Master of Public Health in Global Public Health (MPH)
The Rutgers School of Public Health’s Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Public Health degree educates students on how to assess determinants of global public health in a range of contexts based on the five major public health perspectives: systems and policies, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, and health education and behavioral science.
About the Program
Graduates of the MPH in Global Public Health degree will have an in-depth understanding of the economic, educational, political, sociocultural, environmental, ecological, and biological conditions that impact health outcomes for worldwide populations. As community advocates versed in global public health education, research, and practice, students will be prepared to devise thoughtful and compassionate solutions to health challenges that consider the region’s social determinants of health and diverse data.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health Exam.
Each concentration identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.
Upon graduation, a student completing the MPH curriculum in Global Public Health will be able to:
- Evaluate determinants of global public health based on one or more of the five major public health perspectives: systems and policies, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, or health education and behavioral science;
- Examine economic, educational, political, sociocultural, environmental, ecological or biological conditions that represent obstacles to attaining global health;
- Describe how management of global health programs is influenced by international organizational, regulatory, or ethical frameworks;
- Explain the global standards for the protection of human subjects in diverse cultural settings;
- Analyze causes of morbidity and/or mortality in major regions of the world and how they are affected by demographic, sociocultural, biological, or occupational and environmental factors; and
- Apply global perspectives to public health education, research, or practice.
Program Format and Length
The MPH in Global Public Health degree is offered to students for full-time or part-time basis. Courses are available in-person, remote, and/or online. Students will complete a total of 45 credits, including a practicum experience and capstone research project.
Students seeking this degree must complete 45 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.0; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than “B,” and complete the degree requirements within six years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted and semester when each course is typically offered is noted parentheses. Students should review the Forward Schedule for long-term course planning and the Schedule-At-A-Glance for each semester to determine when, where, and how a course is offered.
If completing the program as a full-time student (nine or more credits per semester), the degree requirements may be completed in as little as two years (four to five semesters). Part-time students taking at least six credits per semester may expect to finish within four years. Taking courses in the summer may help expedite part-time students’ timing.
Dual-degree options are available in partnership with other Rutgers University schools.
Students are also required to register for and complete an Interprofessional Education activity prior to graduation.
Students can earn a post-baccalaureate certificate alongside their degree with an additional 6-12 credits. Contact admissions for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline and Requirements
Fall Semester Start Date
January 15 (priority)
May 1 (regular)
Spring Semester Start Date
October 15 (priority)
December 1 (regular)
A complete application includes:
- Completion of the online application
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Statement of goals, one-to-three pages in length, which addresses:
- Interest in the program
- Preparedness for the program
- Goals and aspirations
- Two letters of recommendation with at least one letter from an academic reference if you are currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last four years.
- Resume or CV
- GRE General Exam (optional)
- TOEFL or IELTS score for applicants educated in a non-native English-speaking country
Applications are accepted on a rolling, space-available basis following the regular deadline.
Core Courses (18 credits)
- PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
- PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
- PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
- PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
- PHCO 0505 - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health
- PHCO 0513 - Leadership and Management Essentials for Public Health
Practicum (3 credits)
Note: Students should review the Practice Experience webpage for information about Practicum.
- PRAC 0715 - Applied Practice Experience (0 credits) [Prerequisite: APE Learning Agreement and select PHCO and concentration courses]
- PRAC 0716 - Practicum Capstone (3 credits) [Prerequisite: Completion of the APE and Practicum Capstone Learning Agreement]
Review the School’s Registration Calendar for important MPH Practice Experience Registration dates specific to PRAC 0715 and PRAC 0716.
Concentration Courses (15 credits)
Note: Students should review the Course Descriptions in the School Catalog for specific information about prerequisites required for required courses and recommended electives.
- UGPH 0600 - Introduction to Global Public Health (Fall/Spring)
- UGPH 0515 - Global Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases (Spring)
- HBSP 0600 - Health Behavior and Policy Research Design and Methods (Fall/Spring/Summer)
- HBSP 0623 - Cross National Comparisons of Health Systems (Spring)
- HBSP 0652 - Program Planning and Evaluation (Fall/Spring/Summer)
Other Requirements (0 credits)
- PRAC 0621 - Interprofessional Education (0 credits) [Fall/Spring]
Students are required to register for and complete an Interprofessional Education activity prior to graduation.
Elective Courses (9 credits)
Electives with Emphasis on Biomedical/Environmental Health
- ENOH 0560 - Public Health Biology and Physiology (Spring)
- EPID 0601 - Cancer Epidemiology (Spring)
- EPID 0607 - Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology (Fall)
- EPID 0650 - Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (Spring)
- EPID 0652 - Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases (Fall)
Electives with Emphasis on Social Determinants of Health
- EPID 0673 - Social Epidemiology (Spring)
- HBSP 0653 - Modifying Health Behaviors: Theory and Practice (Spring)
- HBSP 0655 - Social Marketing (Fall)
- UGPH 0521 - Culture & Health (Spring)
Electives with Emphasis on Health Systems and Policy
- HBSP 0601 - Aging in World Cities
- HBSP 0622 - Health Politics and Policy (Spring)
- HBSP 0624 - Population Health and Public Policy (Fall)