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   Program Overview

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Image of department chair, Marie Diener West

Welcome, from Marie Diener-West, PhD, Chair, Master of Public Health Program and Professor of Biostatistics

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The Master of Public Health is a school-wide degree program. The rigorous curriculum prepares students to become leading public health professionals capable of addressing current global health problems with multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches.

During the program, students interact with public health faculty members renowned for teaching, practice and ongoing research around the world. In this diverse and collaborative learning environment, students learn as much from each other as they do from their coursework.


Full-time Format

Online/Part-time Format

Duration11 months2-3 years, depending on the course load each academic term
ScheduleFive 8-week termsFive 8-week terms per year + Summer, Fall and/or Winter Institutes
MatriculationLate JuneJune,  November  or January
Total Credits8080
Credits per Term16-183-8
Core CoursesAbout half of  curriculum About half of curriculum
ElectivesAbout half of curriculum, completed through a concentration or customized programAbout half of curriculum, completed through a customized program
LocationBaltimore campus, but students may also take online offeringsOnline, but students may also take institute and onsite courses
 Learn more about the Full-time formatLearn more about the Online/Part-time format

Student Demographics


Physicians & Med Students


Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacists, etc.


Other Professions
(Educators, Managers, Researchers, Lawyers, etc.)





Dual Degree Options

A dual degree is more powerful than the sum of its parts. It combines training in public health with another field, like business or law, to position students for niches in the job market. For all dual-degree programs, the MPH coursework is completed in a full-time format.

See what makes this degree a unique opportunity for future public health leaders.

  • MD/MPH
  • MPH/MBA with the Carey Business School
  • MBA/MPH with China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  • JD/MPH
  • DNP Executive/MPH

The application requirement of 2 years of full-time, post-baccalaureate, health-related work experience is waived for applicants to all dual-degree programs EXCEPT the MPH/MBA program with the Carey Business School.

Learn more about dual degree options



Residency Programs

Most physicians pursue the MPH as full-time or online/part-time students. They also have the option of earning the degree through residency programs based at the Bloomberg School:

Learn more about our residency programs