Master of Public Health (MPH)

Why Public Health?

A Master of Public Health (MPH) is one of the most powerful and employable graduate  degrees available. Public Health is an interconnected and multi-faceted field that operates in private and public sectors to improve the well-being of individuals, families, communities and nations. MPH graduates are trained and positioned to work in US and foreign governments from local to international levels, for non-profit organizations, educational institutions, health care facilities, corporate settings, and community coalitions. Graduates are prepared to assume many roles in health promotion and disease prevention, including the development and implementation of programs that address the underlying causes of illness and health disparities such as social, economic, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health. Public health is a rewarding field that offers a variety of exciting career opportunities in teaching, research, and service, which often involve traveling around the world, working with diverse individuals and populations, leading life-saving campaigns, and creating innovative solutions to challenging health problems. There is a critical shortage of graduate-trained public health workers, thus MPH graduates find jobs that match their interests, are higher ranked, and earn greater salaries than the national average.

Why Public Health?

The Master of Public Health program at HPU prepares graduates to work in the public or private sector in jobs focusing on program/project management, health education and promotion, policy analysis, research, and other advanced practice public health roles.

Located at the ‘cross-road of the Pacific’, HPU’s MPH program offers faculty, course content, and field placements that specialize in public health issues in the Pacific and Pacific Rim, as well as U.S. and global perspectives. Core courses in the MPH program include epidemiology, biostatistics, multicultural health, social, behavioral, & environmental determinants of health, research, health policy, and program planning, implementation, & evaluation.

HPU’s MPH program is also a flexible, accelerated program that can be completed either fully online or hybrid (in-person +online). It is designed so that graduates are ready to work in the field within 2 years of admission to the program.

Potential Careers
There will continue to be a high demand for professional public health workers in areas such as:

– Government agencies
– Non-governmental agencies
– Schools and other educational institutions
– Drug and alcohol prevention programs
– Tobacco cessation programs
– International Aid Organizations
– Worksite wellness centers
– Health coalitions
– World Health Organization

Potential Careers
Admission Requirements


Individuals wishing to apply to MPH program are required to submit the following:

– Application
– Transcripts
– $50 application fee
– Baccalaureate degree
– Person Statement
– Overall GPA 3.0 or better
– 3 Letters of Reference
– Current CV/resumé
– TOEFL or IELTS (non-native English speakers only)
– One college-level course in each of the following areas: General Biology, Statistics, and a Health-related science course (anatomy, physiology, nutrition, microbiology)




Admission Requirements
Program of Study

The MPH is an 18-month program can be completed either fully online or hybrid (in-person + online) via synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Each course is offered in an 8-week term requiring full-time students to take 2 courses per 8-week term, and culminating with over 200 hours of field training and a thesis project. Field Training can be completed at health organizations and agencies conveniently located within the graduate student’s local community, where students will be mentored by the site supervisors and HPU faculty advisors. Part-time study options are available but may extend time to graduation.

Degree Requirements - 45 credits

First-Year Courses - 30 credits

PH 6100 Foundations of Public Health and Advanced Practice Roles

PH 6120 Biostatistics

PH 6140 Epidemiology

PH 6160 Social Determinants of Health

PH 6200 Chronic and Communicable Diseases

PH 6220 Health Behavior Change Theory and Program Planning

PH 6240 Multicultural Health

PH 6260 Environmental and Occupational Health

PH 6300 Public Health Research Methods

MGMT 6000  Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership 

Second-Year Courses - 15 credits

PH 6400 Health Policy, Law, and Ethics

PH 6420 Social Justice and Public Health Advocacy

PH 6500 Field Training I: Community Health Assessment, Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

PH 6550 Field Training II: Community Health Assessment, Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

PH 7000 Public Health Capstone

Program of Study