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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

 

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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, currently 44 credit hours but starting in Fall 2022 will be 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 or Health Care Ethics.

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

Testimonial from Sheila Brown, a Creighton University MPH student
CEPH Accredited Master's Badge
12% projected growth in public health jobs in the next decade

Program Details

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, you currently must complete 44 credits, as listed below.
Beginning Fall 2022, you will need to complete 42 credits to complete the degree:

  • Required Courses:
    • Writing for Graduate Students (Not required beginning Fall 2022)
    • Organization and Management of Public Health Services
    • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Environmental Health
    • Biostatistics
    • Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research
    • Public Health Ethics
  • Concentration Courses (choose between one of the following concentrations):
    • Global Health Promotion Concentration (15 Credits) *Arrupe Global Scholars will pursue this concentration with their dual MD degree.
    • Health Care Ethics Concentration (15 Credits)
    • Healthcare Management Concentration (15 Credits)
  • Practice Experience and Capstone

Faculty

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Financial Aid
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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August

August 1

January

December 1

May

April 1

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 mph@creighton.edu.

Still Have Questions?

Reach out to an Enrollment Specialist