Online Master of Public Health

UE's online Master of Public Health in Health Policy is a great opportunity for those who want further study in public health policy. Students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis, with a full-time student taking two years to complete the program. All courses are taught in an online format. Distance learning provides location and day-to-day flexibility in scheduling “class” for students who have work, family, or other responsibilities.

Total credit hours required for the master's degree is 39 and they are divided into three categories:

  • Public Health Core Courses
  • Health Policy Core Courses
  • Capstone Course and Internship

The specific objectives of the health policy program are: (1) to provide its students with a basic foundation of knowledge in public health and health policy, and (2) to teach concepts, principles, and scientific skills necessary for health services policy development and evaluation. The health policy program, within the School of Health Sciences, aims to have students develop an understanding of the importance of data and research as policy and management tools. Students are taught to anticipate future needs relative to expanding technology, changing patterns of community health, and emerging societal and programmatic needs.

The program provides a unified approach to policy. It is built on the recognition that issues of health policy cannot be divorced from principles of sound management, nor can health care management or policy be developed without a fundamental understanding of morbidity, mortality, and epidemiologic methods. Further, the program recognizes that leaders cannot make successful decisions about the delivery of health care nor solve the health problems affecting society over the next decades without extensive analytic and decision-making skills. Students need to be able to translate sound scientific evidence into effective health policy. The program emphasizes training in quantitative methods, economics, epidemiology, and evaluative methods for policy and management. Social and behavioral sciences are integral parts of many courses throughout the two-year curriculum.

Admission Requirements

  • The application deadline for Fall admission is July 15.
  • The application deadline for Spring admission is October 15.
  • The application deadline for Summer admission is March 15.
  • A UE Graduate Program application.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Statement of Purpose.
    • Your Statement of Purpose should explain why your background has prepared you for graduate education in public health. It is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a tailored narrative which will describe your education, experience, and professional career objectives. Your Statement of Purpose should describe your: reasons for interest in public health, career goals, why you need a degree in the specific program, why you are pursuing this degree now, and why at University of Evansville.
  • English Proficiency. All international applicants must submit scores from one of the tests listed below:


Public Health Core Courses

  • PH-509 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • PH-515 Health Behavior (3 credits)
  • PH-525 Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • PH-542 Health Systems & Policy (3 credits)
  • PH-543 Population-Based Health (3 credits)

Health Policy Core Courses

  • HSA-532 Managed Health Care (3 credits)
  • PH-530 Health Economics (3 credits)
  • PH-535 Public Health Law & Ethics (3 credits)
  • PH-540 Strategic Mngt in Health Prog (3 credits)
  • PH-547 Survey Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PH-580 Programs, Problems, & Policies (3 credits)

Capstone Course and Internship

  • PH-590 Integrative Experience (3 credits)
  • PH-598 Public Health Internship (3 credits)

Please note:

  • If students have two or more years of public health work experience, then the internship will be waived.
  • A grade of "C", or better, is required in all MPH courses. Courses cannot be repeated more than three times.