Master of Public Health Program

Southwest Ohio’s First M.P.H. Program

The Wright State University Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program incorporates a community-based, interdisciplinary educational program in public health using a combination of colleges and schools at Wright State and public health organizations. The program offers two concentrations: Health Promotion & Education (HPE) and Population Health (PH).

Students matriculating in the HPE concentration will develop advanced skills in community needs assessment, program planning, program implementation, program evaluation and health promotion advocacy. In addition, students will gain in-depth knowledge in the determinants of health behavior, theories of social and behavioral change, the interdisciplinary nature of common health issues and current health promotion and behavioral interventions. Foundational and concentration coursework aligns to the seven areas of responsibilities of the health education specialists (NCHEC 2015), and graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Students in the PH concentration will have fewer course requirements allowing them the flexibility to choose public health courses based upon their interests and professional goals. The PH concentration offers several programs of study to assist students who want to explore a variety of public health topic areas (e.g., global health, emergency management, leadership), focus on advanced analytical methods, or ultimately work as public health practitioners.

Students in either concentration have the opportunity to sit for the Certified Public Health (CPH) exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. The exam covers five core areas of knowledge offered in CEPH-accredited schools and programs as well as cross-cutting areas relevant to contemporary health.

Students wanting to demonstrate their proficiency in the emergency management, epidemiology, global health, or public health leadership can do so by applying to one of the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences’ certificate programs. In the majority of cases, courses taken as part of these certificate programs will count towards the credits needed for the M.P.H. degree.

Education that Fits with Your Career and Family Commitments

As Southwest Ohio’s first M.P.H. program, the program is responsive to the educational needs of working public health and other professionals who serve a population of nearly three million residents. Its diverse student body includes in-career professionals, medical students, recent college graduates and individuals making a career change.

Students must complete a minimum of 42 semester hours for completion. While the core curriculum is grounded in traditional classroom instruction, web-based learning enhances the program. Courses are offered in the evenings Monday through Thursday. The program can be completed in two years by taking a full-time graduate course load each semester.

All students complete a field placement and applied project or problem paper (integrative learning experience). Students may present their integrative learning experience at a poster symposium. Their manuscripts and posters are also published electronically through the university’s open-access online repository (CORE Scholar).

Collaborative in Design with Multiprofessional Learning

The WSU M.P.H. program is operated in partnership with 24 health districts throughout southwest/central Ohio and seven academic divisions within Wright State University. The university and faculty are committed to working with key stakeholders and organizations in the community.

Tuition and Fees

The cost of the M.P.H. program will be graduate tuition (subject to change) and a program fee ($149 per credit hour) that covers the cost of administration and facilities.

Our Mission

Provide interdisciplinary education, research, and service, through leadership and collaboration with communities

Our Vision

A community of population health leaders that promotes and protects health for all


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M.P.H. Program News

Wakeup call

Wright State grad student Sarah Fryman presents smartphone addiction research at a national seminar
Research by Sarah Fryman, a Wright State biology graduate and current Master of Public Health student, found that one’s fear of not being able to use their smartphone can be magnified by personality traits.

Public interest

Wright State nursing graduate Christina Norman is a strong advocate of public health
Christina Norman, who has three degrees from Wright State, including a 2019 bachelor’s in nursing, completed a preceptorship with Miami County Public Health.

Medical student to receive Excellence in Public Health Award

The U.S. Public Health Service will recognize Stephanie Welsh, an M.D./M.P.H. dual-degree student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine pre-graduation award ceremony.
Last edited on 08/21/2019.