Executive Master of Public Health

Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I find out more information about the Executive MPH program?

There are several ways:

  • Visit the Executive MPH website: www.usm.edu/emph
  • By phone: (601) 266-4911
  • By email: executive.mph@usm.edu
  • Click the “TAKE THE NEXT STEP – FILL OUT THE FORM” button on this website, fill out the form and an Executive MPH faculty or staff member will contact you shortly.

What is the Executive MPH program in Health Services Administration?

The Executive Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration is a graduate degree program designed specifically for working health care professionals who have chosen a career path in the management of health services organizations such has hospitals, nursing homes, physician group practices, and/or public & mental health departments among others.  Each course is tailored to the application of its subject matter to the delivery of health care services.

Known as the “Executive MPH” or “EMPH”, the program is taught in an executive format with classes scheduled on weekends (Friday/Saturday).  Further, the Executive MPH is a hybrid graduate program, meaning that students complete approximately half of the coursework online through the university’s Blackboard online learning system, with the remaining coursework being completed during on-campus classes approximately one weekend (Friday/Saturday) per month.

The curriculum is a unique combination of public health, business style, and health systems courses that will enable graduates to apply business principles and practices to the operation of a health services organization.  Many of the courses are taught by health care managers and consultants who have worked in health care services.
Students in the Executive MPH program must have a minimum three years’ professional experience in the health care industry.

What types of professionals have been in the Executive MPH program at Southern Miss?

Each Executive MPH cohort comprises a diverse mix of healthcare professionals from both public and private sectors.  Our small class size allows for a highly interactive learning environment in which ideas, professional experiences and expertise in the areas of healthcare, management and public health are readily exchanged.
Based on data from our graduating classes in 2008-2011, the program’s basic student demographics are as follows:

Professional Role in an Organization:

  • Clinical/Clinical Management (Private Sector): 34%
  • Management and Administration (Private Sector): 21%
  • Public and Mental Health: 19%
  • Military: 12%
  • Research/Academic: 10%
  • Consulting/Other: 4%

Average Years of Professional Healthcare Experience:

  • 14 (with a range of 3-38 years)

Students with Additional Advanced Degrees (M.D., Ph.D. D.V.M, M.B.A., M.S.N., M.S.W., M.S):

  • 20%

Average Age:

  • 34 (with a range of 23-62)


  • Female: 65%
  • Male: 35%

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Caucasian/White: 56%
  • African American/Black: 40%
  • Asian: 4%

States Where Our Students Reside:

  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Job Titles of Executive MPH Students at The University of Southern Mississippi
(From Graduating Classes of 2008-2011)

  • Active Treatment Technician - Advanced
  • Administrative Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer
  • Administrator, Long-Term Care
  • Administrator, Medical Center
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Assistant Director, Respiratory Care
  • Assistant Rehabilitation Director
  • Assisted Housing Specialist
  • Bone Density Technologist
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Medical Physicist
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Clinical Coordinator of E.R.
  • Community Advocate
  • Coordinator of CORE Projects
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Office Manager
  • Director of Allied Health
  • Director of Credentialing
  • Director of Education
  • Director of Emergency Technology
  • Director of Environmental Services
  • Director of Marketing and Public Relations
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Nutrition Services
  • Director of Pharmacy
  • Director of Respiratory Care Technology Program
  • Emergency Preparedness Educator
  • Executive Director
  • Health Maintenance Case Manager
  • Health Services Officer, U.S. Public Health Service
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Hospital Director - Animal Health Center
  • Hospitalist
  • Lead Respiratory Therapist
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Manager, Cardiovascular Services
  • Manager, Women's and Children's Unit
  • Marketing Services Coordinator
  • Medical Case Management Consultant
  • Navy Chief
  • Navy Delayed Entry Program Coordinator
  • Navy Hospital Corpsman First Class
  • Navy Leading Petty Officer/Clinic Supervisor
  • Navy Lieutenant
  • Nurse Manager
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Oncology Service Line Director
  • Patient Access Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Physician
  • Point of Care Coordinator
  • Public Health Educator
  • Registered Nurse
  • Research Laboratory Manager
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Safety Health Security Leader
  • School Based Mental Health Clinician
  • School Nurse
  • Service Chief, Community Veterinary Sciences
  • Social Worker
  • State Disease Intervention Supervisor
  • Supervisor of Microbiology
  • United States Senate Legislative Assistant- Health Care
  • Urban Development Planner
  • Workers' Compensation Coordinator




What steps do I take in order to apply to the Executive MPH program in Health Services Administration?

Applying to the Executive Master of Public Health program is two-step process, which includes applying to the University’s Graduate School and the Executive MPH program. 

