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Parks and Recreation, Master of Public Health

Master of Public Health

The organized parks and recreation movement in the United States has held as core values the protection of open space and healthy recreational activity as means of promoting the health and well-being of the public and enhancing social justice.

The IU Online Master of Public Health in Parks and Recreation explores the linkages between recreation and public health, while teaching you administration and leadership skills for developing, delivering, and administering recreational programs and resources with specific public health outcomes in mind. As a student in this program, you master competencies in public health core areas including epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and health policy and management.

Your IU Online MPH in Parks and Recreation prepares you to work within the parks, recreation, and leisure delivery systems in the built and natural environment to promote the health of the public, in such careers as:

  • Director for park agency 
  • Program coordinator 
  • Municipal park superintendent  
  • Proprietor of a private recreation facility 
  • State park program director 
  • Local health department associate 
  • Health and human services agent 
  • Proprietor of private recreation facility 
  • Health department personnel 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MPH in Parks and Recreation, you must complete a minimum of 44 credit hours. The MPH in Parks and Recreation is a non-thesis degree, but does require a 3 credit hour field experience of practical application of public health principles under the supervision of a qualified preceptor. As a part-time student (two courses per semester), you can complete the degree in four years. In addition to the core curriculum, you complete graduate certificate coursework in one of three areas: gerontology and health, sexual and reproductive health, or safety management.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • MPH core courses (20 credit hours) 
  • Parks and recreation concentration courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Additional graduate certificate courses (12-15 credit hours) 


  • SPH-O 510 Human Health, Quality of Life, and Natural Environments3 Credits
  • SPH-R 510 Philosophy of Leisure and Recreation 3 Credits
  • SPH-R 512Administrative Theory and Management Practices in Leisure Services3 Credits
  • SPH-R 585 -or- SPH-R 550Leisure as a Determinant of Public Health -or- Special Concerns in Parks and Recreation3 Credits
  • SPH-R 685Trends in Survey Methodology and Public Health Research3 Credits
  • SPH-R 691Readings in Recreation: Professional Development Seminar 11 Credits
  • SPH-R 691Readings in Recreation: Professional Development Seminar 21 Credits
  • SPH-R 696MPH Field Experience in Parks and Recreation 3 Credits
  • SPH-R 698 MPH Culminating Experience in Parks and Recreation 3 Credits
  • SPH-X 601 Assessment and Public Health 3 Credits
  • SPH-X 650 Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health 3 Credits
  • SPH-X 660 Population Health Determinates 3 Credits
  • SPH-X 685Public Health Policy and Politics 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $437.68
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1313.04
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $525.22
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1575.66
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

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