Online Master of Public Health (MPH)


The most pressing challenges in public health today—pandemics, population health, health disparities, healthcare access, and the rising costs of healthcare—require forward-thinking leaders. Many of those leaders choose to complete a master of public health (MPH) degree, which equips them to address not only the challenges that exist today, but the ones that will exist in the near future.

The core curriculum of most MPH programs will cover the foundational issues of public health leadership. This may include biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, and health informatics. Many programs also offer the opportunity for students to specialize in a specific area of public health, such as epidemiology or nutrition. And even online MPH programs will incorporate an in-person practicum, where students will apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world scenarios.

Entry requirements for online MPH programs will vary from school to school but may include the following: a competitive undergraduate GPA (3.0 or greater); a statement of purpose; relevant work experience; GRE scores; and letter(s) of recommendation. Applicants should also take note of an MPH program’s accreditation. The industry standard is the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), but some online programs are still very young and not all have achieved full accreditation.

Earning an MPH is a step towards creating a healthier, fairer world. To learn more about online MPH programs and the experts teaching them, read on.

Professors to Know in Online MPH Programs

  • Stuart Batterman, PhD

    University of Michigan

    Dr. Stuart Batterman is a professor of global public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His research and teaching interests address environmental impact assessment, human exposure and health risk assessment, and environmental management. Dr. Batterman earned both his MS and PhD in water resources and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Dr. Batterman teaches urban and global pollution and health, a class in the environmental health and sustainability series of electives for the online MPH program at the University of Michigan. He is particularly interested in improving exposure measures used in risk assessments and epidemiological studies. He also serves as associate editor of the Journal of Environment and Public Health.

  • Melissa J. Perry, ScD, MHS

    George Washington University

    Dr. Melissa J. Perry is a professor and chair in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University. She earned her master of health science and doctor of science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before joining the faculty at George Washington University, Dr. Perry spent 13 years as a faculty member of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health.

    A leading public health expert, Dr. Perry’s current research projects investigate how climate change is impacting the properties of pesticides and other chemicals; her classes focus on the connections between climate change and public health. The students Dr. Perry has mentored have become professors, government program directors, and leaders of major research initiatives.

  • Helen Ward, PhD, FRCP, FFPH

    Imperial College London

    Dr. Helen Ward is a physician and a clinical professor of public health at Imperial College London. She earned her MSc in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and completed her PhD at City, University of London. Dr. Ward’s research investigated the health of sex workers in London.

    Amongst other responsibilities, Dr. Ward leads the Imperial Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC), which focuses on patient and public involvement for the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre and researches participatory approaches to improving healthcare quality. Dr. Ward is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH).

Matt Zbrog
Matt Zbrog

Matt Zbrog is a writer and freelancer who has been living abroad since 2016. His nonfiction has been published by Euromaidan Press, Cirrus Gallery, and Our Thursday. Both his writing and his experience abroad are shaped by seeking out alternative lifestyles and counterculture movements, especially in developing nations. You can follow his travels through Eastern Europe and Central Asia on Instagram at @weirdviewmirror. He’s recently finished his second novel, and is in no hurry to publish it.

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