Admissions Requirements

Graduate Programs in Public Health

Program prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a region­al­ly accred­it­ed U.S. col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty, or its equiv­a­lent.
  • 3.0 cumu­la­tive under­grad­u­ate GPA, or bet­ter
  • Course Pre­req­ui­sites: Demon­strat­ed aca­d­e­m­ic abil­i­ty to suc­ceed in grad­u­ate lev­el work as evi­denced by con­sis­tent aca­d­e­m­ic per­for­mance in sci­ence and math cours­es.
    • Please Note: In lieu of col­lege-lev­el cours­es in either, stu­dents may sub­mit GRE sub­ject test scores in math­e­mat­ics or sci­ence.
  • Com­put­er with Inter­net con­nec­tion, includ­ing the hard­ware and soft­ware require­ments described on the Tech­ni­cal Require­ments page. Must also pos­sess suf­fi­cient com­put­er skills to nav­i­gate the Inter­net as all class­es are accessed 100% online.

What we look for in a Grad­u­ate Pro­gram in Pub­lic Health appli­cant


Pub­lic Health is a high­ly inter­dis­ci­pli­nary field, and our pro­grams are designed to ben­e­fit both career chang­ers and those who are already work­ing in the field of Pub­lic Health. Suc­cess­ful stu­dents appre­ci­ate the role of pub­lic health in build­ing healthy com­mu­ni­ties, and pur­sue oppor­tu­ni­ties to apply their knowl­edge and skills in real-world set­tings. They have the dri­ve and demon­strat­ed abil­i­ty to suc­ceed aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly, and pos­sess the capac­i­ty to man­age mul­ti­ple com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties to be suc­cess­ful in an online learn­ing envi­ron­ment. Strong writ­ten and oral com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are also crit­i­cal for suc­cess in our pro­grams.

Application Process

Step 1

  • Cre­ate an account for the Online Appli­ca­tion Por­tal, start a new appli­ca­tion and fill out all required fields.
    • You will be asked to com­pose state­ments in response to the fol­low­ing prompts in one to two para­graphs (250–350 words) for each prompt:
      1. How has your pre­vi­ous edu­ca­tion and/or pro­fes­sion­al experience(s) pre­pared you for grad­u­ate stud­ies, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the field of pub­lic health?
      2. Why is an online pro­gram the right fit for you? In answer­ing this ques­tion, please address time man­age­ment, self-moti­va­tion, access to tech­nol­o­gy and com­put­er lit­er­a­cy.
      3. Describe how you plan to use an MPH/GCPH to address or advance your career goals.
      4. Dis­cuss an impor­tant pub­lic health issue in your com­mu­ni­ty and how you could offer a con­tri­bu­tion with an MPH/GCPH.

Step 2

  • Upload all sup­port­ing doc­u­ments:
    • Pro­fes­sion­al Resume/CV: Must be cur­rent and include cur­rent pro­fes­sion­al roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties
    • Two com­plet­ed Appli­cant Rec­om­men­da­tion Forms.
      • These forms may be print­ed out and must first be com­plet­ed by the appli­cant before giv­ing it to the rec­om­mender to fill out.
      • Once the rec­om­mender has com­plet­ed the form, the rec­om­mender must send it direct­ly to UNE by email or mail.
      • If pre­ferred, the appli­cant can reach out to an enroll­ment coun­selor to ini­ti­ate an elec­tron­ic ver­sion of this form to be com­plet­ed by both par­ties online.
      • Rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters should attest to appli­cants’ aca­d­e­m­ic abil­i­ty or poten­tial to suc­ceed in grad­u­ate school. Let­ters from co-work­ers and friends will not be reviewed.

Step 3

  • Request an offi­cial tran­script reflect­ing con­fer­ral of bachelor’s degree.

Offi­cial tran­scripts must be sub­mit­ted to UNE direct­ly from the insti­tu­tion. Please con­tact your col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty as soon as pos­si­ble and request that they send an offi­cial tran­script via mail to the address below or by cer­ti­fied elec­tron­ic deliv­ery. We will noti­fy you as soon as we receive your offi­cial tran­script.

If your tran­script is from an inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tion, it will need to be trans­lat­ed and/or eval­u­at­ed for U.S. grade and degree equiv­a­len­cy and sent to us direct­ly from the eval­u­a­tion com­pa­ny. Please con­tact an Enroll­ment Coun­selor for more infor­ma­tion.

If sent elec­tron­i­cal­ly, request that your tran­script be sent to:

If mailed, request that your tran­script be addressed to:

Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land
Online World­wide Learn­ing
Atten­tion: Pub­lic Health
716 Stevens Avenue
Port­land, ME 04103

Please Note:
Addi­tion­al tran­scripts may be required or request­ed. You can always sub­mit addi­tion­al tran­scripts if you feel they would strength­en your appli­ca­tion.

Step 4

  • Pay non-refund­able $40 appli­ca­tion fee

Our Enroll­ment Coun­selors are here to help you under­stand the admis­sion require­ments and to assist you through­out the entire appli­ca­tion process. Please con­tact us right away at 1 (855) 325‑0895 or at if you have any ques­tions about the pro­gram or appli­ca­tion require­ments.

Application Procedures and Policies

  • Transfer credit

    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.

    In order to be con­sid­ered, cours­es must:

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

    To request con­sid­er­a­tion for trans­fer cred­it, a stu­dent must pro­vide an offi­cial tran­script and a course syl­labus for each course. Your enroll­ment coun­selor or stu­dent sup­port spe­cial­ist can assist you with this request.

  • Expiration of Application Materials

    All appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als sub­mit­ted 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.

  • Non-Matriculated Enrollment

    Stu­dents not seek­ing a degree may enroll into indi­vid­ual cours­es as a non-matric­u­lat­ed stu­dent, space per­mit­ting and upon approval by the pro­gram man­ag­er. Non-matric­u­lat­ed stu­dents must hold a bachelor’s degree and sub­mit an offi­cial tran­script reflect­ing con­fer­ral of degree. Stu­dents may not move from non-matric­u­lat­ed to matric­u­lat­ed sta­tus with­in the same semes­ter. Please con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor to assist in this process.

  • International Admissions

    International Students

    More infor­ma­tion explain­ing the admis­sions require­ments for inter­na­tion­al stu­dents or appli­cants with inter­na­tion­al degrees can be found here on the Inter­na­tion­al Admis­sions web page. If you have spe­cif­ic ques­tions please con­tact an Enroll­ment Coun­selor for per­son­al guid­ance through the appli­ca­tion process.

Your Public Health Enrollment Counselors

Con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor to dis­cuss your degree plan, or for any ques­tions about the Grad­u­ate pro­grams in Pub­lic Health.

  • Holland Wegner, Enrollment Counselor, Health Informatics, UNE Online

    Holland Wegner

    Enroll­ment Coun­selor III
    (207) 221‑4953 |

  • Katherine Blessis Counselor for UNE Online

    Katherine Blessis

    Enroll­ment Coun­selor II
    (207) 221‑4838 |

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