Public Health MPH (Master’s)
Promote positive change and transform the health and well-being of your community through Creighton University’s online Master of Public Health (MPH).
In the School of Medicine you’ll earn an education grounded in the Jesuit values that make up our mission, including caring for the whole person and fighting for the best interests of poor and marginalized populations.
If you’re driven to serve others by advocating for health education, solving population health issues, eliminating socioeconomic barriers to a healthy family, and promoting disease control and prevention, this program is for you.
“I invite you to become part of the Creighton community. I’m certain you’ll transform not only your life, but also the lives of those you touch because of what you have learned through your graduate studies at Creighton.”
— Rev. Kevin T. Fitzgerald, SJ. PhD, PhD | Interim Dean of the Graduate School
Learn from experienced faculty—and each other
Creighton’s online master’s in public health program is housed within the School of Medicine, which brings together different concepts and perspectives to provide students with a robust education.
You’ll learn from instructors who have been involved with some of the nation’s leading public health organizations, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Association of Local Boards of Health. Our students come from various backgrounds, including pharmaceutical sales, military, dentistry, pharmacy, law, psychology and others. Combining your viewpoints and experiences with those of a diverse group of students and practiced faculty members allows for a well-rounded education that can position you for a successful career in public health.
A program tailored to your career goals and lifestyle
We know that graduate school is a huge investment of your time and money, so we make sure that your investment is a smart one—and one that you can fit in your busy schedule. This public health master's program of 42 credit hours, is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed fully online in about two and a half years.
Your passions and career goals will help shape your degree path. You’ll get to choose from concentrations in Healthcare Management, Health Care Ethics or Global Health Promotion.
One of the final requirements of the program, the practice experience, is also designed to be flexible. You’ll work with a practicum coordinator to determine the focus of your practice experience based on your goals and interests, then complete the practicum by working with a public health professional in your area. At the end, you’ll use your experiences to complete your capstone project.
"The MPH program at Creighton University has been instrumental in guiding my educational pursuits and goals. The different courses and curriculum have provided me with a strong public health knowledge base, which will allow me to be successful in any area."
— Sheila Brown | MPH Student
Program Goals and Curriculum
The Master of Public Health program is ideal for individuals looking for a rewarding career promoting healthy individuals, families and communities by solving public health issues.
To earn this master’s degree, complete 42 credits, as listed below: (Those enrolled prior to Fall 2022 will need to complete 42-43 credits to complete the degree)
- Required Courses - Core Public Health Knowledge (21 credits):
- Organization and Management of Public Health Services
- Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research
- Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
- Environmental Health
- Ethical Issues in Population Health: A Global Perspective
- Mixed Methods
- Concentration Courses (choose between one of the following concentrations):
- Healthcare Management Concentration (15 Credits)
- Health Care Ethics Concentration (15 Credits)
- Global Health Promotion Concentration (15 Credits) *Arrupe Global Scholars will pursue this concentration with their dual MD degree.
- Practice Experience and Capstone (6 credits)
Our faculty come from backgrounds in business, health, education, law, and the arts and sciences. Together, their experiences and expertise provide graduate students with a robust interdisciplinary education.
The Master of Public Health program at Creighton University is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
To be considered for admission to the Master’s in Public Health program, applicants must:
- Complete an application
- Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
- Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
- Include a resume or curriculum vitae
- Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
- Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.
International students are welcomed into this program so long as they complete it from their country of residence, as F-1 visas will not be issued.
International applicants must:
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.
Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.
Dates and Deadlines
The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.
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Approved by National Board for Master of Public Health (MPH)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program received accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs and sets a uniform criterion for all public health programs.
This news is important to our current and prospective students as employers value and, in many cases require, master’s-level students obtain their public health degree from CEPH-accredited programs. According to MPH program director Dr. Dhitinut Ratnapradipa, “This recent accreditation will greatly expand career opportunities for students in our program.”
Based on CEPH procedures, the program’s initial accreditation date will be September 6, 2019. Here is a link to the Official Accreditation Report. To request a copy of our final self-study document please email firstname.lastname@example.org.