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Founded in 1980, the UW Online Master of Public Health (MPH) program educates health care leaders who promote health equity and social justice and make a difference in their communities.

The Online MPH is a self-sustaining and fee-based program offered by the UW Department of Health Systems and Population Health (HSPop) in the UW School of Public Health, which is highly ranked in the world by Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Classes meet mostly online, however, three sessions convene in-person in Seattle for each cohort.

Designed with working professionals’ schedules in mind, the program offers two options:

  • 18-month, full-time Accelerated Track (six continuous quarters)
  • 27-month, part-time Extended Track (nine continuous quarters)

Flexible Learning Schedule

The UW Online MPH is primarily an online program. With the exception of three on-site sessions, classes are conducted online, giving students flexibility to do coursework mostly on their own schedules and locations.

Practicum and Hands-On Experience

The required practicum allows students to apply classroom learning to a public health setting, while enhancing skills in areas such as leadership, communication, and teamwork. The practicum is also an excellent way to gain practical experience in your particular area of interest in public health.

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Careers and Alumni

UW Online MPH alumni work in academia, government, health care, and nonprofit organizations across the United States and around the world.

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Meet the Faculty

The Online MPH expert faculty bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, whether online or in-person, and are passionate about teaching, mentoring, and making a difference in public health.

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UW, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest

The University of Washington (UW) is considered one of the best universities in the world and is highly ranked by the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings. UW is committed to excellence through diversity and provides health leadership across the Pacific Northwest, the United States, and the world.

The Space Needle lit purple at night for the Together UW campaign.

UW enrolls more than 60,000 students each year and thrives as a center for groundbreaking research in numerous fields, including public health, medicine, education, public affairs, aeronautics, and business. UW offers many areas of study, including more than 300 separate programs and over 600 degree options. A major research center, UW is one of the few universities in the U.S. with total research funding of more than one billion dollars. Since 1969, the University of Washington consistently places among the top for total sponsored research funding for all public and private universities in the country. It is home to seven Nobel Prize winners and 17 MacArthur Fellows, also known as “genius grant” recipients.

For working professionals in the Seattle area, opportunities abound. Some of the world’s top companies and institutions were started here and continue to have major operations in the region. The city is among the most innovative health care communities in the country with excellent hospitals, medical centers, and research institutions.

Beyond the excellent academics, the University of Washington is among the most beautiful college campuses in the world. The largest UW campus is located in the heart of Seattle, one of the most scenic and livable cities in the United States. The Seattle campus offers stunning views of snow-capped Mount Rainier and nearby Lake Washington. In the spring, the campus gardens bloom with color, while its Japanese cherry trees erupt in spectacular pink and white blossoms.

Seattle offers its residents the best of city and country living. Cultural attractions include world-class museums, an aquarium, a zoo, professional and college sports, a symphony, and large annual film and music festivals. For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, excellent running, biking, hiking, camping, boating, and skiing are abundant in the city or nearby.