Public Health

Master of Public Health – Health Promotion


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Become a Culturally Competent and Community-Focused Public Health Practitioner

In the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic the need for qualified, knowledgeable public health professionals has dramatically increased. EKU’s 100% online master of public health (MPH) program prepares you with the knowledge and competencies needed to face public health issues and emergencies at the local, state and national level. Graduates leave the program prepared to take on leadership roles as culturally competent, skilled public health practitioners ready to address global health issues.

Career Outlook

The NACE Summer 2021 Salary Survey report found that individuals with an MPH had an average starting salary of $60,624. In contrast, the average starting salary for bachelor’s holders was $44,017, a difference of 38%.

Common Job Titles for MPH Graduates

An MPH degree offers an impressive variety of career paths. If you are passionate about the health industry, an MPH can position you to take on exciting new roles and play an important part in maintaining the health and safety of your community.

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Job Titles Include:

  • Health Education Specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Medical and Health Services Manager


Where Have EKU MPH Graduates Worked?

A master of public health (MPH) is a professional degree that can open the door to leadership positions with higher level responsibilities and higher pay.
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Employers Include:

  • Local Health Departments
  • University of Kentucky
  • Aetna
  • Vanderbilt Medical Center

EKU Online Career Services

Career planning is tough, but with EKU you don’t have to tackle the process alone.

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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Benefits of EKU Online

Students will acquire foundational knowledge of the field and a comprehensive understanding of how to promote healthy behaviors and combat misinformation, while making connections with current practitioners. EKU blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as biostatistics in health science, research methods in public health, principles of epidemiology, and health education.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • 6 start dates per year
  • No GRE required
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Complete your degree in as little as 24 months
  • Complete an applied practicum experience and network with professionals in the field
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members and their spouses
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Dedicated advisors who provide personalized graduation plans
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees


The MPH program offers the opportunity to make a valuable and positive difference in peoples’ lives. Regardless of where you live in the world, public health issues affect us all. With an MPH degree you can play a critical role in strengthening the public health workforce and preventing, preparing, and responding to public health emergencies.

Degree Requirements

A total of 42 credits are required to graduate.

View the master of public health program degree requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Upon departmental approval, students may transfer up to 9 hours of credit from accredited institutions.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.


Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University graduate catalog.

MPH 825 Public Health Planning (3)
The study of the planning tools required for the administration and implementation of public health programs.
MPH 830 Biostatistics in Health Science (3)
This course is an introduction to basic concepts of statistics as applied to public health. Major topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, theoretical distributions, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, analysis of variance, and regression.
MPH 840 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
Emphasis will be on identifying a public health research problem, constructing hypotheses, selecting a research design and statistical analyses, and interpreting findings of the study.
MPH 855 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
A study of the distribution and determinants of disease and injury. Research methodologies for human research and disease surveillance techniques will be emphasized.


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Misty Bailey

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Misty Bailey for information about the EKU Master of Public Health Degree program.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Graduate school application and fee
  • Official transcripts – Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher – or – 3.25 in their last 60 hours of undergraduate work meet the minimum requirements for eligibility for full-admission consideration. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of 2.5 or higher, but do not meet the requirements for full-admission consideration, are eligible for provisional admission consideration. Students with provisional admission based upon GPA must maintain a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for their first two academic terms
  • Statement of personal and professional objectives (1 1/2 to 2 pages)
  • Three professional or academic references with current contact information
  • A TOEFL score of at least 550 for paper based, 79 for internet based, or 213 computerized, is required for international applicants. Satisfying the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

EKU Online was right for me because it set a standard. It helped me stay focused. It helped me get here today. My master’s in public administration is going to help me achieve my career goals.

Maya JacksonEKU Online MPA Graduate

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Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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