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Executive MPH Degree

Designed for working professionals, the Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) Program is tailored for individuals who are committed to advancing their careers and acquiring the knowledge and tools to advance to leadership roles in public health. Whether already working in public health, a related health care setting or seeking a career change, the program is fast-paced, intensive and demanding, but builds on each individual’s former education, work experience and skills. The Executive MPH program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Program Flexibility

The Executive MPH curriculum combines both on-campus coursework and online modalities in which the degree is completed in 21 months. Classes meet on-campus one Friday and one Saturday per month, and utilize web-based technologies to interact with faculty and students during the weeks when not in class. Classes are taught by full-time Dornsife School of Public Health faculty with active and diverse research interests as well as adjunct faculty with leadership roles as practicing public health professionals.

Academic, Practice and Global Health Opportunities

The EMPH program is designed as a generalist degree, however students have the opportunity to complete both self-directed elective courses and an in-depth independent study project in a focus area of interest. At the end of the first year, students work with program administrators to match with a faculty member who will advise them on their project during the second year. The program also provides the flexibility for students to engage in practical public health experience with one of our numerous community partners or in a global health setting.


The Admissions Committee holistically reviews applicants to the EMPH program with a particular focus on an applicant’s professional background and career goals as expressed in the resume/CV and personal statement.

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Applicants to the Executive MPH program should have a minimum of three years of professional work experience at the time of enrollment, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and experience or clear interest in Public Health. Previous experience in public health or a related setting is preferred, but not required. The Admissions Committee considers a variety of factors when reviewing candidates for admission, such as academic performance, practical experience and the applicant’s decision to pursue a career in public health through close evaluation of the essay and letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline

  • Priority Deadline - March 15. Applicants who apply by March 15 will be given priority consideration for scholarships. Scholarships are highly competitive and available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Regular Decision Deadline - August 1

Application Requirements

  • Completed application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended
  • Official results from the GRE (code to submit to SOPHAS is 7890), GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT taken within the last 5 years - This requirement may be waived for applicants who meet the requirements below
  • Results from the IELTS or TOEFL exam (non-native English speakers only)
  • World Education Service evaluation of all foreign transcripts
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation – should come from faculty, employer or professional sources
  • Essay discussing your interests in public health and how an MPH will allow you to achieve your professional goals
  • Resume

Standardized Test Waiver

The standardized test requirement can be waived under one of the following circumstances:

  1. Applicant possesses a master's or first professional degree (MD, DO, PhD, JD, etc.) from an accredited college or university
  2. Applicant obtained a grade of B or better in an undergraduate or graduate course in one of the following: Pre-calculus, Calculus, Algebra, Statistics, or an equivalent such as completion of the School of Public Health's Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  3. Applicant has professional and educational experiences demonstrating quantitative skills and aptitude.

Eligibility of the waiver under options 1 or 2 will be verified upon receipt of the applicant's official transcripts.

Applicants interested in waving the standardized test requirement under option 3 should submit a brief statement for consideration along with their resume to:

Applicants will be notified within 2 weeks if the waiver has been granted.

Degree requirements

The EMPH program is structured on the semester system with 42 total credit hours required to complete the program. A sample program schedule is as follows:



Behavioral Assessment


Community Assessment

Public Policy and Advocacy

Environmental and Occupational Health


Health Management

Program Planning and Evaluation

Independent Study


Students will also complete two of the following 1-credit self-directed courses at any point throughout the program:

  • Public Health History and Ethics
  • Special Topics in Public Health
  • Research Methods
  • Practicing Public Health

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