MPH in Parks & Recreation

The Highest Standards in Public Health Education within Your Reach

Learn how to manage public lands, parks, and recreation services in a wide variety of settings in the only Master of Public Health program focused on parks and recreation in North America.

With a Master of Public Health in Parks and Recreation, you will gain the knowledge and skills to influence decisions about resources and land use with the health of the public in mind.

The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington is known nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduate programs. In this two-year* program, you will learn about the links between recreation and public health while developing administrative and leadership skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating creative leisure and recreation interventions.

Graduates of the program work within the parks, recreation, and leisure delivery systems in built and natural environments to promote the health of the public. This degree prepares you for leadership positions in the field such as:

  • Parks directors
  • Program coordinators
  • Proprietors of private recreation facilities
  • Health department personnel, and
  • Health and human services professionals 

All coursework is available 100% online and is accessible anywhere with internet access, meaning you do not have to put your career on hold to pursue graduate education.

*Program can be completed in two years if attending full time.

Do you have any questions about our graduate programs? Schedule a call with our Program Director.