Master's Programs

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Rollins offers opportunities for earning an MPH within two years or less (depending on the department) in the following areas:

For further details about a specific department's MPH degree program refer to the department's webpage

Explore the impacts of human behavior and the socio-cultural contexts on population health and health education with an MPH degree in behavioral, social, and health sciences education.

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The MPH degree in biostatistics is designed for students with strong quantitative skills and an interest in health sciences.

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Students interested in studying the complex relationships between environmental factors and human health will find a fit in the MPH program in environmental health.

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This joint MPH program in environmental health and epidemiology provides a strong foundation in analytical epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental and occupational health.

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Students in Rollins’ global environmental health MPH program focus on issues that impact health in the world’s poorest societies. 

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The MPH in epidemiology provides students with the necessary tools to conceptualize a public health problem, design studies, collect data, analyze data, and interpret and report the results of studies.

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The MPH in global epidemiology is a joint program offered by the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology. Students learn qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that they can put to practical use on a global level.

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The MPH in health policy is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of how federal, state, and local policies shape the U.S. health-care system.

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The MPH in health care management is aimed toward students interested in building a leadership career for the delivery of health care services.

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The MPH degree in global health provides students with applied public health training in a global context. This program is offered in both a traditional, 24-month format and an accelerated, 12-month format. 

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Online Part-Time MPH

Gain the skills necessary to be an influential public health professional—on your schedule. Rollins offers several completely online flexible part-time MPH programs. Our part-time MPH programs are designed for working professionals and students who want to learn at their own pace.  

The online part-time MPH program allows you to earn your MPH from a top school of public health on a schedule that meets your needs—and from anywhere in the world. 

Accelerated MPH for External Graduate/Professional Degree Students

Students in good standing at any regionally accredited U.S. university's graduate school or professional school can apply to the program. Students may attend Rollins at any time prior to completion of their program studies and the receipt of their degree. Learn more about the Accelerated MPH program.

Executive MPH

Rollins also offers a distance-based MPH for working professionals in the following areas: Applied epidemiology and prevention science. Learn more about the Executive MPH program.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

The MSPH degree provides students with an academic-oriented background in a specific field. Candidates often have a strong background in math and/or science and an interest in research-based careers.

The MSPH degree in epidemiology is a professional degree designed for students seeking to specialize exclusively in the science of epidemiology. The MSPH degree offers a more in-depth education in the analytic aspects of epidemiology.

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The MSPH in global epidemiology is a joint program offered in collaboration by the Hubert Department of Global Health and the Department of Epidemiology. Students are trained in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and receive a more in-depth education in the analytic aspects of epidemiology.

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The MSPH program is designed for students with strong quantitative skills and an interest in research. It provides rigorous training in biostatistical methods and their applications, as well as coursework in epidemiology and core courses from other public health disciplines.

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Students considering future doctoral work or a career in applied health sciences research are encouraged to apply to the MSPH in health policy and health services research.

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Core Courses

The following courses are required of all MPH and MSPH students. Within each department, there are exceptions to these core courses.

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
BSHE 500 Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 2
BIOS 500
Statistical Methods I
Statistical Methods I Lab
EH 500 Perspectives in Environmental Health 2
EPI 504
or EPI 530
Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Epidemiologic Methods I
HPM 500 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System 2
GH 500 Critical Issues in Global Health 2

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour applied practice experience. This requirement is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and application of knowledge and research findings to public health settings by providing an opportunity to gain practical experience. Public health work environments include nonprofit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms.

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Integrative Learning Experience

All MPH and MSPH students are required to complete an integrative learning experience in addition to the applied practice experience.

An integrative learning experience requires students to integrate and apply the competencies they developed during the course of their study, applied practice experience, and related field experiences. The integrative learning experience may take on different forms, including:

  • Original research that tests a hypothesis generated by a public health problem
  • Evaluating a program or intervention to promote health or determine the etiology of a problem
  • Investigating and proposing a solution or way to improve a public health problem
  • Describing an approach to solving a public health problem that they put into practice in the field and evaluate its impact.

Students receive semester hours of credit for the academic work required in the integrative learning experience; the number of semester hours varies by department.

All students produce a written product based on their integrative learning experience and make an oral or poster presentation. Depending on the departmental requirements, there is usually a written product is one of the three following types:

This is research that may be written in the form of a narrative with chapters or as a journal article. A faculty advisor and committee of faculty supervise the work.

This is an analysis of a public health problem and an intervention or strategy for improvement, description of attempt to improve a public health condition in the field and evaluation of this effort, or similar project. A faculty member who leads the capstone seminar supervises the project. Capstone seminars also bring in relevant curricula that pertain to the topics of focus for the capstone projects.

This project usually is initiated by an organization to serve its needs and results in a tangible, substantial product such as a curriculum, strategic plan, agency or program evaluation, or case book. A faculty member and a field preceptor supervise the student’s work.