Online Master of Public Health - Program for Experienced Professionals

College of Public Health

Ohio State’s fully online Master of Public Health degree, the MPH Program For Experienced Professionals (MPH-PEP), offers a unique curriculum in population health leadership and management — skills essential for today’s public health and health care leaders. Students graduate with mastery of MPH competencies and specialization competencies developed to match the needs of professionals in public health, health care and nonprofit organizations as they serve communities and patients.   

The unique concentration of specialization courses allows students in the MPH program to dig deeper into specific concepts in leadership, organizational operations, decision-making, cost-effectiveness evaluation and project management. Students will become leaders in public health, health care and community health who can work across sectors to create real change in the populations they serve.

Online courses are offered in highly interactive formats, allowing for group conversations, presentations, discussions and lectures, as well as serving as a platform for students to learn from each other. Master of Public Health students connect through Ohio State’s content management system, CarmenCanvas, providing them with flexibility to complete assignments while maintaining dynamic connections with instructors and classmates.

Please note: MPH-PEP applicants are required to submit an application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).  Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. All application materials must be sent directly to SOPHAS. More information on how to apply can be found on the College of Public Health site.

Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online
Time to Completion: 
2-5 years, depending on course load
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Julia Applegate
Director of the Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity at Equitas Health
"I have a better grasp on public health because of the program and am prepared for real-world challenges I face at work on a daily basis."

Sample Courses


Public Health Leadership and Organizational Behavior

The course is an introduction to major theories and concepts of leadership and organizational behavior and their application to challenges public health organizations and health care systems.

Strategic Change for Public Health and Population Health Management

The course provides a foundation in the approaches, concepts and methods of strategic planning and the management of organizational change as applied to public health and population health management.

Health Economics for Experienced Professionals

This course applies the principles of microeconomics to health care sectors, with special emphasis on issues relevant to public health professionals.

Operations Management and System Design

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental theories, principles and practices for designing and managing operations.

Featured Faculty

Assistant Professor - Clinical, Director of the Master of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals

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