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 Ohio State, the MPH is offered in two formats: a traditional weekday format and a more flexible part-time format for experienced professionals who want to advance in the field of public health.

The curriculum for the traditional MPH consists of a minimum of 45-48 credits organized into five curricular domains:

  1. Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health
  2. Courses required for a specialization
  3. Elective courses approved for the specialization
  4. Practicum
  5. Culminating project


The College requires two semester hours of formal practice placement experience (practicum) for all students in the MPH degree program. Students should be active participants in the arrangement for the practicum. 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 CPH faculty. Complete details on the process for seeking and confirming the placement, as well as the expectations for the practicum, are found in the Practicum Student Handbook.

Culminating Project

The culminating experience 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 culminating project idea or opportunity may evolve from the student’s practice placement experience.

Learn More

For additional information about what it's like to be a graduate student at the Ohio State College of Public Health, view our recruitment brochure.

For information on how to apply, recommended preparation and FAQs, please visit Apply to Graduate Programs.

Use the links below to learn more about the specializations in the MPH.

Biomedical Informatics


Clinical Translational Science

Environmental Health Sciences


Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Program for Experienced Professionals

Veterinary Public Health