Accelerated Bachelor/Master of Public Health, MPH
The accelerated MPH degree program is designed for Mason’s highly qualified and highly motivated undergraduates from any major. It is expected that students will have a minimum 3.0 GPA in public health relevant coursework.
Benefits of the accelerated MPH program
- There is a streamlined application process with no application fee.
- Students admitted to the accelerated MPH program start the MPH program with up to 12 credits earned while undergraduates: six graduate credits to their undergraduate degrees, and an additional six graduate credits to be held for reserve graduate credit (apply only to the graduate degree).
- Students admitted to the accelerated MPH program do not need to take the GRE.
- Students admitted to the accelerated MPH program complete both their undergraduate and MPH degree programs in a shorter amount of time.
When to Apply
Mason undergraduates who have completed at least 75 credits toward any bachelor’s degree at Mason and no more than 90 credits toward the degree are eligible to apply. Students must have completed at least 24 credits at Mason at the time of application. Applicants to the accelerated MPH must have completed ENGH 302, GCH 300, and GCH 335 (BIO 214, PSYC 300, SOC 313 or another statistics course may be substituted) before submitting their application.
Students interested in the accelerated MPH program should discuss their options with their undergraduate advisor. If your major is not Community Health, make an appointment to discuss the accelerated MPH with Mr. Brian Gillette, the academic advisor in GCH.
Submitting an Application
The Accelerated MPH program is administered through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please visit the Admissions Accelerated information page on how to submit an application.
Accelerated Option Requirements
While undergraduates, accelerated MPH students may complete up to four of the following courses: GCH 500, GCH 604, GCH 609, and/or GCH 645 with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major (or with permission of the graduate program director). In the beginning of the semester in which the student will complete his/her undergraduate degree, the bachelor’s/accelerated master’s Transition Form (pdf) must be submitted, and then the student is admitted to graduate status.
Department Point of Contact
Our Master of Public Health (MPH) graduates pursue career opportunities in a variety of employment settings, including public agencies, non-profit organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private sector such as health systems and private consultant management firms.
While each concentration has a different focus, the program prepares students to pursue careers as epidemiologists, environmental health officers, program managers, health promotion specialists, health scientists, and policy analysts, public health officers, and more.
Community Health Promotion
The Community Health Promotion concentration prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate appropriate health promotion programs and preventive services to improve population health. Graduates often gain employment as health promotion specialists to work in local, state, and federal public health agencies, non-governmental health organizations, the health care sector, and private industry.
The Epidemiology concentration prepares students to investigate and analyze factors that influence the occurrence, distribution, prevention, and control of disease. Graduates from our epidemiology program often pursue careers as epidemiologists in local, county, and state health departments, federal agencies, and in the private sector working for pharmaceutical companies and private consulting firms.
Food Security and Nutrition
Graduates of the Food Security and Nutrition concentration implement programs and policies within a global public health context. They pursue careers as public health nutritionists in local and state health agencies, nutrition subject matter experts, nutrition digital content managers, nutrition advisors, and nutrition educators.
The Global Health concentration prepares students to apply professional communication skills and develop competencies in program planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation on a global scale. Graduates from this program often work with U.S. and international governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and relief agencies as epidemiologists, project officers, public health advisors, and health education specialists.
Health Policy graduates have the knowledge and abilities needed to engage with public health and advocacy organizations on policy issues, and to analyze and support policy approaches in an era of scarce public resources and ever-changing priorities. Graduates from this program pursue careers as health policy analysts for official health agencies, non-governmental health organizations, professional/trade groups, professional health societies, health systems, insurance companies, and private consulting firms.
Public Health Communication
Public Health Communication students effectively use communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. Graduates from this program pursue careers as health communication specialists, managers, consultants, health writers, and public affairs officers for local, state, and federal health agencies and in the private sector such as consulting management firms.
Public Health Practice
Graduates of the fully online MPH in Public Health Practice develop skills in disease prevention, community-based participatory approaches, health assessment, planning and evaluating interventions, risk communication, and leadership and management. Students in this program typically have several years of experience in a health-related field and are looking to advance their careers by pursing more senior leadership positions.