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Master of Public Health

Program Overview

If you're looking to make a real difference in the world, especially in underserved communities, explore the important work of public health with a master's degree from CMU. Public health is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States. Working in public health practice offers great personal fulfillment — preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. Our program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus, Online
Program Length: 2-4 years
Credit Hours: 48

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Our MPH degree is one of the few programs in the country with an emphasis on rural health and underserved communities. You'll be well prepared to manage and lead public health organizations and/or design culturally responsive behavioral and social interventions to address health challenges affecting populations across the state, country and the world.

Our expert faculty care about preparing you as the next generation of public health professionals, with their enriched classroom experience and mentorship in research.

Learn by doing with an in-depth skills-based education and field practice experiences. You'll be on the front line of today's most challenging health issues. You'll be a disease investigator, research analyst, epidemic preventer and problem solver.

As a public health advocate, you'll help organize community efforts to improve wellness. You'll learn to apply systematic and analytic reasoning to evaluate the cause of disease and illness within a society.

We help make this degree affordable for you. Each year the MPH program awards a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified students on a competitive basis. Grad assistants receive a tuition waiver and a stipend as compensation.

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Program Highlights

With our MPH degree, you'll:

  • Have the credentials to hold leadership positions in hospitals, district health departments, research institutions, and federal, multilateral and voluntary organizations.
  • Participate in a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited program that is recognized as the flagship degree in public health.
  • Better understand the major social, behavioral, cultural, political, environmental and regulatory factors that affect community health.
  • Apply new and innovative techniques to address health challenges of rural and underserved communities.


Filter Concentrations by Location:

Prepare to lead the way in settings like local, state, national and international public health agencies. Or further your career in hospitals, health systems, nursing and ambulatory care facilities. Your coursework will cover several public health disciplines and specialties, including:

  • Public health and aging
  • Public health communication and informatics
  • Substance abuse services
  • Maternal and child health
  • Foundational and required public health courses

Careers & Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for health educators and community health workers is projected to grow at a rate of 21 percent through 2024. That's faster than the average for all occupations.

Career Projected Salary
Health Care Analyst $74,643
Health Education Specialist $59,990
Health Educator $59,990
Community Health Worker $46,590

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