Master of Public Health OnlinePublic health has a long history of implementing policies that improve the health of people worldwide. Vaccination programs, family planning, and preventive medicine are just a few examples. As a Master of Public Health professional, you too can help make a global impact.

To make it feasible for working professionals to purse this important degree in leading local and global health initiatives, San Diego State University offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) online program — with a degree in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science.

The program ranks No. 3 in The 5 Best Public Health Degree Programs in California, and No. 10 in The Top 25 Online MPH Programs in the U.S. “We have a number of world-renowned experts in public health research here at our disposal,” says Program Director Dr. Emily Schmeid.

Student Shannon Mabalot, an infection preventionist at Sharp Memorial Hospital, who will complete the program this spring 2019, concurs. “The instructors are all intelligent, passionate individuals, and it shows in the lectures, organization of the course, and responses to the class.”

Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the 18-month online program features two 3-unit courses per eight-week session, and 3 units of internship or practical experience, for a total of 51 units.

“The experiential learning that you get throughout your time as an MPH student really matters when applying for jobs and when you’re sitting in an interview,” says graduate Stephanie Waits Galia. “It changes the conversation from information that you know and things that you could potentially do, to experience that you actually have under your belt. An employer’s going to understand that you have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the field both from an academic perspective as well as a professional prospective.”

The application deadline for fall 2019 is May 1. For instructions on how to apply, visit MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Online. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the School of Public Health Admissions Coordinator Brenda Fass-Holmes at or (619) 594-4492.

The program is administered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. Learn more at

SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).