Online Master of Public Health - Program for Experienced Professionals

Newly online in Summer 2021

Advance your career in public health and health care with degree specialization in Population Health Leadership and Management

As Ohio State’s only online Master of Public Health degree, the MPH-Program for Experienced Professionals (MPH-PEP) with a specialization in population health leadership and management trains today’s health professionals to be tomorrow’s leaders. Designed for working professionals in public health, health care, nonprofit and community organizations, the distance-learning format supports work-school-home life balance while providing a world-class education alongside the camaraderie and diversity of perspectives that a cohort-driven experience with other working professionals offers.

Julia ApplegateI have a better grasp on public health theory because of my training in the MPH-PEP program, and as such am better prepared for the real-world public health challenges I face at work on a daily basis.

Julia Applegate, MPH
PEP alumni
Director of the Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity at Equitas Health

Built on the foundations of public health, the MPH-PEP curriculum focuses on practical skills and methods to plan, implement, manage and evaluate population health strategies in multiple settings. The unique concentration of specialization courses allows students to dig deeper into specific concepts in leadership, organizational operations, decision-making, cost-effectiveness evaluation and project management. Students also have opportunities to tailor their education through elective courses.

The program's goals are to develop leaders in public health, health care and community health who can work across sectors to create sustainable, meaningful change for the populations they serve.

Students meet regularly with the program director, who also serves as their faculty advisor, to provide guidance throughout the program. Students are also supported by the college's Office of Academic Programs and Student Services and have access to breadth of The Ohio State University's resources to support academic success, provide career mentorship and cultivate professional interests. Students may also benefit from forming a relationship with another faculty advisor whose experience closely aligns with the student’s interests and needs.

Courses are offered online in interactive formats that allow for group conversations, presentations, discussions and lectures, as well as a platform for students to learn from and engage with each other. Students connect through Ohio State’s learning management system, CarmenCanvas, which provides flexibility to complete assignments while maintaining dynamic connections with instructors and classmates. Virtual office hours, faculty discussions and assistance are provided to ensure each student is supported in their academic progress.

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Christopher M. Esber, MD, MPHViewing medicine through a lens of public health has allowed me to be more understanding, compassionate and thoughtful in my approach to medicine. The MPH-PEP program showed me the complexities of our health system and how to better advocate for my patients.

Christopher M. Esber, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Grant Transition of Care Clinic

Contact us

To learn about how an MPH in Population Health Leadership and Management can support your career, contact the MPH-PEP Program Director Andrew Wapner, DO, MPH at wapner [dot] 1atosu [dot] edu or 614-292-8675.

For more information about applying for the MPH-PEP program, contact Dawnne Wise, MPH-PEP program manager, at wise [dot] 13atosu [dot] edu or 614-247-7967.

Brochure: Online Program for Experienced Professionals


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