Public Health Admission Requirements

For Master’s in Public Health & Graduate Certificate in Public Health


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and completion of college-level courses in mathematics and science with a minimum grade of a “B” or satisfactory completion of a graduate level course in mathematics or science
    Please Note: In lieu of college-level courses in either, students may submit GRE subject test scores in mathematics or science, or the GRE quantitative ability score
  • A sincere interest in continuing professional development in public health science
  • Current employment in a setting conducive to applying course concepts and strategies (highly desirable)

Application requirements

  • Complete the online graduate application and submit a $40 non-refundable application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts reflecting conferral of bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. Applicants with international degrees should contact an Enrollment Counselor for more information.
    • Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the institution to:
    University of New England
    Online Worldwide Learning
    ATT: Public Health
    716 Stevens Avenue
    Portland, ME 04103

    Please note: The admissions committee looks for evidence of undergraduate coursework in mathematics and science with a minimum grade of “B” or satisfactory completion of a graduate level course in mathematics or science. This evidence will be provided by transcripts. Applicant may submit GRE subject test scores in mathematics or science, or GRE quantitative ability score, in lieu of college-level coursework.

    • Provide three letters of recommendation directly from academic and professional references, including one supervisor. Each letter needs to be sent directly to UNE from the reference writer, along with this MPH applicant reference form. The reference form first needs to be signed by you then completed by the reference writer. You may print off the form, hand sign, and fax/scan/mail back to your Enrollment Counselor, or you may electronically complete the form by providing your Enrollment Counselor with the names and email addresses of the three individuals who will be writing your references. The letters can be mailed to the address above or emailed to

    Submit the following documents via email to

    • Detailed statement of purpose (500 – 1000 words).  This statement should describe personal development and future goals; relevant professional experience; interest in graduate study in public health; and the capacity to succeed in a distance learning format, i.e., self-motivated, self-starter, comfortable with and access to a computer and the internet.

      Students are expected to comment on plans they have to use their education in public health and personal qualities, characteristics, and abilities they believe will enable them to be successful in achieving professional career goals.

    • Current Resume or Curricula Vita

    Our Enrollment Counselors are here to assist you throughout the entire application process. Please contact us right away if you have any questions about the program or application requirements.

    Technology requirements

    • Access to the Internet and to computer audio capability
    • Specific software as described in course syllabi
    • Capacity to succeed in a distance learning format

    Courses in the Graduate Programs in Public Health are delivered by Blackboard, an online course management system with an audio component.

    Procedures and policies for non-matriculated courses

    Students not seeking a degree may enroll into individual courses as a non-matriculated student, space permitting and upon approval by the Director of the program. Non-matriculated students must hold a bachelor’s degree and may take up to two courses. Students wishing to take more than two courses in the program must apply to UNE and be accepted into the program prior to enrolling in the third course. Students cannot move from non-matriculated to matriculated status within the same semester.

    Transfer credit

    To request consideration for transfer credit, the student must provide an official transcript, a course syllabus, and complete the transfer credit form. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the Graduate Programs in Public Health.

    Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) Program: upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to two, 3-credit courses (maximum six semester credits) into the program.

    Master of Public Health (MPH) Program: upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to three, 3-credit courses (maximum nine semester credits) into the program.

    Transfer courses must:

    • Be classified as graduate level.
    • Have been taken within five years of application.
    • Be from a CEPH accredited institution.
    • Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better.
    • Be equivalent to one of the required program courses or a particular course that meets the goal of the student’s public health education.
    • Not have been applied toward any other degree here or elsewhere.

    Advanced placement

    Students who have earned a certificate of graduate study in public health from another institution within the last five years, may apply for admissions to the MPH program with advanced standing. The MPH program will grant advanced standing when a faculty review determines that the courses are equivalent to the UNE certificate courses, and that the student’s transcripts reflect a “B” or better in all core public health courses.

    UNE graduate certificate-matriculated students, who are in good standing, may apply to the MPH program and request advanced standing at any time during the certificate program. UNE students who have completed the graduate certificate program may apply for advanced standing in the MPH program within five years of completing the graduate certificate program in Public Health.

    Experiential learning

    No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.

    Expiration of application materials

    All application materials to UNE are valid for 12 months from the date received by the University. To avoid needing to re-request transcripts and letters of recommendation, we recommend that you complete your application and enroll in a timely manner. In the event that you need to re-apply or re-activate your application, materials older than 12 months will need to be re-submitted without exception.

    Questions about Admissions for UNE’s Master of Public Health or Graduate Certificate in Public Health? Contact an enrollment counselor today at (855) 325-0895 or


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