Program structure

The MPH program is organized so that students complete a core (15 credits), at least one concentration (9 credits), a practicum experience (6 credits), and elective courses (3-12 credits). The online MPH program has entry points in the fall, spring, and summer and can be completed at a student’s preferred pace. The practicum experience can be completed in 1-6 credit increments while students complete coursework during the semester or during the summer.

The five core classes will cover all of the CEPH foundational competencies for MPH programs. These courses include biostatistics for public health practice, public health policy, health communication, epidemiology, and health program planning. In the last semester of their degree, students will complete a comprehensive exam to satisfy the CEPH requirement for an integrative learning experience (ILE).

Students will select at least one concentration in community health and/or epidemiology (9 credits per concentration). The concentration in community health includes health program evaluation, theories in health, and health equity. The concentration in epidemiology includes applied epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, and infectious disease epidemiology. CEPH requires that classes in each concentration are mapped to specific competencies developed by the public health faculty.

Admissions Requirements

The MPH online program accepts applications on a rolling basis with a final application deadline one month prior to the first day of the term for which the applicant is seeking admission.

Competitive candidates will submit the following credentials for entry into the program:

  • Complete application to the University of Mississippi Graduate School
  • Evidence of an awarded baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Quality academic record, as evidenced by cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 or equivalent grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A 400‐ to 500‐word statement of interest that describes interest in pursuing the MPH degree, chosen emphasis, future career goals, and why the applicant believes they will be successful in graduate school
  • International students must additionally demonstrate compliance with the University of Mississippi’s English Language Proficiency Score Requirements and Exemptions policy