A two-year, 42-credit hour Master of Public Health degree program.

ACHE Master of Public Health

Program Overview


The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) is finalizing plans to offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree in the fall of 2024.


Applications will start to be accepted during the fall of 2023 in anticipation of welcoming the initial MPH class in fall 2024.


The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education Master of Public Health degree will be delivered via distance education with synchronous and asynchronous components.


Ideal MPH candidates include individuals who are currently working in a health field, engaged in research, or employed as faculty in a college or university setting. Clinical practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge in public health will find that the program’s distance education delivery method offers flexibility for students. Individuals with any background that meet all prerequisites are encouraged to apply.

Prerequisites include:

  • Bachelors Degree in a health or related field from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected.
  • Experience in a health field is recommended.

Program Components

MPH students will be expected to satisfy competency requirements in the core areas of public health: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, behavioral science, ethics, and administration.

Students will initially complete relevant foundational courses in core areas of public health and then select an emphasis area in either:

  • Rural and Community Health
  • Nutrition

The program includes an MPH practicum (180-200 clock hours) that aligns with the student’s chosen area of emphasis to include an active application of evidence-based, public health decision-making. Each student will also complete an MPH capstone experience to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and practice.

Full-time students are expected to complete the 42-credit hour program over a two-year period. Part-time students are expected to complete the program in no more than six years.

Program Approval

The Master of Public Health degree has been approved by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission.

Faculty & Staff Support

The MPH program faculty will include full-time and part-time instructors who have content expertise in the various components of the program.

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7000 Chad Colley Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72916

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