The Master of Public Health (MPH) Online program at USC offers a rigorous curriculum that attracts dedicated and ambitious professionals with a passion to serve in the public health arena. The program’s core coursework aims to develop your key public health competencies and skills through the use of cases and examples from industry — ranging from local to global.
As an MPH online student, you can tailor your studies by choosing a concentration:
The MPH online program practicum combines field training with a leadership seminar and capstone course.
With the help of your practicum advisor, you’ll select a public health agency within your desired geographic location (domestic or international) — such as a health department, community-based organization or research center — and you’ll practice leveraging what you’ve learned in a guided, hands-on experience. Then, in the capstone course, you’ll write a research paper, often related to what you do for your field training, on the competencies you’ve built throughout the program.
For students already working in public health settings, you may have the opportunity to complete your practicum at your place of work. If you are interested in hosting a student for a practicum experience, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Practicum / Capstone Total: 6 units
*Practicum units are intended to be taken concurrently.
|PM 596||Practicum in Public Health||1 unit|
Field placement in a public health agency, such as a county health department or community-based organization.
|PM 564||Public Health Leadership and Management||4 units|
Introduction to business and management concepts, tools and practices in the context of domestic and global health care delivery, public health and allied health industries.
|PM 597||Capstone in Public Health||1 unit|
Provides the culminating, integrative curricular experience for students during their last semester prior to graduation. Course draws on students’ prior training in the five core areas of public health, their additional track coursework and their real-world experience gained in the field prior to graduation. Designed to challenge students to reflect and integrate their training and experience with the goal of developing their own individual point of view regarding the role of public health in contributing to the improvement of the health and well-being of populations in the United States, as well as abroad.
Students in the USC Master of Public Health Online program are encouraged to participate in our unique faculty-led international trips (usually two weeks). These opportunities offer hands-on public health experience in clinics, government organizations, non-governmental organizations, research institutes and in communities around the world. Students can earn course credit for the two-week faculty-led trip and, if desired, set up a practicum and extend their time in the country.