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 Student Handbook, 2021-2022 edition. 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

  • Nationally-known faculty
  • Leading-edge information technologies
  • Challenging, real-world experiences
  • 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 are encouraged to declare their concentration at the time of application, though applications from students that do not declare a concentration are also accepted. Undeclared students will need to identify to a concentration prior to November 15 of their first semester.

Concentration Opportunities

  • Biostatistics - An opportunity for students to receive a mixture of quantitative skills as well as wide exposure to the field of public health.
  • Epidemiology - Receive advanced training in the theory and methods of epidemiology and study of viruses and diseases on a local, national, and global level.
  • Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences- Influence positive health related behavior and policy initiatives to impact long-term health improvement within our communities.
  • Health Policy - Develop innovative healthcare leaders to pursue effective health policy making and implementation within a healthcare system.
  • Global Public Health with an Emphasis in Maternal & Child Health - Prepares public health professionals with the skills necessary to contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of global health programs. Students engage in practices that will improve the health and well-being of underserved populations in low and middle income settings abroad and within the United States.

To view concentration requirements and curriculum follow this link to the University of Louisville MPH catalog.

Practice Experience & 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 contact Program Coordinator Bryan Mathis by email at

For more information please review the MPH 2021-2022 Practice Experience & Integrative Learning Experience Manual.

If you are a Site Mentor at one of the practice experience locations please review the MPH 2021-2022 Practice Experience Site Mentor Handbook for more details on your role mentoring the student during their practice experience opportunity. 

For a list of organizations that are currently affiliated with the University of Louisville for future practice experience or capstone opportunities please follow this link to our active affiliation agreements with our community partners.


In order for a Part-Time MPH student to enroll in the first practice experience course (PHPH 677 Practice Experience I), the student must be in good academic standing with a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the MPH program, complete all 5 core MPH courses, and complete at least 2 concentration specific courses. In order to enroll in a concentration specific course, the student must complete the core MPH course for that discipline. This is to ensure a strong theoretical foundation has been developed by the part-time MPH student and thus apply their MPH foundational knowledge to their future practice experience opportunity.

Once enrolled in PHPH 677 Practice Experience I, the part-time MPH student must enroll in PHPH 678 Practice Experience II the following academic semester. After completing PHPH 678 the part-time MPH student must enroll in PHPH 679 Practice Experience III in the following spring semester.

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 2020.

Click here to view for the MPH program requirements and curriculum for the 2021-2022 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

Brian Guinn, PhD, MPH, BSN (RN)
Phone: (502) 852-0251

Bryan Mathis, M Ed
Program Coordinator Senior
Phone: (502) 852-6263 

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