Simmons’ Online Master of Public Health Program

Featuring a Health Equity-Focused Curriculum

Program Overview

Our online Master of Public Health program prepares students to promote health equity at local, national, and global levels. Students in the program participate in live, online classes, complete self-paced coursework, and gain real-world experience.

Complete in as Few as 21 Months With the Traditional MPH Program

Complete in as Few as 12 Months With the Accelerated MPH Program

Holistic Application Review

Select one of two program options — traditional or accelerated — both offering the same 45-credit curriculum committed to health equity and social justice, with different course loads per term and times to complete.

Traditional Master’s Program

  • Designed for aspiring and rising public health professionals
  • Complete in as few as 21 months
  • Complete 45 credits across seven 11-week terms 
  • Permitted to work during the program — most students work full time but scale back or find some flexibility with their employer when they begin their Health Equity Change Project

Accelerated Master’s Program

  • Designed for highly motivated students who can dedicate themselves to their degree on a full-time basis
  • Complete in as few as 12 months
  • Complete 45 credits across four 11-week terms
  • Not permitted to work/be employed during the program

Our admissions committee reviews applications holistically, evaluating each candidate’s ability, aptitude, and potential for academic success in the program and professional success upon graduation. For this reason, GRE scores are not required to apply.

Scholarships are available for qualified applicants. To learn more, request information and a dedicated admission counselor will be in touch to discuss your options. 


The curriculum explores public health with a distinct focus on health equity. While students learn the general principles and practices of public health, they also learn to address structural determinants of health often situated in historical systems of oppression.

The program explores the following core areas of public health:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health policy and health services
  • Environmental health
  • Social and behavioral health

Students in the program complete a Health Equity Change Project in which they explore public health inequities in or near their communities and work proactively with local partners to address them. Students also gain hands-on field experience at two immersions — one held at the Simmons campus and one in another domestic or international city.

Learn more about the online MPH program by completing the brief form above.

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