About this Program

The program provides graduates with an advanced understanding of the public health sciences and skills that can be utilized in multiple career fields. The Program prepares individuals for careers in the field of public health, incorporating knowledge and skills that can be utilized in healthcare management, population-based research, and the community practice of public health. Students complete both didactic and experience-based courses, culminating in a community organization-based Practicum that provides students the ability to combine their classroom-based learning with "hands-on" public health projects. MPH is an applicable graduate degree for students from any discipline.

Program Highlights

  • Contribute to the SCEH vision to be a center of excellence in the advancement and the application of knowledge in public health. Student centered Learning and Active Student involvement in public health in the region

  • Dynamic involvement with community engagement projects

  • Mentoring from leaders in the public health field

  • Opportunities to explore and research current public health issues

  • Program fees and tuitions rates are favorably competitive with other MPH programs

  • Fosters Diversity and inclusiveness and be part of the community

  • The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Public Health
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

$76,220 Median Salary

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

Industrial Safety and Health Engineers

$92,190 Median Salary

Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions.

Medical and Health Services Managers

$111,680 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Compliance Managers

$113,180 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization to ensure compliance with ethical or regulatory standards.

Alumni Careers

Department of Health
Sentara Foundation
Healthy Chesapeake
Health Services Research Doctoral Programs


What are the requirements to apply for Public Health at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Public Health program in Public Health should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

International Students: TOEFL (min. 79 on IBT or 550 paper) /IELTS (min. overall band 7.0) required. WES course by course evaluation, if available but not required.

  • Tests | The MPH does not require the GRE, GMAT or MCAT  

  • Recommendations | 2 recommendations need to be academic and/or professional  

  • Essay | 500 word personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Program

  • Transcripts | From all prior institutions


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Student Assistantships

Student assistantships are available on a Competitive basis


Clinical Assistant Professor

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