Executive MPH in Public Health Practice

Pair your professional experience with a flexible, hybrid MPH degree.

The Executive Program in Public Health Practice offers working professionals the opportunity to understand, assess, and manage population health in public health, health care, and human services settings. It brings together the art and science of public health.

Tailor the MPH to fit your practice and career goals with a combination of onsite and online public health courses. This high-tech and high-touch program supports your goals and lifestyle.

The program is designed for professionals with an advanced degree, such as an MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD, PhD, MS, JD,  or  public health professionals with significant work experience who have completed the School’s Public Health Core Concepts Certificate.

Executive Public Health Practice MPH Info Sheet (PDF)

Why Minnesota?

  • Focus: Design the program to fit your interests and goals. Gain a broad understanding of public health practice or delve deep into a focus area such as public policy, food safety, or global health.
  • Flexible:  A combination of summer on-campus institutes and Web-based instruction offers a practical blend of on-campus and online distance-learning opportunities.
  • Design: Attend full time or part time or a combination of both to meet your lifestyle. You can finish as quickly as 16 months or take up to 5 years to complete your degree, average is 3.5 yr.
  • Affordable: Students in this program receive in-state tuition rates.
  • Quality:  The MPH is accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Student Highlight

Physician and Executive MPH in Public Health Practice student Carol Nelson was featured in Minnesota Physician for her maternal and child health volunteer work in rural Tikono, Sierra Leone. In Tikono, 1 in 17 women die from conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.




“If you care about improving the health of your people, raising awareness of the importance of preventive medicine, changing policies that will protect health of people, the place to start is getting enrolled in the MPH program at the University of Minnesota.”                                 MD, MPH alumni 2017

The curriculum is a combination of online and on-campus courses, encompassing public health foundation courses, electives courses of your choice, and a customized field experience and a MPH culminating experience.

Core curriculum (14.5 credits)

The basic curriculum courses are offered online and on-campus:

  • PubH 6299 Public Health as a Team Sport: the Power of Collaboration (0.5cr)*
  • PubH 6020 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Science (3cr)
  • PubH 6102 Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (2cr)
  • PubH 6320 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3cr)
  • PubH 6414 Biostatistical Literacy (3cr)
  • PubH 6741 Ethics in Public Health: Professional Practice and Policy (1cr)
  • PubH 6751 Principles of Management in Health Services Org (2cr)

*This course is offered on a Saturday during the Public Health Institute.

Elective courses (19.5 – 24.5 credit minimum)

EPPHP students have the opportunity to choose their own elective courses based on their career goals and interests.

Students complete electives courses by taking online courses offered during the fall or spring terms, but majority of EPPHP students complete the elective courses at the Public Health Institute (PHI), which is offered in the last week in May and first weeks in June, during the May session.

The PHI offers on-campus courses on a variety of current topics in a concentrated format over three weeks.  The PHI provides course content that emphasizes research to practice with opportunity for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs and simulations. It provide a perfect setting to network with other professionals or explore a new area of interest in public health.

You may attend one to three weeks dependent upon your time and you can complete up to 7 credits at the PHI. Other elective courses are offered online and on-campus during the fall and spring terms.

Students have commented that attending the PHI was an hi-light of their MPH!

Field experience (2-4 cr)

This is an opportunity for you to learn first-hand about organizations, operations, and special activities of selected agencies, institutions, and industries concerned with public health practice. You may complete your field experience at any agency as long as the agencies’ goal is to enhance the health of the public. The field experience can be completed at your location or anywhere in the world.

Below are some of the locations that students have completed their field experience:

  • EcoHealth Alliance
  • Forum for African Women Educationalists
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • St.Paul-Ramsey county Department of Health
  • The Arc Greater Twin Cities
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS)
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration

MPH culminating experience (1-4 cr)

The MPH culminating experience (project) enables you to demonstrate the use of public health principles and competencies. The MPH culminating experience can be completed at your location, at your convenience.

