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Masters (MPH) in Public Health

Learn the fundamentals to shape the world of public health. This top-ranked online program provides training in the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

And with an accelerated curriculum, you can be career-ready in as little as 24 months!

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At a Glance

Fall 2024-2025 cycle

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Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 43
Cost Per Credit: $751.00


Fully Online

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What You'll Learn


Our students in the online Master of Public Health (MPH) program explore all facets of health management and policy, including the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.  Through the choice of electives, students are able to tailor their program to include training in how to develop, implement, and evaluate policy. This combination of management and policy is a critical component to a successful career in public health management.    

Focus Areas

  • Evidence-based approaches to public health
  • Public health and health care systems
  • Planning and management to promote health
  • Policy in public health
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Inter-professional practice
  • Systems thinking

Course Examples

  • CPH 663 Foundations of Public Health
  • CPH 643 Measuring Health Behavior: Quantitative and Qualitative
  • CPH 605 Epidemiology
  • CPH 650 Public Health Systems Administration
  • CPH 603 Data Analysis
  • CPH 621 Understanding and Communicating Environmental Health Risks
  • CPH 672 Evidence-Based Public Health Planning and Practice
  • CPH 609 Public Health Practicum
  • CPH 608 Public Health Capstone
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.


STEP 1: Apply to the online MPH program using SOPHAS by July 1.
• Select MPH in Health Systems and Policy Analytics-ONLINE.
• SOPHAS is used as the primary application for the MPH program. Your admission decision will be made using this application

STEP 2: Apply to the UK Graduate School following your SOPHAS application decision.
• The UK Graduate School application is secondary and used to enroll you as a graduate student at the university.
• All information received from your SOPHAS application is sent to the Graduate School by the College of Public Health.
• When completing your application for the Graduate School, you can upload the documents you used for your SOPHAS application.

For more information, please contact the College at or 859-257-5678.

Required Admissions Materials:

  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Three (3) evaluations/recommendations
  • Resume/CV
  • Writing sample

Admissions Criteria

Program Contact

Richard Ingram
Director of Graduate Studies


Fall 2024-2025 cycle

Application Due Date:
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Accredited By CEPH

The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online


No test scores required.

One tuition rate

Pay the same online tuition rate, no matter where you live.

UK degree

Degrees are conferred by the University of Kentucky, an accredited university.

Grad tuition cap

Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.


UK College of Public Health was the best choice for me. It has all the resources of a large research institute, but small class sizes that allow you to connect with professors, students, and opportunities; this gives students the best of both worlds.
Allison Merritt
MPH Alumni, 2018


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