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Executive Program in Public Health Practice MPH


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Our hybrid executive MPH offers a flexible curriculum that ​ you can tailor to fit your career and practice goals. Online classes comprise the core curriculum, with elective options online or in person at the yearly Public Health Institute.

The program is designed for professionals with an advanced degree, such as an M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Pharm.D., Ph.D., M.S., J.D. or public health professionals with significant work experience who have completed the School’s Public Health Core Concept Certificate.

You design the MPH Executive Program in Public Health Practice to complement your interest, practice and goals by choosing from a wide range of electives courses, ​project and internships​/field experience! This high-technical and high-touch program supports your goals and lifestyle.

Recent Alumni are saying

Notes from the field from an EPPHP MPH graduate working on Ebola in Africa.

I am learning a great deal and the knowledge from the MPH has been extremely helpful in my position.

– Remi Douah, Ph.D., M.P.H. (2013 SPH alumni)

My MPH program was a mind-expanding, career-enhancing, life-transforming experience.

– Dr. Nels Thygeson, MD, MPH 2012

An excellent option to combine professional interest with a MPH.

– Jennifer Smith, PubHCCC, MPH 2013

The program incorporates a combination of online and in person courses ensuring core competency while allowing for a section of electives in a variety of public health topics.

– Karin Hamilton, DVM, MPH 2011

Students may complete the Executive Program in Public Health Practice in as little as 16 months of full-time study. An average student completes the program in three years. Students have up to five years to finish the degree.

The program is designed for students to complete the basic core curriculum courses online and complete their elective courses during the May session at the Public Health Institute (PHI). The PHI
offers in-class courses on a variety of current topics in a concentrated format over three weeks.

Students may attend one or all three weeks dependent upon their flexibility and can complete up to 7 credits at the PHI. Other elective courses are offered online and in-class during the fall and spring terms. Our students have commented that attending the PHI is fun and the highlight of the program!

The field experience and MPH Culminating Experience are completed at your location.

Section 1 – Basic curriculum (15.5 credits)

The basic curriculum courses are offered online and in person:

  • PubH 6299 Public Health as a Team Sport: the Power of Collaboration (1)*
  • PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (3)
  • PubH 6102 Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (2)
  • PubH 6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3)
  • PubH 6414 Biostatistical Methods I (3)
  • PubH 6741 Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy (1)
  • PubH 6751 Principles of Management in Health Services Org (2)

*This course is offered the weekend prior to the start of the Public Health Institute.

Substitutions with courses that meet MPH requirements in public health core areas may be considered only with prior approval of the student’s advisor.

Section 2 – Field experience (2-4 cr)

This is an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about the organizations, operations, and special activities of selected agencies, institutions, and industries concerned with public health practice. Students may complete their field experience at any agency as long as the agencies’ goal is to enhance the health of the public. The field experience can be completed at your  location or anywhere in the world.

Section 3 – MPH project (4 cr)

The MPH project provides a culminating experience for students, enabling them to demonstrate the use of public health principles and competencies. The MPH Culminating experience can be completed at your location, at your convenience.

Check out how an EPPHP student’s MPH culminating experience may influence a community where Amira Adawe studied risky cosmetics.

There are five MPH project options available:

  • Certified in Public Health Exam (CPH)
  • EPPHP students who take the non-credit bearing CPH exam to satisfy this requirement will substitute additional 4 credits elective courses.
  • Research paper – the research paper will focus on pertinent questions or issues in public health practice.
  • Systematic literature review – the literature review will focus on pertinent questions or issues in public health practice.
  • Consultation report – the consultative report offers students the opportunity to address a real problem faced by a public health agency (public or private) and produce a product for a real client.
  • Grant proposal – learning how to write a successful grant application is a very important skill to possess in the practice of public health.

An example of a Consultative Report – MPH Culminating Experience

A Tool to Assess the Public Health Risks of Wildlife Importation into the United States:
The Case of Rodents from Latin America

by Irene Bueno Padilla, DVM, MPH candidate
September 2013

Section 4 – Focus Area Curriculum (18.5 credit minimum)

EPPHP students have the opportunity to choose their elective courses based on their career goals and interests. Students may choose to complete an established interdisciplinary concentration, focus on one or two topics, or take a variety of electives. Students are required to choose at least one class from each of the four goals incorporating public health practice domains as established by the APHA Council on Linkages.

The four goals are:

  • Public policy development using a systems framework
  • Interventions based on the dimensions of community and culture
  • Assessment and application of basic public health sciences
  • Program management and communications principles

Some EPPHP students complete electives courses by taking online courses offered during the fall or spring terms, but the majority of EPPHP students complete the elective courses at the Public Health Institute, which is offered in the last week in May and first weeks in June.

Interdisciplinary Concentrations

Interdisciplinary Concentrations are available to students pursuing an MPH in the standard or MCH epidemiology emphasis programs. Typically, the concentration consists of an additional 12 credits, with two required courses and electives. Currently, students may complete the following concentrations:

  • Global Health
  • Public Health Policy
  • Health Disparities

Master’s Project (4 credits)

The Master’s Project is a planned undertaking involving studious inquiry or examination. The product of that undertaking is a formal, written, scholarly report that demonstrates writing proficiency; and the ability to critically approach a topic, synthesize, interpret, and successfully convey information to the appropriate audience.