There are five MPH culminating options:

  • Certified in Public Health Exam (CPH). Certification as a Public Health Professional demonstrates your command of a standard of knowledge and skills in public health; encourages lifelong learning; adds credibility to public health profession; increases public health awareness, fosters an environment of professional community and puts you ahead of the curve as a public health professional. Students are eligible to take the CPH exam after completing the core courses. EPPHP students who take the non-credit bearing CPH exam to satisfy this requirement will substitute additional 3-4 credits elective courses.  To date, our students passage rate is 95%
  • Consultation report – the consultative report offers students the opportunity to address a real problem faced by a public health agency (public or private) and produce a product for a real client.
  • Research paper – the research paper will focus on pertinent questions or issues in public health practice.
  • Systematic literature review – the literature review will focus on pertinent questions or issues in public health practice.
  • Grant proposal – learning how to write a successful grant application is a very important skill to possess in the practice of public health.

The University of Minnesota offers affordable and competitive graduate tuition while also being situated in one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country.


2015-16 Tuition & Fees

MPH Resident
per credit $932.00
Total tuition (42 cr)* $39,144.00
Fees ** $3,300

*Based on 2016-17 tuition rates and subject to change.
**Fees are approximate and assume enrollment in student health insurance plan (approx. $1,100/term). Additional fees apply for international students. See SPH Tuition & Fees for full details.


See a full list of scholarships available for full time Public Health students.

Other Costs to Consider

  • Books may cost between a range of $200 – $1000.
  • The SPH is 25 minutes from MSP-International Airport, a major hub; METRO light rail transportation goes from airport to campus.
  • A number of hotels are near campus with affordable rates.

Applicants must possess an advanced degree, such as MS, MD, DDS, DVM, PharmD,  or  PhD, or a Public Health Certificate in Core Concepts with a minimum CUM GPA of 3.25 and have significant work experience in the area of health or human services.  No admission scores or tests are required .

Program stats

Applications Accepted Graduated
2015/16 21 17 17+
2014/15  31 29 17
2013/14 44 41 11
2012/13 40 39 12

Who else is in this program?

2016 2015 2014
DDS  3 6 4
DVM 14 18 23
JD 1 0 1
MD/MBBS /PA 25 25 26
PhD/MA/MBA/MS  7 10 9
PharmD  5 6 4
PubH Core Concepts Cert  16 17 13


What do student say about the program?

“Highly flexible graduate degree program”      MD, MPH

“My experience in the Public Health Practice program was incredible valuable. Not only did I achieve my  goal of an MPH and a career in epidemiology, but I learned  about the amazingly broad impact that all aspects of public health have on our daily lives. I gained much more insight
into the world than I ever expected.”  DVM, MPH

“The executive PHP program allowed me the flexibility to customize my MPH to gain skills I need for future endeavors”  DVM, MPH

Many students will use their public health knowledge and skills to enhance effectiveness and opportunities in their current work or career path. This major emphasizes the importance and applications of basic scientific knowledge to current societal problems and concerns.

Job titles and Companies of some of our alumni:

  • Director of PubH at a Public Health Department
  • Assist. Dean of Students, Director of Wellness and Prevention at Grinnell College, IA
  • Senior Nurse Planner at Minneapolis Health Department
  • Director of Pharmacy at St. Croix Regional Medical Center
  • Project Manager in the Health Economics Program at Minneapolis Health Department
  • Health Coach at OptumHealth
  • Physician at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Assistant State Veterinarian for the State of Delaware
  • Public Health Flight Commander for the U.S. Air Force
  • Epidemiologist at CDC, Atlanta, GA
  • Aerospace Psychiatrist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
EPPHP graduate Amira Adawe

This was program helped me gain public health skills that allowed me to conduct research and develop community health programs.
–Amira Adawe, PubHCCC, MPH

Application Deadlines

  • April 1 for
    Summer Term Admission
  • August 1 for
    Fall Term Admission
  • December 1 for
    Spring Term Admission

Contact Us

Major Coordinator

Kate Hanson