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Our MPH Program is a professional (non-thesis) master’s degree program offered by the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Department of Health Sciences. Characteristics of the curriculum include academic rigor and competency-based education in a supportive and engaging learning environment rooted in the social determinants of health. The curriculum components meet the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) accreditation requirements.
We currently offer one concentration, which is Urban Health.
All MPH degree candidates must complete a total of 42 credits consisting of:
5 courses, 3 credits each = 15 credits
3 courses, 3 credits each = 9 credits
1 course, 3 credits = 3 credits
Students choose either:
3 courses, 3 credits each = 9 credits
Elective courses may be taken on a range of public health topics. Cross-departmental offerings are included in elective courses and provide MPH students with unique opportunities to focus their interests in emerging areas of public health practice. Some areas of interest and sample electives include:
MPH students are also able to use their electives to pursue certificate opportunities. Currently, the MPH Program has joined with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern to offer a certificate pathway specifically for MPH students. To learn more about the WGSS certificate option, please click here.
Minimum 200 hour, community-based internship (3 credits)
The goal of the Practicum is to provide the opportunity to integrate and apply classroom learning in a public health work environment, enabling students to observe and learn from professionals in the field. The student contributes to a community’s resources and to the solution of public health problems, while developing practical skills and personal confidence as a public health professional. The practicum serves as a transition point for the student from education to professional practice.
The nature and location of the practicum is flexible. Students have completed their practicum in many different settings, including:
Students in our program also have access to Northeastern’s Experiential Network (XN), which pairs students with industry partners to complete short (six-week), virtual projects that complement their academic work and enables them to build their professional network at the same time.
To learn more about how public health internships, like our program’s Practicum requirement and those offered through Northeastern’s Experiential Network (XN), can be used to gain pre-professional experience, click here.
Capstone Project (3 credits)
Capstone is an opportunity for students to integrate their theory and practice experiences into a culminating experience that can take the form of either 1) a major research, program planning, policy development, management, service delivery, or evaluation project that they design in consultation with Northeastern faculty and community partners, or 2) preparing for and passing the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam. If completing a project, it should address issues relevant to urban public health or racial/ethnic health disparities, be guided by an overall research question, and be grounded in an appropriate theoretical framework.
Regardless of the route chosen for Capstone, students produce a written deliverable (for projects, this is a scholarly paper detailing the outcome of their projects and its contribution to the field of public health; for exam takers, this is a literature review on a relevant public health issue that ends with recommendations for implementation into practice). All students give a professional presentation on their Capstone projects or papers to the MPH Program community.
Students may enroll in the MPH program on a part-time (1 to 2 courses per semester) or full-time (4 courses per semester) basis. In general, the curriculum requires two years of full-time study to complete, but can be completed in up to five years, if done on a part-time basis. The on campus versions of the 8 core Public Health and Urban Health courses meet once a week and are taught from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, facilitating enrollment for students who work full or part-time. Various electives are also offered during the evening, the summer, as intensive courses, or in hybrid on-campus/online formats. Curriculum subject to change
The MPH Program accepts students for entry in both the Fall and the Spring. Specific details and deadlines are outlined below.
On Campus: Domestic and International
Online: Domestic and International
|On Campus: Domestic only
Online: Domestic and International
|Delivery options||Hybrid on campus/online
100 percent online
|Hybrid on campus/online
100 percent online
|Student status||Full time
|Application deadline||2/1 priority*, 5/15 final||10/15|
* The Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis and recommends applicants interested in merit-based scholarships and financial aid submit by the 2/1 priority deadline. However, all completed applications received by the 5/15 final deadline will be considered for merit-based scholarships as they are available. International students who need to change their visa status to F1 should also submit by the 2/1 priority deadline.
All applicants must apply via the SOPHAS application system:
The application process for the hybrid on campus/online program and the 100 percent online program are the same. Select your preferred term and delivery option when applying via SOPHAS. Please note that international students holding study visas must take classes on site.
Those applicants interested in applying for the either the dual EXSC/MPH or HINF/MPH programs should select their preferred program option in SOPHAS. Do not apply to both programs separately. Other dual degree program applicants (eg, BS/MPH; JD/MPH; PA/MPH; Direct Entry PharmD/MPH, Undergraduate PharmD/MPH) apply via a separate application system; please visit those programs’ websites for more information.
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The program is 42 semester credits. For up-to-date information regarding Northeastern University tuition per credit, please refer to the University’s tuition page. Tuition is the same for on-campus and online only students, as well as for domestic and international students.
The MPH Program offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to qualified students.
Tuition scholarship subject to the following guidelines:
Double Husky Scholarship
The Double Husky Scholarship helps Northeastern alums returning to the institution to earn their graduate degrees by providing a tuition discount of 25 percent. Alums are automatically considered for the scholarship when they apply to the MPH Program.
Full-time students and part-time students starting in Fall 2014 and beyond are eligible. If students receive other grants or scholarships from Northeastern, the award of higher value will be given.
