Graduate Programs

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Health Policy and Management: MPH

The master of public health (M.P.H.) in health policy and management is designed to prepare students for a career in health policy in either applied (e.g., healthcare institutions, nonprofits, and local, state, or federal agencies) or research settings. By providing students with a comprehensive foundation of public health principles and their application to policy, the M.P.H. in health policy and management ensures students are proficient in the skills needed to successfully enter the workforce.

The MPH in health policy and management is a 42-credit graduate program that includes core courses shared across an interdisciplinary core as well as a required applied practice experience and integrative learning experience. Courses in population health policy are supplemented by courses in health policy and management content areas (e.g., program evaluation, financial management, conflict resolution, and inequities in health and healthcare) and public health electives from across the University of Delaware.

The program is designed to be completed in 15 months. Limited, competitive funding opportunities are available for exceptional students.

UD also offers an M.P.H. in epidemiology through the College of Health Sciences. The two MPH tracks share 15 credits of core courses, but diverge in specialized coursework. Applicants to the MPH must apply to a specific track.

MPH in health policy and management students are able to pursue a variety of focus areas by registering for elective courses within a specialty area such as:

  • inequities in health and healthcare
  • health policy
  • health systems
  • program evaluation
  • policy analysis
  • emergency management
  • nonprofit management
  • public management

M.P.H. applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related discipline with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. In the online application please supply a resume, a statement of purpose (application essay), and 2-3 letters of recommendation.

A TOEFL score is required for all international students.

MPH Applications - Starting Fall 2023

A new requirement beginning in Fall 2023, in order to be considered for admission, applicants to the MPH in Health Policy and Management must submit an application and all required materials through SOPHAS – the Centralized Application Service for Public Health at MPH applications submitted through the University of Delaware’s graduate application management system will not be reviewed unless a full application is completed in the SOPHAS – the Centralized Application Service for Public Health first. This application change is part of efforts to elevate the MPH degree here at University of Delaware by becoming accredited with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). SOPHAS is a centralized application service used by all public health programs that are accredited (or seeking accreditation) from CEPH. Once the SOPHAS application is submitted, applicants will need to log into the UD application portal to complete a supplementary application in order for the application to be considered.

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Application Deadlines



May 31: Priority consideration for admission.
August 1: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.