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. Practicum (Applied Learning Experience)
  5. Culminating project (Integrative Learning Experience)

MPH Program Specializations

Biomedical Informatics


Clinical Translational Science

Environmental Health Sciences


Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Program for Experienced Professionals

Veterinary Public Health

MPH Practicum

The College of Public Health (CPH) requires two credit hours of formal applied practice 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.

MPH Culminating Project/Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

The MPH culminating experience/integrative learning experience (ile) 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.

How to Apply to the MPH Program

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

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