If you are called to a life of service in public health, Samford's online Master of Public Health will prepare you to become a leader capable of addressing current global health problems. Our multidisciplinary approach will help you apply the latest scientific knowledge to build solutions to some of the greatest threats to human health.

Graduates go on to work in a variety of settings including state and local health departments, non-profits, hospitals, government agencies and other health-related organizations. They serve in roles like a wellness coordinator, project manager, data analyst and more. Many also work in global health. The discipline is very broad, and we customize the degree to help you get where you want to go.

Application Process

Application Schedule

Summer Admission

  • Application Opens:  November 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2022
  • Entry Month: May 2022

Fall Admission

  • Application Opens: November 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2022
  • Entry Month: August 2022

The steps below outline the application process for the Master of Public Health program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS) as well as a Master of Public Health Supplemental Form.

Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

  •  Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the course work section for the application.
  • Create an application account at AHCAS. Once the account is created, the Instruction Manual is located under the question mark icon at the top right side of the page. AHCAS simplifies the process of applying to Samford programs. Complete one application and AHCAS will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA and send your materials to the Master of Public Health program.
  • Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the AHCAS Transcript Department:
    • AHCAS Transcript Processing Center
      P.O. Box 9127
      Watertown, MA 02471
  • AHCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by AHCAS to verify your application.
  • If course work is completed in an institution outside of the United States, an international credential evaluation is required reporting prior university. Samford accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES), found at wes.org or AACRAO International Education Services (IES), found at ies.aacrao.org.
  • Pay the initial service fee of $115 when submitting the AHCAS application.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) current or previous professor; 2) supervisor and 3) professional colleague. These letters of recommendation will be submitted through AHCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.

Please fill out all sections of the application.

  • Submit official test scores to Samford University – Code:  1302
  • The preferred browsers for  AHCAS are Google Chrome or Firefox. If you need any assistance, please contact the AHCAS technical support team at 617-612-2883 or email at ahcasinfo@ahcas.org. The customer service office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from a college or university that holds institutional accreditation (degree in any field)
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • If the applicant’s cumulative GPA is below a 3.0, scores from a GRE taken in the last five years may be submitted for possible conditional admission.
      • GRE minimum scores: Verbal, 153; Quantitative, 144; Analytical, 4.0
  • Submit three letters of reference through the application system. The three required references should be from 1) current or previous professor, 2) work supervisor and 3) professional colleague.
  • American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (Computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Must complete 24 credit hours as a full-time student in a U.S. college or university that holds institutional accreditation. We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.
  • If accepted, a nonrefundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. The fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.
  • Exceptions to any of the admission requirements may be considered on an individual basis.
Upon acceptance, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu.


Personalize your Master of Public Health by pursuing one of three concentrations, designed to align your education with your career goals and aspiration.

Community Public Health

A concentration in community public health will support your experience in gaining a foundational understanding of public health and how it impacts communities and populations here at home and around the world. The courses associated with this concentration focus on social determinants and their impact on the collective well-being of community members, like socioeconomic status, medical and education resources, physical environments and social context.

Public Health Management

The demand for public health professionals is growing exponentially, so naturally, the need for individuals who can lead and manage these public health entities is at an all-time high. By adding a concentration in public health management, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage people, data and programs designed to champion health, wellness and prevention in a variety of specialties.

Public Health Nutrition

A concentration in public health nutrition applies the principles of these individuals fields (nutrition and public health) to design programs, systems, policies and environments that aim to improve or maintain the optimal health of populations and targeted groups. While the study of clinical nutrition focuses on the impact of food within the body, public health nutrition studies the influential factors of nutrition outside the body.


When you’ve completed the Master of Public Health program, you will be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge and skills base in the core areas of public health and will be able to:

  • Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement of disease rates, prevention of infectious diseases, and the development and evaluation of health programs and policies
  • Apply statistical methods of estimation and hypothesis testing and explain the basics of correlation and regression for the purpose of analyzing the health of populations
  • Analyze how environmental contaminants (chemical, physical and other exposures) interact with biological systems and their effect on human populations for the purpose of evaluating risk reduction strategies
  • Assess the impact on health policy options of social, political, technological, economic and cultural forces, and apply basic management techniques to address organizational challenges to providing health care
  • Examine public health issues and responses from a social and behavioral sciences perspective and explain social, cultural, political, economic, and behavioral determinants of disparities in health status among population sub-groups
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for effective practice in their selected field of study

Plan of Study

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