Online Public Health Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

Getting your MPH or GCPH online at University of New England


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

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

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

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 is not a requirement.



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.

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


MPH Courses

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

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

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

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.

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, such as our new Epidemiology focus area. UNE employs faculty members that are expert and experienced within the five core areas of public health.

The flexibility of our program allows students to complete their degree in as little as 18 months, though the average student completes the degree in 2 to 3 years. If you are interested in tailoring your academic plan, please contact an enrollment counselor at (855) 325-0895.

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.

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

Yes, this program is specifically designed with the working professional in mind. In fact, in a 2019 poll of UNE Online students and alumni, 90% reported that they were working (79% full-time, 11% part-time) while completing their degree.


Public Health Graduate Certificate

Yes. Students can choose to earn a Graduate Certificate of Public Health. The GCPH is also offered completely online, and GCPH courses can be transferred into the Master of Public Health at a later date if one so desires.

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

Students applying to the Graduate Certificate program must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, typically defined by a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or better. However, applications are reviewed holistically as a determination of academic readiness.


Registrar Policies

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: 1. Completed at a CEPH-accredited institution. 2. Earned within the last five years. 3. 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.



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.

Though students are responsible for identifying a practical experience site and preceptor, the program’s outreach coordinator can assist by discussing pre-approved sites, preceptors, and projects that are available in your community. The Assistant Director of Career Services can assist as well. Planning takes place at the beginning and is embedded throughout the associated course. Please note that the practical experience should be outside of the student’s current place of employment.

Yes, UNE Public Health students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Student Association for Public Health and there is the Delta Omega Honorary Society, Gamma Chi Chapter as well.

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.



Yes, the University of New England is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). To learn more, please see

Yes, the Master of Public Health program here at the University of New England is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is the nationally recognized accrediting organization for public health programs.

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.



Tuition for the MPH and GCPH programs can be found here:

Most likely. Visit our financial aid page for more information.



This program uses the Brightspace D2L Learning Management System.




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.