Online Public Health Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

Getting your MPH or GCPH online at University of New England


How can I get start­ed?

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

What kind of edu­ca­tion­al require­ments are there for admis­sion?

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

Can I apply if my GPA is low­er than 3.0?

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

Is the GRE required to apply?

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 it is not a require­ment.


How many terms do you offer per year?

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.

What is con­sid­ered full-time stu­dent sta­tus?

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

MPH Courses

Are any cam­pus vis­its required?

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

What are the MPH degree require­ments?

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

Is there a final exam or project?

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

How many cours­es will I take per term?

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.

Will I be able to pick a con­cen­tra­tion for my MPH?

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. UNE employs fac­ul­ty mem­bers that are expert and expe­ri­enced with­in the five core areas of pub­lic health.

How long does it take to com­plete the MPH pro­gram?

The flex­i­bil­i­ty of our pro­gram allows stu­dents to com­plete their degree in as lit­tle as 18 months. If you are inter­est­ed in tai­lor­ing your aca­d­e­m­ic plan, please con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor at (855) 325‑0895.

How would you describe typ­i­cal class assign­ments?

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.

How many hours should a stu­dent reserve for each class week­ly?

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

Can I com­plete the Mas­ter of Pub­lic Health while work­ing full time?

Yes, this pro­gram is designed with the work­ing pro­fes­sion­al in mind.

Public Health Graduate Certificate

Do you offer any cer­tifi­cate options?

Yes. Stu­dents can choose to earn a Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate of Pub­lic Health. The GCPH is also offered com­plete­ly online.

What are the Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate require­ments?

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

What are the admis­sions require­ments for the Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate?

Stu­dents apply­ing to the Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram must have an under­grad­u­ate degree from a region­al­ly accred­it­ed col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty with a min­i­mum cumu­la­tive GPA of 3.0.

Registrar Policies

Can I trans­fer pre­vi­ous course cred­its?

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.


What kind of sup­port will I receive as a stu­dent?

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.

How will I find field place­ment for my prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence?

Stu­dents are respon­si­ble for iden­ti­fy­ing a prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence site and pre­cep­tor, how­ev­er the program’s out­reach coor­di­na­tor can assist by dis­cussing pre-approved sites, pre­cep­tors, and projects that are avail­able. The prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence should be out­side of the student’s cur­rent place of employ­ment.

Can I get involved in any stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions?

Yes, UNE Pub­lic Health stu­dents are strong­ly encour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion for Pub­lic Health. 

Will there be an oppor­tu­ni­ty to get involved in oth­er activ­i­ties?

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.


Is UNE accred­it­ed?

Yes, Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land is accred­it­ed by the New Eng­land Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges. To learn more, please see

Is the Mas­ter of Pub­lic Health accred­it­ed by CEPH?

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.

What is CEPH-accred­i­ta­tion and why is it impor­tant?

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.


What is the tuition?

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

Can I receive finan­cial aid?

More than 90% of our stu­dents receive some form of finan­cial aid. Vis­it our finan­cial aid page for more infor­ma­tion.


Which online learn­ing plat­form is used?

This pro­gram uses the Black­board Learn­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tem.

Interested in what our MPH Alumni are up to?

Each year we sur­vey the men and women who grad­u­ate from our MPH pro­gram to see which fields of employ­ment they have gone into and what jobs they cur­rent­ly hold. 85% of MPH grad­u­ates get jobs in four major fields. See in which fields MPH grad­u­ates work.

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