Graduate Programs in Public Health Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or above from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or its equivalent.
    • See International Admissions for details regarding the evaluation of international degrees for grade and degree equivalency.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, typically defined by a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or better. However, applications are reviewed holistically as a determination of academic readiness.
  • 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 this program looks for in an 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 public health field. 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. Provide a professionally written statement on a public health issue relevant to your community. Be sure to clearly identify the issue, its health and economic burden on the community and factors contributing to the issue.
      2. Considering the factors that contribute to the issue you have described in question 1, how do you think an MPH/GCPH will complement your current knowledge and skill set to help address these factors?
      3. Reflecting on the priorities in your daily life, how do you plan to manage your time and those priorities with the demands of an online graduate program?
      4. If your undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0, please explain any outstanding circumstances that led to your previous academic performance, and include any significant changes that have prepared you to be successful in our program.

Step 2

  • Upload all supporting documents:
    • Professional Resume/CV: Must be current and include current professional roles and responsibilities
    • Two completed Applicant Recommendation Forms – may be completed one of the following ways:
      • 1. Electronic – Please provide your enrollment counselor with contact information for two references. An electronic form will be sent directly to your references to complete. The completed form will be sent to the enrollment counselor and added to your application.
      • 2. Print – You may print these forms out and complete the applicant section by hand, then give them to your supervisor/recommenders to complete and send back to us. Please remember these forms need to be submitted to us by your supervisor or recommender directly, either by email or mail.
      • Please note that these recommendation forms are confidential and will not be added to the official student file.

Step 3

  • Request an official transcript reflecting conferral of bachelor’s degree or above.
  • 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: publichealth@une.edu
  • If mailed, request that your transcript be addressed to:
University of New England
College of Graduate & Professional Studies
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.

Procedures and Policies

Transfer Credit: Master of Public Health

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

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.

Transfer Credit: Graduate Certificate 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.

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

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 in 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 the 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

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

Your Public Health Enrollment Counselors

Our enrollment counselors are here to help you understand the Graduate Programs in Public Health admission requirements and assist you throughout the entire application process.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the coursework or the program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.