Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) located within The College of Health Professions School of Nursing at The University of Akron is an interdisciplinary program providing diverse opportunities in public health throughout northeastern Ohio and beyond. The Master of Public Health degree at The University of Akron is awarded by The University of Akron.

The University of Akron MPH program is partnered with four Ohio public universities through the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) program. The four universities include: Cleveland State University (CSU), Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Ohio University (OU) and Youngstown State University (YSU).  The MPH program outstandingly benefits from expert faculty at all five institutions.  

This nontraditional program is geared toward working professionals who wish to expand their roles in improving population health, enhancing proficiencies within current careers, or seek career advancement.  Students are encouraged to move through the program as a cohort with core courses being taught on Saturdays by interactive videoconferencing from one of our distance learning sites.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health program is to prepare current and future professionals through accredited education, research, and service to improve the health of communities in eastern Ohio and beyond. The mission is accomplished through collaboration among its partner universities and agencies.


Globally-oriented leaders, educators, and practitioners engaged in their community and responsive to public health needs at the regional, national, and international levels.

Why the CEOMPH program through The University of Akron for your MPH?

  • Distance learning for the six core courses (interactive videoconferencing and web-enhanced learning)
  • Saturday classes for the six core courses to accommodate working students
  • Elective courses at any partner university 

What is the career outlook for Public Health?

The goal of public health is to extend healthy lives nationally and globally. Over the past century, public health professionals have eradicated smallpox and have worked ceaselessly to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The average American lifespan has been extended by 30 years as a result of public health professionals. Within the last year, public health experts have worked tirelessly to find treatments and a cure for the Ebola virus. At present, public health professionals continue to work to find cures and treatments for the leading causes of death in the U.S. such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Public health experts strive to decrease disease incidence and prevalence such as infant mortality, youth violence, homicide, abuse, obesity, and exposure to second-hand smoke.  The work of public health officials is imperative to the health and quality of life for populations both nationally and worldwide. 

Admission Requirements

For admission into the CEOMPH program all application materials listed below must be sent to:

The Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
4209 State Route 44
P.O. Box 95
Rootstown, OH 44272-0095

Applications will not be considered until all materials are received. Applications and all accompanying materials must be received by January 15. International students must also complete an International Student Documentation Packet. Any questions regarding the application should be directed to the CEOMPH office.

  • Official academic records for each institution of higher education that you have attended. All academic records must be sent directly to the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health office. If the official record is not in English, an official translation must accompany the original language document.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background. Individuals who have not been involved in an academic institution for two years or more may submit letters of recommendation by supervisors from his/her place of employment. The letters should include an assessment of your current work quality and ability to successfully complete graduate training. Please address letters to the CEOMPH Admissions Committee.
  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) explaining your educational and professional history; area of interest in public health, interest and motivation for seeking an MPH degree; and professional or academic career plans upon completion of the program. If appropriate, also indicate whether you are applying to or are currently enrolled in another degree program (and indicate which university).
  • GRE scores taken within the last five years (student may be exempt if he/she has a professional or academic master's or doctoral degree). Official results from other equivalent standardized tests used for graduate admissions, also taken within the last five years, may be substituted. These accepted tests are the following: DAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and PCAT. The minimum scores that are desired are the verbal and quantitative (or equivalent components) scores in the 40th percentile or above. Other documents, including transcripts, cover letter, and letters of recommendation, will also be carefully considered in addition to the scores. Use code 1903 to indicate the institution that should receive your scores. If you have already sent your GRE scores to one of the other universities please indicate which university on the application form next to your GRE information.
  • TOEFL scores taken within the last two years from graduates of foreign universities who are non-native English speakers. The minimum score must be 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 with read/speak/listen=17, write=14 (internet-based). Use code 1903 to indicate the institution that should receive your score report. If you have already sent your scores to one of the other universities, please indicate which university on the application next to your TOEFL information.
  • Completed application form with both signatures on the second page. It must be typewritten or legibly printed in ink.
  • A non-refundable $45 application fee. Students with international credentials must pay a total of $90. Make checks payable to NEOUMED-CEOMPH.
  • Financial information worksheet from applicants who are international students.

Application Deadline

  • January 15 for Fall enrollment (may accecpt summer enrollment for fast-track)

Additional Information


CEOMPH students at The University of Akron are required to take six core courses scheduled on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m (two core courses on Saturday each semester for three semesters; alternate schedules available). Additionally, students are required to take the three listed generalist track courses. The student is required to take a total of 42 semester credits.

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Public Health Concepts
  • Biostatistics in Public Health
  • Epidemiology in Public Health
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • Health Services Administration in Public Health
  • Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health

Generalists Track Courses (9 credits)

  • Grant Writing for Public Health Practice
  • Public Health Practice and Issues
  • Public Health Research and Evaluation

Electives (15 credits)

In addition, the student is required to complete a capstone project their final year. The capstone project teams a student with a faculty advisor and community preceptor to produce a product useful to public health (e.g., paper, evaluative report, grant, etc.) At the end of the program, the student is expected to present his or her capstone project, a summary of courses and how public health competencies were fulfilled, and "portfolio" (a collection of accomplished objectives) to a panel of faculty.

Core courses may be taught in teaching teams -- faculty members for one course may come from different campuses, depending on their area of expertise in public health. Public health practitioners help plan or teach portions of courses.

This MPH program is a generalist degree track. The first cohort of students started Fall 1999. The program was first accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health on Oct. 3, 2003.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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