Academic Experience

group of students looking at laptopAt the UW Online MPH program, we're training the next generation of public health leaders. Our program is designed for professionals who are looking for a high-quality MPH degree program with a convenient, mostly online format.

Competency-Based Curriculum

Our cutting-edge curriculum is adapted to meet the changing needs of students, employers and the public health field. You’ll build a solid foundation in the disciplinary competencies of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health management and policy, and social and behavioral health. At the same time, you’ll develop skills in program development and evaluation, health promotion and education, evidence-based research and global health. See our learning outcomes.

In the second year of the program, you'll apply what you have learned to a practicum experience in the community and to a final capstone project. 

Team-Based Learning Approach

The curriculum teaches the core public health competencies using a team-based learning approach that fosters collaboration among students from a variety of professional disciplines. Guided by faculty, you’ll work in groups to grapple with current public health problems.

Program Format

The Online MPH is a full-time, 18-month, six-quarter program. Classes meet mostly online, supplemented by three in-person sessions in Seattle. In your second year, you’ll get hands-on experience through a practicum in the community.

During the online portion, you can do your coursework largely on your own schedule, but you may be required to participate in webinars or teleconferences in real time one evening a week. Learn more about online learning.

The in-person sessions will give you an opportunity to network with your peers; interact with our world-class faculty; and strengthen your leadership, presentation and communication skills. The first and third sessions are required; the second one is optional.

The first session is held at the start of the entry quarter, before classes begin and includes program orientation, team-building sessions, introductions to faculty and courses, anti-racism trainings, public health seminars and a practitioner panel. The second session after the first year of the program will include professional development workshops and meetings with facilitators and faculty to make sure you're on track with your final project. During the third session at the end of the program, you'll present your capstone presentations and graduate.

2021–2022 School Year On-Sites

First-Year Students: September 20–24, 2021
Second-Year Students: September 27–29, 2021

Graduate Certificate Option

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice introduces students to the core disciplines of public health practice over two quarters of study. Geared to working professionals, this 18-credit program is delivered in a mostly online format.

Michelle Edwards

"My classmates and I benefited immensely from exchanging our unique professional experiences relating to the core public health concepts we were studying. Having a cohort with such diverse ideas and perspectives really added to the richness of our learning."

Michelle Edwards
Physician, Primary Care and Public Health