Master of Public Health: MPH@GW

Program Description

This distance education track for the master of public health (MPH) degree emphasizes local, national, and global health practice. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary teaching, and focuses on core competencies/skills and uses cases/other materials from both the U.S. and abroad. The pedagogy allows students to tailor their education to community level, national, or global interests in the U.S. and countries around the world, emphasizing interdisciplinary public health competencies, including biostatistics and epidemiology; cultural competency; health communication; leadership; professionalism; planning, implementation and evaluation methods; public health biology; and systems thinking.

The MPH@GW track is taught in 10-week quarters across the calendar year (4 quarters per year).

Mission

Provide a practice-oriented MPH curriculum that enables graduates to be leaders in the design of population and community health programs in the US and globally. 

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 10 credits in program-specific courses, 16 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Required
Core
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Program-specific
PUBH 6052Practical Data Management and Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
Culminating experience
PUBH 6060MPH@GW Culminating Experience I
PUBH 6061MPH@GW Culminating Experience II
Electives
16 credits in any graduate-level SPH courses.

Visit the MPH@GW website for an updated list of elective options.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Practicum Requirement: Students are required to fulfill all requirements of the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) to receive credit for PUBH 6022.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE):  Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B average) cumulative grade-point average.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: With approval, up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to any previous graduate degree may be transferred to the master of public health program. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course. Students in SPH graduate certificate programs can transfer as many credits earned toward the certificate to the MPH degree as meet MPH degree requirements, to a maximum of 18 credits.
  8. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after completion of three or more courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 via the online change of concentration petition. A grade of B or above is required for a specific course to be eligible for transfer.  
  9. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  10. Integrity Quiz and Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the SPH Academic Integrity Quiz at GWSPH Source. within their first semester of study.
  11. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in eight hours of public health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to their field of study.