Earn Your Master of Public Health Degree
The Master of Public Health Program provides students with academic skills, practical experience and multidisciplinary study that will enable them to to meet 21st century public health challenges. Public Health is a science protecting and improving the health of communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, and detecting, preventing and responding to both chronic and infectious diseases. Public health practitioners promote healthcare equity, quality and accessibility while working to decrease health disparities. The Master of Public Health degree is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is the national accrediting body for programs in Public Health.
Initial CEPH accreditation was awarded in 1993 and the MPH Program has kept its accredited since that time. The latest reaccreditation was awarded by CEPH in October 2015 for a period of seven years. The Master of Public Health Program is accredited through 2022.
MPH Emphasis Areas
The epidemiology and biostatistics emphasis area provides knowledge and skills crucial for many careers in public health research, including disease control and prevention and data management.
The health education emphasis focuses on preventing disease and promoting health for individuals, groups and communities. Health education students can take the national certification exam to become CHES certified.
The health policy and administration emphasis provides a thorough understanding of the factors influencing health policy and prepares graduates to work in management and supervisory roles within healthcare organizations.
Master of Public Health Mission
The mission of the Master of Public Health program is to advance the public's health through education, research, and service with a focus on preparing students to become competent public health practitioners and/or administrators. These values of the program are widely and deeply held beliefs of our School of Health Professions faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
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.
Executive MPH 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.
All MPH & Executive MPH 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
The University of Southern Mississippi made the rankings at 4th for 2019 Most Affordable Online MPH Programs by onlineu.org.
Since 2015 we have been ranked in the top 50 for most affordable degrees in healthcare administration:
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- Samantha Wells, Alum '17,
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