Master of Public Health

DMU is changing public health for the better

Be a public health leader in your community

Pursue an online master’s in public health degree from a leading university 

Promoting wellness to individuals, families and communities and protecting them from a range of health threats has never been more important. Our world needs more leaders in public health to take up this important work at local, state, national and global levels. Through the master’s degree in public health program at Des Moines University, you’ll gain practical knowledge and skills to improve health policy and practice and tackle health inequities. 

With DMU’s CEPH-accredited online master’s in public health program, you can start or advance your career in public health. And because our program is 100% online, you can work toward an MPH degree while enjoying the flexibility of a master’s program that allows you to maintain a schedule that works for you.  


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

Quick facts:



of MPH degree graduates are employed or in graduate school 


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What can you do with a public health master's degree?

Public health professionals are essential to the health and wellness of our communities, from improving health outcomes through educating local community members to identifying and monitoring new and emerging diseases. Graduates from DMU’s master’s degree in public health program perform functions that have large and lasting impacts in health care, government and the health care insurance industry.

Public Health Careers

DMU MPH degree program graduates have held titles such as:

  • Assistant manager for infection prevention and control at Stanford Children’s Health
  • Associate professor at Georgia State University
  • Consumer safety officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Diabetes education coordinator at MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Public health analyst at the Center for Disease Control
  • Senior accreditation specialist at the Public Health Accreditation Board

Master’s Degree in Public Health Program Highlights 

DMU’s online master’s in public health program focuses on providing you with the knowledge and skills to pursue leadership and managerial positions in government, nonprofit and health care organizations. While earning an MPH degree from DMU, you can expect to: 

  • Learn from world-renowned experts in public health

    Our online MPH faculty members are leaders in their field. These academic experts, researchers and practitioners not only prepare you to shine in a public health career, but they also contribute to public health through revolutionary research that advances your educational experiences and improves our world.
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  • Receive personalized career-building opportunities

    With a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio, DMU’s master’s in public health online degree program is small enough that our faculty can provide one-on-one feedback and coaching on your progress throughout the coursework. This allows our graduate students to apply new information to their careers immediately.

    Our expert master’s of public health faculty also have strong relationships with public health and health care organizations in Des Moines, around Iowa and throughout the Midwest. These relationships provide opportunities to connect with industry professionals during field experiences. Many of our online MPH graduate students are often hired by these organizations after they finish their master’s degree at DMU.

  • Experience a connected online community

    As a master’s in public health online student, you will have access to resources that help you connect and network with classmates. These online resources include our library, student health resources and more.

  • Specialize for your career path

    DMU’s online master’s of public health program offers three concentrations: public health practice, public health administration and policy, and health education and promotion. These options allow you to gain specialized expertise that helps you stand out in a competitive profession.

  • Gain hands-on field experience

    Our online master’s in public health degree program provides opportunities to take part in both applied practice and integrative learning experiences. This means you’ll be able to apply what you learn while pursuing public health initiatives that interest you.

    Although our MPH degree is 100% online, you can benefit from our location in Des Moines, Iowa, during your field work. Because Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa and our state capital, you will have access to county and state public health officers and professionals from statewide medical facilities.

  • Earn an affordable, valuable master’s degree

    Because scholarship opportunities can be limited for online MPH students, DMU purposely keeps tuition and fees low for graduate students. Students in the master’s of public health online program are charged a flat rate for tuition, and you do not pay graduate student fees.

Public Health Faculty

The excellence of DMU’s online MPH faculty members is a top reason why we are known as a leader in public health education, research and policy development.

Naureen Islam, M.P.H.’21

What Public Health Graduates Are Saying

“I wanted to pursue a master’s degree in public health while I was working, and I’ve been so amazed by the program’s balance and flexibility. I’m passionate about addressing health disparities, so I chose the program’s health education and promotion concentration. It doesn’t feel like an online program because the faculty are so responsive and available to help you. Faculty members at DMU have opened so many doors for me.”

Naureen Islam, M.P.H.'21
Program Analyst at the Baltimore City Health Department Bureau of Maternal and Child Health


Explore Master’s Degree in Public Health Program Courses

DMU’s 42-credit-hour online master’s degree program in public health blends public health funding, grant management, leadership, health policy and more to provide you with the expertise to lead in your public health career.

Each MPH degree course averages nine students, and you can expect to take on such classes as:

  • Basic Statistics
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Public Health Leadership, Administration and Finance
  • U.S. Health Care and Public Health System
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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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