Master of Public Health Degree

SDSU’s fully online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is offered through the SDSU Graduate School of Public Health.

As a field that seeks to address disparities, public health is the intersection of health and social justice. Whether it’s infection-control after a natural disaster; affordable health care for low-income families; or hunger in Africa, you can work toward change as a Master of Public Health professional.

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

“Numerous inquiries to SDSU’s Graduate School of Public Health indicated there was a large untapped population that needed access to the program,” said Director Hala Madanat, Ph.D. “Developed exclusively for early career professionals, this online program allows students to study on their own time while continuing to pursue their careers.”

Program Details

  • Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • 20-month program, fully online
  • 51 units, including 3 units of internship or practical experience
  • Two 3-unit courses per eight-week session
  • One-week break between sessions
  • ​ Financial aid available

“The instructors are all intelligent, passionate individuals, and it shows in the lectures, organization of the course, and responses to the class,” said student Shannon Mabalot, an infection preventionist at Sharp Memorial Hospital, who will complete the program in spring 2019. “The students in my cohort come from varying educational and vocational backgrounds, so it makes learning a lot more interesting when you have different perspectives. … It’s interesting to see our personalities emerge during the assignments; seeing which people take leadership roles, creative roles, supportive roles, and everything in between. I really enjoy working in groups and developing relationships with my classmates because at the end of the day we are all in this together and supporting each other, which speaks to the community of public health in general.”

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 GSPH Admissions Coordinator Brenda Fass-Holmes at or (619) 594-4492.

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