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

The MPH Program is 42 credits. This includes:

  • 7 courses (21 credits) in the MPH core
  • 5 courses (15 credits) in each concentration
  • 1 elective (3 credits)
  • 1 practicum (3 credits)


  • All core courses are available both online and in-person.
  • Summer courses are offered online only.
  • All on-campus/in-seat classes are held Monday through Thursday either in the late afternoon (4:30–7:10 pm) or in the evening (7:20–10:00 pm). There are no daytime classes in the MPH program.

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

Practicum in Public Health

MPH students must 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.

  • Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
  • Arlington Free Clinic
  • Center for Health, Environment and Justice
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fairfax County Health Department
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Friends of Barnabas
  • Partnership for Food Safety Education
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The requirements to complete the practicum are in three courses over two semesters.

  1. GCH 780, Practicum Seminar (0 credits)
    The Practicum Seminar is a zero-credit, online course that helps students identify and arrange their practicum placements in a structured environment. Students complete GCH 780 the semester before enrolling in GCH 790 and GCH 792.
  2. GCH 790, Practicum in Public Health (3 credits)
    The required 200-hour practicum gives students the opportunity to practice and improve professional skills in a supervised setting. The practicum may be completed in governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, or for-profit settings. Students are responsible for securing their own practicum placement that will contribute to their educational and professional goals. Success is based on each student’s competency attainment, which is assessed on the quality of weekly journals, final report, and poster presentation.
  3. GCH 792, Integrative Learning Experience (0 credits)
    The Integrative Learning Experience serves a means for students to synthesize the competencies appropriate to their individual academic and career goals. During their practicum, students will produce a high-quality written document to be graded as the Integrative Learning Experience. Each student’s competency synthesis will be assessed based on the quality the written document.

Students register for GCH 792 in the same semester as GCH 790.

Helpful Links

View the program requirements in the University Catalog for the MPH program.
View the Graduate Academic Advising Resources webpage for course sequencing and other information.