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Public Health (MPH) - Health Services Administration 
Program Description

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed to be an interdisciplinary, professional degree in public health. The MPH Program provides opportunities for students to obtain broad knowledge and basic skills in the core areas of public health. Students are able to acquire proficiency in one or more specialized areas through advanced coursework, and gain experience in applying advanced knowledge to the solution of actual health problems in community settings during internship training.

Health Services Administration

This concentration offers a combination of public health and health care administration classes that provides you with a multifaceted understanding of the administrative and business aspects of health care. The curriculum is comprised of specifically targeted courses, with a goal to graduate highly qualified health care administrators. Use the skills learned in the curriculum to pursue leadership roles in both governmental and non-governmental settings.

Tucson or Phoenix Campus

The campus-based offering of the MPH in Health Services Administration is well suited for students who are excited to enroll in courses that utilize a combination of online and classroom style teaching modalities. Some courses are delivered online and others in a classroom setting and video conferenced between both Phoenix and Tucson campuses.


The Online Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration is designed for working professionals to be completed to two calendar years. Coursework is 100% online, and students complete one course every seven and a half weeks. Students have the opportunity to complete an immersive year-long internship, while enrolled in concentration-specific courses. 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Public Health -

Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.

The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.

College of Public Health  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online Phoenix Campus  
Admissions Contact
Emily Kathleen Waldron
Graduate Program Coordinator
Emily Kathleen Waldron
Director of Graduate Studies
Christopher B Tisch
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with 3.0 GPA
  • One course in college-level introductory, human, or general biology
  • One course in college algebra or calculus
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Mission and values statement
  • GRE or MCAT scores required for on campus program, not required for online program
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Concentration-Specific Admissions Criteria

Applications should be submitted through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for accredited schools and programs of public health, at  With a supplemental application completed through The University of Arizona's Graduate College at

Standardized Tests

Required Test 

Tucson or Phoenix applicants 

  • GRE or MCAT exam required
  • GRE - Send scores to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, code 4253
  • MCAT - Send scores to SOPHAS via code SOPHAS

Online Applicants 

  • The GRE requirement is waived for all students applying to the Online MPH Health Services Administration track.  
  • GRE or MCAT Scores are required for all other applicants.

International Students - Tests of English Proficiency
International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 90 on the iBT (web-based) test. For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module.  TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment. 

SOPHAS TOEFL Scores - Code 5688

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid

Admissions Deadlines

Applicants to the Tucson or Phoenix Campus - Fall admission

  • Priority:  January 5
  • Secondary:  March 1
  • Late Deadline:  May 15
  • Note:  Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

Applicants to the Online MPH Program

  • Spring admission:  November 1
  • Summer admission:  March 1
  • Fall admission:  July 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: ETS Code 0616

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements


  • EPID 573A Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
  • PHPM 574 Public Health Policy and Management (3)
  • EHS 575 Environmental and Occupational Health (3)
  • BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
  • HPS 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
  • PHP 580 Integrated Public Health Learning Experience (1)
  • Internship Preparation Workshop (required; non-credit)
  • Interprofessional Education Activities (documentation required; non-credit)


  • PHPM 507 Health Care Economics & Policy (3)
  • PHPM 558 Marketing & Strategic Planning (3)
  • PHPM 561 Introduction to Health Care Quality and Safety (3)
  • PHPM 562 Health Services Administration (3)
  • PHPM 569 Fundamental of Health Budgeting & Financial Management (3)
  • PHP 641 Health Systems Delivery (3)
  • PHPM 608a Public health Law & Ethics(3)
  • PHP 909 Master's Report "Internship" (5)
Minor Requirements


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Last revised 12 Sep 2018