Master of Public Health


Program Description

Program Description

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is pleased to offer the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, a graduate program for leaders in public health. Both a generalist track and health promotion and education concentration are available. The M.P.H. program is founded on the principles of community-academic partnership, with the strength of seven Colleges/Schools at Wright State University, collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, and participation with 24 health districts throughout a sixteen county region.

The program is the first in the nation to incorporate a community-based, interdisciplinary educational program in public health with this particular combination of colleges and schools. While grounded in traditional classroom instruction, distance learning plays a key role in the program. The program is responsive to the educational needs of working professionals in southwestern Ohio who serve over 2.8 million residents.

Education that Fits with Your Career and Family Commitments

As Southwest Ohio’s first M.P.H. program, the program is responsive to the educational needs of working public health and other professionals who serve a population of nearly three million residents. Its diverse student body includes in-career professionals, medical students, recent college graduates and individuals making a career change.

Students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours for completion. While the core curriculum is grounded in traditional classroom instruction, web-based learning enhances the program. Courses are offered in the evenings Monday through Thursday. The program can be completed in two years by taking a full-time graduate course load each semester.

All students complete a field placement and applied project or problem paper (integrative learning experience). Students may present their integrative learning experience at a poster symposium. Their manuscripts and posters are also published electronically through the university’s open-access online repository (CORE Scholar).

Collaborative in Design with Multiprofessional Learning

The WSU M.P.H. program is operated in partnership with 24 health districts throughout southwest/central Ohio and seven academic divisions within Wright State University. The university and faculty are committed to working with key stakeholders and organizations in the community.

Our Mission

Provide interdisciplinary education, research, and service, through leadership and collaboration with communities

Our Vision

A community of population health leaders that promotes and protects health for all.

M.P.H. Program Partners

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements for admission established by the Graduate School. Minimum graduate school requirements include an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 grading scale). Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test scores must be submitted, except for applicants with an earned graduate or advanced professional degree from an accredited college or university in the US or Canada. (USMLE scores will not be accepted in lieu of the GRE.) Minimum GRE scores accepted are Verbal 350 (test taken prior to August 2011)/ 143 (test taken after August 2011) and Quantitative 455 (test taken prior to August 2011)/ 143 (test taken after August 2011).

Additional MPH Requirements for Admissions

Students must submit:

  1. A personal statement of interest addressing career goals and objectives,
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professionals who can speak to an applicant’s professional or academic experience,
  3. A current resume/CV,
  4. A completed graduate application form, and
  5. Official GRE test scores, as indicated above.


The MPH program faculty and classrooms have designated space within the Center for Global Health which is located off-campus at Research Park in Kettering, Ohio (3123 Research Blvd., Suite 200).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Have a mastery of core public health competencies: biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral determinants of health, environmental health, and health administration and policy.
  • Have completed 200 practical contact hours in a public health-related work setting.
  • Have additional specialization through electives organized around concentration areas: emergency preparedness, global health, health promotion and education, and public health management.
  • Have a culminating experience which develops the ability to synthesize, summarize, present, and discuss a project selected by the student.
Last updated September 2019

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