Program Overview

At the UW Online Executive MPH program, we are training the next generation of public health leaders. Our program is designed for professionals who are looking for a high-quality MPH degree program with a convenient, mostly online format.

The curriculum teaches the core public health competencies using a team-based learning approach that fosters collaboration among students from a variety of professional disciplines. Guided by faculty, you work in groups to grapple with current public health problems. In the second year of the program, you apply what you have learned to a practicum experience in the community and to a final capstone project or thesis.

After successfully completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Assess community assets and needs and apply participatory approaches to solving public health problems in communities
  • Develop, implement, monitor, evaluate and improve public health programs, policies and interventions
  • Apply epidemiological and biostatistical methods to assess public health status and reduce mortality, morbidity and disability
  • Apply environmental health principles and approaches to assess, prevent and control environmental health hazards
  • Assess and address behavioral, social and cultural factors related to population health and health disparities
  • Develop strategies to reduce health inequalities within communities and populations
  • Apply leadership skills in managing cross-disciplinary teams and organizations to effectively address public health problems

The UW Online Executive MPH program has educated the public health community for more than 30 years. It is offered by the UW Department of Health Services in the UW School of Public Health in collaboration with UW Professional & Continuing Education. It is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Program Format

The Online Executive MPH is a two-year, seven-quarter program. It consists of 63 quarter credits, including a practicum and either a capstone project or a thesis.

The program is delivered in a blended format, which combines the convenience of online learning with the benefits of face-to-face classroom interaction. Courses meet mostly online, supplemented by six on-campus sessions at Puget Sound Plaza in downtown Seattle. 

During the online portion, you can do your coursework largely on your own schedule, but you may be required to participate in webinars or teleconferences in real time on Thursday evenings.  

On-campus sessions take place once per quarter, with the exception of the sixth quarter, and last three to five days each. These sessions allow you to review and discuss course content and interact with classmates, faculty and public health professionals from the Seattle area. 

For the 2017 cohort, the first year of on-campus sessions are scheduled for September 25 — September 29, 2017; January 17 —20, 2018; April 4 — 7, 2018; and June 28 — June 30, 2018. Dates for the two on-campus sessions during the second year are TBD.

Who Should Apply

The Online Executive MPH program is designed for working professionals who want to become leaders in public health. Our students typically have five or more years of professional experience. They come from a variety of professions and include physicians, researchers, nurses, pharmacists, hospital and clinic managers, as well as public health practitioners. We will also consider applications from non-health professionals who have at least two years of work experience. For more information, see Admissions

Related Programs

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Practice introduces students to the core disciplines of public health practice over two quarters of study. Geared to working professionals, this 18-credit program is delivered in a blended format.


"My classmates and I benefited immensely from exchanging our unique professional experiences relating to the core public health concepts we were studying. Having a cohort with such diverse ideas and perspectives really added to the richness of our learning."

Michelle Edwards, 2015 Graduate
Physician, Family Medicine