Program for Experienced Professionals - Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals (PEP) is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be leaders in public health and population health management. It includes courses within public health’s core disciplines of biostatistics, environmental health science, epidemiology, health behavior & health promotion, and health services management & policy, as well as three available concentrations: Public Health Leadership and Organization (PHLO), Population Health Management (PHM), and an individualized program based on a combination of selective courses. Course work, including distance based learning opportunities, is combined with a practicum and culminating experience to provide students with the knowledge, experience, and skill to work within a broad range of public and private organizations.

Program of Study

The required courses for the PHLO concentration will focus on education and training in organizational leadership and organization management, project management and community engagement.  For the PHM concentration, required courses will provide education and training in applied health care economic evaluation, health analytics, and critical appraisal of PHM interventions. For a complete list of course offering and a sample curriculum plan, please see the PEP Curriculum Guide.

  1. Public Health Core Courses (15 credits)
  2. Required Courses for Students in Both Concentrations (15 credits)
  3. Practicum and Culminating project (5 Credits
  4. PHM Required Courses (9 Credits)


  5. PHLO Required Courses (9 Credits)
  6. Electives (1 Credit)

As this program is designed to fit around the schedule of working professionals, coursework will be delivered via a combination of on-campus offerings (a maximum of 4 weekends per semester) and distance learning. Distance learning will be online and will take advantage of course websites that allow students to access course materials, communicate with the instructor and other students, take quizzes, and submit assignments.  


Recommended Preparation

Students in the PEP MPH Program are chosen based on a combination of characteristics. They must have the academic skills to succeed in the curriculum and benefit from it, as measured by traditional indicators (3.0 or greater undergraduate GPA and 50th percentile or better GRE score). PEP students typically have some experience in an aspect of public health or health care. An undergraduate degree is required for admission, and work experience and/or a relevant graduate degree preferred.


Lindsay Harmon-Matthews, PEP '15
"The PEP program was instrumental in preparing me for my new role as Rehab Team Lead for Quality Assurance (QA).  As a physical therapist, I was already accustomed to working with patients one on one; but, my public health training helped me understand the factors that impact health status on a broader level.  The breadth of subjects covered in my PEP courses from program evaluation and health care organization management to biostatistics, health care economics, and others introduced me to information I have referred to many times as I’ve prepared for my QA role.  The practicum and culminating project allowed me to put new skills into practice within my organization."  

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