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WKU's Master of Public Health (MPH) is a professional practice degree that prepares students for a wide range of health-related professions. The 42 credit-hour MPH degree is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, Western Kentucky University’s MPH Online program provides students with a broad-based foundation to address the health and well-being of populations and communities. This program empowers students to customize their curriculum through individually-selected public health focus areas in order to best meet their specific professional or academic goals. The program is conveniently offered 100% online and is designed to meet the needs of the public health workforce, healthcare providers, students enrolled in other programs (MD, MSN, MS, etc.), and other working professionals.

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Evidence of ability to perform at the graduate level:
    • cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 on 4.0 scale from a US accredited university; OR
    • cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a US accredited university and GRE minimums of 145 verbal, 148 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing score; OR
    • current enrollment in or graduation from an accredited a US medical school or doctoral program OR
  • GRE minimums of 145 verbal, 148 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing score from non-US accredited university.
  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of transcript(s)
  • A personal statement
  • Resume
  • Letters of reference
  • If applicable, test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 550 on the written TOEFL, or minimum score of 79 on the internet based TOEFL (iBT), or a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS. 

Applicants who do not meet the criteria set forth for regular admission may be admitted conditionally.  Additional materials may be requested.

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission
  • Visit the WKU Online Admission Page for more information.
    • There is a $65 application fee.
  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Graduate Application
    • Under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:
      • Category of Study >>> Masters
      • Planned Course of Study >>> Public Health (152)
  1. Submit Required Materials:

Documents can be submitted via the Document Upload Portal or by email to graduate.school@wku.edu.  

    • Request at least one official transcript showing the completed degree from accredited institutions other than WKU.
    • The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School. 
    • Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Graduate Admissions. 
      • You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail.
  • An original, written personal statement addressing and answering each of the following:
    • Seeking Online MPH (100% online)
    • Why public health?
    • Why WKU?
    • How do you foresee using your MPH degree?
  • Resume
  • Two letters of academic or professional reference

Deadlines for Admission Applications & Transcripts 

  • Fall Semester: Rolling Admission
  • Spring Semester: Rolling Admission

The Master of Public Health requires 42 credit hours.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand.

Required Courses (30 hours)

PH 520

Biostatistics for Public Health (Offered Fall or Summer)

PH 575

Program Planning in Public Health Practice (Fall)

PH 578

Health Disparities (Spring)

PH 580

Introduction to Public Health (Fall)

PH 581

Applied Methods in Public Health Practice (Fall)

PH 582

Epidemiology (Spring and Summer)

PH 583

Public Health Administration (Fall and Summer)

PH 584

Principles of Environmental Health (Spring)

PH 587

Health Behavior (Spring and Summer)

PH 591

Health Program Evaluation (Spring)

Electives (12 hours)

Electives must be chosen in consultation with your advisor and should reflect your professional or personal goals. Certificates that complement public health can be used to fulfill elective requirements.

Required Graduate Applied Practice Experience (GrAPEs)

 Each MPH student must earn a minimum of four GrAPE units. Each GrAPE unit requires approximately 25 clock hours of working with or working in a practice setting.

Required Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

During the final semester(s) of study, students are required to complete an integrative learning experience that demonstrates synthesis of foundational and program competencies. ILEs require two products: 1) a high-quality written product and 2) a presentation on the ILE.  


Department Contacts

Marilyn Gardner
Associate Professor and Graduate Director Public Health Programs,
Department of Public Health
Email: marilyn.gardner@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5864

Cohort Programs

Email: delo.cohorts@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5011
Website: wku.edu/cohort

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 


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 Last Modified 9/4/20