Online Public Health Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

Getting your MPH or GCPH online at University of New England

Admissions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis three times per year; apply here. You can also contact an Enrollment Counselor by calling or texting (855) 325-0895 or emailing publichealth@une.edu 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.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements can still apply. Applications for the MPH program are reviewed holistically.

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.

 

Registration

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 at least 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. That being said, when you graduate, you are welcome to come join our on-campus Commencement ceremony!

Students must successfully complete 46 credit hours in order to earn the Master of Public Health degree, which includes completion of their Applied Practice Experience (internship) and Integrated Learning Experience (master’s thesis). 

No, the online MPH does not require a final exam.

To be considered full time, students must take at least one course per eight-week session.The online MPH program offers three terms per year, allowing students to complete six to 12 courses per year.

UNE’s online MPH offers two options: a generalist track and an Epidemiology focus area. 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.

Our generalist degree allows you to explore or combine a variety of interests through your choice of four electives. Our epidemiology focus area is a convenient way for you to specialize your MPH degree; students who choose to focus in epidemiology select 3 epidemiology electives and 1 general elective.

*Please note that graduates of the MPH program will receive a diploma stating “Master of Public Health.” Please note that while a chosen focus area can be emphasized on a personal resume, the focus area title will not appear on your transcript or diploma. If you need additional documentation or verification, please contact an enrollment counselor.

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 by calling or texting (855) 325-0895 or emailing publichealth@une.edu.

Typical activities include lectures and readings. Typical assignments include creating online discussion posts, videos, and papers. assignments will vary for each course and may include other modalities not included here.

In a 2020 survey of UNE Online students and alumni, public health students reported spending an average of 19.8 hours per week on coursework. It is recommended that students log in to their course multiple times per week.

Yes, this program is specifically designed with the working professional in mind. In fact, in a 2020 poll of UNE Online students and alumni, 88% reported that they were working (74% full-time, 14% part-time) while completing their degree.

 

Public Health Graduate Certificate

Yes. Students can choose to earn a Graduate Certificate of Public Health (GCPH). The GCPH is also offered completely online, and GCPH credits can be transferred into the Master of Public Health program.

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 an accredited college or university, typically defined by a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or better. However, applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements can still apply as applications for the MPH program are reviewed holistically.

 

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 by texting or calling (855) 325-0895 or emailing publichealth@une.edu.

 

Resources

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 assistance you will receive from program staff, your academic advisor, course instructors and fellow classmates.

Though students are responsible for identifying a site and preceptor, the Assistant Director for Public Health Practice can assist by discussing potential sites, preceptors, and projects. The Assistant Director of Career Services also assists with preparation and outreach efforts. 

Yes, UNE Public Health students are strongly encouraged to participate in the American Public Health Association-Student Assembly and there is the opportunity to be inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society, Gamma Chi Chapter after graduation. 

Yes, UNE public health students are afforded the opportunity to become involved in our global health initiative, such as The Ghana Cross Cultural Health Immersion. If you have additional questions, please text or call (855) 325-0895 or email publichealth@une.edu to speak to an enrollment counselor.

 

Accreditation

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

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.

 

Cost

Tuition for the MPH and GCPH programs can be found here: https://online.une.edu/public-health/cost

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

 

Technical

This program uses the Brightspace D2L Learning Management System.

 

 

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.