Program Details

Master of Public Health

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 48
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $500 per credit. [More Info]


Promote Wellness and Prevention

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to help you meet multiple challenges in public health, including environmental health concerns, emerging and re-emerging diseases, socio-political factors affecting both our nation’s health and health globally and the evolving state of our current healthcare system. As a student in the masters of public health program, you examine strategies to create the best possible future for the American healthcare system and envision the probable steps to achieve your goal. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ online MPH degree also prepares you to become a subject area expert in the field of public health.

If you are interested in a career that includes the coordination, planning, development, implementation and evaluation of health programs and services, the Master of Public Health online can prepare you for various positions in public health. The masters of public health program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to provide a comprehensive overview of the public health system. The program also features an end-of-course practicum to allow you to use theories in practice in a supervised environment.

Degree Outcomes

Gain a Foundation in Public Health

The Master of Public Health online program is a generalist program for healthcare professionals that examines national public health curriculum standards, using a multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes psychological, behavioral and social factors influencing population-based health disparities; principles of epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental public health concepts; public health administration systems and processes; and economic factors.

For those currently in the nursing field and seeking a degree in public health, take a look at Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health degree.

What You Will Learn

Explore How to Deliver Healthcare to the Public

Here are some of the topics you explore in the online MPH program:

  • Strategies, research techniques and theories that address public health challenges
  • Statistical analysis using qualitative and quantitative methods utilized in public health practice
  • Measurement, reliability and validity of research design and implementation
  • Epidemiological approaches to exploring disease patterns and injury in the human population
  • Utilizing healthcare policy as a framework to analyze how health is defined and health care is delivered in the U.S. and around the world
  • Components and competing factors in the delivery of public health services
  • Legal and ethical issues, healthcare process improvement assessment related to health care
  • Collaborative capstone project – an evidence-based plan that addresses a challenge in public health

Career Outcomes

Prepare to Serve in Social Service and Government Agencies

If you are a working healthcare professional, the Master of Public Health degree may help you prepare to hold a position of responsibility in a variety of settings, including healthcare facilities, county and state health departments, social service agencies, health policy and planning organizations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, international health organizations, community-based health education organizations, health promotion settings and healthcare companies.

Many professionals find their current career intersects with public health concerns, and earning a second degree may allow you to become a public health subject matter expert within your field.

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
48 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
48 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the health care professions. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge, skills, resources, and guidance to prepare for professional health care standards related to their future discipline within the industry. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, awareness and identification of resources, communication strategies, and goal setting. Students apply learned face-to-face and electronic networking techniques and tactics to ensure professional readiness along with gaining knowledge of professional standards. Students prepare a professional portfolio and resume, and learn practical interviewing techniques to prepare for entry into/advancement within their chosen discipline-specific health care careers.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of the history of public health, system infrastructure, and its key role in health care. Students explore social, behavioral, and cultural factors that impact health populations based on demographic information such as gender, age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, behavioral risks, and community. Focus is placed on research, theories, and models not exclusively designed for, but applied to, public health issues that help to minimize health disparities through community engagement, education, and empowerment.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills in application, evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of biostatistical data used to inform public health programs, policy, and practice. Students learn to complete statistical analysis using both qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches commonly used in public health practice.

Course Description

This course focuses on the critical analysis of health care research and its application to the administration and delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on strategies to access current and relevant data, synthesize the information, and translate new knowledge into practice. Students are introduced to concepts of measurement, reliability, and validity, as well as ethical issues in the design and conduct of research through an evaluative process of health care initiatives and projects.

Course Description

This course is designed to examine environmental dynamics that impact community health and safety. Emphasis is placed on determining relationships between chemical, biological, and physical factors and environmental threats that produce inferior health outcomes. Topics include historical and current approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards, human health and safety, impact of environmental and occupational agents, environmental justice and equity, and the influence of biological information on public health laws, policies, and regulations.

Course Description

This course applies epidemiological approaches to explore patterns of disease and injury in the human population. Emphasis is placed on health indicators, concepts, principles, and methods of chronic and infectious disease epidemiology. Students learn to conduct their own statistical analysis of basic epidemiological measures used for evidence-based decision making using data and reports.

Course Description

This course utilizes health care policy as a framework to analyze how health is defined and health care is designed and delivered in the United States and around the world. Emphasis is placed on policies and public health, social justice and human rights principles, public law and regulations quality, global issues; and views of public health, access, disparities, and finance. The various roles of the master’s prepared public health professional in the health care system are explored.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of public health system components and competing factors that have historically impeded the delivery of public health services. Students employ systems thinking processes to determine the most effective approach to strategic implementation of programs. Topics include utilization of collaborative partnerships, global trends analysis, evidence-based decisions regarding improved health outcomes for individuals and communities, root cause analysis, public health financing, systems theory, and application to organizational problem solving. This course prepares learners to apply knowledge in an effort to address future health care challenges as well as goals set forth within the Healthy People 2010 initiative.

Course Description

The focus of this course is to begin integrating all previous study and to identify the focus of students? final capstone project. Students evaluate and integrate the methodologies, considerations, and strategies for project or program design, planning, implementation, and evaluation that are relevant or specifically required by their specific health care discipline. Topics of investigation and consideration include (but are not limited to) financial and economic impact; resource allocation; competition; public and private educational requirements; availability of information technology; impact assessment of change; process improvement assessment; social, behavioral, and environmental impact; legal/ethical issues; and any other factors that impact the provision of care or subsequent outcomes within an organization and community. A collaborative group project approach is emphasized to enhance contribution and consideration from diverse experiences within the health care field. Prerequisite: HLT-610, HCA-610, or HIM-650.

Course Description

This course provides an opportunity for students to envision the best possible future for the American health care system, and to understand what changes are necessary to achieve it. By focusing on and developing a set of recommendations for improving American health care, students appreciate the difference between forcing a current system to work harder, and redesigning a system in order to achieve desired outcomes. Students learn how transactional leaders can become transformational leaders, and begin the formal process of preparing for their capstone research project. Students gain understanding of how clinical data, knowledge, and practice are driving the development of health care surveillance systems through informatics. Topics of investigation include the role of informatics in improved patient care and research, organization and national bio-surveillance, and clinical decision support. Consideration is given to legal and regulatory issues in private and public health practice and as they apply to public health security and preparedness in response to bioterrorism and disasters. Prerequisite: HCA-620.

Course Description

The practicum course is designed to provide students an opportunity to transition from theory to practice. The student reinforces and integrates concepts, principles, and skills gained during coursework that are essential to professional competency. Students are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of on-site work under close supervision of a faculty member and an on-site preceptor approved by the college or university. Prerequisites: HLT-605 and a release by the college’s Office of Field Experience.

Course Description

This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to complete the development of a comprehensive evidence-based project, plan, or proposal that addresses a problem, issue, or concern in their professional practice and can be implemented upon completion of the program. Projects address a problem amenable to research-based intervention; include a relevant and comprehensive literature review; propose a solution; and include a fully developed program, project, or business plan. The project also contains all the necessary information to implement the proposed solution, evaluate its outcome(s), and disseminate the findings. Prerequisite: HCA-675.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.