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Accredited Online Degree in Master of Public Health at University of Colorado Denver- CU Online - Denver, CO

Online Courses and Degrees, CU Online, University of Colorado Denver


It's estimated that by 2020, the nation will face a major deficit in the field of public health and related public health jobs.

Part of that growing need is based on the nearly 100,000 government public health workers who were eligible to retire in 2012. Which is approximately one quarter of the current public health workforce.

Completely New Master of Public Health Program

CU Denver's School of Public Health saw this need and created the flexible Leadership and Public Health Practice program.

This MPH degree is designed for working professionals who, besides seeking the credential, are also interested in specific training in leadership for their current role or who want to adapt a leadership role in another organization.

Besides simply filling a growing demand, the online MPH Leadership and Public Health Practice degree was designed to meet other needs as well.

  • Evidence suggests that many public health workers in Colorado have no formal public health training
  • Available public health education resources are not meeting the demand in both rural and urban areas for existing public health professions
  • There is a strong need to keep up with the shift in public health interventions from an individual behavior focus to a population focus


Master of Public Health Online Requirements

To obtain the online/hybrid Leadership and Public Health Practice MPH degree, you'll need to complete 42 credit hours. The curriculum focuses on developing skills in the core functions of Public Health as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Core course requirements: 17 credits
  • Public Health Leadership and Management: 4 credits (held as a 1-credit course each semester for four semesters
  • Concentration electives: 8 credits
  • Additional Electives: 12 credits
  • Practicum: 2 credits (online or in the field based on Practicum Director)
  • Capstone: 2 credits

​​Upon completion, you will receive a Master’s Degree in Public Health. ​​​​

On-Campus Leadership Requirement

The LPH program requires you to visit campus over the course of two years, in order to complete the management and leadership course requirements. These visits are scheduled in late August and early May of each year. You'll finalize your residency plans with your program advisory. You will be responsible for your travel and lodging expenses during the duration of each leadership course.

Check out the list of available Master of Public Health courses for the semester.​​

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