MPH Program

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is the professional degree offered by the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS). SPHIS is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Academic and applied research, along with community involvement, provides a foundation for practical solutions that address the full range of challenges in protecting the health of the public. With a MPH degree from SPHIS, you become a part of that foundation.

For current or future MPH students, please make sure to review and familiarize yourself with the MPH 2019-2020 Student Handbook. If you have any questions please reach out to Program Coordinator Bryan Mathis at 

Non-resident MPH Students Pay Resident Tuition

Tuition scholarships are available to students who enroll in the MPH program and are from one of the seven border states of Kentucky: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Through this program, students receive a scholarship that pays the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates. Click here to download a flyer about this program.

Program Highlights

  • New concentrations now being offered: Global Public Health with an emphasis in Maternal & Child Health,
    and Health Policy
  • Nationally-known faculty
  • Leading-edge information technologies
  • Challenging, real-world experiences
  • Concentrations available in these specialty areas of public health: biostatistics, epidemiology, health promotion & behavioral sciences, global public health/maternal & child health, and health policy.
  • A dynamic collaboration with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness provides first-hand opportunities to address public health challenges in a top-20 U.S. city.
  • Students applying to the MPH program can specify a concentration at the time of application or, if they choose, apply without designating a concentration.  The MPH curriculum is designed to allow completion of the core curriculum in the first semester allowing students to explore each of the core areas without designating a concentration.  Students admitted without designating a concentration must select their concentrations by December 1st of the first semester.  This applies to all concentrations except for those students interested in global health.  

Practice & Integrative Learning Experience Information

MPH students are required to complete a practice experience during their graduate program. Students have the ability to seek out a practice experience site or select from a list of sites. It is a goal of the MPH program to assure that the practice experience combines didactic learning with practical experience to enable the student to achieve the public health competencies that are necessary to carry out the core functions of public health. If your agency or organization is interested in becoming a practice experience site, please complete the practice experience opportunity form.

For more information please review the MPH 2019-2020 Practice Experience & Integrative Learning Experience Manual.

If you are a Site Mentor at one of the practice experience locations please review the MPH 2019-2020 Practice Experience Site Mentor Handbook for more details on your role mentoring the student during their practice experience opportunity. 

Admission Information

Applications to the MPH program are accepted at SOPHAS is a centralized application service for schools of public health. 

Who should apply? Those seeking careers in public health come from varied backgrounds including, but not limited to: medicine, dentistry, nursing, the life sciences, the social sciences, business and law. In order to make the best decision for your educational and professional goals, please contact us to discuss your options.

Click here to view a list of the admission requirements


The curriculum of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is undergoing revision in response to the adoption of new MPH competencies by the Council on Education for Public Health. We anticipate a slight adjustment in the distribution of the credit hours for the core curriculum.  The overall structure of the core curriculum will remain the same. The changes will be in effect beginning Fall 2018.

Click here to view a PDF of the MPH curriculum  used during the 2017-18 academic year.


The School of Public Health and Information Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The University of Louisville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

For more information, see the school’s accreditation webpage.

For Additional Information

Contact us at:
University of Louisville
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
MPH Program
Louisville, KY 40292
MPH Information Request Form

MPH Program Office

Robert R. Jacobs, PhD
Phone: (502) 852-0196

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