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Master of Public Health

Trevecca’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree* equips students to become leaders in the growing field of public health. This fully online master’s degree program is uniquely interdisciplinary and based in the Skinner School of Business, providing students with a more holistic understanding of leadership and management than is offered through similar programs at other universities.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Sep. 17, 2024
Apr. 1, 2025

Program Benefits

  • Build the expertise to become a public health leader in a variety of industries
  • Choose from specialty tracks to tailor your degree to your personal and professional goals
  • Take one class at a time through Trevecca’s cohort model
  • Maximize your time with 100 percent online classes that include books delivered to your door
  • Learn from industry thought leaders with a passion for student success
  • Enjoy small class sizes with accessible faculty and collaborative experiences with other students
  • Receive instruction with a Christian worldview and biblical principles to help you discover and pursue your calling

What to Expect

Trevecca’s online Master of Public Health is a fully online program preparing students to step into leadership roles in the growing field of public health. There’s no fee to apply, and no GMAT/GRE required.

This degree features extensive training in management skills, organizational strategy and applied public health to ensure that graduates can make an immediate impact in their organization regardless of industry.

Your degree can be further tailored to your personal and professional goals with one of these unique tracks:

  • Data analytics
  • Human resources management
  • Healthcare administration
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Nonprofit leadership and management
  • Public administration

Beyond these tracks, this online public health degree provides students with wide-ranging competencies related to research design, policy analysis, program planning and administration and public health systems, as well as the incorporation of all these core disciplines in public health decision-making.

Why Choose Trevecca?

2024 #2 Online College in Tennessee, intelligent.comTrevecca’s Master of Public Health degree focuses on understanding and addressing health in all dimensions of life and society, guided by Christian faith in servant leadership. Through this program students will learn to turn their compassion into action and lead with strong ethics, expertise and integrity.

This program is designed for working adults with families, with fully online courses that are completed one at a time. Our cohort model fosters incredible support between classmates, and unparalleled access to faculty enhances the learning process by adding a variety of perspectives and mentorship opportunities.

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. We offer a holistic education focused on the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. 

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

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Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Trevecca undergraduates who decide to pursue a graduate degree within one year of earning their Bachelor of Science degree are eligible for the Trevecca alumni scholarship, a 10 percent discount. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

Here’s a look at the approximate tuition rates you could expect for this program at Trevecca, including the cost per credit hour and the total tuition expense for the full degree program. Trevecca undergraduates who decide to pursue a graduate degree within one year of earning their Bachelor of Science degree are eligible for the Trevecca alumni scholarship, a 10 percent discount. Please note that rates and fees are subject to change.

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Tuition Cost*


*$150 Student Resource Fee assessed per course. $150 estimated book cost per course.

Admission Requirements

While there’s no need for prior health-related courses or experience to enter the program, the following are required for admission to the Master of Public Health program at Trevecca:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher
  • One official transcript from a prior college/university the student attended
  • Prior credit in a college math course (grade “C” or higher), reflected on transcript, or equivalent
  • Prior credit in a college English Composition course (grade “C” or higher), reflected on transcript, or equivalent
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Career Opportunities: Master of Public Health

Graduates with a Master of Public Health will possess the skills necessary to immediately step into professional public health roles in an assortment of industries. Many MPH graduates go on to work in healthcare companies, social service agencies, health policy organizations, public health departments and businesses requiring expert leaders in public health.

