Flexibility for Working Professionals
While online/part-time students have four years to complete the degree requirements, students typically earn the degree in two-three years by taking, on average, one-three courses per term. Some students may complete the degree in as little time as one year utilizing full-time student status. Part-time students have incredible flexibility in designing and planning their curriculum with many choices of courses as well as modalities of instruction (online or on-site in 8-week terms or intensive institute courses).
Extensive Online Options Available
Students may complete their MPH program fully online, fully on-site or via a combination of online and on-site courses. Online courses with pre-recorded lectures, discussion boards, and live chats allow part-time students to arrange their study around their personal schedules. Intensive on-site institute courses also provide opportunities for on-site networking and interactions.
Matriculation into the program occurs at 3 different time periods across the year: January (online or on-site Orientation in Baltimore), June (online or on-site Orientation in Baltimore, November (on-site Orientation in Barcelona). Please review the MPH student manual for the online/part-time format for further details.
With 150+ offerings to choose from, online courses are taught by award-winning faculty and follow the highest standards of instructional design. The online courses and intensive institute courses show the breadth and depth of options.
Students interact virtually with classmates and instructors in a variety of ways, from discussion forums to live chats. To experience it first-hand, complete the non-credit course Introduction to Online Learning—free of charge. It is a prerequisite for taking any of our online courses.
Typical MPH Cohort
Designing Your Degree
The core coursework comprises roughly half of the curriculum and is the same for both the full-time and online/part-time format.
For electives, all students have the freedom to customize their elective coursework based on personal interests and professional goals. With over 150+ online courses to choose from, there are endless possibilities for how to plan your education. A faculty advisor helps you determine elective courses that match your desired knowledge base and skill sets.
The ability to personalize half the curriculum is a defining feature of the Bloomberg School’s MPH degree program.
Summer Institutes (in person)
Certificates (fully or partially online)
- Adolescent Health
- Health Communication
- Clinical Trials
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals
- Food Systems, Environment and Public Health
- Global Health
- Global Tobacco Control
- Health Finance & Management
- Maternal and Child Health
- Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety
- Public Health Informatics
- Public Health Training for Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals
- Risk Sciences and Public Policy
- Quality, Patient Safety, & Outcomes Research
- Tropical Medicine
Start Now as a Non-Degree Seeking Student
Eager to dive in? Begin your education as a non-degree seeking student prior to admission by enrolling in online, on-campus and/or institute courses. You can also pursue a certificate. Up to 16 credits may be applied toward the MPH degree, assuming that the courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation. To learn how to enroll as a non-degree seeking student, please visit the Office of Student Accounts and Business Services.
State-Specific Information for Online Programs
Students currently cannot conduct administrative residencies in Kentucky. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.