GW School of Public Health and Health Services Launches Online Public Health Graduate Program

WASHINGTON — The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) announces today that it is offering its first fully web-based Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The program, called MPH@GW, will use the most advanced technology available to deliver a highly interactive educational experience. The first classes begin in May 2013.

Through the use of cutting-edge technology, MPH@GW classes will be delivered through an online, collaboration-based platform. Class sessions will use live video to allow students to interact with renowned SPHHS faculty and each other to analyze and discuss course content. The degree program also features highly produced, self-paced content that can be accessed 24/7 from any place in the world with an Internet connection.

“The launch of MPH@GW represents the culmination of a two-year strategic planning process with faculty leaders in which several key goals were identified,” said Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MPH, MS, dean of SPHHS. “Offering an online MPH allows us to go global and go digital and is the most innovative way to broaden the mission of SPHHS and make a public health education available to people around the world.”

SPHHS is committed to excellence in scholarship that advances the health of populations across the globe. The new degree program will blend the traditional SPHHS education with a technologically advanced online learning environment and customized field experiences.

Students will meet weekly with classmates and professors at designated times in the virtual classroom for coursework discussions and study groups. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the commencement ceremonies at GW’s campus in Washington, D.C. Other features of the online public health graduate degree include:

  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1
  • Courses taught by highly esteemed SPHHS faculty
  • The same selective admissions standards required of on-campus students
  • Full access to GW library resources as well as student and career services
  • Case-based curriculum
  • Highly interactive class communication

    “Use of this innovative technological platform delivers a transformative and creative educational experience that allows faculty to interact with students in ways that would have been impossible just a few years ago,” said Julie DeLoia, Ph.D., associate dean for academic affairs at SPHHS.

    SPHHS is developing the MPH@GW with 2U, formerly known as 2tor, the leader in creating online graduate degree programs for top universities. 2U collaborates with leading higher education institutions to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online. 2U provides the technology platform, instructional design, marketing and infrastructure support to deliver the program online.

    “2U is proud to support this world-renowned school of public health’s mission to deliver the highest-quality public health education to the world, and we’re committed to making MPH@GW the absolute best online MPH,” said Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO of 2U. “This program will allow public health pioneers to apply their knowledge and make an impact wherever they are without relocating or moving to Washington, D.C.” For more information, visit

    About the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services: Established in July 1997, the School of Public Health and Health Services brought together three longstanding university programs in the schools of medicine, business, and education that we have since expanded substantially. Today, more than 1,100 students from nearly every U.S. state and more than 40 nations pursue undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level degrees in public health at SPHHS. Our student body is one of the most ethnically diverse among the nation's private schools of public health.

    About 2U, Inc.
    2U, Inc., formerly known as 2tor, Inc., partners with top-tier colleges and universities to deliver rigorous, selective graduate degrees online. Founded in 2008 by John Katzman and a team of education veterans, the company provides universities with the technologies, infrastructural support and capital they need to transform their on-campus programs into high-quality, web-based programs. 2U is one of the highest-funded education technology start-ups in the United States. 2U has partnered with prestigious research universities to deliver the following groundbreaking online programs:

    • USC Rossier Online: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL and Master of Education in Advanced Instruction from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
    • MSW@USC: Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California School of Social Work
    • Nursing@Georgetown: Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies
    • MBA@UNC: Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School
    • MPA@UNC: Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
    • @WashULaw: Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. Law from Washington University School of Law
    • MPH@GW: Master of Public Health (MPH) in International and Rural Health from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services