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Graduate Programs

Public Health - Master's Program Details


All MPH & EMPH Candidates must complete their culminating practicum experience during their last semester in the program. This fieldwork experience requires students to use their knowledge and skills gained academically in an off-campus public health agency. MPH Candidates make meaningful contributions to these agencies and the experience gained from their hands-on work contributes to
the student’s professional development.


The School of Health Professions offers a number of scholarships and awards made available by donations from friends of the program. The availability of awards varies by emphasis area.

Fred Barten Memorial Scholarship in Health Administration;
Lynn Cook Hartwig - Hattiesburg Clinic Scholarship Endowment; 
Outstanding Master of Public Health Research Award;
Alton B. Cobb Outstanding Master of Public Health Award

Specific Admission Requirements

MPH Requirements: 
The application requirements for the traditional MPH Program (Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Health Education and Health Policy & Administration-Online) consists of GRE scores, minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA, three recommendation letters and a Statement of Purpose.

EMPH Admission Requirements: 
The Executive MPH is designed for experienced working health care professionals. Admission is limited to twenty-five highly qualified students. Admission application requirements include: 3 years of management experience, an Admissions Interview, GRE scores, minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA, 3 recommendation letters and a Statement of Purpose.

To schedule an admissions advisement appointment contact Graduate Coordinator Vickie Reed.

Other Distinctive Elements

University of Southern Mississippi made the rankings at 4th for Master's Degrees in Public Health! See the following weblink:

Since 2015 we have been ranked in the top 50 for most affordable degrees in healthcare administration: See the web links below for more information: 

Southern Miss Master of Public Health Ranked Among Most Affordable Programs

50 Most Affordable Master in Public Health Degree Programs 2018/Health Administration Degree Programs