A Flexible Format Designed to Fit Your Busy Life

At the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), we believe that working professionals need the flexibility to advance their careers and that geography shouldn't be a barrier to earning an accredited, graduate education in public health. The online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Leadership and Public Health Practice is a great fit for professionals who want to hone their management, leadership and public health skills. For this program, we do not require GRE test scores, we offer all of the required courses online — in both asynchronous and synchronous formats — and we look for applicants with work experience. We do not run on a cohort model, so you can adjust your coursework on a semester-by-semester basis, if needed, to accommodate your work or personal schedule.

Practical, Career-focused Instruction

This program will prepare you for leadership positions in public-health-driven organizations in health care, government, non-profit and for-profit industries. With courses in all five core areas of public health, ranging from biostatistics to health policy, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the discipline. In addition, you’ll gain the management, budgeting, evaluation and public health administration experience you need to become an effective leader and manager. You can also tailor your coursework to your passions with nine elective credits. Our electives cover a range of hot topics in public health such as GIS mapping, public health informatics, communication for public health impact and more.

Program at a Glance

Degree Program:

Master of Public Health

Offered By:

Colorado School of Public Health


Cost Per Credit:


Cost Per Credit:


Credit Hours:




Application Deadlines

Preferred Deadline: January 15*
Final Deadline: May 1

Please note that all applications must be submitted and verified by the due date. The verification process can take several weeks. Please see the SOPHAS Applicant Help Center for more information.

*For scholarship consideration and optional summer enrollment, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the preferred application deadline. Those applying after the preferred deadline are only eligible for fall semester enrollment and will be considered for admission on a space-available basis

Why ColoradoSPH?

We draw on the expertise of faculty and staff from not just one, but three leading universities — the University of Colorado, Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Our faculty, staff and students work together to reach underserved populations, share knowledge and conduct research. That spirit of collaboration extends beyond university walls and into the communities we serve. We don't believe in research just for research's sake. We're taking what we're learning and applying it in the real world, in real-time. Our students and alumni are advancing health policies locally, studying diseases in rural communities abroad, and practicing public health in countless other ways.

Join a community of people who think outside the box and care as much as you do.

Choose your adventure at the ColoradoSPH. Change the world, your way.

Program Details

Students in this program must complete 42 credit hours, including practice-based learning experiences. Students complete a practicum, in which they apply their skills in a public health field site and a capstone, in which they synthesize their MPH competencies in a final deliverable for a practice-based public health partner.

Course # Course Name Credit Hours
Core MPH Courses (21 credits)    
PUBH 6600 Foundations in Public Health 2
BIOS 6601 Applied Biostatistics 3
EPID 6630 Epidemiology 3
EHOH 6614 Occupational and Environmental Health 3
CBHS 6610 Social and Behavioral Factors in Health 3
HSMP 6601 Health Systems Management and Policy 3
PUBH 6606 MPH Practicum 2
CBHS 6990 MPH Capstone Preparation 1
PUBH 6991 MPH Capstone Integration 1
Concentration Course Requirements
(12 Credits)
CBHS 6640 Leadership in Public Health Practice 3
HSMP 6640 Leadership in Public Health Practice Part 2 3
CBHS 6612 Methods in Research and Evaluation 3
HSMP 6634 Management, Budgeting, and Public Health Administration 3
Concentration Electives
(9 Credits)
Total Program   42


To apply for admission, applicants are required to complete the online SOPHAS application. All application materials should be submitted directly to SOPHAS. As of October 1, 2019, the GRE is no longer required for admission to the MPH program at the ColoradoSPH.

For more information about how to apply, as well as international admissions requirements, please visit the MPH requirements page on the ColoradoSPH website.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Financing Your Education

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Financial aid is managed and awarded to students through the University of Colorado Denver Office of Financial Aid.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The WRGP helps students access graduate education outside of their home state without paying the high price tag of an out-of-state education. Students who are residents of WRGP member states and territories may qualify for in-state tuition. Members include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


The ColoradoSPH offers a limited number of scholarships to incoming and current students. Incoming students are considered for merit scholarships based on the information presented within their application to the school. Amounts vary year to year.

Career Outlook

Alumni of the MPH program work in a variety of organizations and agencies, such as:

  • State and local health departments
  • Non-profits and non-governmental organizations
  • Military and federal government agencies
  • Universities Hospital and health care organizations (e.g. HMO’s, insurance)
  • Biotech and for-profit health organizations

The ColoradoSPH Office of Career Services offers career advising and connects students with alumni and potential employers. Their services are available to both online and in-person students as well as alums.