Frequently Asked Questions

What is Public Health?
This is probably the most frequently asked question we get. The short answer is that “Public Health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.” Check out this website to learn more and find out where you fit in Public Health here.
How much is tuition and what are the payment options?
The cost of tuition varies on your resident status, if the course is offered in person or online, your degree status, and by the number of credits you are taking. For more information about tuition please visit the Cost and Financial Aid web page. Payment options can be found through the University Billing Office.
Are students able to receive financial support for the MPH Program?
There are many ways to receive financial support for your MPH Program. Most students who successfully find financial support do so through a graduate research assistant position or a teaching assistant position. Please visit the Financing Your Education web page for more information.
What are some of the places past graduates of the MPH program have found employment.
Many of our alumni are currently working at local or state public health departments, nonprofit organizations, in hospitals and clinics, consulting firms and health insurance companies. Some are working in the state for organizations such as the Iowa Counties Public Health Association and the Department of Health and Human Services. Still others have gone on to work for national and international programs including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Many continue their education and pursue doctorate or professional degrees. Graduates of the MPH program are ready to begin careers shaping policy, developing health education programs, conducting and analyzing research and advising on healthy and environmental design.
How long does it normally take students to complete the MPH Program?
Students who are enrolled full-time in the MPH Program usually take 4 to 5 semesters or 2 to 3 years to complete their degree. The time it takes to complete the program can be influenced by the tract you select, which elective courses you select, and when elective courses are offered. Please look specifically at your program of interest for more detailed information.
Do your students have opportunities to pursue internships, fellowships and other professional experiences as a student at the College of Public Health?
Yes, In addition to the 200 hours practicum experience completed by all students, students may also choose to participate in an internship during the semester or over the summer. A variety of local internship opportunities exist including those at the Iowa Department of Public Health, the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratories, the Iowa Public Health Association and several local and state organizations. Funding is available for some of these opportunities as well. In addition, students are able to pursue experiences with national organizations such as the CDC and USAID. Fellowship and internship opportunities are advertised to students throughout the year. Finally, many students have found rewarding public health experiences through volunteer or part time work in Iowa City.
Is the MPH program accredited?
The College of Public Health is one of 50 schools accredited by the CEPH, the Council on Education for Public Health. View the CPH Accreditation Information .
I don’t live in Iowa City. Can I still earn my MPH through distance learning?
We offer the core MPH courses via distance education but at least 50% of the course work must be done face-to-face in Iowa City. For more information about the CPH Distance Education offerings please visit the web page.
Where should I find a place to live while in the MPH Program?
Information for housing for graduate and professional students is available from the University of Iowa Housing & Dining Webpage. There are also many options for off-campus housing in and around Iowa City. Many graduate students choose to live near campus west of the Iowa River, while undergraduate students live on the east side. Many housing options are available nearby in the City of University Heights and Coralville as well and public transportation to campus is available. Transit information for Iowa City and Coralville can be found online.

Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on May 4, 2015.