Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the core professional degree recognized throughout the world for public health practice, both in the public sector and in emerging private sector careers related to population health. At The Ohio State University, the Master of Public Health is offered in two formats: a traditional weekday format and a more flexible online format for experienced professionals who want to advance in the field of public health.

The curriculum for the traditional Master of Public Health consists of a minimum of 42-45 credits organized into five curricular domains:

  1. Foundation courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health
  2. Courses required for a specialization
  3. Elective courses approved for the specialization
  4. Applied Practice Experience
  5. Integrative Learning Experience Project

MPH Program Specializations

Biomedical Informatics

A partnership with the College of Medicine: Study how information and information technology can be used to improve public health, health care and biomedical research.


Biostatistics helps you become a better researcher while getting advanced training in statistics to analyze data and provide evidence for clinical and health policy decisions. Available in person and 100% online.

Clinical Translational Science

Learn how to apply epidemiology, biostatistics, law, ethics and other factors in public health to health care settings.

Environmental Health Sciences

Develop the knowledge and skills to identify and limit human exposure to hazards in the environment.


Whether it is a virus, cancer or racial disparities, gain the advanced knowledge required to quantify the relationship between exposure and disease, along with how intervention can reduce risk.

Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Help individuals and groups increase control over their health, and advocate for policies and programs that promote health.

Program for Experienced Professionals

The longest-standing Master of Public Health in Ohio is 100% online, allowing more public health and health care professionals to gain the training to become leaders.

Veterinary Public Health

The MPH in veterinary public health is developing the next generation of professionals with the education and skills to address animal-to-human infectious diseases, such as COVID-19.

MPH Applied Practice Experience

The College of Public Health requires two credit hours of formal applied practice experience for all students in the MPH degree program. Students should be active participants in the arrangement for their experience. The Office of Academic Programs and Student Services assists students in locating appropriate field sites and provides support throughout the experience. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors and other college faculty. Complete details on the process for seeking and confirming the APE, as well as the expectations for the APE, are found on the MPH Applied Practice Experience section of the website.

MPH Integrative Learning Experience Project

The MPH integrative learning experience project is intended to provide the opportunity for students to address a public health question or issue of their interest that draws from their academic experience. It provides students with the opportunity to apply, integrate and synthesize knowledge and experience obtained during their academic course of study to a question or problem of public health relevance. In some cases, the project idea or opportunity may evolve from the student’s applied practice experience.

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