Master of Public Health

General

Program Description

Featuring a concentration in community health, our flexible Master of Public Health (MPH) program options are designed to educate professionals to support and enhance public and community health locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Individuals will gain a foundation in all five areas of public health: health behavior and education, health services administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental sciences.

Students gain hands-on experience in the field through course projects, research and internship opportunities. Successful graduates are prepared to take the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Exam and become Certified Health Education Specialists. We offer several curriculum options including full-time on campus, part-time on campus, part-time online, and hybrid. To see our curriculum options, go to https://www.lynchburg.edu/graduate/master-of-public-health/curriculum-courses/

Graduates are employed in:

  • Hospitals
  • Public Health departments
  • Government agencies
  • Community organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Senior living centers
  • Advocacy & healthcare organizations

Program Requirements:

  • GPA of 2.75
  • Official transcript from a 4-year Institution: If you attended a university or college outside of the United States, your university transcripts must be submitted to World Education Services (WES) for course evaluation
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One-page resume
  • Professional essay (one page describing your interest and/or experience in Public Health)
  • International applicants - TOEFL exam results: A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, 210 on the computer-based exam, 78 on the Internet-based exam, or a 6.0 on the IELTS is required for admission
  • International Students - more information available at https://www.lynchburg.edu/undergraduate-admission/for-applicants/how-to-apply/international-application-steps/

Curriculum is based on the public health core competencies as defined by the Association of Schools of Public Health. The degree requires a total of 30-36 credit hours depending on previous education and clinical experience. Courses include:

  • MPH 605 Public Health Needs & Assessment (3)
  • MPH 610 Biostatistics (3)
  • MPH 615 Environmental Health (3)
  • MPH 620 Social Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • MPH 625 Public Health Implementation & Evaluation (3)
  • MPH 630 Epidemiology (3)
  • MPH 635 Community Health Administration (3)
  • MPH 640 Ethical Issues in Public Health (3)
  • MPH 650 Public Health Internship (3)
  • MPH 651* Public Health Internship (6)
  • MPH 652* Public Health Internship (9)
  • MPH 655** Public Health Capstone Seminar (3)
  • MPH 675 Public Health Research (3-9)

*MPH 651 and/or MPH 652 are taken if a non-Health Promotion undergraduate student has not had internship hours previously supervised by University of Lynchburg.

**MPH 655 is the program capstone course. All students take this course during the final semester.

The University of Lynchburg is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ranked as a top "College Town" and one of the "Happiest and Healthiest Cities in America". Lynchburg is a centrally located Virginia city at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Lynchburg is located approximately 180 miles southwest of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. It is a city with outstanding cultural, educational, and recreation opportunities, including hiking on the Appalachian Trail; swimming and boating on Smith Mountain Lake; skiing at nearby Wintergreen Resort; or taking in a minor-league baseball game at the city-managed stadium.

For more information about Lynchburg, visit https://www.lynchburg.edu/student-life/city-life/

Program FAQs:

When is the application deadline?
  • There is no deadline for non-international students. We have rolling enrollment in both Fall & Spring semesters and encourage students to apply as soon as possible.
  • For international students, the Fall Enrollment Deadline is June 1, and the Spring Enrollment Deadline is October 1st. This allows time to meet visa requirements.
Is the MPH Program available online?
  • Yes! The online, part-time program is designed for students to complete the program in 2-4 years. You can apply now!
Are transferable credits from other institutions accepted?
  • The University of Lynchburg’s Master’s Degree Programs typically allow up to 6 credits to be transferred into a degree program. A transfer credit request form is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.Contact them at gradstudies@lynchburg.edu for more information.
What is the application process?
  • Go to https://www.lynchburg.edu/graduate-admission/ to submit the online application. Then, upload the required items separately. References will receive an email to upload their letter of recommendation directly into the online system. For questions about the application process, contact the Graduate Studies Office at gradstudies@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8383.
How much does it cost?
  • Tuition and cost information can be found at https://www.lynchburg.edu/graduate-admission/tuition-fees-payment/
Is financial aid available?
  • Yes, financial aid and scholarship opportunities for graduate students can be found at https://www.lynchburg.edu/graduate- admission/graduate-financial-aid/
Where is the University of Lynchburg?
  • The University of Lynchburg is located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ranked as a top "College Town" and one of the "Happiest and Healthiest Cities in America". Lynchburg is a centrally located Virginia city at the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Lynchburg is located approximately 180 miles southwest of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. It is a city with outstanding cultural, educational, and recreation opportunities, including hiking on the Appalachian Trail; swimming and boating on Smith Mountain Lake; skiing at nearby Wintergreen Resort; or taking in a minor-league baseball game at the city-managed stadium. For more information about Lynchburg, visit https://www.lynchburg.edu/student-life/city-life/
Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

University of Lynchburg is a nationally recognized private university where students gain a greater heart for humanity and a mindset of individual growth. Here, thought-provoking learning ignites chan ... Read More

University of Lynchburg is a nationally recognized private university where students gain a greater heart for humanity and a mindset of individual growth. Here, thought-provoking learning ignites change in each individual, and the world. Read less