Certification in Public Health Exam

Certification as a Public Health Professional demonstrates your command of a standard of knowledge and skills in public health; encourages lifelong learning; adds credibility to public health profession; increases public health awareness, fosters an environment of professional community and puts you ahead of the curve as a public health professional. Students are eligible to take the CPH exam after completing 21 credits by the end of fall term. The 21 credits must include the core concept courses. The CPH exam is offered in February and the registration is open between August – November.

Field Experience (2-4 credits)

The public health practice field experience provides students with a means of gaining additional insight into programs, personnel management, governmental relations, public relations, legislative support and, particularly, knowledge of special investigations conducted by these organizations.


  • Regions Hospital, HealthPartners
  • Polk County Health Department
  • USDA, APHIS, VS END Taskforce
  • MN Dept of Human Services
  • Center for Victims of Torture
  • Office of Public Health and Science, HHS, US DOA
  • American Refugee Committee
  • World Health Organization
  • St. Cloud School District/CIDRAP
  • Center for Health Promotion
  • Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife
  • MDH; Division of Inf. Dis. Epi Prevention and Cont
  • North Dakota Department of Health
  • Department of Health
  • Migrant Health Services, Inc
  • Dept of Natural Resources, State of MN
  • MPHA Legislative Committee
  • VMAT 5 NDMS, Hurricane Katrina Response
  • Stanford Univ. Med Center
  • Hawthorne Health Initiative, Hawthorne School

Quality applicants must possess an advanced degree, such as MS, MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, or PhD, or a Public Health Certificate in Core Concepts with a minimum CUM GPA of 3.25 and have significant work experience in the area of health or human services. All application materials are submitted directly to SOPHAS:

  • Completed application and application fee
  • Statement of purpose and objectives describing your past education, professional experience, career goals, and type of setting in which you plan to work
  • Three completed recommendation forms with attached letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess your academic work; clinical, public health or professional experiences; or leadership potential in public health
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended
  • Resume or CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores (international applicants only – see application information for specifics)

Applications are accepted spring and May/summer term only.

See statistics of the Executive Program in Public Health Practice admissions and student body.

The Executive Program in Public Health Practice offers working professionals with advanced degrees or the Public Health Certificate in Core Concepts an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills to understand, assess, and manage population health in public health, health care, and human services settings.

Many students will use their public health knowledge and skills to enhance effectiveness and opportunities in their current work or career path. This major emphasizes the importance and applications of basic scientific knowledge to current societal problems and concerns.

Read what Dr. Sajidkhan Pathan, a practicing physician said about the program.

See program career spotlights

Types of jobs of graduates include:

  • EIS Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • North Dakota Dept of Health – Chief, Special Populations Section
  • US Dept of Ag/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Veterinary Services
  • Vet Medical Officer and Area Epidemiologists
  • Mayo Clinic, Office for Diversity in Clinical Research
  • USDA, APHIS, Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • MN Dept. of Health, Community Health Division
  • Meat, Poultry and Egg Inspection Program Manager – MN Dept of Ag
  • Cargill, Director Global Animal Health and Food Safety
  • University of MN Medical Reserve Corp, Medical Director
  • CEO – Deer River HealthCare Center, Deer River, MN
  • Who should apply to this program?
    If you have an advanced academic degree or PubHCert – CC and would like to pursue a Master of Public Health degree focusing on a specialty area that meets your professional interests, this program is for you. If you have a PhD, MD, DDS, MS, MBA, another professional degree, or the Public Health Certificate in Core Concepts, your application is welcome.
  • How often do I need to be on campus?
    Approximately 14 credits of the program (out of a total of 42) can be taken online, including coursework in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, behavioral science, and management.
  • Who is eligible for the program?
    Applicants must have significant work experience in the area of health or human service; and an advanced degree, such as and MS, MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, or PhD or a Public Health Certificate in Core Concepts.
  • How long does the program take?
    On average, EPPHP students complete the program in 3.5 years. Students have seven years to complete the program and some students complete it in as little as 12-16 months, attending full-time.
  • What courses do I have to take?
    All EPPHP students are required to complete the 18.3 – 23.5 cr core curriculum, which includes: biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, ethics, social/ behavioral sciences and field and MPH culminating experiences.
  • Can I choose any courses?
    The rest of the 18.5 – 23.5 credits are electives courses that you choose based on your interest and career goals. The School of Public health offers a wide range of elective courses. You can focus your elective credits in one or two area or take a variety of electives.
  • How much does the program cost?
    It costs approximately $35,000 to complete the Executive Program in Public Health, but this will be influenced by how many terms you registered and the rate of tuition.

Contact Info

Major Coordinators
Kate Hanson
Katy Korchik

Katherine Waters

Culminating Experience

Check out Amira Adawe’s article and how an EPPHP student’s MPH culminating experience may influence a community.

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