College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
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George Mason University

Accelerated Bachelor/Master of Public Health, MPH

For general inquiries, please email gch@gmu.edu.

Master's CEPH Accredited

Program Overview

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the most widely recognized professional degree for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. Mason’s MPH program provides coursework in all five core disciplines of public health – epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health – along with advanced training in one of seven concentration areas: Community Health Promotion, Epidemiology, Food Security and Nutrition, Global Health, Health Policy, Public Health Communication, and Public Health Practice.

The accelerated MPH degree program is designed for Mason’s highly qualified and highly motivated undergraduates. 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 can apply six graduate credits to their undergraduate degrees.
  • Students can take an additional six graduate credits to be held for reserve graduate credit (apply only to the graduate degree).
  • Students start the MPH program with up to 12 credits earned while undergraduates.
  • 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 GCH 300, GCH 335 (BIO 214, PSYC 300, SOC 313 or another statistics course may be substituted), and ENGH 302 before submitting their application.

Submitting an Application

Before submitting an inquiry form, students interested in the accelerated MPH program should discuss their options with their undergraduate advisor.

Please visit Mason's Office of Admissions for additional information on how to submit an application.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduates, accelerated MPH students complete two of the following courses: GCH 543, GCH 560, GCH 600, GCH 601, 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.

Point of Contact

Kelly Beckwith
MPH Program Coordinator
Department of Global and Community Health
College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 5B7
5604 Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall
Fairfax, VA 22030
703-993-4555
kbeckwi2@gmu.edu

Opportunities

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the most widely recognized professional degree for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. Graduates will be competitive for a wide range of employment in government, non-governmental and industry-based organizations.

While each concentration has a different focus, the program prepares students to pursue careers as entry-level program managers, health promotion specialists, health scientists, and policy analysts, among other job titles.

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. 

Epidemiology
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.

Global Health
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 in 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
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.

Expertise