The MPH program is mainly a course-based curriculum. In order to graduate, students are required to complete the following:

  • Foundations course (on-campus for two weeks)
  • Nine core courses
  • Two electives (electives become required courses when completing the environmental health stream)
  • One 12-16 week practicum course (consisting of 420 hours) 
  • Capstone course (on-campus for two weeks)

There is no thesis option.

The Foundation and Capstone courses in the program are held on UW campus as two-week summer block courses. The Foundation course is held in August, while the Capstone course will occur in the spring of a student's graduating year. The remaining MPH courses for full-time and part-time students are supported by self-directed learning and offered through online or blended (on-campus and online) formats.

The MPH degree will be completed within two years for full-time students (three terms per year). Part-time students must complete their degree within four years of initial program entry. All graduate students must maintain continuous registration for each term of the program.

While in the program, students should expect to spend 12-15 hours per week on each course. For a full-time student, that means they will spend up to 45 hours per week on coursework. Additional program information is available on the University's Graduate Studies Office webpages.