Master of
Public Health

Program Summary

Increase your knowledge and skills in the areas of systems thinking, evidence-based public health, leadership, program management, public health systems, communication, and interprofessional practice. Prepare for a wide variety of in-demand and rewarding careers in the global health industry.
How To Apply
Apply by March 15 to start August 21

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

42 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

CEPH Accredited


What You Can Expect to Learn

As a graduate of the Penn State MPH with a global health track, you should be able to:

  • propose evidence-based solutions to global health problems
  • employ critical thinking to create and appraise literature used to explain the global influences on determinants of health
  • apply social justice and human rights principles in public health policies and programs
  • describe the roles and relationships of the entities influencing global health
  • identify the relationships among patterns of morbidity, mortality, and disability with demographic and other factors in shaping the circumstances of a population

Why a Public Health Degree from Penn State?

Be a Part of a Nationally Recognized Program of Study

The MPH program with a global health track is conveniently offered online through Penn State World Campus in partnership with Penn State’s College of Medicine and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Advance Your Career

By building upon your knowledge and skills in the areas of systems thinking, evidence-based public health, leadership, program management, public health systems, communication, and interprofessional practice, Penn State’s MPH degree can lead to careers in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • local, state, and federal government agencies
  • health care settings
  • health insurance industry
  • health services networks
  • nonprofit organizations
  • pharmaceutical industry

Real-World, Practical Global Health Experience

Through your course work, internship, and capstone project, you’ll have the opportunity to gain in-depth experience as a public health professional that you can apply to real-world public health settings and real-time public health issues. Your studies will focus on:

  • global health promotion
  • global disease and prevention
  • major contemporary global health issues and initiatives
  • political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental determinants of health
  • the role of global health players and how they interact to improve health

SOPHAS Application Requirement

Please note that you must complete a Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application before applying to Penn State. If you are offered admission to the program, you will receive further instructions on how to apply for the online Master of Public Health program. If you have questions about the SOPHAS application, contact us at 717-531-1502 or [email protected].

View SOPHAS application information.

Opportunity to Earn a Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree

This master’s degree is also part of an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate program (IUG) that provides undergraduate biobehavioral health, health policy and administration, kinesiology, and nutritional sciences students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in approximately five years. Academically strong students pursuing their B.S. in Biobehavioral Health (BBH), Health Policy and Administration (HPA), Kinesiology (KINES), and Nutritional Sciences (NUTR), and Schreyer Scholars would typically apply to the online graduate program during their third year, after completing 60 credits. Current undergraduate students interested in the IUG pathway can review the MPH IUG website and email the program office for more details.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, and application instructions.

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