Public Health, M.Sc.

Public Health, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #801 (QS) , CA,
An interprofessional degree for tomorrow's public health leaders. Study public health in classrooms that extend well beyond campus borders, into a city famous for its forward-thinking approach to public health advocacy and community outreach.


The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is an interprofessional degree offered by the School of Nursing and Health Professions through its Department of Population Health Sciences.

Candidates complete coursework in a myriad of fields, including epidemiology, biostatistics, community and behavioral health, environmental health, and public health policy and management.

The program is particularly well suited for candidates eager to develop practice-oriented skills and competencies to promote population health.

Program Structure
  • For the working professional or recent graduate
  • Flexible evening on-ground classes or online
  • Up to 300 hours of fieldwork placement in a public health organization
  • In place of a research-based thesis, our students produce an original graduate project based on the culmination of their classroom learning, and a capstone synthesis that demonstrates   mastery of the profession.
  • Study in a city that has a long history of advocacy and community outreach. San Francisco is a virtual lab of public health education and health promotion possibilities, and there is no shortage of challenging fieldwork and post degree employment opportunities.
Program Options
  • Master of Public Health Program San Francisco Presidio Campus
  • Master of Public Health Program Sacramento Campus
  • Dual Degree Program for MS Public Health and Behavioral Health
Program Highlights
  • Authoritative – CEPH-Accredited Program
  • Flexible – Entry in Fall for On-Campus; Entry in Fall or Spring for Online Format
  • Interprofessional – Award-Winning Faculty from Nursing, Law, and Public Health
  • Learn from a distinguished interprofessional, award-winning faculty of academics and practitioners who will serve as your professors, advisers, and mentors throughout an academically rigorous program

Programme Structure

The MPH program is offered at our Presidio Campus in San Francisco, at our Sacramento branch campus and Online. It can be completed as a two (2) year part-time program or as a one (1) year accelerated option.

Semester 1 
  • Introduction to Public Health and Health Promotion 
  • Biostatistics in Public Health 
Semester 2 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Communicating for Healthy Behavior and Social Change 
Semester 3 
  • Social Justice, Health Policy, Ethics, and Public Health Law  
  • Public Health Program Planning, Management and Evaluation 
Semester 4 
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Issues in Public Health  
  • Elective 1 
  • Elective 2 
Semester 5 
  • Public Health Systems Leadership and Administration  
  • Elective 3  
  • Elective 4 
Semester 6 
  • Public Health Fieldwork Internship (300 minimum hours) 
  • Public Health Capstone Seminar  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      It can be completed as a two (2) year part-time program or as a one (1) year accelerated full time option.

  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A completed online application and fee
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Official or unofficial transcripts should be uploaded through the online application form. Transcripts must reflect the name of the institution attended, degree earned, grades earned, and GPA. Applicants should ensure that all transcripts are readable once uploaded. Submission of official transcripts is ONLY required for all admitted students who decide to enroll. For non-U.S. transcripts, applicants please submit translated transcripts.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Personal statement of interest and goals (2 to 3 pages).
  • Please articulate why you have chosen the University of San Francisco's MPH program, and elaborate on your specific interests as they relate to the program's strengths and your career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their competence and ability to be successful at a graduate level of study. In the online form, enter the names and e-mail addresses for recommenders. They will receive an e-mail from USF with instructions to upload their letter.
  • Professional résumé
  • We are interested in the progression and mix of responsibilities in your work and volunteer experience and your skills. Experience should be for college and beyond (no high school).
  • No course prerequisites to the program. However, competency in precalculus math and the basic biological and social (psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics) sciences is helpful.
  • Fluency in a second language is helpful as well, but not required.
  • For international students only: A Certificate of Finance, a passport copy, and TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic test scores. Refer to the International Graduate Student Admission page for test score requirements and additional information.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1340 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1340 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1340 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1340 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Scholarship and grant opportunities will be provided to enrolled students upon availability. 

Federal Student Loans for U.S. Students

U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents are eligible for a federal Safford loan of $20,500 for each year of graduate studies. In Addition, the federal Grad PLUS loan program covers remaining tuition and living expenses.

Dean's Merit Scholarship for Graduate Students

This scholarship provides multi-semester awards for students in SONHP graduate programs who demonstrate outstanding experience or potential in the following areas: academics, commitment to social justice and community service, and leadership.

For more information please visit the programme website.

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