillance and the administration of infectious disease control and prevention.

Online Program Level Competencies

  • Interpret and summarize findings from multiple studies to make recommendations for public health practice.
  • Assess components of public health surveillance and analyze relevant surveillance data to address public health problems.
  • Assess pros and cons of different study designs and determine appropriate measures of disease frequency and excess risk.
  • Use public health data sources and collected data to answer applied epidemiological research questions.
  • Interpret analyses in the context of published literature and communicate key findings to stakeholders.


Health Behavior Health Promotion

The curriculum examines the sociocultural factors that influence health and health behavior. The concentration operates under the philosophy that education, communication and effective implementation of sound health policies and initiatives can improve the quality of life around you. Learn to plan education strategies and evaluate their effectiveness. Promote healthier lifestyles in culturally diverse populations around the world.


Curriculum Details

HPS 532P//Planning of Public Health Programs//3 Credits

This course will equip students with skills in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing small-scale projects in public health. The course will provide guidance and engage student in conducting a community needs assessment, mapping community assets and prioritizing public health needs, writing project goals and objectives that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed), developing project logical models, selecting appropriate intervention designs drawing on the evidence based literature and theoretical models, and strategies for project implementation including engaging community partners in all stages if program planning and implementation. Goals, priorities and strategies for applying for federal, state and private funding for public health and development projects will addressed.

HPS 532E//Evaluation of Public Health Programs//3 Credits

Evaluation is essential to all research- and service-based programs. The course provides students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in public health with the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation of health promotion programs.

HPS 531//Contemporary Health Issues & Research//3 Credits

Designed to explore a broad spectrum of health education and health behavior issues and programs in order to evaluate their impact or potential impact. Students will read, review and critique numerous research efforts that were designed to change behavior via health education and/or health behavior programs.

HPS 535//Multi-Cultural Health Beliefs//3 Credits

This course provides learning opportunities for graduate students in the development of sensitivities and competencies related to public health practice among multicultural populations with varying health beliefs, values, behaviors and needs in American society. Such cultural sensitivities and competencies are basic to effective program planning, implementation, service delivery, program evaluation and successful health outcomes through public health education and health promotion. There are special emphases on the ethnic and cultural characteristics of primary ethnic/racial populations in Arizona.

Online Program Level Competencies

  • Develop an evaluation plan related to a public health program.
  • Use theory to frame program design and evaluation.
  • Apply ethical principles to public health program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Evaluate the evidence for the effectiveness of public health promotion programs or practices.
  • To articulate principles for the evaluation of the validity of health behavior-related measures.


Health Services Administration

This concentration offers a combination of public health and health care administration classes that provides you with a multifaceted understanding of the administrative and business aspects of health care. Use the skills learned in the curriculum to pursue leadership roles in both governmental and non-governmental settings.


Curriculum Details

PHPM 507//Health Care Economics & Policy//3 Credits

Health policy is examined from an economic perspective. Basic economic theories and their relationships to the structure and function of the U.S. health care system are explored. Alternative health care systems and health care reforms are also evaluated.

PHPM 561//Introduction to Health Care Quality & Safety//3 Credits

This course provides an overview of health care quality and safety. Students are introduced to the history, definitions, practices, and the broader political, financial and ethical contexts of health care quality and safety.

PHPM 562//Health Services Administration//3 Credits

This course provides a foundation in health services administration. It introduces the student to the structure and functions of the United States health care system. The health care system in the community and its environment are examined to determine how they impact health services administration.

PHP 641//Health Systems Delivery//3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the organizational structure of large, complex health care organizations, compare them to other international health care systems and illustrate how regulatory and legal requirements contribute to administrative and management challenges.

Online Program Level Competencies

  • Analyze the organization, financing, and delivery of health services, and public health systems in the US.
  • Analyze quality improvement practices as a means to improve health outcomes.
  • Apply the tools and methods used by Health Care Organizations to assess financial health.
  • Apply legal frameworks to analyze public health problems.
  • Evaluate the administrative practices and processes required to operate health care organizations.


Curriculum at a Glance: 42 total credits

-Modular program with each course only 7.5 weeks long-
-A 5-unit internship is required for all concentrations-
-One unit capstone Integrated Learning Experience-
-Two Interprofessional Education Activities (not for credit)-
-50% of your coursework will be concentration-based-
-Complete your MPH degree in as few as 2 years-

Core Courses

EPID 573A//Basic Principles of Epidemiology//3 Credits

The course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and how these concepts are applicable for their own particular interests and career in epidemiology related fields.

PHPM 574//Public Health Policy & Management//3 Credits

Management processes/roles of public health professionals; health service organization; policy issues and resource utilization/control; human resources management; public health trends.

BIOS 576A//Biostatistics in Public Health//3 Credits

The course will introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of epidemiology and how these concepts are applicable for their own particular interests and career in epidemiology related fields.

PHPM 569//Fundamentals of Health Budgeting & Financial Management//3 Credits

This course will offer a current approach to the fundamentals of budgeting and financial management, with an emphasis on non-profit and health care organizations, in particular the community health sector.

HPS 577//Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health//3 Credits

This course is an overview of significant social, cultural and behavioral issues related to public health. Major public health problems and the influences of sociocultural issues are analyzed in relation to health behavior. Readings, discussions, films, and class experiences/assignments will focus on understanding the social and cultural issues that influence health-related behavior among specific populations with an emphasis on the populations in the U.S. and the Southwest.

EHS 575//Environmental & Occupational Health//3 Credits

Course emphasizes health hazard sources, methods to identify & evaluate them, and framework used to affect hazard control. Students will evaluate public health issues, understand research designs, identify and evaluate factors important to the development of monitoring programs.

Interprofessional Education Activities

Internship Preparation Workshop

Admission Requirements

The following materials are required for admission to the online MPH program

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA
  • Coursework required:
    • One course in college-level introductory, human or general biology with a grade of C or higher
    • One course in college algebra, precalculus, or calculus with a grade of C or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Mission and values statement
  • Resilience Statement (optional)
  • Health Services Administration – Students applying to the Health Service Administration concentration who have any work experience in public health can strengthen their application with a description of that experience
  • GRE or MCAT scores (Due to issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the GRE/MCAT requirement is waived for Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 admissions.)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

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