Master of Public Health, MPH

Temple University's Master of Public Health program is now available in a distance and online format.  The program is perfect for working students and professionals and seeks to meet their unique needs through a three-prong approach: live streaming course delivery that links online students with an in-person classroom, asynchronous online learning that allows students to work at their own pace, and a local fieldwork experience driven by student interests and ambitions. This innovative program connects students from Pennsylvania and throughout the world to Temple University’s first class faculty, students, and researchers. Outstanding Ph.D.and practitioner faculty provide limitless educational opportunities.

Temple University´s Master of Public Health was one of the first fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in the Delaware Valley and has over 20 years of experience in training public health professionals. Temple's MPH program provides a credential that indicates competency in social, environmental, and behavioral aspects of health, the analytic sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics, and principles of health service management, including program planning, evidence-based practice, and evaluation.   

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General Program Requirements

The MPH curriculum includes the following core courses in the broad disciplines of public health: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Science, Health Policy and Management, Public Health Practice, and Social and Behavioral Sciences; as well as cross-cutting competencies such as cultural competency, leadership, and public health biology. For more information about coursework and sequence, click here.

MPH degree requirements are:

MPH Core Courses:

18 credit hours [6 courses]

MPH Concentration Courses:

12 credit hours [4 courses]

MPH Fieldwork Practicum:

6 credit hours [2 courses]

Elective Coursework:

9 credit hours [3 courses] (advisor-approved)

Area of Study:

The Master of Public Health online program offers a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) and can be completed on a part time basis. The SBS concentration has a strong focus on addressing the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and the social and behavioral aspects of community health, health communication, program implementation and evaluation, and health education.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Overall grade point average of at least 3.0
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably academic references)
  • Statement of Goals
  • Resume

For more detail on each of these requirements, click here.

Internship: No internship is required, but students may opt for an internship as part of their M.P.H. fieldwork. 

Language Examination: A language exam is required for International Students, TOEFL or IELTS.

Tuition Information

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The culminating experience or fieldwork is a requirement of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting body of all U.S. schools and programs of public health, for completion of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The MPH culminating experience “requires a student to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice”. In addition, the culminating experience provides the student the opportunity to develop expertise in a topic area and to contribute original and independent observations to a body of knowledge.

The faculty recognizes that MPH graduates often have career paths that do not require or employ research skills, and that a practice-oriented culminating experience (professional practice CE) would better prepare students to practice public health in a public health agency or community setting.

The culminating experiences provide unique and valuable opportunities for the student, the community health agency, institution or health department, and Temple University. The students put into practice the knowledge gained throughout their MPH coursework and develop new skills and a better understanding of health issues. Faculty and health agencies benefit from the work produced by the students and the interaction with Temple University. Temple University faculty are informed of the needs of health agencies and use this information to update the MPH curriculum to produce knowledgeable and skilled practitioners.

Examples of culminating experience projects include program/project planning, implementation, and/or evaluation; health policy analysis; needs assessments; analysis of existing data; video, web page or curriculum development; case management, and community health service. The students produce a final report that illustrates their understanding of public health theory, principles, and processes, their ability to apply this knowledge, and demonstrate the competencies required of public health practitioners.

For even more information, please visit the Fieldwork page.

Program Contact Information:

Anne S. Frankel, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex, 9th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 204-9117 Office (Main campus)