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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 6 credits in departmental core courses, 12 credits in program-specific courses, 10 credits in program-specific electives, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Core courses
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 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
Departmental courses
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
Program-specific courses
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
PUBH 6504Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
PUBH 6570Advanced Public Health Communication: Theory and Practice
PUBH 6571Social Marketing: Theory and Practice
Program-specific electives
10 credits in courses selected from the following:
Global health
PUBH 6058Researching Violence Against Women and Girls
PUBH 6132Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6452Social and Behavior Change Communication in Middle- to Low-Income Countries
PUBH 6463Communication Strategies and Planning in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6563Global Child Health
Policy related
PUBH 6054Community Engagement and Advocacy
or PUBH 6532 Community Organization, Development, and Advocacy
PUBH 6573Media Advocacy for Public Health
or SMPA 6270 Special Topics in Media and Public Affairs
PUBH 6315Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6335Public Health and Law
PUBH 6390Prescription Drugs: Policy and Public Health
Digital health
INFR 6101Principles of Medical Informatics
HSML 6293The Internet of Medical Things
PUBH 6599Topics in Prevention and Community Health (Social Media and Mobile Health in Public Health Campaigns) *
Methods related
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6508Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Health Promotion Interventions
PUBH 6530Qualitative Methods in Health Promotion
PUBH 6572Marketing Research for Public Health
PUBH 6853Use of SAS for Data Management and Analysis
Other approved electives
PUBH 6099Topics in Public Health (Social Impact Design Thinking) *
PUBH 6133Social Dimensions in Climate Change and Health
PUBH 6516Community Health Information Resources
PUBH 6574Public Health Branding: Theory and Practice
Alternatively, other elective SPH courses may be selected with prior approval of the advisor.
Culminating experience
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

*For PUBH 6599 and PUBH 6099, only the specified topics count toward program requirements.

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.