Master of Public Health

Keck School of Medicine of USC

The Master of Public Health (MPH) online program offered by the University of Southern California is an innovative online degree program designed to educate emerging and current professionals in the field of public health. With courses designed and taught by world-class USC faculty, students receive the same rigorous academic preparation and degree as students enrolled in the on campus MPH program.

Delivered through a customized online learning platform and state of-the-art technology, content can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection. In addition, students engage with classmates and faculty in regular live online sessions and virtual office hours. Students also meet online with classmates for study sessions, group projects and sometimes just to socialize.

Just like the on-campus program, this program offers students a wide variety of practicum opportunities where students integrate and enhance what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in the field. Our knowledgeable and dedicated student services staff is here to help you explore available courses and specializations as well as guide you in finding a practicum site that is right for you and your career goals.

As a world-renowned university with global reach and on the forefront of cutting-edge research and technologies, we are committed to the excellence and success of our students and invite you to become part of our Trojan Family.

Career Options

Our graduates go on to find careers in a variety of industries and professions, including:


Biostatistics & Epidemiology – Engage in High-Level Research and Analysis to Improve Public Health

While protecting the health of the public is important work that continues to challenge us, biostatisticians and epidemiologists can play a key role in determining how best to meet the challenge of preventing, treating and controlling the spread of disease.

Health Education & Promotion – Improve Public Health through Education

Educating the public about measures they can take to protect and improve their health is an important part of building a safer and healthier world. If your ambition is to work directly with people to make a difference in their health and well-being, becoming a health educator can be a rewarding career choice.

Global Health Leadership – Change the World through Global Health Leadership

Globalization is impacting health, just as it is trade, manufacturing and economies. As in these other areas, that impact can be positive and at the same time problematic. For example, infectious disease spreads more easily because of the ease of long-distance travel; however, advances in technology make connecting with public health officials around the world a matter of a few clicks of a mouse.

Geohealth – Learn Spatial Methods to Improve Public Health

Public health practitioners aim to understand the patterns that connect people, places, economic factors, and cultural values with well-being. There’s an increasing demand for spatially-enabled health professionals who can help determine how these factors shape human health in local, regional and national contexts.

Health Services and Policy – Improve the Quality of Health at the Local, State and Federal Levels

If you have an interest in directly impacting the laws and regulations surrounding public health policy, this concentration could be your gateway to a career devoted to the greater good. Health Services and Policy gives special focus to the political, social and economic factors that shape public health and health policy and how you can become an integral part of the process. From policy analysis and development to community health advocacy and education, you will discover the multiple ways your education can translate to the professional world.

Course Schedule

Full-time students take 2 courses/semester while part-time students take 1 course/semester. Courses are offered year round.

Sample Courses

Core Courses (Number of Units)

Foundations in Health Education and Promotion (4)
Health Service Delivery in the U.S. (4)
Principles of Biostatistics (4)
Principles of Epidemiology (4)
Environmental and Occupational Health: An Epidemiological Approach (4)
Public Health Management and Leadership Seminar (3)
Practicum in Public Health (2)
Capstone (2)
Core Total 27

Biostatistics/Epidemiology Track

Data Analysis (SAS) (4)
Infectious Disease Epidemiology (4)
Program Evaluation and Research (4)
Data Analysis (STATA) (4)
Chronic Disease Epidemiology (4)

Health Education & Promotion Track

Program Design and Evaluation (4)
Intervention Approaches for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (4)
Organizing and Mobilizing Communities for Global Health (4)
Communications in Public Health (4)
Program Evaluation & Research (4)

Global Health Leadership Track

Culture and Health: An International Perspective (4)
Program Evaluation and Research (4)
Introduction to Global Health (4)
Global Health Research, Design, and Evaluation (4)
Global Health, Law and Human Rights 4

GeoHealth Track

Concepts for Spatial Thinking (4)
Cartography and Visualization (4)
Spatial Analysis (4)
Remote Sensing for GIS (4)
Spatial Modeling (4)
Program Evaluation & Research (4)

Health Services and Policy Track

Public Health Policy and Politics (4)
Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (4)
Methods for Policy Analysis (4)
Quality in Health Care (4)
Program Evaluation & Research (4)

Total Credit Hours 47 – Curriculum is subject to change

Instructional and Student Support Services

In addition to faculty instruction, live sessions, virtual office hours and mentoring, students have access to virtual office hours and appointments with teaching assistants.Students are further supported with student support services advising, academic and practicum advising, and career services.

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