Program Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the most widely recognized professional degree for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. Mason’s MPH program provides coursework in the five core disciplines of public health – epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.

Students in the Public Health Practice 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. The curriculum and practicum for this concentration align with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014) and prepare students for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) examination.

What it costs

The cost is $670.00 per credit hour for VA state residents and out of state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of March 1 for Fall 2018.

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Program Summary

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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

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

MPH Core Courses

  • GCH 543 Global Health | 3 credits
  • GCH 560 Environmental Health | 3 credits
  • GCH 600 Health Promotion Methods | 3 credits
  • GCH 601 Introduction to Biostatistics | 3 credits
  • GCH 645 U.S. and Global Public Health Systems | 3 credits
  • GCH 712 Introduction to Epidemiology | 3 credits
  • GCH 792 Culminating Experience | 0 credits

Public Health Practice Concentration Courses

  • COMM 637 Risk Communication | 3 credits
  • GCH 607 Evidence-Based Public Health Practice | 3 credits
  • GCH 609 Community Assessment and Partnership | 3 credits
  • GCH 611 Health Program Planning and Evaluation | 3 credits
  • HAP 680 Applied Public Health Leadership and Management  | 3 credits

Other

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

 

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$670.00 per credit
Non-Virginia Resident$670.00 per credit
Distance Education Fee$35 per credit
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

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 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

 

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Program ContactKelly Beckwith
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (703) 993-4555
Email: kbeckwi2@gmu.edu
College ContactCollege of Health and Human Services (CHHS)
Graduate Admissions
Phone: (703) 993-1736
Email: chhsgrad@gmu.edu
Program Website http://chhs.gmu.edu/mph/index.cfm
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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.

Prerequisites

  • There is not a strict minimum GRE score required for admissions.  However, to be competitive for admissions, it is important to score at least 140 on verbal, 141 on the quantitative, and 3.5 on the analytic writing.  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 chhsgrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-1736.