The George Washington University’s Master of Public Health Online

Earn Your MPH Online From GW’s No. 12-Ranked School of Public Health

Why Earn Your Master’s in Public Health Online?

The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation’s capital and is ranked No. 12 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of best public health graduate schools.1

GW Milken Institute SPH’s mission is to protect, improve and optimize the health of people on local, national and global levels. GW’s online Master of Public Health, MPH@GW, is designed for aspiring public health leaders who are called to advance and safeguard the health and wellness of people across the globe.

As an online MPH student, you will:

  • Participate in live, face-to-face classes delivered online featuring a suite of interactive tools that promote networking and discussion.
  • Complete the program in as few as 12 months or take advantage of full-time or part-time options.
  • Establish connections during in-person immersions with influential public health leaders who are on the front lines of policy and advocacy in D.C.
  • Design your curriculum to align with a specific public health career you intend to pursue or take a generalist approach. Study a variety of topics such as Epidemiology, Global Health or Health Policy through our elective course options. You can also deepen your studies with a Health Informatics concentration to understand the evolving role of data and information technology in health care.

MPH@GW is guaranteeing a tuition scholarship of $10,000 to students who are accepted and enrolled into the upcoming cohort.

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Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), MPH@GW helps you advance your public health career by earning a graduate degree from a top-ranked school without having to relocate.

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Online Master of Public Health Program Options

MPH@GW offers several program options to accommodate your individual needs. The curriculum for each of these program options is the same; the only difference is the number of courses you take each semester.

Learn more about our program options below.

This intensive, one-year program requires you to enroll on a full-time basis and take an average of 11.5 credits per quarter. If you qualify for the accelerated program, you will not be permitted to continue employment throughout your time as a student.

GW offers an intensive 18-month, online MPH option that requires you to take an average of 7.5 credits per quarter. If you qualify, you will not be able to work on a full-time basis while enrolled. However, you may be able to work part time.

In addition to the accelerated program options, you can choose to earn your MPH online on a full-time or part-time basis over the course of two, three, four or five years. The curriculum for each of these program options is the same; the only difference is the number of courses you will take each semester.

Regardless of which program option best fits your goals, you will benefit from:

  • Personalized support services, beginning now and continuing through your time in the program and beyond graduation
  • An extensive alumni network of more than 300,000 located in 170+ countries
  • Courses designed and delivered by GW faculty, who are active influencers affecting public health on a global scale
  • Elective course options that empower you to pursue your career interests with a personalized education
  • A concentration in Health Informatics that allows you to bundle your elective course options to give you the chance to build the informatics skills, including health information technology and data analytics, that will help you work across the evolving health care ecosystem in multiple fields and disciplines

Which Program Option Is Right for You?

If you have any questions, or if you want to learn more about how MPH@GW can prepare you to influence change in the public health field, request information today. GRE scores are not required, but are accepted to strengthen your application.

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MPH@GW Admissions

MPH@GW seeks to educate and foster the next generation of thought leaders, practitioners, policy makers and scientists who aspire to transform public health on a local, national or global scale.

Program start dates are available four times per year, in January, April, July and September. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Learn more about applying to MPH@GW.

GRE scores are not required for admission. If you believe your GRE scores have the potential to strengthen your application, you may send us your official scores.

MPH@GW is guaranteeing a tuition scholarship of $10,000 to students who are accepted and enrolled into the upcoming cohort.

The Application Deadline

March 18, 2022

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Online MPH Elective Courses and Concentration Options

Created by the same faculty who teach GW’s on-campus program, the MPH@GW curriculum features a rigorous, interdisciplinary course sequence. Core courses consist of topics such as epidemiology, managing organizations, global health systems and health policy.

As an MPH@GW student, you can pursue an MPH by taking a broad variety of public health courses or focus your coursework on one of six specific electives. This flexibility enables you to match your public health education with your personal and professional aspirations.

For students looking to explore how data, information, and technology are impacting health care administration, delivery and oversight, MPH@GW offers a Health Informatics concentration.

Graduates of this concentration will understand how to optimize health information and technology for clinical and operational efficiencies and effectiveness, policy development and public health. They will also learn how to utilize clinical and administrative data, transformed into actionable information, for management, policy, oversight and research.

Explore these areas of public health and the Health Informatics concentration for detailed information about different careers related to public health and course options for each area.

The Online MPH Practicum Experience

As an MPH@GW student, you will complete a planned and supervised applied practice experience at a local, national or international organization. The applied practice experience enables you to address real public health challenges and further your understanding of how public health professionals serve their community.

GW has formed valuable partnerships with organizations and affiliated preceptors across the United States and around the world.

Examples of practicum settings include:

  • Federal and state health agencies
  • Health care startups
  • Health service delivery organizations
  • International development organizations
  • Nonprofits
  • Policy institutes
  • Think tanks
  • Volunteer health agencies

“After looking into numerous programs, I decided on MPH@GW based on our reputation in the health policy world,
the curriculum and the caliber of the professors.”

— Gail Solod, MPH@GW Graduate, Regional Public Sector Senior Manager

Ready to Network With Public Health Influencers Based in D.C.?

Learn more about the MPH@GW academic experience and our in-person practicums by requesting information today.

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Internationally Renowned Faculty

As an online MPH student, you will study alongside GW’s faculty, who are respected experts working actively in the field. You’ll learn from professionals who have years of experience working in Washington, D.C. — the nexus of global health advocacy.

“The professors are not just academics, but are oftentimes the people who implemented the policies of the classes they are teaching.”

— Nihal Satyadev, MPH@GW ’19

Professors are passionate about training and mentoring future public health leaders. Outside of the classroom, they are scholars, scientists and policy experts conducting cutting-edge research and affecting health policy on Capitol Hill.

Faculty have worked with institutions such as:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration

GW’s public health faculty are frequently called on by congressional committees, federal agencies, international public health entities and the press to discuss environmental hazards and the policies addressing them.

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How Can You Make a Difference in the Public Health Field?

The coming years will be a critical time for the public health and health care industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for highly skilled health care professionals is expected to increase by 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, adding approximately 1.9 million new jobs.2

This growing need for leaders, scientists, researchers and practitioners in the field can be attributed, in part, to recent technological advances transforming the profession and various public health crises emerging worldwide.

Potential Careers in Public Health

By broadening your knowledge of local, national and global public health practices, an MPH will help you learn core competencies and acquire the skills needed to be an effective leader in the public health field.

For those interested in what public health professionals do, here are a number of careers related to public health:

  • Health and safety engineer
  • Emergency management director
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Health educator
  • Communications and advocacy officer
  • Health psychologist
  • Health insurance specialist
  • Policy analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Grant writer

Learn more about specific public health fields and professions.

Are You Ready to Become a Public Health Leader?

Advance your career in public health with the online MPH program from GW. Request information today to discover more reasons to get an MPH online.

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1 U.S. News & World Report, Best Public Health Graduate Schools, Ranked in 2021
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed April 2020