Concordia University Irvine

Master of Public Health (MPH)

School of Professional Studies

Serve and Lead Communities in Health and Wellness

Public health is integral to society. In the ever-changing context of our healthcare industry, the demand for professionals trained in public health is increasing. Positions related to public health are predicted to grow nearly 20% nationwide by 2026 – nearly double the rate for all other occupations.

While healthcare serves a critical role in diagnosing and treating injury and illness, a career in public health will allow you to focus on proactive measures to preventing injury and reducing the spread of disease. As an effective leader in public health, you will have the opportunity to inform and empower individuals, communities, and populations to make healthy choices, to reduce morbidity and mortality, and to decrease health expenditures. Public health is also a prime field for contributing to those in underserved areas, including urban, rural, and international populations.

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education at Concordia University Irvine will provide you with a solid foundation in the fundamental areas of public health that is grounded in research and ethical principles. Guided by expert faculty and professional mentors, you will experience a faith-based education that emphasizes servant leadership and community health promotion.

42 total units
$625 per unit
2 year completion time
Fully online

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Program Highlights

  • Broad Career Opportunities: Focusing on the prevention of illness and injury, public health is a distinct and ever-changing field. The field needs new leaders with a big-picture perspective on population health.
  • 2 Years to Complete: The typical length of a term for each course is 7 weeks which allows you to graduate in as few as 24 months.
  • Online Delivery: Live sessions are scheduled one night each week in alternating weeks. Twice a year, the MPH program hosts workshops on the Concordia University Irvine campus that will allow you to interact in person or via livestream with your peers, alumni, and faculty.
  • Hands-on Experience: You will gain valuable experience through an integrated service component.
  • Mentorship: Take advantage of the opportunity to receive guidance by professional leaders with extensive experience in public health.
  • Experienced Christian Educators: Our faculty examine professional practice and leadership through the lens of the Christian faith and ethical practices.

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Careers in Public Health

Public health is a multifaceted field encompassing many career paths and ventures. This flexibility allows students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds and professional experiences to find a meaningful career in public health.

Initiatives involving public health commonly include:

  • Bioethics
  • Clinical practice
  • Community engagement
  • Environmental health
  • Geographic information systems
  • Global health
  • Health education
  • Health equality
  • Health policy and management
  • Infectious disease prevention and control
  • Occupational health
  • Social and behavioral health

Graduates who earn a Master of Public Health are qualified for a variety of professions that allow them to apply knowledge and passion to a vocation in the service of others:

  • Epidemiologist
  • Grants specialist
  • Lab technician / medical technologist
  • Program manager/coordinator
  • Public health dentist
  • Public health informatics specialist
  • Public health nurse
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Public health officer/director
  • Public health physician
  • Public health social worker
  • Statistician

Our Master of Public Health degree draws experts and allows for mentorship opportunities in a wide range of industries related to public health:

  • Consulting firms
  • Health systems
  • Hospitals
  • Managed care organizations
  • Nonprofit, community-based health
  • Public health agencies
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Integrative Learning Experiences

As part of the requirements for the program, you will have the opportunity to complete a community-based practicum and 20 hours of volunteer work in a health service organization of your choosing.

Online Delivery

Fully Online

The Master of Public Health is designed for working professionals and can be completed in as little as 2 years. Courses are 7 weeks in length, with live sessions scheduled one night each week in alternating weeks. The program is paced to be completed one course at a time, with the exception of the final semester, during which the internship is completed concurrently.

Twice a year, the MPH program hosts workshops on the Concordia University Irvine campus that will provide you with the opportunity to interact in person with your peers, alumni, and faculty. The workshops focus on professional development through offerings such as: presentations by guest speakers from the industry, executive coaches, resume writing seminars, job search training, and a professional photographer. MPH students are required to attend the keynote presentation, either in-person or via live-stream.

Mentorship Opportunities

A unique aspect of our program is our investment in working alongside our students to guide and support them toward their future careers. Our mentorship program is designed to create opportunities for students in the Master of Public Health to receive guidance by professional leaders with extensive experience in public health. Our mentors represent many industries and functions in public health, including hospitals, health systems, long-term care, information technology, nonprofit organizations, community health, mental health, insurance, marketing, finance, human resources, and public policy. While participation in this program is not a requirement, students who do participate will benefit from the expertise and passion of our network of mentors to help students seeking a degree in public health become successful in their future careers.

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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the master’s program, a student must:

  1. Provide one official transcript that shows a confirmed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Submit a statement of intent.
  3. Provide a minimum of one professional reference.
  4. Submit a current professional resume.
  5. Complete a phone interview with the Program Director, upon completion of all admission requirements.

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