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Public Health M.P.H.

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    Public Health M.P.H.

    Start or switch to a career in public health and qualify for management or other advancement opportunities.

Explore the public health master’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

With a focus on the health care needs of Alaska and the circumpolar north, UAA’s accredited M.P.H. in public health practice offers a broad, interdisciplinary education with an ecological approach to protecting and promoting the health of populations.

Public health scholarships and financial aid
You may qualify for various scholarship opportunities from UAA and private organizations. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for details.

Online degree program
Pursue your graduate degree full time or part time while working and balancing other responsibilities. Course requirements are offered as online classes, so you can gain real-world experiences while staying in your community. You only need to come to campus to defend your thesis.

Master of Public Health/Master of Social Work Dual Degree
The M.S.W./M.P.H. dual degree program develops expertise at the intersection of public health and social work. The goal of the program is to train leaders who have the skills and competencies to address many of the social and public health problems facing the state of Alaska, the nation and the world. The dual degree program is structured in a way that allows students to meet all the requirements for both programs. Through mutual agreement between the M.S.W. and M.P.H. programs, some courses will count toward graduation requirements in both programs, thus reducing the time it takes to complete the two degrees. For a full-time student, it would take a total of approximately three years, or nine semesters, to complete both.

Public Health M.P.H.

Degree Type:

  • Master

Concentration: Public health practice

Program Length: Two years


Accredited by: Council on Education for Public Health

Other program options: Master of Social Work dual degree

Did you know..

UAA’s Master of Public Health in public health practice has been ranked No. 11 among the Best Online M.P.H. Programs and No. 10 among the Most Affordable Online M.P.H. Programs in the nation.

What can you do with a public health degree from UAA?

With a master’s in public health, you can work in a variety of fields, such as occupational safety and health, environmental protection, food safety, health education and health planning and analysis.

Public health graduate programs

  • Doctor of Public Health

Public health careers
M.P.H. alumni have earned leadership positions in a variety of public and private organizations, including the following:

  • Alaska Infant Learning Program
  • DHSS Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • DD Council
  • Alaska Department of Education
  • CDC Arctic Investigations Program
  • American Lung Association
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Southcentral Foundation

By the numbers..

One-year job placement rate for public health alumni
UAA Public Health

Public health master’s degree program highlights

Learn advanced tools to identify and assess the needs of communities and populations, then plan, implement and evaluate techniques to address those needs.

  • Develop and complete a project practicum or a thesis practicum. Your practicum is an opportunity to specialize in an area you’re interested in. You can incorporate service learning to help improve the health of your community.
  • Get matched with a faculty advisor who will help guide you through the online degree program. Program faculty specialize in a variety of fields, including health equity, international health, environmental health, social determinants of health, maternal and child health, circumpolar health, and tobacco prevention and control.
  • Work with faculty on community-engaged projects and graduate research. Experience public health practice in action while making a direct impact on the field.
  • Access recorded seminars online. Periodic seminars on a variety of topics sponsored by UAA’s M.P.H. program are available for viewing through the program’s website.

Amazing stories from public health majors

I use the [M.P.H.] education I received in my job every day, and it has provided me with opportunities I never anticipated.

Tammy Zulz
M.P.H. Public Health Practice ’07 Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arctic Investigations Program
Students studying

Each year, UAA’s Gamma Iota Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society elects new students, alumni, faculty and honorary members to join the elite group. The national honor society supports and advances excellence in — and devotion to — the field of public health

Delta Omega Honor Society
A student practicing respiratory medicine

Faculty, students and community members participate in a variety of annual events on the Anchorage campus in celebration of National Public Health Week.

Students in class

Network with public health professionals from across Alaska during the annual Health Summit of the Alaska Public Health Association. The program’s mandatory meeting typically takes place during the same time as the Summit, so you can attend both.

Public health master’s degree program curriculum

Explore the interactions and relationships that affect public health with an interdisciplinary master’s degree from UAA.
Complete core courses in health education and behavioral sciences, environmental and occupational health, health management and policy, biostatistics and epidemiology. You’ll also delve deeper into research methods, program evaluation, circumpolar health issues and management of public health emergencies and disasters.

Top classes for public health majors

  • Environmental and occupational health
  • Circumpolar health issues
  • Public health emergencies and disasters