Master of Public Health

DMU is reimagining the future of public health education

Improve health on a higher level

Public health experts are more important today than ever before

Public health professionals have a huge impact on our quality of life locally, nationally and globally. They promote and protect the health of people, communities and populations by preventing and addressing disease outbreaks and educating people and organizations about healthy behaviors. They conduct research that leads to health improvements and advocates for policies and laws that promote wellness and safety. DMU’s Master of Public Health Program will give you the knowledge, strategy and skills you need to become an expert within your industry.


  • Can be completed in 2 years
  • Available entirely online
  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • CEPH accredited

Quick facts:



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of graduates assumed a new working position, according to graduate and 6-month alumni surveys (average reporting rate 79%)

Designed for your life

Our affordable, online, fully-accredited M.P.H. program allows you to work alongside other professionals to promote wellness to individuals, families, and communities; as well as protect them from a range of health threats. The program offers flexible enrollment, enabling students to complete their degree in as little as two years.

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Program Highlights

The 42-credit-hour program will give you skills in public health funding, grant management, leadership, health policy and more. It’s practical knowledge you can apply immediately in the daily management of health organizations and long-term, big-picture planning.

  • One degree, three concentrations

    With three concentrations, DMU’s M.P.H. degree will provide a unique set of skills to advance your unique career path.

    The public health practice concentration prepares students to enter a wide array of careers to protect and promote the health of individuals, families and communities. Elective options allow students to focus on domestic or global public health. Many graduates work in local and state public health departments, nonprofit organizations and community-based entities.
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    The public health administration and policy concentration develops students’ competencies in applying economic theories to public health policy and its impact on health care organizations. Employment options include hospitals, clinics, public health departments, long-term care organizations and health insurance corporations.
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    The health education and promotion concentration prepares students to protect and promote the health of individuals, families, communities and countries, including globally. In addition, the curriculum is designed to prepare students for the Certified in Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Career roles include patient educator, health educator, community health planner and policy maker.
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  • Learn from the best

    DMU’s M.P.H. faculty are adept at teaching, interacting with and supporting students in the program’s online courses. They bring diverse experiences and expertise to students as public health leaders, researchers, policy advisors and peer reviewers for professional journals.
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  • Let's get real

    M.P.H. students at DMU learn public health by practicing it: The program’s 120- to 180-hour internship in a public health setting lets students expand their knowledge of pertinent public health issues that support their academic and career goals.

  • Show what you know

    In the culminating capstone project, students apply knowledge gained from their program experiences to a professional practice situation. Students can tailor their APE and Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) on topics relating to international public health or global health initiatives in the United States.

  • Fully accredited

    The M.P.H. program received the longest possible reaccreditation term, seven years, in 2016. The program offers students the best curriculum, faculty, knowledge and skills to be come a true public health professional.
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  • Graduate certificate available

    The certificate program provides students with a selection of courses designed to be completed in one year. Students who complete the program may be eligible to sit for the CPH Exam.
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Meet Your Faculty

We are committed to training competent, passionate professionals. Our expert faculty make DMU a powerful place to learn.

Naureen Islam, M.P.H.’21

“I wanted to pursue a master’s degree while I was working, and I’ve been so amazed by the DMU M.P.H. program’s balance and flexibility. I’m passionate about addressing health disparities, so I chose the program’s health promotion and education concentration. I have not felt like it’s an online program because the faculty are so responsive, and all are available to help you. I am so blessed to have the faculty I’ve had at DMU. They’ve opened so many doors for me.”

Naureen Islam, M.P.H. Student
Research program coordinator in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Johns Hopkins University


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Des Moines University Master of Public Health| CEPH Accredited Master's
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DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
In June 2016, DMU's master of public health program received the longest-possible reaccreditation term, seven years, from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH accreditation ensures the program prepares graduates to achieve the highest excellence in practice, research, and service.

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