Public Health Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How can I get started?

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis three times per year. Contact an Enrollment Counselor at (855) 325-0895 for program and enrollment information.

  • How many terms do you offer per year?

    The online Master of Public Health offers three terms per year: spring, summer and fall. Each term consists of two 8-week sessions. Students take one course per 8-week session.

  • What is considered full-time student status?

    Students taking one course per 8-week session are considered full time student, and eligible to receive financial aid.

  • What kind of educational requirements are there for admission?

    Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • Can I apply if my GPA is lower than 3.0?

    Applications for the MPH program are reviewed holistically. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements can still apply, however may be admitted on a provisional basis.

  • Are any campus visits required?

    No. The Master of Public Health is completely online and asynchronous with no campus visits required.

  • Is there a final exam or project?

    No, the online MPH does not require a final exam. You will be required to complete four credit hours that consist of your Capstone Project and Practical Experience.

  • What are the MPH degree requirements?

    Students must successfully complete 46 credit hours in order to earn the Master of Public Health degree, which includes completion of their final Capstone Project and Practical Experience.

  • Do you offer any certificate options?

    Yes. Students can choose to earn a Graduate Certificate of Public Health. The GCPH is also offered completely online.

  • What are the Graduate Certificate requirements?

    Students must successfully complete 18 credit hours to earn the Graduate Certificate.

  • What are the admissions requirements for the Graduate Certificate?

    Students applying to the Graduate Certificate program must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • Is the GRE required to apply?

    The GRE is not required as part of the admissions process. If you have taken the GRE, you are welcome to provide your score as part of your application package, but the GRE it is not a requirement.

  • How many courses will I take per term?

    To be considered full time, students must take at least one online course per eight-week session. There are two 8-week sessions per term, and three terms per year (Summer, Fall and Spring). The online MPH program offers three terms per year, allowing students to complete six to 12 courses per year.

  • Can I transfer previous course credits?

    Yes. Up to nine credit hours may be reviewed for possible transfer credit into the MPH program. Up to six credits can be considered for the certificate  option. For transfer credits to be considered, they must meet the following criteria:
    •Completed at a CEPH-accredited institution
    •Earned within the last five years
    •Received a grade of B or higher
    If you need any further clarification, please feel free to contact an Enrollment Counselor at (855) 325-0895.

  • What kind of support will I receive as a student?

    UNE offers a variety of academic, technical, and administrative support to assist you. Upon entering the program, a dedicated Student Support Specialist will be there to provide support and answer any questions you may have – from questions on textbooks, to registration, to financial aid and more. This support is provided in addition to the tremendous support you will receive from program staff, your academic advisor, course instructors and fellow classmates.

  • Is UNE accredited?

    Yes, University of New England is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. To learn more, please see www.une.edu/neasc/.

  • What is CEPH-accreditation and why is it important?

    The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized as the accrediting body for public health schools and programs by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation is a rigorous peer-review process designed to ensure that a program’s curriculum meets the standards set for high-quality education and training. CEPH-accreditation means graduates are prepared, through their coursework, to meet the demands of the current public health workforce. Federal agencies often require this accreditation from their employees.

  • How will I find field placement for my practical experience?

    Students are responsible for identifying a practical experience site and preceptor, however the program’s outreach coordinator can assist by discussing pre-approved sites, preceptors, and projects that are available. The practical experience should be outside of the student’s current place of employment.

  • What is the tuition?

    Tuition for the MPH and Certificate programs is $620 per credit hour. Additional fees may apply.

  • Will I be able to pick a concentration for my MPH?

    UNE’s online MPH is a generalist degree. We offer a variety of elective courses to allow students to tailor their curriculum to their specific interests and/or needs. UNE employs faculty members that are expert and experienced within the five core areas of public health.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    The flexibility of our program allows students to complete their degree in as little as 18 months. If you are interested in tailoring your academic plan, please contact an enrollment counselor at (855) 325-0895.

  • Which online learning platform is used?

    UNE online programs use the Online Blackboard Management System.

  • How would you describe typical class assignments?

    It is recommended that students log in to their course 3-5 times per week. Assignments will vary for each course, ranging from online discussion boards to written papers and reading assignments, exams or group work.

  • How many hours should a student reserve for each class weekly?

    We recommend that students reserve approximately 15-20 per week for coursework.

  • Can I receive financial aid?

    More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid. Visit our financial aid page for more information.

  • Can I get involved in any student organizations?

    Yes, UNE Public Health students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Student Association for Public Health. 

  • Will there be an opportunity to get involved in other activities?

    Yes, UNE public health students are afforded the opportunity to become involved in our global health initiatives, such as the Ghana Health Partnership and Immersion Program. If you have additional questions, please call 1-866-295-3104 to speak to an enrollment counselor.

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