Items that need to be completed for the Graduate School include:

  • A completed Graduate School Application ) and $50.00 application fee
  • Official transcripts from every higher education institution attended (with the exception of The University of Southern Mississippi; these transcripts are already on file)
    • Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Official immunization records (two doses of MMR are required)
  • Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores

Items that need to be completed for the Executive MPH program include:

  • A completed Executive MPH Information Form
  • Three letters of reference
    • Letters of reference from individuals qualified to assess your academic/professional potential, preferable one from your current manager/supervisor.
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Typewritten essay (approximately 500 words) addressing:
    • Your career objectives and how the Executive MPH course offerings leading to the MPH will help in reaching them;
    • A description of how your career has progressed to this point; and
    • Your personal view of the current status of our health care system

Executive MPH Application Checklist and Admissions Packet

Admissions Interviews
Once all items are received by the Graduate School and the Executive MPH program, the Executive MPH Admissions Panel will review your file and determine your eligibility for the program.  If the Panel determines that you are eligible for the program, you will be contacted by an Executive MPH faculty or staff member to set up an on-campus interview.  Following the completion of your interview, a final admission decision will be made; all applicants will be notified by mail.

The Executive Master of Public Health program admits one cohort of 25 highly-qualified students each fall.  The program does not admit students in the spring and summer terms.

All application materials must be received by July 15 for fall term admission.

When does the Executive MPH program start?  Does the program admit in the Spring or Summer semesters?

The Executive MPH program admits one class of twenty-five highly qualified students each fall semester.  The Executive MPH program does not admit in the Spring or Summer semesters.

When is the application deadline for the Executive MPH program?

July 15th is the official deadline for admission in to the Executive MPH program for the fall semester.  The Graduate School and the Executive MPH program must have all documents and other required materials in our offices by that date in order to be considered for Fall admission.

What is the Education/ Degree and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement for admission to the program?  Is an undergraduate or advanced degree in healthcare required?

We require all applicants to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; further, applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

In terms of a specific degree required, our students hold degrees in a variety of areas, including but not limited to nursing, medicine, business, finance, accounting, social work, community and public health sciences, psychology, nutrition/dietetics, allied health, dentistry/dental hygiene, veterinary medicine, information technology, biology and therapy, among others.  While there is no specific educational “specialty” requirement, we do require students to have a minimum three years full-time working experience in the health care industry.

Are there any pre-requisites/courses I need to have taken or complete prior to starting the Executive MPH program?

No.  Admission to the Executive MPH does not require pre-requisite courses.  However, it is recommended that students have the knowledge of the principles of management, statistics, economics, accounting and the American health care system.

Incoming students should be familiar with all Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and the Internet.


Are Executive MPH students eligible for financial aid?

Our program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH); thus, students in our program are eligible for apply for financial aid.  However, a student’s individual eligibility is based on his/her income level, etc.

For more information on financial aid, scholarships and grants, please contact our Financial Aid Office at (601) 266-4774 or financial.aid@usm.edu .

What is the total cost for the Executive MPH program?

The total cost for the Executive MPH program is $20,500.  Fees are payable in five equal payments of $4,100 payable at the beginning of each semester (an installment payment plan is also available).  Fees are nonrefundable once payment is made regardless of the student’s ability to complete the semester.

The total cost includes all of the following:

  • All course tuition and fees
  • All required books and class materials
  • Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack both days of each on-campus weekend
  • On-campus parking permit fee
  • On-campus wireless internet access fee
  • Blackboard (online learning system) technology fee
  • Payne Center (on-campus wellness and recreation center) fee
  • Group tutoring for select courses
  • Graduation/Cap and Gown fees
  • Special program events (Orientation, Graduation Celebration, etc.)




What are the important factors I need to consider when applying to the Executive MPH program?

There are several factors to consider, including but not limited to the following:

  • We are the first and only Executive Health Services Administration program in the State of Mississippi.
  • The Executive MPH program is the only Executive graduate program in Mississippi that is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) which is the only nationally recognized accreditation program in the U.S. in public health.
  • The Executive MPH takes twenty-two months to complete.
  • All classes are taught by full-time and adjunct faculty members of The University of Southern Mississippi who have been recognized as experts in their fields.
  • Our students are able to focus entirely on their graduate education because of the full-service program offered for all Executive MPH students.  Our executive students need not worry about registering for courses, waiting in long lines at the campus book store, or buying meals during class days – the Executive MPH staff handles virtually all non-course related issues for our students.
  • The Executive MPH course format is designed specifically for full-time healthcare professionals who want to pursue a graduate degree in healthcare administration.  Students meet on-campus approximately one weekend (Friday/Saturday) per month and the remainder of their coursework is completed online in the privacy of their home or office.


Where are the Executive MPH on-campus course weekends held?

The Executive MPH program is taught on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.


Am I able to transfer in other graduate coursework I’ve completed previously?

Because of the integrated structure of the curriculum and the nature of cohorted education, no courses or credit may be transferred into the Executive MPH program for use toward the degree requirements.  Regardless of previous experience or academic work, all Executive MPH students must take call required courses in the required sequence and at the required time.


What are the graduation requirements for the Executive MPH program?

In order to graduate, a student must complete all courses with a GPA of no less than 3.0 on the 4.0 scale with no more than one C.

Each student is required to take a capstone course in their last semester.  At the end of this program, every student will submit in writing and give an oral presentation of an approved case to a panel of faculty members.  This written case and presentation serves as the University’s require comprehensive examination.


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