Visit the Milken Institute School of Public Health website for additional information about academic programs and information about GWSPH. Graduate admissions information, including application requirements and deadlines, can be found on the GWSPH Graduate Admissions website.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 17 credits in core courses, 13 credits in program-specific courses, 7 credits in research methods coursework, 6 credits in electives, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in nutrition must complete introductory nutrition and nutritional biochemistry coursework, with a minimum grade of C, either at GW or another regionally accredited institution, prior to matriculation in the program.
Core Courses (19 credits)
PUBH 6000MPH Applied Practice Experience
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 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Public Health Nutrition Core Courses (13 credits)
EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
PUBH 6611Nutrition Assessment
PUBH 6612Food Systems in Public Health
PUBH 6613U.S. Food Policy and Politics
or PUBH 6482 International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6620Designing Healthy Communities
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
Research Methods Courses (7 credits)
PUBH 6699Topics in Nutrition Sciences (Nutritional Epidemiology Study Design & Analysis ONLY)
EXNS 6204Biostatistical Methods and Research Design
Additional Research Methods Selective Courses - choose 2 credits from the courses below:
PUBH 6047Systematic Reviews to Synthesize Evidence in Public Health Practice
PUBH 6247Epidemiologic Methods I: Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6260Applied Epidemiologic Data Analysis
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6273Ethnographic Methods
PUBH 6281Analysis of Complex Surveys Using SAS and Stata
PUBH 6299Topics in Epidemiology (in topic Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health only)
PUBH 6310Statistical Analysis in Health Policy
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6488Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6489Evaluation of Food and Nutrition Programs and Policies
PUBH 6504Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
PUBH 6530Qualitative Methods in Health Promotion
PUBH 6533Design and Conduct of Community Health Surveys
PUBH 6534Community-Based Participatory Research
PUBH 6572Marketing Research for Public Health
PUBH 6599Topics in Prevention and Community Health (in topic Economic Evaluation for Health Promotion only)
PUBH 6853Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6856Advanced SAS for Public Health Research
6 credits in graduate-level elective courses selected in consultation with the advisor.

MPH 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 6000 MPH Applied Practice Experience.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE): Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023 Interprofessional Education Experience).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B) 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 minimum grade of B 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.