MPH for Working Professionals

The Rollins School of Public Health's distance learning Executive Master of Public Health program (EMPH) offers a master's-level public health degree for busy working professionals in various professional backgrounds. 

Working professionals at the Rollins School of Public Health, online MPH program

EMPH participants—from both the public and private sectors—earn the same MPH degree as traditional students, but in a blended format that combines two on-campus sessions each semester with interactive online coursework. Students are admitted only in the fall semester, and are required to have a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience.

  • This 42-credit-hour degree program typically takes two years (six semesters with at least six credit hours each) for students who enroll in the 3 Course Schedule option to complete their degree and approximately three years for students who enroll in the 2 Course Schedule option.
  • The EMPH program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
  • All EMPH students will achieve the following MPH core competencies:

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Non-degree-seeking students may also be interested in enrolling in a class as a special standing student, or in earning one of our two free-standing certificates.

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Areas of Concentration/Tracks

In addition to required core coursework, students focus their studies in one of three concentration areas or tracks:

Applied epidemiology tracks diseases and disease indicators in populations. It is the scientific foundation of public health research that seeks to reduce risk factors and improve health. The discipline also contributes to public health practice and policy, and research in other related fields such as medicine and pharmacy.

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Public health informaticians provide the leadership needed to ensure that technology is successfully deployed to enable public health response, research, and programmatic goals and outcomes.

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Prevention science is concerned with the study of effective preventive interventions within systems. The target audience of this type of study may be individuals and/or broader social settings such as families, work or school settings, communities, and policies. The Prevention Science track emphasizes the development and assessment of community or population-based interventions.

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All Rollins School of Public Health students complete a practicum experience as a part of their degree program. Practicum Details 

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum of the EMPH program addresses the knowledge areas basic to the field of public health and the key competency areas outlined by the Council on Linkages and the Association of Schools of Public Health. Core Course Descriptions

Online Coursework

Students will view and complete all assignments through Canvas, a user-friendly interface with full training and technical assistance. 

Canvas provides:  

  • Accessibility from any location at any time via the Internet
  • Areas to turn in assignments, view lectures, discuss coursework, connect with faculty, etc.
  • Student work group meeting areas

The online environment provides convenience for working professionals and offers many channels for communication with faculty, staff, and fellow students. Faculty members and graduate assistants are also available by phone during posted office hours.

All incoming EMPH students will be enrolled in our required 2-week online orientation course, PRS500D: Strategies & Resources for Online Learning.  This course will occur prior to the start of fall semester and will familiarize you with the Canvas learning portal, allow you to get to know your peers, and interact with faculty and administrators.

*Students entering as Special Standing status during spring or summer semester will be enrolled in a required self-paced online orientation prior to the semester beginning.


Technology Requirements

Students need only minimal computer experience (Microsoft Office Suite and web navigation) to excel in the distance-learning environment. If you have trouble, we can provide assistance and training. Just let us know!

Each student will need regular access to a modern computer with a connection to the Internet. Learn more >>

On-Campus Sessions 

EMPH students meet face-to-face twice each semester— once at the beginning and again at the end of the term. These Friday through Sunday on-campus sessions are scheduled well in advance to minimize interruptions to work schedules. The on-campus sessions are an academic requirement of the program and students must be able to attend classes on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

2018-2019 On-Campus Sessions

Fall 2018: Orientation-August 23, August 24-26, November 16-18
Spring 2019: January 11-13, April 12-14
Summer 2019: May 17-19, August 2-4

2019-2020 On-Campus Sessions

Fall 2019: Orientation- August 22, August 23-25, November 15-17
Spring 2020: January 3-5, April 3-5
Summer 2020: May 15-17, July 31-August 2

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ADAP: Allyson Bianchi

Your associate director of academic programs (ADAP), Allyson Bianchi, can assist with application and admissions-related questions for prospective EMPH students. 

If you are an EMPH prospective student and would like to learn more, please contact Allyson directly with any inquiries.

Allyson Bianchi- Phone: 404-727-3358, Email:

ADAP: Allyson Bianchi

ADAP: Zelda Ray

Your associate director of academic programs (ADAP), Zelda Ray, can assist with academic advisement-related questions for currently enrolled EMPH students.

If you are an EMPH student, please contact Zelda directly with any inquiries.

Zelda Ray- Phone: 404-727-9489, Email:

ADAP: Zelda Ray