Admissions Requirements

Graduate Programs in Public Health

Program 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 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. 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.
      • 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 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:

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.

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

    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 or above 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.