WKU’s Master of Public Health

What is Public Health?

According to the American Public Health Association, “public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.” Public health professionals aim to prevent sickness and illness through disease surveillance, research, screening, and the development of programs designed to promote health-enhancing practices. 

“This is an exciting time to be part of public health,” said Marilyn Gardner, WKU Master of Public Health Program Coordinator. 

“Public health is like an invisible superhero that keeps the world turning. We are everywhere, but many people have no clue who we are or what we do. But with the pandemic, public health has moved to the forefront.”

Dr. Gardner is right. Public health has moved to the forefront — and jobs are following. In fact, the White House announced a $7.4 billion investment aimed at recruiting public health workers and supporting the expansion of state and local public health departments. The funding is poised to create tens of thousands of public health jobs.    


Regardless of your major, if you have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited school and are interested in protecting the health of your communities, our Masters in Public Health could be the program for you. Graduates enter a growing industry with a variety of jobs to choose from. 

Master of Public Health at Western Kentucky University (WKU)

The accredited Master of Public Health at WKU is a professional practice degree that prepares you for a wide variety of health-related professions. This degree builds upon your previous degree, professional experience, and career goals — allowing you to customize your degree path and select your area of expertise. 

In addition to the 30 credit hours of core classes, you have the flexibility to select 12 hours of elective courses that best match your goals and interests. You can even use your electives to complete a graduate certificate in one of many areas, including Epidemiology or Health Education.   

Courses are offered online and face-to-face. While our face-to-face courses are ideal for some students, online courses can help you complete your degree while tending to other obligations like work and family.

How Will This Benefit Students? 

For those of you who are already working in the health industry or have a health-related degree, the MPH program can be a career booster by giving you the knowledge and credentials to take your career to the next level. If you are working in a different career field, this program will help you easily transition into a health related position. Regardless of your previous experience or education, this degree can place you into an industry with growing job availability.

For more information about WKU’s Master of Public Health, visit our website.

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