About the MPH Program
A DEGREE WITH IMPACT
The Purdue Master of Public Health (MPH) degree requires a minimum of 45 credits, including a thesis project and professional practicum. Students complete required courses addressing five public health competencies:
- Environmental Health
- Health Policy and Management
- Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
A DEGREE WITH FLEXIBILITY
Full-time MPH graduate students can complete the degree in two years, but it is expected that some MPH graduate students will take classes while engaged in full- or part-time employment. Some students may be advised to take prerequisite coursework to prepare for the required graduate courses, practicum, or thesis project. The MPH degree sometimes is combined with other degree programs such as the PhD, MD, DVM, and DDS.
A DEGREE WITH OPTIONS
MPH graduate students are currently offered a concentration in social, behavior, and community health sciences. This concentration is designed to produce Community Health Specialists with the ability to:
- Identify and analyze the social determinants and behavioral risk factors associated with public health problems.
- Use this knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate public health strategies, interventions and programs; and
- Conduct research to advance public health principles and practice at the community level.
Working with faculty advisors, MPH graduate students can tailor their coursework, practicum, and thesis project to match their unique interests in the field of public health. Additional concentrations will be forthcoming.
Apply online directly to the Purdue University Graduate School at www.gradschool.purdue.edu. Select Health and Kinesiology program and MPH degree. Applicants should specify their career objectives in their goal statement. Follow the directions for submitting a complete application.
The application fee for domestic students is $60; the application fee for international students is $75. Application fees can be paid via credit card online.
For the fall semester (beginning in mid-August), applications should be submitted by January 5. Applications received after January 5 will still be reviewed and considered, however the best funding opportunities will likely go to early applicants.
Applications must be submitted online and include:
- Three letters of recommendation from academic sources
- Personal goal statement
- GRE test scores (MCAT or GMAT scores acceptable substitutes)
- Official grade transcripts from previous educational institution(s)
For more information or to apply, visit the Graduate School's Website.
The Department of Health and Kinesiology offers fellowships, grants, and assistantships to qualified students. For current course fees and a tuition and cost calculator, visit the Bursar's Office Website.
Length of Program
Full-time graduate students can complete a Master of Public Health degree in two years.
Offering the core MPH courses in late afternoon and in the evenings allows participants to continue their career while pursuing the MPH degree without too much disruption to their workday.