Master of Public Health

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Program Description

The Master of Public Health Program at the University of Arkansas trains students in the knowledge and skills needed to become effective and positive change agents for public health. The program is a 42 credit-hour program that consists of coursework, an applied internship, and a capstone project.

Students may choose from two concentrations:

  • Public Health Practice
  • Physical Activity

Students in the MPH program will take a variety of courses including foundational courses in public health, health behavior, health communications and epidemiology. Other core courses in the program have a focus on health policy, health systems and social determinants of health. Classes on research and statistics are also an important component of any public health professional and are a key part of the program at the U of A. The MPH Student Handbook has further information.

Applied practice experience, found in internships, provides students hands-on learning and practice with the skills of public health professionals. In addition, the Integrative Learning Experience (capstone project) helps students gain further mastery of their chosen public health discipline.

Public Health Internships in Northwest Arkansas

Faculty within the program have expertise in public health with accomplishments in epidemiology, aging and health, health behavior and health communications, biomechanics, and exercise science. The program is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health .

Application Deadlines

Summer/Fall May 1
Spring Nov. 1


Financial Aid

Estimated Costs per credit hour

In-state Tuition $450.00
Fees To be determined


U of A Tuition and Fees, including non-resident and international student information

Admission Requirements

For acceptance to the MPH program, the student must meet the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School and have earned an undergraduate degree. Students with a non-health related undergraduate degree will be considered but should articulate in the personal statement why prior course work and/or experiences have led to an interest in obtaining an MPH.

All applicants will need to meet following admission standards:

  • A 3.00 grade-point average on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (excluding student teaching); Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions will have to be submitted.
  • Applicants will have to submit a resume/curriculum vitae and personal statement to be considered for program admission. Limit statement to 500 words and address the following areas:
    • Motivation behind pursuing public health and specific area of concentration.
    • Previous academic, professional, community experiences as well as any work in the area of health or healthcare.
    • Career and personal goals and how you believe the degree you are seeking will help you achieve these goals.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • For international medical school graduates, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2 (both parts) are required.
    • Foreign medical graduates must also submit an earned Education Commission for Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate (will be used in lieu of GRE).
  • Additionally, all applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements for Admission to the Graduate School as defined in the Graduate Catalog.

News from the Public Health Program

"Master of Public Health Information Session Scheduled for April 14," U of A Arkansas News, March 31, 2021
"University of Arkansas Now Accepting Applications for New Master of Public Health Program," U of A Arkansas News, Feb. 22, 2021
"Social Media Use Linked to Developing Depression, Research Finds," Colleague, Dec. 10, 2020
"College of Education and Health Professions Welcomes 14 New Faculty Members," Colleague, Oct. 20, 2020
"Covid in the Classroom," Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, May 31, 2020
"The Spread of Information During the Spread of a Virus," KUAF-FM, April 30, 2020