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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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Degree Requirements

The EMPH program is structured on the semester system with 42 total credit hours required to complete the program.

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Sample Program

Year Fall Spring Summer


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


David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention

Dornsife School of Public Health Admissions