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EWU's College of Health Science and Public Health offers the only Master of Public Health (MPH) program in eastern Washington. The EWU MPH program offers two convenient options for completing the degree: an on-campus program with evening classes or a fully online option.

What is Public Health?

C.-E.A. Winslow, a pioneer in our field, defined public health as the "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals."

Public health focuses on broad community initiatives to promote health through efforts to help protect the population's health status. The EWU MPH program takes an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together many academic disciplines to promote a broad intellectual framework. To address the challenges emerging in public health, there are a many factors that require attention: external influences such as the physical and social environment and internal factors like personal behaviors and the genetic makeups that impact  health. These determinants of health define the role of public health in the healthcare delivery system. The Master of Public Health program provides students with analytical and practical knowledge, along with the necessary skills, to assume positions in improving the public's health and effective integration with healthcare delivery systems.

What are the degree options?

EWU's Master of Public Health (MPH) offers either a campus-based or online degree program. The program's curriculum prepares future public health leaders to manage, develop, and re-orient health services to combat health inequalities and promote access and inclusion.

What can I do with my degree?

Opportunities in Public Health are rapidly expanding. MPH graduates would be eligible for roles throughout the Public (including City/ State/ Government) and Private (including for profit and not-for-profit sectors) health and allied sectors. Such roles include, but are not limited to:

  • health educators
  • emergency management directors
  • administrative service managers
  • occupational health
  • safety professionals
  • environmental scientists and health specialists
  • community planners
  • health and safety engineers
  • supervisors of fire and prevention services


The MPH program is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The accreditation review will address the MPH in the accreditation unit, as defined in the Council's letter accepting the application. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review. EWU's MPH program will submit its accreditation self-study to CEPH by June 13, 2019. An accreditation site visit is anticipated Nov. 2019, with an accreditation decision sometime in early 2020. CEPH is the independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs outside of schools of public health. Please direct inquiries about accreditation application to CEPH at:   

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