Master of Public Health

The online Master of Public Health (MPH) 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. Choose from three start dates per year.

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, career and networking events, and sometimes just to socialize.

Just like the on-campus program, this program offers students a wide variety of local and global 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 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.

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

Use statistical procedures, techniques and methodologies to identify health trends. Determine what causes disease and injury. Investigate and identify the trends that influence disease and evaluate preventive measures and efficacy of new treatments.

Community Health Promotion – Improve Public Health through Education

Utilize health education and specific interventions to tackle public health problems and facilitate behavioral and environmental changes that improve health. Deliver programs and interventions conducive to health improvement of individuals and communities.

Global Health – Change the World through Global Health Leadership

Build leadership skills and examine the impacts of globalization and culture on public health. Learn to develop programs and work with international agencies to strengthen public health at local, national and international levels.

GeoHealth – Learn Spatial Methods to Improve Public Health

Develop skills and knowledge as a spatially enabled public health professional and explore how different geographical contexts shape health outcomes, trends and inequalities. Use spatial analysis techniques to solve public health problems at local and regional levels.

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

Examine the political, economic and social factors that impact the development and implementation of health care laws and regulations. Learn the role that health care organizations, nonprofits, advocacy groups and government agencies play in creating effective public health strategies at the local, state and federal levels. Develop analytical skills that can be utilized in Health Services and Policy multiple capacities throughout the policy-making arena.

Generalist – Expand Your Area of Expertise with Public Health

A customizable concentration for students with advanced graduate or professional degrees or those currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. based medical degree program. Students in this concentration complete the core courses and their remaining courses are planned with their faculty advisor based on their interests.

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Career Options

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

  • Epidemiologist
  • Data Analyst
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • Health Coordinator
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Public Health Clinician

Experiential Learning

Students in the USC Master of Public Health Online program have the option to participate in our unique faculty-led international trips (usually two weeks).

These opportunities offer hands-on public health experience in clinics, government organizations, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and in communities around the world. Students can earn course credit for the two-week faculty-led trip and, if desired, set up a practicum and extend their time in the country.