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 42-credit program that prepares students to become public health professionals.

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Master of Public Health (MPH) Specializations

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

Epidemiology. The epidemiology specialization 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 specialization 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.

Health Administration and Policy. The health administration and policy specialization 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.


MPH Admission Procedures and Requirements

Priority application deadline is February 1 for consideration of Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, and Merit graduate student awards. The final deadline is April 15.

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. Kristen Clements-Nolle, Director of Graduate Studies, at clements@unr.edu.

MPH Admission Requirements


MPH Prerequisite Coursework

Completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics. 

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 Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle, Director of Graduate Studies, at clements@unr.edu.


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