College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
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MPH Program of Study

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are designated by the academic year during which they were published in the Graduate Catalog. Students are responsible for meeting the degree requirements that were stipulated in the Graduate Catalog at the time of enrollment into the program.  Links for degree requirements from previous academic years can be found in archived graduate catalogs.

Program of Study

Students must complete 42 credits of graduate course work. Each course can be used to fulfill only one requirement. A graduate course in which a grade of C or below is earned may be repeated only once. Graduate students may repeat no more than two courses in their stated program of study. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA to graduate.

Students may take classes on a part-time or full-time basis, but must complete all program requirements within six years of first enrollment.  Most students will complete the program in 2 or 3 years.

All campus/in-seat classes are held Monday through Thursday either in the late afternoon (4:30–7:10 pm) or evening (7:20–10:00 pm), mainly on the Fairfax campus. Some Health Policy concentration courses are held on the Arlington campus. 

All MPH core classes and other selected courses are offered online as well as in person.

Learn more about graduate admissions.

View the program requirements for Master of Public Health, MPH.

Practicum Requirement

MPH students demonstrate competency attainment through the Practicum in Public Health. This required 200-hour practicum gives students the opportunity to practice and improve professional skills in a supervised setting. Practicums are offered in the spring semester and summer term. Practicum placements include the federal government (EPA, NIH), local government (county health departments), area nonprofits, consulting firms, and organizations abroad.

In addition to the 200-hour practicum, students produce a high-quality written product that is aligned with their academic and career goals and is useful to external stakeholders.