Master of Public Health

Emily Fowler & ClientsThe LRU MPH program is actively seeking accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Current and prospective students should be aware that the accreditation process is lengthy and does not guarantee approval. For more information on CEPH and the accreditation process, current and prospective students are encouraged to review the CEPH website at

What Is Public Health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities/populations through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and sustained environmental changes. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of families and communities.

Public health is an exciting and growing field of study where individuals have the opportunity to serve others and are challenged to protect the public's health today and into the future in local, national, and international communities.  Public health workers represent many disciplines, including teaching, health education, journalism, research, business, environmental science, nursing, social work, laboratory science, and law.

Watch this video to learn more. 

Program Mission:

The mission of the MPH program is to provide a well-rounded professional education that offers instruction through open-minded inquiry and assessment, research opportunities with real community benefit, and service learning in diverse settings that enrich the development of public health professionals. 

The Master of Public Health program at Lenoir-Rhyne University provides:

  • smaller classes focused on program competencies with students receiving one-on-one attention
  • evening classes tailored to meet the needs of students working full-time
  • field experience and applied research opportunities that focus on individual interests
  • the opportunity for students to pursue their graduate certificate in healthcare administration
  • the opportunity to take courses on the LRU main campus in Hickory, the LRU Center for Graduate Studies in Asheville or by vedio conferencing live into all courses 

Will I Find a Job After Graduation?

The MPH degree is rated by Kiplinger as one of five advanced degrees still worth the debt.  Public health professionals are employed in both the public and private sectors by:

  • local, state, or federal health departments
  • non-profit community organizations and voluntary health agencies
  • pharmaceutical and hospital supply companies
  • health insurance companies and managed care organizations
  • academic institutions
  • advocacy organizations
  • international organizations and agencies
  • health service delivery organizations
  • professional organizations
  • industry and business
  • research agencies and firms
  • public and private foundations

Dietetic Internship

Students who complete the LRU dietetic internship focused on child obesity prevention gain 9 credits towards their Master of Public Health degree.  For more information about the dietetic internship, click here.


 Exercise is Medicine

For further information about the MPH program, download the Master of Public Health fact sheet or contact the MPH Program Director, Dr. Randall Bergman at

MPH with concentration in Community Health curriculum (PDF)

MPH course descriptions (PDF)

Program Goals and Objectives (PDF)

For a comprehensive database of scholarships available for MPH students click here.  


HESS Program

Everything you need to apply for admission is right here.