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At UNE, we are dedicated to fully preparing our students to join the 21st century public health workforce. To do so, we are committed to providing students with the highest level of academic and personal support possible. UNE’s online public health programs were created with the working professional in mind, and as such we realize that students may need easy access to resources that can help them manage the degree requirements, along with their career and home life.

UNE offers a variety of academic, technical, and administrative support to assist you. As soon as you begin your application, a dedicated Enrollment Counselor will guide you throughout the entire application process. Upon entering the program, our 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 receive from program staff, your academic advisor, course instructors and fellow classmates. In addition, UNE provides you access to the IT/HelpDesk for 24/7 technical support, access to Library Services, academic support via the Student Academic Success Center, and employment support through our Career Services.

MPH Student Support Specialist:

Elizabeth Benz


Kristen Bloom

Student Association for Public Health (SAPH)

UNE’s Student Association for Public Health was started by MPH students who wished to open the lines of communication between teachers and students at UNE and to participate in the development of this new program.

We wanted a vehicle for communicating concerns with and recommendations about the Public Health curriculum at UNE. SAPH was created to be the voice of the students and we hope that you will speak up, because this is your program.

SAPH composition

This organization was formed as an online student organization in the 2009-10 academic year. All students accepted into the Graduate Programs in Public Health are automatically granted membership in this online organization.

The president of SAPH or their appointed representative is an invited member of the GPPH Advisory Committee and GPPH Program/Faculty Meeting. Students are encouraged to forward discussion points to the president and other students on these committees for consideration. Comments and suggestions can also be forwarded directly to the program director, Dr. Denise Bisaillon (

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SAPH resources and meeting schedule

Learn More SAPH meetings will be conducted online and recorded, at the direction of the President, using the free web-conferencing and collaboration tool available through UNE called Blackboard Collaborate. A perpetual meeting room is available for members to use year-round. All participants entering the UNE Student Association for Public Health room will be granted participant access.

The president, vice president, treasurer, and councilor are granted full moderator privileges to run meetings.

Ghana health partnership and immersion program

Learn More africamapThe Mission of the Ghana Health Partnership (GHP) is to improve the health care capacity and advance health status for the population of Ghana through joint and collaborative research, education and programs in health promotion, care management, and workforce development. UNE’s Center for Community and Public Health (CCPH), the Ghana Health Service, the University of Cape Coast, and several US based health organizations have all partnered in this movement.

Under the direction of Dr. Ron Deprez the CCPH conducts research, demonstrations, and planning studies all over the U.S. and abroad. In addition, the partnership will provide opportunities for student and faculty exchanges between the institutions.

Since 2008 UNE has organized health missions to Ghana with student health professionals from UNE and other schools. The Ghana Health Mission began in 1996 at the University of Massachusetts. It was brought to UNE by Dr. Jennifer Morton of the Westbrook College of Health Professions. Since its inception, Dr. Morton has organized four UNE missions, including interprofessional teams of health professions students and faculty.

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