Full Circle Scholarship
The Full Circle Scholarship offers a 25% tuition discount to graduate applicants who embody Northeastern University’s values of experiential and global learning. If you have completed a term of service with the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, or have spent 1-year abroad volunteering or teaching English Language Learners (ELL), you are likely eligible.
If you’d like to apply for the Full Circle Scholarship, please include in your SOPHAS application a letter from your director, supervisor or program manager on organizational letterhead verifying your service. If you are an Overseas ESL Teacher or Volunteer you may submit your contract showing your term of service.
Graduate Fellowships in Urban Health Research
This fellowship provides graduate students with valuable opportunities to gain hands-on experience working on urban health research studies, learn about preparation of grant applications, attend research seminars, receive mentoring from experienced researchers, and meet local and national experts in the field. To date, the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice (IUHRP) has funded 25 fellowships (2 undergraduates and 23 graduate students) in its Student Research Fellowship Program. Some of these student fellows have had multiple year awards. Student Fellows are assigned to an ongoing research project at the IUHRP through which they receive training in: data management, coding, and analyses; conducting critical literature reviews; grant writing; preparation of manuscripts and presentations; and field data collection. For further information please visit the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice‘s website.
Graduate Achievement Award
The Graduate Achievement Award is a competitive scholarship that recognizes talented and motivated applicants who are seeking to earn their Master of Public Health in Urban Health. Recipients of this award are given a 15% tuition discount for the duration of their time in the program.
Graduate Student Scholarship
These scholarships provide a predetermined tuition discount by awarding students a specific number of graduate semester hours in free tuition (typically MPH students are given awards that cover four to six credits). There is no work requirement, and applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship. Nothing additional, besides a completed application, is needed.
Lifetime Learning Membership
The Lifetime Learning Membership allows parents and siblings of full-time undergraduate day students to return to school and receive a 25 percent tuition discount. In order to be considered, MPH applicants should email to Alison Gillis, the MPH Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, the Northeastern University ID number of your son, daughter, or sibling (who must be currently enrolled at Northeastern as a full-time undergraduate day student) at the time of your application.
Martin Luther King Fellowship Scholarship
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to nine graduate student scholarships each year, covering full tuition and general fees for the student’s graduate program. The Program is administered by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an accomplished scholar who exemplified the utmost qualities of leadership. In keeping with the high standards exemplified by Dr. King, recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship should be of African origin, demonstrate high standards of leadership, and have a record of community service.
Professional Advancement Award
The Professional Advancement Award is a competitive scholarship that recognizes the talent and experience of select applicants to advance the field of public health with a focus on improving the health of urban communities. Recipients of this award are given a 25% tuition discount for the duration of their time in the program.
Federal financial aid and institutional scholarships may be available to qualified students. The Office of Student Financial Services provides the most up-to-date information and recommends that every student consider applying for financial aid, regardless of his/her income and assets. You may also call 617.373.5899 or email email@example.com.
We also encourage you to visit the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health webpage, Financing Your Degree, for more information.
The MPH Program in Urban Health does not place a cap on the number of qualified applicants it accepts. Typically, it enrolls approximately 30 to 40 new students each year. We value small class sizes so that students are able to receive personal attention and have opportunities to learn in interactive, rigorous, and supportive learning environments.
The Admissions Committee reviews applications for Fall and Spring on a rolling basis from October through June and is typically able to render decisions within a four-week time frame. Please note that the Admissions Committee will only review an application once it is considered complete (ie, coursework has been verified, official test scores have been received, and all letters of recommendation have been submitted).
If you would like to take a class in the MPH Program without officially enrolling, you may register as a Special Student at Bouvé College of Health Sciences. You may complete up to 12 credits of MPH core courses and then apply to the program.
A graduate from our MPH Program has both the technical expertise to address specific urban health issues as well as the strategic and cultural competency needed to interact effectively with and be an advocate for diverse urban populations. Completing your public health training at Northeastern University affords the opportunity to learn from and work with urban public health professionals striving to improve the health of individuals, families, and communities in the Greater Boston area and beyond.
Graduates with an MPH degree are employed in number of varied professional settings including: federal, state, and local health agencies; universities and colleges; hospitals; ambulatory medical centers; nonprofit organizations; community-based agencies; insurance and pharmaceutical industries; health maintenance organizations; and private foundations.
There are a number of online resources with open positions for individuals beginning or continuing their careers in public health. A few are listed below:
No, the MPH Program is not considered a STEM program.
For an overview of the curricular policies that guide our program, please consult the Bouve College of Health Sciences Graduate Handbook
This is the largest annual gathering of public health professionals with more than 13,000 attendees. Thousands of new abstracts are presented each year, making APHA 2019 the most influential meeting in public health.
The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is a statewide membership organization that promotes a healthy Massachusetts through advocacy, education, community organizing, and coalition building.
Neil Maniar, PhD, MPH
Alison Gillis, MPH ’13
Assistant Program Director
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The MPH Program’s latest CEPH Accreditation Self Study Document and CEPH Accreditation Final Report are available upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.