Q&As

How are the courses delivered?

The Master of Public Health online program is delivered completely via the internet . While students can access the lecture materials, readings, assignments, exams and discussion boards at a time and place convenient to them, they also interact directly with their classmates and faculty in frequent live sessions, virtual office hours and group work. Furthermore, live sessions are always recorded for students who can’t attend. Should any technical issues arise, the support network is available 24/7.

How much does the program cost?

The Master of Public Health online program costs the same as its on-campus equivalent. Visit the Tuition section or contact an enrollment advisor for the most up-to-date information regarding tuition and fees.

Is the online program different from the on-campus program?

The curriculum, faculty and course content are similar across programs. Graduates receive the same degree. The main difference is in how the courses are delivered.

Will my diploma specify that this is an “online” degree?

You will receive the same USC degree as our on-campus students — a Master of Public Health degree from University of Southern California.

Am I ever required to visit the USC campus?

While you are always welcome to visit, you are not required to come to the campus to fulfill any of your coursework.

Do I need to take the GRE to apply?

Yes, in most circumstances applicants are required to take the GRE. Applicants may substitute MCAT or GMAT scores less than 5 years old for the GRE.

What constitutes a GRE waiver?

● Applicants with a prior master’s degree or PhD in the sciences or social sciences may request an exemption of the GRE requirement.
● Applicants who have passed all 3 steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) may request an exemption of the GRE requirement.

Is it possible to transfer any credits toward the MPH?

The maximum number of transfer credits which may be applied toward the MPH degree is 12 units or approximately 25 percent of the minimum degree requirements (47 units minimum for MPH degree). The USC Department of Degree Progress in the Office of Academic Records and Registrar determines whether coursework taken elsewhere is applicable for transfer credit. Faculty of the student’s degree program also determine whether such credit is applicable toward a specific graduate degree, which is subject to approval by the dean of the degree-conferring unit. Transfer credit cannot be applied to MPH core coursework. Transfer credit will only be allowed for elective courses (1) from an accredited graduate school master’s program, (2) of a quality of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, (3) constituting a fair and reasonable equivalent to current USC coursework at the graduate level and (4) logically fitting into the program for the degree. Transfer coursework is applied as credit (CR) toward the degree and is not included in the calculation of a minimum grade point average for graduation. Learn More

Is an advanced degree necessary to be considered for the MPH? What type of undergraduate degree do I need to apply?

Advanced degrees are not required for application to the program. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and the degree can be from any field.

Do I need to complete statistics courses or other specific coursework as an undergrad to apply?

No. You simply need to have earned your bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

If my GPA is below a 3.0, can I still apply?

Yes. Contact an enrollment advisor for more information.

When can I start the program?

There are three start dates available each year (spring, summer and fall terms). Your enrollment advisor can explain the benefits of various start dates and help you select the timing that works best for your schedule.

How long will it take to complete the MPH program online?

The program can be completed in as few as 2 years when enrolled full time.

Is financial aid available to online students?

Yes, financial aid is available to students enrolled in the MPH online program. Eligibility is determined by the USC Financial Aid Office.

Is the USC MPH program a member of the Associated Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)?

Yes. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (www.aspph.org) is the voice of accredited public health education, representing member schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). ASPPH the successor to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), established in 1953. In 2013, membership was expanded to include CEPH-accredited programs of public health. The USC MPH program became one of the founding members.

What is the TOEFL requirement?

For application to the MPH online program, international students must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. These scores are required of international applicants whose native language is not English. Please visit “International Applicants” for specific requirements.