What’s the difference between an online MSPH and an online MPH degree?

There are several professional degrees available for students of public health. These include a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), as well as a Master of Medical Science in Public Health (MMSPH) and Doctor of Public Health (D.Ph.). All are available online to a greater or lesser extent, mostly via dedicated schools of public health at established universities.

When searching through our database of schools, prospective students will see that the various MPH degrees on offer are similar, but not the same. While the core concentrations are usually a common factor, some programs offer a much wider choice of sub-concentrations while others tend to focus on their specialties. Students will also see that educational and enrollment requirements sometimes differ from school to school. The same applies to MSPH degrees that have many of the same courses as the MPH. However, it is accepted that an MPH is a professional degree, while an MSPH is more academic, requiring some focus on research and research methodology, as well as data processing and analysis.

In the US, anyone who has an undergraduate degree will usually be accepted for an MPH, provided they meet any other requirements, a specified GRE score for example. The same applies to the MSPH, which like the MPH is not considered by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to be a clinical degree. However, in some countries, only medical graduates may enroll for an MPH while this is not a factor for an MSPH.

When considering the MSPH versus the MPH degree options of online study, those attracted to the MSPH are usually more interested in scientific concerns. They are also more likely to want to do research or to teach in the public health field. Many medical professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses and veterinarians go on to complete an MPH when they want to move into state organizations, run community-based private health facilities, or when they want to become involved with international health initiatives.



Schools with Online MPH Programs
A.T. Still University Online MPH
Benedictine University Online MPH
Concordia University of Nebraska Online MPH
Creighton University Online MPH
Des Moines University Online MPH
East Tennessee State University Online MPH
Emory University Online MPH
Florida A&M University Online MPH
George Washington University Online MPH
Idaho State University Online MPH
Johns Hopkins University Online MPH
Liberty University Online MPH
Loma Linda University Online MPH
Loyola University Online MPH
Medical College of Wisconsin Online MPH
New Mexico State University Online MPH
New York Medical College Online MPH
Northern Illinois University Online MPH
Nova Southeastern University Online MPH
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Online MPH
Rivier University Online MPH Programs
San Jose State University Online MPH
Simmons College Online MPH Program
Tulane University Online MPH
University at Albany-SUNY Online MPH
University of Alabama Online MPH
University of Alaska Online MPH
University of California Berkeley Online MPH
University of Florida Online MPH
University of Illinois Online MPH
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Online MPH
University of Minnesota Online MPH
University of Montana Online MPH
University of Nebraska Medical Center Online MPH
University of New England Online MPH
University of North Carolina Online MPH
University of North Texas Online MPH
University of South Carolina Online MPH
University of South Florida Online MPH
University of Southern California Online MPH
University of West Florida Online MPH
West Virginia University Online MPH

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