Program Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the foremost professional degree, recognized worldwide, for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. Mason’s MPH program prepares students with the foundational public health knowledge and competencies to address the most pressing and emerging health problems.

Students in this concentration examine the social and environmental factors associated with improving population and community health with a focus on the application of evidence-based public health concepts.

What it costs

The cost is $650.00 per credit hour for VA state residents and out-of-state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Learning fee. New Student and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of March 1 for Fall.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Public Health

Concentration: Public Health Practice

Degree: Graduate

College/School: College of Health and Human Services

Credits: 42 total

Who should apply?

The Public Health Practice concentration is designed to advance the competencies of public health practitioners and other health professionals to fulfill their roles and responsibilities in local, state, and federal public health agencies and non-governmental health-related organizations. Students must have at least two years of experience in public health.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Learn from nationally recognized public health researchers and practitioners.
  • Develop the competencies and skills you need to advance your career at an affordable price.
  • Balance work, family, and life by attending full-time or part-time and learning on your schedule.
  • Develop a network of experienced professionals located around the world.
  • Culminate your learning experience with a hands-on field practicum in your community.

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 42 credits total

  • 21 credits MPH core courses
  • 15 credits public health practice concentration courses
  •  3 credits elective courses
  •  3 credits required practicum

MPH Core Courses

  • GCH 500 Foundations in Public Health | 3 credits
  • GCH 604 Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics | 3 credits
  • GCH 609 Community Assessment and Partnership | 3 credits
  • GCH 611 Health Program Planning and Evaluation | 3 credits
  • GCH 645 U.S. and Global Public Health Systems | 3 credits
  • HAP 640 Current Issues in Health Policy | 3 credits
  • HAP 680 Applied Public Health Leadership and Management  | 3 credits

Public Health Practice Concentration Courses

  • COMM 637 Risk Communication | 3 credits
  • GCH 535 Public Health Preparedness and Response | 3 credits
  • GCH 601 Introduction to Biostatistics | 3 credits
  • GCH 607 Evidence-Based Public Health Practice | 3 credits
  • GCH 691 Project Management in Public Health | 3 credits


  • 3 credits of electives scheduled in consultation with Advisor
  • GCH 790 Practicum in Public Health | 3 credits

Tuition (2018-2019)

Virginia Resident$650.00 per credit
Non-Virginia Resident$650.00 per credit
Distance Learning Fee$35 per credit
Graduate New Student Fee$60 (non-refundable, one-time fee)

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the fully online MPH in Public Health Practice develop skills in disease prevention, community-based participatory approaches, health assessment, planning and evaluating interventions, risk communication, and leadership and management. Students in this program typically have several years of experience in a health-related field and are looking to advance their careers by pursuing more senior leadership positions.

Graduates of Mason’s public health programs hold positions at a variety of local and regional locations, including the following:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • DC Department of Health
  • Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • National Institutes of Health
  • US Department of Health & Human Services
  • Virginia Department of Health
Program ContactKelly Beckwith
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (703) 993-4555
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Phone: (703) 993-1736
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All applicants should review the College of Health and Human Services Graduate Admissions Standards. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements.


While there are no minimum score requirements, the typical student admitted to the MPH program has a GPA above 3.0 and has GRE scores of 151 on the quantitative reasoning section, 152 on the verbal reasoning section, and 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Applicants’ scores are expected to be competitive with these averages, although meeting these standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended from which you earned credit
  • Official and current GRE test scores
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) about your professional plans and career objectives.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CHHS Office of Graduate Admissions at or 703-993-1736.