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 prepares individuals for careers in the field of public health, incorporating 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: Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Health Management and Policy, and Health Promotion. Students complete both didactic and experience-based courses, culminating in a community organization-based Practicum that provides students the ability to combine their classroom-based learning with "hands-on" public health projects.

The MPH degree is granted jointly by EVMS and ODU, and classes are taught over three terms per year by faculty from both institutions. Each class meets one evening per week on the EVMS or ODU campus in Norfolk, Virginia. Occasionally, a class may meet on Saturday mornings. Full-time status is 9 credits in the Spring and Fall terms and 6 credits in the Summer term. Full-time students can complete the Program 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. The Program is also a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

If you would like to request a copy of our CEPH accreditation report please contact us at 757-446-6120.


This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula.  Information is subject to change.