Learn more about our MPH

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Temple University’s Master of Public Health (MPH) programs prepare you to create health policy, lead organizations, prevent illness, and solve healthcare issues in your community and around the globe. You’ll learn strategies for addressing health disparities that affect diverse populations—approaching health and well-being through an interdisciplinary lens in one of the largest and most academically diverse schools of public health in the country.  

Gain real-world professional experience through the program’s hands-on fieldwork component. Temple students have access to placements at more than 175 sites across Philadelphia, ranging from healthcare systems to nonprofit organizations.

Earn your MPH in one of six areas of study: applied biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, nutrition, or social and behavioral sciences. Complete your degree at a pace that’s right for you with part-time and online options available.

No GRE is required to apply.

Online classes are taught by the same expert faculty as our on-campus classes and feature low student-to-faculty ratios to provide personalized instruction and advising.



Which MPH program is right for you?

Applied Biostatistics
Environmental Health
Health Policy and Management
Social and Behavioral Sciences

The MPH in Applied Biostatistics prepares you for careers in public health research and practice, as well as biomedical or pharmaceutical research, focusing on statistical techniques to effectively address public health concerns and research questions. On-campus only.

The MPH in Environmental Health prepares you for practice-oriented careers in environmental health, with an emphasis on examining environmental exposures from water, soil and air that affect community health. On-campus only.

The MPH in Epidemiology prepares you for practice- and research-oriented careers in epidemiology—understanding the descriptive characteristics, determinants and risk factors that influence the public’s health. On-campus or online options.

The MPH in Health Policy and Management teaches you to assess, develop, design, implement and manage public health-related programs and initiatives. On-campus or online options.

The new MPH in Nutrition trains you to improve nutrition among individuals and communities, particularly in vulnerable populations facing poorer health outcomes, and prepares you to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. 

The MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences trains you to assess and address the behavioral, cultural and social factors that influence pressing public health problems. On-campus on online options.

Meet our students

Mikayla Ragsdale
Mikayla Ragsdale

“I always knew that I wanted to help people,” says Mikayla Ragsdale, who, after receiving her undergraduate degree this spring, will earn a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences in just one year, thanks to an accelerated five-year program at Temple. “When I learned about public health, about creating interventions and trying to make sure everybody can live the healthiest life possible, I could see myself doing that.”

Through her four plus one program, Ragsdale mixed graduate-level classes into her undergraduate curriculum, enjoying the fast pace and variety of the coursework. “The professors in the grad classes really want to help you thrive,”  she says. “You have that one-on-one relationship with your professor, and even when the semester ends they emphasize that they are still available, that you can always email or call.”

In her coursework, Ragsdale has gravitated toward studying preventable, noncommunicable diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease in vulnerable populations. Her studies have helped her understand the basis of people’s health behaviors and different strategies to design and implement effective interventions. She sees herself becoming a public health analyst or healthcare administrator, coordinating and implementing programs that make a difference in families and communities.

While attending Temple, Ragsdale also has had the opportunity to work as a contact tracer for the Philadelphia Health Department. “With COVID going on, it really shows the impact that public health interventions can make,” she says.