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

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.

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)
Public Health Management and Leadership Seminar (4)
Practicum in Public Health (1)
Capstone (1)
Core Total 22

Biostatistics/Epidemiology Concentration

Data Analysis (SAS) (4)
Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (4)
Data Analysis (STATA) (4)
Chronic Disease Epidemiology (4)
Program Evaluation and Research (4) or Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach (4)

Community Health Promotion Concentration

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) or Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach (4)

Global Health Concentration

Culture and Health: An International Perspective (4)
Introduction to Global Health (4)
Global Health Research, Design, and Evaluation (4)
Global Health, Law and Human Rights 4
Ethical Issues in Public Health (4) or Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach (4)

GeoHealth Concentration

Concepts for Spatial Thinking (4)
Cartography and Visualization (4)
Spatial Analysis (4)
Remote Sensing for GIS (4)
Program Evaluation & Research (4) or Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach (4)

Health Services and Policy Concentration

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) or Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach (4)
Total Credit Hours 42 – 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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