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Improve health outcomes in communities

The OU Online Master of Public Health in Population and Community Health is a 100% online, 45-credit program that takes as little as two years to complete. Led by world-class faculty from OU’s Hudson College of Public Health, the only accredited public health college in Oklahoma, the program emphasizes a deeper understanding of population health and community health. Graduates gain a competitive edge in the workforce while learning to lead in the rapidly growing healthcare field. By getting your degree from an accredited college of public health, you will also be eligible to sit for the National Board of Public Health Examiners exam to become certified in public health.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

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Benefits of the Public Health Master's Degree

Meet Today’s Growing Demand

As the scope and severity of public health challenges continue to rise, there is a growing need for quality public health professionals. Master the knowledge and skills others lack and be a leader in your community.

Strong Career Growth

Master the advanced skills public health employers seek, including data analysis, leadership, and communication. The MPH in Population and Community Health sets you apart in a growing field.

Public Health Career Outcomes

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible, affordable online program designed for working professionals. You’ll engage in discussions with professors and fellow students while you learn to lead in the public health sector.


OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation*


OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more*


OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field*

*Source: OU Online Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023

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Pursue Your 
Public Health
Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for 16-week fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

OU Online’s Master of Public Health in Population and Community Health program is structured to prepare students for job advancement by cultivating a deeper understanding of population health strategies and health disparities. Students will learn how to promote healthy communities in their professional careers and gain the tools necessary to strengthen and improve health outcomes in their communities.

Students will learn how social determinants of health impact health outcomes, better understand public health policies and become familiar with the basics of emergency response.

This program allows students to begin their curriculum in the spring, summer, or fall terms.

Emphasizing health and the healthcare system, students will take courses in epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, the U.S. healthcare system, and more. 

  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • The U.S. Healthcare System
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
  • Healthcare Policy and Politics
  • Program Planning for Health Promotion
  • Practicum Preparation Seminar
  • Integrated Public Health Practice
  • Qualitative Methods in Public Health
  • Biostatistics Methods I
  • Computer Applications in Public Health
  • Epidemiology and Prevention of Chronic Diseases
  • Public Health Practicum
  • Nine hours of electives

How to Apply

To apply to the online Master of Public Health in Population and Community Health program, you must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent), a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and provide the following:

Complete the online application and submit the following with the application:

  • Professional resume or CV that includes past education and work experience
  • Written personal statement on career goals
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Submit all official transcripts from previously attended institutions by following the instructions here.

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please get in touch with the Online Aid office by emailing or calling 405-325-2929.

Dr. Dale Bratzler, dean Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma

“When you are part of an online public health program at the University of Oklahoma, you are connected to one of only 67 accredited schools of public health in the United States. Our exceptional faculty, active research program, and rigorous online curriculum will prepare you to make an immediate impact in the workplace and your community.”

 - Dr. Dale Bratzler, dean
Hudson College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma

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Same Academic

Like every OU Online program, the MPH in Population and Community Health is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

An Investment in Your Future

As you consider the MPH in Population and Community Health, focus on the potential return on investment. You’ll gain knowledge and skills in high demand by employers, access to career support, and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community.

Tuition and fees for the program are $25,875 ($575 per credit hour). Books and additional materials are not included.

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Why OU Online?

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Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

Our OU Family

When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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