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Master of Public Health Online

The University of Southern California’s Master of Public Health is the only online MPH delivered by a top-ranked medical school with world-renowned faculty. If you want to maximize your impact on the world of public health and health care, we’re uniquely equipped to help you do it.

Council on Education for Public Health accreditation


The Master of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited


USC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

U.S. News National Universities ranking

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USC ranks top 25 among 272 best universities nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report.

US News Ranked Best Public Health Schools

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Ranked #37 in Public Health (U.S. News & World Report, 2020)

US News Medical Research

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Keck School of Medicine of USC ranks #32 nationally (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

Program Highlights

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Complete coursework 100% online.

No campus residencies required — fulfill your practicum locally.

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Choose from five concentrations.

Study biostatistics, epidemiology, health services, community and global health and more.

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Choose from three start dates per year.

Spring, summer and fall.

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Receive personalized instruction.

Live sessions and mentorship by expert faculty.

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Connect with the Trojan network.

400,000 USC alumni and growing.

Why Choose USC for Your Online Master of Public Health?

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Work Closely with Public Health Thought Leaders

Receive personalized attention, mentorship and guidance from renowned public health leaders — individuals who are called upon to serve as advisors for government agencies and private organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

We pursue breakthroughs in areas such as tobacco policy, health and human behavior, human rights, environmental science and others. That means when you study with us, you experience cutting-edge education and make connections with thought leaders at a world-class research institution. Ultimately, you learn to see solutions where others cannot. It’s an advantage that’s unmatched by any other online MPH program.

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Expect a High Level of Personalized Support

Our enrollment advisors, academic advisors, career counselors and practicum coordinators are personally invested in your success. That means when you choose USC’s MPH, you’ll benefit from customized academic advising, specialized practicum advisement — for local and global opportunities in your area of interest — and personalized career counseling.

Additionally, our MPH program leverages a convenient “all-in-one” online learning environment. The interactive, user-friendly system connects you to instructional content, live sessions with faculty members and real-time discussions with your classmates. It also connects you to a 24/7 help desk. When it’s 2 a.m. and you experience a technical glitch, we’ll be available to resolve any issue.

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Create Your Own Public Health Education Experience

Putting knowledge into practice is what drives public health. That’s why the cutting-edge coursework in our MPH does more than elevate your core competencies in the field. It gives you the power to tailor your studies in an area of your choosing: Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Community Health Promotion, Global Health, Health Services and Policy or a Generalist concentration.

It also provides you the opportunity to complete a hands-on practicum — either local or global. In other words, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to integrate and enhance what you’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in the field.

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Network with Trojans Around the World

USC is a personal and professional community. A place to build a foundation for your future. We have more than 400,000 alumni worldwide, and faculty-led projects around the world. The connections you make can propel your professional development and career.

Customize Your Public Health Education

Choose from Five Public Health Concentrations

Biostatistics and Epidemiology

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

Community Health Promotion

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

Build leadership skills and examine the impacts of globalization and culture on public health. Identify how ethics and human rights shape global health research, programs and policies. Learn to design, monitor and evaluate programs and work with international agencies to strengthen public health at local, national and international levels.

Health Services and Policy

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 multiple capacities throughout the policymaking arena.


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.

Fast Track Your Online Master of Public Health Degree

In as little as 4 four semesters (Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer), you can earn the only MPH in the nation that’s delivered by a top-ranked medical school. The USC online MPH accelerated fast-track option covers the same material from the same world-renowned faculty as the on-campus program, but at an accelerated pace for full-time students. It’s an ideal choice for medical school applicants during their gap year and can be completed in four semesters. The result is an experience that can prepare you to enter the workforce sooner to positively impact the public health field.

What’s It Like to Be a USC MPH Online Student?

When you’re a USC MPH online student, you’re set up for success, not only with direct access to the brightest minds in public health, but also with top-notch services: specialized practicum advisement, career counseling, expertly designed courses and 24/7 tech support.

“I graduated from the program feeling no longer like someone on the sidelines but ready to contribute to public health in a major way; and inspired to advocate for those in need and for changes I seek to create.”

— Porsche Clark, Community Health Promotion, Class of Spring 2016


Receive dedicated and customized academic advising — from admissions through graduation.


Benefit from small class sizes and engage with your professors in real time as you participate in live learning sessions.


Utilize a rich multimedia learning environment and complete case-based activities that prepare you for real-world challenges.


Become a confident leader and graduate prepared to drive change in the world around you.

“Being an MPH online student really has been no different from being a physical student on the ground because I have the same level of interaction with faculty. That to me is one of the best experiences as an MPH online student.”

— Michael Pham, Community Health Promotion, Class of Spring 2016

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