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Program Strengths

The master of public health (M.P.H.) program is based on a practical, problem-based approach. An advantage of the program is that you can remain employed while earning your degree.

CEPH accreditation


The master of public health program at Des Moines University holds programmatic accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health. This programmatic accreditation is above and beyond the University’s accreditation through NCA, and shows a commitment to providing the highest quality education and adhering to the highest standards for operating a M.P.H. program. CEPH requires that accredited programs emphasize three areas equally: teaching, research and service.

Online courses that fit your schedule

Complete the degree full-time in 2 years; 3 years part-time. All coursework is offered online, allowing professionals to earn their degree while remaining employed. Select courses are available on-campus for students interested in this experience.


With affordable tuition and scholarship opportunities, earning your M.P.H at DMU is a healthy investment in your career.  It’s time to pursue your M.P.H., you cannot afford to wait any longer.

Competency based curriculum

The M.P.H. curriculum emphasizes practical knowledge you will use from day one. The M.P.H. program at DMU is based on eight competencies identified by the public health profession.

Global health

Opportunities are available through our Global Health department to complete internships abroad.

Convenient calendar

Our course calendar offers three 13-week terms each year to allow for flexibility in course scheduling and the best chance of completing your degree in 2-3 years.

Flexible enrollment

Enroll in 2 courses per term and complete the degree in about 3 years. Your level of enrollment may vary each term based upon your schedule. Students are expected to complete at least one course per year and have a total of seven years from the date of admission to complete the degree requirements.

Professional development courses

Individuals may be eligible to enroll in select courses for professional development. Credit completed as professional development may be considered for degree requirements.

Student life opportunities

There are many opportunities for even online students to get involved at Des Moines University. From Student Clubs, to social and service opportunities, M.P.H. students engage with the community from a distance.

Experienced faculty

A combination of full-time and part-time faculty with experience working in public health offer the perfect blend of the theory that drives the practice of management, with the art of leading change in today’s challenging public health environment.

Dual M.H.A. degree

Public health students at DMU may apply for a dual degree in health care administration following the successful completion of nine semester hours in M.P.H. coursework. Admission to a dual degree program is not guaranteed, but consideration will be given to all applicants.  Select courses may transfer toward the M.P.H./M.H.A. dual degree.


Choose electives that support your professional and academic objectives. Some options include: bioterrorism, health promotion, nutrition and grant writing. M.P.H. students also have the option of taking select M.H.A. courses as an elective.


Students complete a 180-hour internship with a public health organization to expand their knowledge of pertinent public health issues. Students are not expected to leave their full-time employment to complete the internship.  An assigned faculty advisor will guide you in selecting an internship based upon your career interests.  Internships may be completed in Des Moines, your hometown or another location of your choice.

Academic Health Center

Des Moines University was founded in 1898 and has a long history of excellence in graduate health science education.