Tracks and Delivery Methods

Tracks 

Stand-Alone Master’s 

This is a traditional post-baccalaureate track. Most full-time students graduate within two years of matriculation.

Dual-Degree; PhD/MS/MA + MPH 

This is an ideal track for current graduate students pursuing a PhD/MS/MA on Purdue’s campus. Plans of study are developed that permit the completion of both degrees simultaneously or with only one or two additional semesters of coursework. Anyone interested in pursuing an MPH in combination with another graduate degree must apply separately to each degree program. Students may also apply to the MPH program at the time of initial application for graduate study or subsequently during graduate training. However, an applicant can only accept enrollment into one degree program each term. 

Combined Master’s (4+1); BS/BA-MPH

Students in this track are completing a bachelor’s degree in one of the following selected units while also pursuing a MPH degree. Application to the MPH occurs in the spring of an applicant’s junior year with MPH coursework beginning the fall of their senior year. It takes an additional year post-baccalaureate to complete the MPH degree. Students applying to this track must have a 3.5 undergraduate cumulative GPA.  

4+1 Participating Units: 

  • Biology 
  • Communication 
  • Consumer Science 
  • Food Science 
  • Health and Kinesiology 
  • Health Sciences 
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management 
  • Human Development and Family Studies 
  • Nursing 
  • Nutrition Science 
  • Psychological Sciences 
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics 

Delivery Methods

Residential (100% in-person)

A fully in-person master’s program. Students in the residential program take all courses on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus and can engage fully in University life. Students may enroll as either a full-time or part-time student. Full-time students complete their degree program within two-years while part-time students typically take three years. This delivery method works well for individuals who can dedicate time to in-person campus courses while balancing other requirements. The residential program is fully developed to cover all requirements for both concentration areas in Health Statistics and Family and Community Health.

Hybrid (online and residential coursework)

Students enrolled in the hybrid delivery take a mix of classes on campus and online. Students are required to take 12 to 18 credit hours online, which is equivalent to 4-6 campus courses.  This delivery method allows students to take residential courses in one year and online courses in the next or vice versa.

The online courses are 8 weeks long and students are expected to spend approximately 20 hours each week on their coursework. Currently, health statistics concentration courses are not offered online. To meet the online course requirements for the hybrid method, students may choose from core, concentration, elective or experiential courses.

Online (100% online)

Flexible and 100% online program for students who have completed their bachelor's degree and meet the admissions requirements for the online program.

Additional Information

Not sure which track or delivery method is best for you? Not a problem. Contact publichealth@purdue.edu  and request an appointment with an admissions counselor. During this meeting, you will discuss the options to determine which one is the best fit for you.