MPH-PEP Program Description

The Master of Public Health – Program for Experienced Professionals (MPH-PEP) consists of a minimum of 42 credits, including an Applied Practice Experience and Integrative Learning Experience, and builds on the College of Public Health’s integrated MPH integrated foundational curriculum, offering a unique perspective on population health well-suited to the working professional. Grounded in the Foundational Public Health Competencies, the curriculum concentrates on population health expertise required of leaders in public health, health care and community health organizations. Students graduate with the practical skills to apply strategies in a variety of fields to address the social determinants of health that drive health inequities, such as poverty, racism and violence.

An Online MPH Designed for Professionals

Cohorts that include both early- and mid-career professionals afford students the opportunity to interact with peers across the health sciences and other fields, enriching the academic experience and providing opportunities to form relationships that will help drive students’ success in the workplace. Program faculty welcome incorporation of students’ professional experiences into course activities, allowing for rich discussions focused on real-world scenarios.

At a part-time pace, students often complete the program within three years. Students meet regularly with the program director for support and guidance throughout the program and are assisted in connecting with public health faculty for mentorship and project development and oversight. Students may also work directly with other faculty as advisors to meet individual needs and preferences. They are also supported by the college's Office of Academic Programs and Student Services, with access to breadth of Ohio State’s resources to support student success.

Instructors with public health, health care and health policy backgrounds provide a rich learning environment for students, and program leaders understand the demands of a full-time professional. Work-life balance is critical to student success, and MPH-PEP faculty and staff make every effort to accommodate the unique needs of the students who join the program.

Program Format

All courses are offered online in highly interactive formats, allowing for group conversations, presentations, discussions and lectures. Students connect through Ohio State’s learning management system, CarmenCanvas. It provides flexibility to complete assignments while maintaining dynamic connections with instructors, and serves as a platform for students to interact with and learn from each other. 

The program begins in the summer term. Students spend approximately 10-15 hours of work per week per three-credit-hour course. Most students take two courses (six credits) per semester. An Applied Practice Experience is often scheduled in the second year, and the Integrative Learning Experience is typically scheduled after most of the required courses have been taken. Given the busy schedules of most MPH-PEP students, extensions for both practicum and culminating projects aren’t uncommon and can be arranged with program director approval.

Tuition and fees

To apply to the program, visit https://cph.osu.edu/prospective-students/apply-graduate.