An affordable, world-renowned Online MPH program from Boston University without leaving home.
Fully online and offered by the nationally recognized, #6 ranked school of public health, the Boston University Online Master of Public Health (Online MPH) program offers a flexible, skills-based curriculum focused on health equity that prepares working professionals like you to solve real-world public health challenges.
Total tuition cost to earn your MPH degree from Boston University, regardless of how long it takes to complete the program.
Fully online courses
Self-paced for working professionals to continue their full-time careers without disruption – no in-person courses, orientation, seminars, or meetings. Join weekly live sessions led by our faculty.
Virtual engagement and networking
Weekly integrated opportunities to connect live with your peers. Virtual coffee hours with school leadership and experts, such as Dean Sandro Galea and Yvette Cozier.
24 months to 5 year timeline
42-credit program can be completed at your own pace.
Each module is designed and led by Boston University School of Public Health faculty, including Lisa Sullivan, Lora Sabin, David Rosenbloom, Julia Raifman, and more. Coursework is evidence-based, focused on sustainable solutions and practices that improve the health of populations.
A holistic, CEPH-accredited curriculum focused on health equity
Students complete six, online modules with weekly deadlines in addition to a 0-credit orientation module taken prior to the official start of the semester. These six modules are taken one at a time and must be completed in sequence—a student must successfully complete a module before taking the next module.
0. Online MPH Launch (0 cr)
1. Data, Determinants, and Decision-Making for Health Equity (8 cr)
2. Policy, Programs and Public Health Communication (8 cr)
3. Applied Methods in Population Health Science (8 cr)
4. Public Health Policy, Advocacy, and Community Organizing (8 cr)
5. Applied Public Health Practice (8 cr)
6. Integrative Seminar (2 cr)
Online MPH Embraces a Global Audience
For more information, see the Boston University Course Bulletin.
Upon the completion of the Online MPH degree, students will have gained the knowledge and skills to:
- Design an intervention that incorporates findings of a community health needs assessment that integrates multiple data sources and community priorities to identify health inequities and their sources
- Utilize evidence of health impacts associated with climate change and the environment to improve health and reduce inequities
- Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan to improve or scale a public health intervention, program, service, or policy
- Create an evidence-based strategy for community organizing and advocacy to create more equitable health systems or policies related to a public health issue
- Design a communication strategy that translates evidence-based findings for policy, advocacy or public health practice that are tailored to diverse audiences including the general public and the media
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The Online MPH program addresses all Council On Education For Public Health (CEPH) competencies including:
Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
- apply epidemiological methods to settings and situations in public health practice.
- select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
- analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
- interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.
Public Health & Healthcare Systems
- compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
- discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and systemic levels.
Planning & Management to Promote Health
- assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
- apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design, implementation, or critique of public health policies or programs.
- design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
- explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
- select methods to evaluate public health programs.
Policy in Public Health
- discuss the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
- propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
- advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
- evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
- apply leadership and/or management principles to address relevant issues.
- apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
- select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
- communicate audience-appropriate (i.e. non-academic, non-peer audience) public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
- describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.
Interprofessional and/or Intersectoral Practice
- integrate perspectives from other sectors and/or professions to promote and advance population health.
- apply a systems thinking tools to visually represent a public health issue in a format other than standard narrative.
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
- Minimum of 2 years full-time work experience
- GRE is NOT required and standardized test scores will NOT be considered as part of your application
- International students are required to submit English language proficiency exam
- Two letters of recommendation
- CV or resume
- Short essay admissions questions
- Students apply through SOPHAS platform