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The Online MPH Student Experience

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What is it like to be an online MPH student at USC?

Our online MPH is designed to challenge and engage you, while also providing you with the ideal combination of flexibility and convenience. We know your time is valuable and have designed this program with the life of a busy professional in mind.

It’s interactive

In just a few clicks, our customized “all-in-one” online learning environment connects you to instructional content, faculty, and classmates. With it you can:

  • Access coursework, lectures and multimedia presentations at your convenience
  • Submit your homework, projects, and complete exams
  • Join online discussions with faculty and peers during regular “live” learning sessions
  • View your grades and track your progress in the program
  • Complete group projects with classmates via discussion boards and video conferences
  • Be reminded of due dates and upcoming projects
  • Connect with your professors during virtual office hours
  • Network with other students in the program and explore career opportunities

It’s relevant.

Our goal is to help you develop a mindset of innovation and critical thinking, backed by a holistic understanding of today’s most critical public health issues. You’ll work closely with and learn from some of the industry’s brightest minds as you complete coursework and projects. You’ll also complete a practicum that includes guided fieldwork at a public health agency of your choice. Beyond hands-on experience, your practicum can help you develop the leadership skills to confidently manage the unique challenges you’ll encounter in the public health profession.

It’s transformational.

A Master of Public Health from USC is a signal to colleagues and employers that you received an education of the highest caliber. It’s a passport that grants you access to an expansive network of Trojan alumni, including decision-makers from influential health organizations across the globe. Our online MPH program equips you with the leadership skills and high-level strategies to make a profound impact on public health.

It’s supportive.

We promise personalized support — and we mean it. As an online MPH student, you’ll benefit from key resources USC has to offer. We are your partner on this exciting and transformative journey, and we are committed to your success. Here are just a few of the staff members you can count on as an online MPH student:

Enrollment Advisor

When you inquire about the online MPH program, you’ll be assigned a dedicated advisor — someone to help answer questions and guide you through the admission process.

Program Coordinator

Think of your program coordinator as your liaison with the university. They’ll be with you from admission through graduation — ready to help you register for courses, acquire materials and answer questions about university policies and procedures.

Practicum Coordinator

The practicum is one of the most exciting elements of our online MPH program. And we want it to be as rewarding and memorable as possible. That’s why you’ll receive one-on-one assistance from a coordinator who will help guide you as you set up your practicum experience.

Academic Advisor

Our goal is to ensure you’re guided and counseled throughout the MPH program. That’s why our academic advisors are available to talk about your goals, inform you about internship opportunities, assist you with career services, clarify school policies and discuss your academic performance.

Technology Help Desk

Our online students have 24/7 access to technical support. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials or have questions, there will always be someone who can help you.

Career Counselor

An MPH degree can open a world of new opportunities, but sometimes choosing the right path can be difficult. That’s why our online students have access to a variety of career services from a dedicated MPH Career Counselor and the USC Career Center. Once in the program, you will have access to:

  • A curated list of public health job banks and fellowships
  • Personalized career counseling with a public health focus
  • An annual public health career fair

You’ll also have the chance to meet with a dedicated career services counselor from anywhere in the world, with appointments available via video chat, email, or phone. These career counseling meetings can help you to:

  • Understand your career pathway
  • Explore job search techniques and strategies
  • Develop your network and connect with employers
  • Update and tailor your resume for specific positions
  • Prepare for interviews and negotiate offers

USC MPH Online Staff


Crystal Martinez

Chrystal Martinez
Admissions Counselor

Student Support Services

Paula AmezoladPaula Amezola de Herrera, MPH
Career Services Advisor

Lopez CarolinaCarolina Lopez, M.Ed.
Academic Advisor & Practicum Coordinator

Program Support

Brian Erwin

Brian Erwin
Computer Services Consultant


Janet Schmidt

Janet Schmidt, M.Ed.
Program Manager

USC Master of Public Health Student Association (MaPHSA)

MaPHSA was created in 2000 to represent students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the University of Southern California. MaPHSA promotes awareness of career and academic issues related to the field of public health. Throughout the academic year, MaPHSA sponsors networking activities that encourage interaction between students, faculty, and the administration to foster the sharing of ideas and ways to improve the program. MaPHSA is dedicated to providing support to all MPH students academically, professionally, and socially. New students can look forward to a yearly Homecoming Tailgate hosted by MaPHSA.