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Online MPH ProgramAn online MPH program is a popular course with most programs welcoming students from all over the world. This means that your student cohort is likely to have a great variety of perspectives and personal circumstances to add to the course in terms of life experiences and different views on global topics.

What is an MPH?

MPH stands for Masters of Public Health and is a valuable qualification for those in researching or the practice of Public Health. Those working in public health usually work for governmental bodies, charities such as Cancer UK, and NGOs who all tend to deal with health issues on a large scale rather than on the individual basis. Postgraduate MPH students can come from a variety of backgrounds such as doctors, medical researchers or health promotion and will all have a good undergraduate degree with additional experience working in some form of public health. If you do not already have a postgraduate qualification, then some MPH courses require at least five years relevant experience. Gaining this experience will give you more to draw on during the course and improve your chances of gaining a place on your preferred course.


Universities offering online MPH programs

MPH courses are offered by online or distance learning all over the world and many areas of the world have non-profit associations that offer certification to MPH courses to prove that they are offering excellent education opportunities. In Europe, the Agency for Public Health Accreditation guides student looking for online MPH programs and in the United States there is the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health which offers similar services. There is an excellent selection of MPH programs on offer in the UK. The University of Edinburgh offers an online MPH program as does King's College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary's University London. In the US, there are online MPH courses at a variety of prestigious universities including New York University, University of California, George Washington University, Harvard University and the University of Florida. Globally, The University of Waterloo and the University of British Columbia in Canada and Monash University in Australia, all offer online MPH programs too.

MPH course content

Different online MPH programs can have different areas of specialised focus, so it’s important to choose an online MPH that offers the modules that you’re most interested in. For example, the online MPH at Harvard University focuses on Epidemiology in particular and some of the modules include topics such as the Introduction to Data Mining and Risk Prediction and Analytic Methods for Epidemiology. Meanwhile, the online MPH at Monash University has modules on Health Systems and Policy, Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and an Introduction to Health Law. The MPH at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is conducted entirely online and has five concentration areas including General Public Health, Health Services Management, Health Services Research, Environment and Health, Health Economics, and Health Promotion.

Duration of the course

Most online MPH courses are studied on a part-time basis, as most students are professionals working in Public Health. There are some online MPH courses, for example, the course at Harvard University that include sessions of on-campus study, so it is important to check the requirements and opt for a course that you are able to attend on site if this is deemed a necessary part of the program. The online MPH program at the University of Edinburgh includes an optional summer school, while the online MPH course offered by the Canadian University of Waterloo, has a two-week on-campus session. Because of the variety of ways that different universities can employ to deliver an online MPH program, the time it takes to complete an online MPH program varies, with some courses taking two or three years, and others up to four or even five years with flexible online study.

Online MPH tuition fees

Here is a selection of online MPH programs available at universities from around the world with details of their tuition fees.
Online MPH Tuition Fees


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