100% Online Master of Public Health

Get Ahead of Public Health Crises

Online education that’s affordable, flexible, and outstanding

Serving the underserved and improving well-being in our communities is crucial to the mission of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. That comes to life in the online Master of Public Health program, which prepares you for a successful, influential practice in this growing field.

You’ll experience a curriculum crafted by public health experts with decades of hands-on industry experience. You’ll learn from real-world practitioners who are leading the field every day. And you’ll get in-depth fieldwork experience in environments akin to where you could practice.

Gain the skills you need to help the public make long-lasting improvements in their physical, mental, and social well-being. Prepare to design, implement, and evaluate public health programs.


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A Curriculum to Take You From Theory to Practice

Through core, application and summative courses, you’ll learn about the foundations and history of public health and biostatistics, the principles of epidemiology, methods for research and analysis, communication and policy, and community organizing around health promotion and well-being. Public health experts helped Saint Mary’s shape this curriculum to ensure it’s as relevant and impactful as possible for future public health practitioners.

Preview just a few of the courses in the online Master of Public Health program:

MPH600 Principles of Public Health

Explore the public health field to begin to explore the gaps and inequities in health outcomes. Consider the history of public health practice and research, national and global structural institutions, and basic concepts and theories that inform public health practice. Emphasis is placed on healthy equity from a population perspective. You’ll review major data and research resources to support future research endeavors.

MPH605 Foundations of Biostatistics

Master the appropriate use of data in characterizing the health of a population and examine an overview of probability and statistical inference in public health. Students learn the principles of collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. Topics include random variation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, chi-square distribution, and linear regression. You’ll apply concepts through in-class labs that evaluate statistics used in public health publications.

MPH650 Health Promotion and Communication

Learn to plan educational, political, environmental, regulatory, and organizational mechanisms that promote and support wellness conditions and activities for individuals, populations, or communities. Explore social media and technology use, marketing methods, and visual and group communication strategies as means to create and disseminate understandable public health information and data.

MPH635 Design of Community Health Programs and Interventions

Explore the research and process of designing effective public health programs and interventions. Use tools and techniques to engage and involve communities, assess community needs, and create appropriate, evidence-based programs and interventions with an emphasis on health equity. Delve into behavior change theory, logic models, community engagement and participation, rationale development, and timeline and budget creation.

Online Convenience, On Point Outcomes

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to providing excellence in education beyond the borders of the campus. You want to excel in your profession and to maximize your career, all while maintaining family and work responsibilities. Saint Mary’s online programs are offered in an easy-to-use format that allows for flexible scheduling and provides you with leading-edge knowledge and valuable credentials.

Qualify for Important, Influential Positions

With your MPH from Saint Mary’s, you’ll be prepared for a diverse range of careers with a powerful mission–improving people’s quality of life locally, nationally, and across the world. Here are a few of the high-paying and influential positions you could pursue with a master’s in public health.

2020 Median Annual Salaries

  • Epidemiologist $74,5601
  • Environmental Scientist $73,2302
  • Biostatistician $93,2903
  • International Health Services Manager $104,2804
  • Medical Health & Services Administrator $104,2804

Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. The Saint Mary’s community, together and by association, is dedicated to quality, diversity, accessibility, social justice, and sound stewardship in all its endeavors.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Epidemiologists. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Environmental Scientists and Specialists. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Mathematicians and Statisticians. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov.
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov.