Master of Public Health

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a Specialization in Community Health Education is well-known for its practice-oriented, community-based training. This program has 42 units and can be completed in two years in synchronous online courses.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a fast-paced, 24-month program of study. Our unique format combines the best of online learning with the support of a close student cohort.

The program’s mission is to provide professional education that prepares graduates with the knowledge, conceptual frameworks, health education, and public health competencies to develop programs, build community capacity, advocate policy for health equity, and contribute to evidence-based public health practice. The program’s ultimate goal is public health and social justice through planned, organized, and empowered community efforts.

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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates work in the field of public health in health education and health promotion settings that include community-based organizations, health care, education, worksite promotion, private industry, social services, and all levels of government—local, county, state, and federal.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers are growing at a rate of 12%, and 16,000 job openings are expected to be generated each year over the next decade.

"I came back to pursue my MPH because of the quality of education, the amazing professors, and the culture of the program. The curriculum and the cohort style has nurtured my passion for public health even further."

Harleen Kaur Sandhu - MPH student
San José State University

Success Stories

Read about Sophina McDaniel, '16 Health Science, ’23 MPH (Master of Public Health) in this Spartan Spotlight.

Fast Facts

  • Our MPH program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health since 1973.
  • SJSU was one of the first to offer an online MPH program, beginning in 2007.
  • Placed among the top 5 for Best Online MPH Program as per Fortune Education's rankings.
  • Top Public Health Master's Program as ranked by Money Magazine.

Apply To The Program

Learn more about how to apply below.

  • Admission Requirements
    • Bachelor's degree and a GPA of 3.0
    • Statement of Purpose and resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Two years public health related experience preferred

    For more information and an admissions checklist visit  MPH Admissions.

  • How to Apply
    • Step 1: Apply to SJSU on Cal State Apply and send official transcript
    • Step 2: Apply to the MPH program and submit required documents, MPH portal availalbe in Fall

  • Application Deadlines

    Application is expected to open on October 1, 2024 for Fall 2025 admission.

    Domestic Students

    • Application Deadline: June 1, 2025*
    • Document Deadline: June 20, 2025*

    International Students

    • Application Deadline: April 1, 2025*
    • Document Deadline: April 20, 2025*

    *These dates are not final and are subject to change.

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