Executive M.P.H. Program

Abigail Friedman, Ph.D., Director

The two-year, part-time, Executive M.P.H. Program combines online education with in-person management and leadership to provide training to:

  1. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and at least four years of relevant work experience;
  2. Individuals with a master’s degree and at least two years of relevant work experience; and,
  3. Individuals with a doctoral (or international equivalent) degree in a field related to public health (e.g., physicians, dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists, veterinarians, attorneys, and those with a doctorate in the biological, behavioral, or social sciences).

The program is designed for mature individuals with clear goals in public health.

Students can enter the program to gain skills in the public health sciences and to prepare for careers in a variety of settings, including academia; local, national, or international public health agencies; industry; and nonprofit foundations and research organizations.

Students have the option of selecting up to two of four tracks to complete during their time in the program: Health Informatics, Environmental Health Sciences, Applied Analytic Methods and Epidemiology, or the Critical Topics in Public Health Track.* Students with no tracks elected will complete all non-core course credits through their elective coursework. Students may take on-site courses to meet elective requirements, noting any prerequisites and/or faculty permissions, if they can meet attendance requirements. The program begins with courses in a summer term followed by two years of part-time study that combines online courses and three on-site intensives. Students must maintain residency in one of the three countries of eligibility in order to maintain enrollment in the program: United States, Mexico, or Canada.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements

EPH 528EEveryday Leadership.5
EPH 529EExecutive Communication Skills for Public Health and Healthcare.5
EPH 530EDesign Thinking in Public Health Systems.5
EPH 533EFoundations of Behavior Change1
EPH 534EFoundations of Epidemiology and Public Health1
EPH 535EBiostatistics in Public Health1
EPH 536EEvidence-Based Decision-Making in Public Health1
EPH 537EFrontiers of Public Health1
EPH 538EHealth Policy and Health Care Systems1
EPH 539EEthics in Public Health.5
EPH 540EExecutive M.P.H. Capstone1
EPH 541EExecutive M.P.H. Capstone1

Track Requirements

Health Informatics Track

BIS 542EIntroduction to Health Informatics1
BIS 543ETopics in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science1
BIS 544EComputational Methods for Informatics1

Environmental Health Sciences Track

EHS 540EEnvironmental Exposure Assessment1
EHS 541EToxicity of Environmental Chemicals and Green Chemistry Solutions1
EHS 542ERisk Assessment and Policy1

Critical Topics in Public Health Track*

EMD 542EIntroduction to Public Health Modeling1
HPM 541ELeading Healthcare Transformation1
SBS 540EMonitoring and Evaluation in Public Health: Principles and Applications1
SBS 577Health Communication and the Media1

Applied Analytic Methods and Epidemiology Track

CDE 540EPrinciples of Epidemiology II1
CDE 541EApplied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology1
CDE 543ESystematic Reviews and Meta-analyses: Methodology of Synthesizing Evidence1

*The Critical Topics in Public Health Track will remain available to classes entering in summer 2024 or earlier. The track will be discontinued for all future classes.


Upon completing the Executive M.P.H. Program, the student will be able to:

  • Develop solutions for complex health challenges through user-centered design principles and practices
  • Propose managerial approaches to address organizational challenges
  • Evaluate different types of evidence to propose sustainable, evidence-based solutions to address key public health challenges
  • Compare and contrast multiple perspectives on an important public health problem  
  • Justify the use of appropriate epidemiological and biostatistical methods to draw inferences from public health data