Key jobs for MPH graduates can include:

  • Public Health Officer
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Social and Community Services Manager
  • Health Missionary Worker
  • Health and Safety Strategist
  • Policy Analyst


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.*

Health Planning and Community Health
PBH 6100
This course provides students with an understanding of health program planning, including methods for assessment, planning models and theories, and intervention strategies for community settings. The course presents methods for identifying needs for public health intervention, developing and managing appropriate response programs, designing budgets, and evaluating effectiveness of interventions. This course covers important community health concepts including systems approaches for coordination of health care services, setting community health goals, the role of social determinants of health, community mobilization and capacity building, and impacts of current policies on community health improvement.
Introduction to Biostatistics
PBH 6200
Biostatistics is foundational in public health for the study of the incidence, distribution, and control of diseases and other factors relating to health. In this course, students will learn the basic steps in analyzing public health data, from study design to data and statistical analysis. The primary purpose of the course is to teach fundamental statistical concepts and techniques with applications in health care, medicine, public health, epidemiology, and health program evaluation.
Principles of Epidemiology
PBH 6300
In this introductory course, students will learn and apply basic concepts of epidemiology to multiple domains of public health. The course will illustrate and practice using epidemiology to investigate, understand, characterize, and promote health at a population level. The class will engage students in active and collaborative learning through team activities, individual projects, case studies, group discussion, and individual projects.
Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
PBH 6400
This course focuses on systematic study of the social, behavioral, environmental, and economic conditions under which people live that determine their health and wellbeing. The course presents theories and evidence that are used to guide public policy, planning, and research to promote a healthier society with greater health equity. Topics in the course include socioeconomic and other types of influences on health such as income, living conditions, education, infrastructure, access to health services, social capital, stress, gender, and race.
Health Systems, Health Economics and Global Health
PBH 6500
This course provides an overview of how healthcare systems and public health are organized and how services are delivered and financed in the United States and other regions. Students will investigate the role of social, economic, and political forces in shaping these systems and analyze principles of priority-setting in health care delivery. The course incorporates principles of health economics as the basis of health systems operations, health insurance, determinants of health and health disparities, and health behaviors.
Health Promotion and Health Communication
PBH 6600
In this course, students examine key theories, concepts, strategies, and methods for health promotion aimed at fostering health and wellbeing and preventing disease. Students will explore key theories and models from behavioral and social sciences that address individual motivations and obstacles to positive health behavior or behavior change, as well as social-based, organization-based, and eco-social theories. The course will equip students with applied skills to effectively inform and persuade individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles, to frame health communication, to select media and modalities, and to develop public health campaigns.
Environmental Public Health
PBH 6700
This course explores the relationship people have with their environment, the risk management choices made, and the resulting associations that affect health and physical well-being for the individual, communities, and susceptible populations. The interdisciplinary course focuses on the science and practice of preventing injury and illness from exposures to hazards in our environments. The course will acquaint the student with the scientific and technical foundations, processes, and methods used to assess and control macro and micro levels of environmental hazard.
Public Health Administration, Law and Ethics
PBH 6800
This course explores how the law functions as a tool to serve public health objectives. To understand the legal foundations of public health, students will study the sources and nature of government power and its limitations through key source material and topical case studies. The course explores various legal and ethical issues in public health where health professionals act as decision-makers, leaders, and moral agents. Students will examine basic theoretical perspectives and issues in public health practice and ethics such as privacy and confidentiality, the Public Health Code of Ethics, legal powers given to public health, and examples of response to common public health scenarios.
Research Methods in Public Health
PBH 6900
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of research study, design, methods, and data collection. It serves as an introduction to quantitative, qualitative, mixed method, participatory and other approaches to research. The course prepares students to critically evaluate research protocols and practices in public health. Students will be prepared to design practical research projects that address contemporary health issues with measurable goals and objectives. The course will emphasize ethics in research and the role of Human Subjects Protection.
Applied Practice in Public Health and Integrative Capstone
PBH 7000
The public health capstone is a practical field experience designed to provide students the opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the academic program in a setting in which public health functions are performed. The capstone practicum project can take many forms, depending upon the student’s discipline and interests. Examples of practicum projects may include, but are not limited to, environmental health sciences, health services management, behavioral health programs, health service in Christian missions, and others.

Choose a Track

Data Analytics
Healthcare Administration (Master's Track)
Human Resources Management
Interdisciplinary Studies
Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Public Administration

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the course catalog.

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