Online Master of Public Health Degree

Advance Your Career with GMercyU’s New Online Master of Public Health Program, Launching Fall 2021

GMercyU’s new online master’s degree of Public Health (MPH) is a flexible, online program that will prepare you to become a public health leader in a critical, growing, and rapidly evolving field. Complete your degree online as a full-time or part-time student.

This program is ideal for:

  • Public health professionals or students who who want to work in a non-clinical healthcare setting or to advance to public health management  
  • Healthcare educators, professionals, or students interested in working in a public health setting
  • Business professionals or students who want to work in health administration

With an MPH degree, you’ll join a community of well-paid public health leaders. Salaries for MPH graduates in the Philadelphia area average about $78,000 – more than twice the average wage for the region, according to a survey conducted by Burning Glass Technologies.

The GMercyU Difference

The only program of its kind in our area to offer a Health Equity Concentration, GMercyU’s online MPH degree will prepare you to advocate for disadvantaged communities and populations in the U.S. and around the world, improving people’s health and overall quality of life. You’ll dive deeply into topics including biostatistics, epidemiology, and environmental health – and you’ll hone skills in policy making, grant writing, advocacy planning, leadership and administration skills, and more.

Other benefits include:

  • Courses taught by public health experts
  • A flexible full-time or part-time program, offered online
  • Research and internship opportunities in the field

And, you will learn at an institution whose history and mission is rooted in service – at GMercyU, we have been developing change-makers and social justice advocates for decades.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the online MPH degree program will include:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with any baccalaureate degree
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale or the equivalent; those with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may submit GRE scores for consideration.

You must have successfully completed:

  • At least one undergraduate statistics course with a grade equivalent of 3.0 (B) or higher
  • Six credit hours (or equivalent) in the social sciences with a grade of B or higher

You must submit:

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you attended, not just the transcript with degree conferral, to document satisfactory completion of all prerequisites
  • A personal essay explaining your interest in pursuing a career in public health, as well as two letters of recommendation


Master of Public Health students must complete 45 credits in public health courses. The following is an example of the curriculum.

PUB 600 Foundations & Systems of Public Health
PUB 610 Determinants of Health, Health Promotion & Prevention of Disease & Injury
PUB 630 Epidemiology
PUB 640 Biostatistics
PUB 650 Research & Assessment in Public Health
PUB 700 Achieving Health Equity: Challenges & Strategies
PUB 710 Global Health Equity
PUB 720 Principles of Environmental Health
Public Health Policy & Law
PUB 740 Public Health Systems, Leadership & Administration
PUB 750 Planning & Grant Writing in Public Health
PUB 760 Evaluation of Public Health Programs, Policies & Care
PUB 780 Applied Practice Experience
PUB 790 Integrative Learning Experience

Career Outcomes

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, public health was a growing field. According to a 2017 survey of state and local public health workers, 22% planned to retire in the next five years (de Beaumont Foundation, 2019). Nationally, job opportunities in this field are expected to increase by 10% through 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Opportunities

Public health is a broad and diverse field. Experts are needed all over the world to work for government health departments and agencies, private corporations, non-profit organizations, community clinics, schools, and more.

With an MPH degree, public health professionals can advance into management positions and enjoy a career in which they can make a difference and a living, while benefiting from increases in job opportunities. Here are just a few examples:

Position Median Salary 2018 Expected Growth 2018-2028
Medical and Health Service Managers $99,730 18%
Social and Community Service Managers $65,320 13%
Health Educators $54,220 10%
Environmental Specialists $71,130 8%
Occupational Health & Safety Specialists $73,020 6%
Epidemiologists $69,660 5%

(US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020)