About the Graduate Program in Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a professional degree offered by Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in collaboration with Old Dominion University (ODU). The Program provides graduates with an understanding of the public health sciences and with knowledge and skills that can be utilized in healthcare management, population-based research and the community practice of public health.

The Program focuses upon four specialized tracks of Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Health Management and Health Promotion. Students complete both didactic and experience-based courses. A Community Practicum exposes students to community organizations supporting public health.

The MPH degree will be granted jointly by the two sponsoring institutions. Classes are taught in three Terms each year by faculty from both institutions. Classes are held on weekday evenings and/or on Saturdays on the EVMS and ODU campuses in Norfolk, Virginia. Full-time status is 9 credits for the Spring and Fall terms and 6 credits for the Summer term. With this schedule, the required credit hours can be completed in two years.

The Program will benefit health professionals who are or will be working in private, government or community organizations with the following responsibilities: assessing health status or needs in populations, designing and implementing programs, managing administrative functions, conducting program evaluation and outcomes research, developing coalitions to meet community needs, marketing health services, analyzing the epidemiology of specific diseases and measuring or assuring the quality of healthcare and public health services and products.

The program has been fully accredited since 2000 by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). This accreditation was renewed in 2012 for seven years. The State Council on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved the program in 1999. If you would like to request a copy of our CEPH accreditation report please contact us at 757-446-6120.