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 without sacrificing the community and camaraderie you get in a residential program.

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 hybrid 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 work experience.

  • This 42-credit-hour degree program can be completed in two years (six semesters, completing three courses each semester) or three years (nine semesters, completing two courses each semester).
  • The EMPH program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Specialized Tracks

In addition to required core coursework, students focus their studies in one of two 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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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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Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins School of Public Health students complete an applied practice experience (APE) as a part of their degree program. APE 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 Experience

A majority of the learning experience will occur in an online environment called Canvas. Students will view and complete all assignments through Canvas, interact with peers and faculty members, and engage in learning exercises. This flexible format is designed to work with your lifestyle!

All incoming certificate 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 and prepare you to be succesful in distance-based learning. The pre-semester online orientation for students entering during the fall 2022 semester will occur from August 5 - August 21. Online participation during this time frame is expected and required for enrollment.

*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.

On-Campus Sessions 

EMPH students meet face-to-face twice each semester— once at the beginning and again at the end of the term - at our Atlanta, GA campus. These sessions compliment your online learnings and allow you to nurture your professional relationships in a conference-like atmosphere. The on-campus sessions are an academic requirement of the program and students must be able to attend classes on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.


2022-2023 On-Campus Sessions

Fall 2022: New Student Orientation (virtual) August 22-24, August 26-28, November 18-20
Spring 2023: January 13-15, April 14-16
Summer 2023: May 12-14, July 28-30

*The dates above are accurate pending no changes from the university.

I think having some on-campus time has been very helpful, but I appreciate that it’s short, over a long weekend. Because of that, I haven’t had to take off that much time from work." She adds, "I really appreciated that the program makes an effort to make anything that doesn’t need to be synchronized, asynchronous.

Stephanie Dixon

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Learn More About EMPH

If you are a prospective student and would like to learn more about the Executive MPH program, please contact us at

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: 770-696-6840, Email:

ADAP: Zelda Ray