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 or $1,491.00 per credit hour for 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: MPH

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?

  • Mason’s proximity to Washington, DC, provides MPH students with unparalleled access to premier institutions of public health and political leaders from around the world.
  • The National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the American Public Health Association, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are all located in the metro area, along with a host of non-profit groups, such as the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and the American Diabetes Association.  MPH students find jobs and internships through this impressive network of leading public health organizations.
  • The Mason MPH program approaches public health from a global perspective.  Using a health ecology framework, students learn to understand the global influence and impact of health problems and solutions.
  • The practicum component in this program will provide you with the opportunity to improve professional skills in a supervised practice setting.  The practicum is an outstanding means for expanding professional networks and exploring job opportunities.
  • This program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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


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


Tuition (2017-2018)

Virginia Resident$670.00 per credit
Non-Virginia Resident$1,491.00 per credit
Distance Education Fee$35
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


Program ContactKelly Beckwith
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (703) 993-4555
College ContactCollege of Health and Human Services (CHHS)
Graduate Admissions
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 and English Proficiency Exams.


  • There is not a minimum GPA or GRE score required for admissions.  However, applicants who have gained admission in the past had an average GPA of 3.0 and combined GRE scores of 1100.  Applicants’ scores are expected to be competitive with these averages.

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

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