Public Health - MPH

Diversity, Culture, and Politics in Geopolitical Systems

Evaluate how diverse cultural values, traditions, geopolitical systems, and other social determinants impact the health of communities being served.

Management and Professional Skills

Administer public health programs and solve health problems by applying principles of leadership and management that include the mobilization of community partnerships.

Community Monitoring

Understand, diagnose, and solve public health problems and health hazards through the application of biostatic, epidemiologic methods and other community monitoring and assessment strategies.


Design and critically assess appropriate qualitative and quantitative research studies.


Communicate effectively public health activities that inform, educate and empower targeted audiences.

Policy Development

Propose or create policies that attempt to improve the health status of populations and solve public health problems.

Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

Plan, implement and evaluate public health interventions.

Public Health Science

Identify and apply basic theories, concepts and models from a range of scientific, social, and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.

The most recognized professional credential in public health practice and leadership, the Master of Public Health (MPH) is a practice-based degree that enables students to gain knowledge basic to public health. The MPH program at BYU prepares students to function as public health professionals in government, nonprofit, healthcare, and other settings; and provide leadership in the field of public health.

The average length of time required to complete the MPH program is two years, depending on course load and previous academic training or professional activity.

Requirements for Degree.  (Effective Fall 2014)

  • Credit hours (48): 36 hours of required courses; 6 hours of elective credits; 6 hours of field experience (300 contact hours).
  • Required core courses: HLTH 600, 602, 604, 606, 607, 608, 612, 614, 615, 618, 635.
  • Requirements for the field experience are determined by the student’s graduate committee and are based on prior education, experience, and present professional interests.
  • Examinations: certification exam (Certified in Public Health), oral exam, field experience written report.
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February 1
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Additional Requirements:
  1. Statement of professional intent: Include preparation and background for the MPH program, including applied language experience; career goals in public health; basic reasons for choosing a career in public health; notable qualities and talents that would enhance success in a public health career; research interests; professional interests; and reasons for applying to the Brigham Young University's MPH program
  2. Baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in public health, school health education, health promotion, biological sciences, nursing, anthropology, food science & nutrition, or other allied fields
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.2 for last 60 hours of upper-level course work
  4. Resume
Required Tests: GRE / TOEFL if English is not first language
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Contact Information

Phone: (801) 422-3082
Fax: (801) 422-0004
Address: 4103 LSB



The university makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this catalog, but reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice.
Since change is a part of university life, curriculum and program changes will likely occur during the time the current Graduate Catalog is in circulation.

Honor Code

The university expects that all students, regardless of religion, will maintain the behavioral standards of the school, including the Honor Code. These include high standards of honesty, integrity, chastity, morality, and dress and grooming, in addition to abstinence from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse. The Honor Code Statement is found here.