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Public Health

George Mason University

12 months
1487 USD/credit
1487 USD/credit
599 USD/credit
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The Public Health program from George Mason University provides coursework in all five core disciplines of public health – epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health – along with advanced training in one of two concentration areas – Epidemiology or Global & Community Health.


The field of public health is an aggregation of many professions engaged in protecting public safety, preventing illness, and promoting wellness at the population level. Public health professionals can work as epidemiologists, biostatisticians, environmental specialists, health educators, program administrators, and more. 

Major areas of specialization in this Public Health program from George Mason University include nutrition and weight management, exercise and fitness, public safety, maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention, emergency preparedness, global health, sexual health, infectious disease prevention, oral health, and mental health.

Public health continues to grow in scope and practice, with significant workforce shortages expected to increase across the decade.

  • The Epidemiology Concentration prepares students to investigate and analyze factors that influence the occurrence, distribution, prevention, and control of disease. Emphasis is placed on the development of such skills as study design, data collection and management, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research findings.
  • The Global and Community Health Concentration prepares students to address social and behavioral factors affecting the health of communities in both domestic and international settings. 

Through course work and practical application, students learn to analyze social determinants, develop culturally competent prevention efforts, manage program implementation, and evaluate the quality of preventive services. Students become familiar with a range of issues, including infectious disease, nutrition, environmental health, health service delivery systems, and social and cultural factors that influence health status.

The Public Health Communication concentration prepares students to effective use communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. 

This highly specialized concentration links the fields of communication and public health and is increasingly recognized as a necessary element of efforts to improve personal and public health. 

The public health communication concentration emphasizes designing, evaluating, and implementing effective communication strategies and messages to address the health needs of diverse audiences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Promotion Methods
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • U.S. and Global Public Health Systems
  • Project Management in Public Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Culminating Experience
  • Health Communication
  • Risk Communication
  • Social Marketing
  • E-Health Communication
  • Health Communication Campaigns

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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42 alternative credits


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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required. Several criteria are evaluated in the admissions process, including the strength of the undergraduate record and any post-baccalaureate course work, the GRE general examination, career goals, recommendations, professional and volunteer experience in public health, and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level.

While no specific field of study at the undergraduate level is required, some background in statistics, biology, or the social sciences is preferred. Work or volunteer experience in public health or allied health fields is highly encouraged. Applicants who have not worked in public health may benefit from volunteer experience prior to submitting an application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1487 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1487 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1487 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1487 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    599 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 599 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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