Master of Public Health (MPH)

The University of Nevada, Reno offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with several specializations. Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the MPH program offers small class sizes and opportunities to work with faculty conducting research and practicing in diverse areas across the public health field. The MPH is a 45-credit program that prepares students to become public health professionals.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Concentrations

The Master of Public Health has a core curriculum and specializations in the following four areas of public health:

Epidemiology. The epidemiology concentration examines the fundamental science underlying public health, along with the study of the distribution and determinants of health, disease, injuries and disability in populations. This curriculum helps students acquire skills necessary for careers in descriptive and analytic epidemiology.

Social and Behavioral Health. The social and behavioral health concentration is designed for students interested in health promotion, health education, and the prevention and reduction of health disparities over the life course. Social/behavioral health researchers and practitioners solve public health problems through public health policy, services and interventions at the individual, family, community and societal level.

Biostatistics. The biostatistics concentration guides students through the branch of statistics responsible for proper interpretation of health sciences data. Biostatisticians use mathematical theory to work with study data to make inferences about associations and causations seen in the study population. Students in this concentration gain expertise in public health data analysis and result interpretation.

Health Administration and Policy. The health administration and policy concentration prepares students for careers in public health leadership roles, focusing on health care systems management, finance and policy and legislative implications for public health problems and population health. Students learn how to manage public health programs, evaluate and inform public health policy and conduct research that helps shape public health systems.

Public Health Practice (online only)

The Public Health Practice specialization provides training in program development, grant writing, and evaluation, as well as administrative knowledge of budget and finance, health policy and law, and organizational behavior. Practical applications in the use of informatics and epidemiology in surveillance will enhance data use competencies. This specialization provides core public health knowledge as well as skills that are applicable in a variety of health settings and support managerial positions.

The online program admits students three times per year and goes year-round, allowing students to complete the degree in as little as 24 months (6 semesters). Application deadlines are six weeks before the beginning of each semester. Applications are submitted to the University of Nevada, Reno Graduate School, and not through SOPHAS.

If you have questions or would like more information about the online MPH program, please contact Leslie Elliott, MPH, Ph.D., Director of Online Programs at

MPH Admission Procedures and Requirements

The application deadline for the MPH program is April 15. However, to receive full consideration for graduate scholarship funding, applicants are encouraged to submit their application by February 1.

There is only one MPH cohort admitted each year. Mandatory coursework begins in the summer semester with one or two online courses depending on specialization. If you miss the deadline and would like to discuss enrolling in graduate special coursework that could be applied to the MPH program, please contact Dr. Roy Oman, Graduate Director, at

MPH Admission Requirements

MPH Prerequisite Coursework

Completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics. The statistics requirement must be met prior to taking CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health and CHS 712: MPH Epidemiology.

Want to know more about the Master of Public Health?

If you have program-specific questions about the about the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, please contact Graduate Director Dr. Roy Oman at

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