Master of Public Health at the University of New England

A 46-credit graduate program offered fully online, with no campus visits required

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The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a 46-credit graduate program designed to enhance your skills in a variety of public health areas. The MPH program prepares public health leaders with the knowledge and skills to prevent disease and injury and promote the health of individuals and communities. The distance education format is perfect for the working professional wishing to earn graduate education and accommodates both full-time and part-time students. The UNE MPH program is designed to be accessible anywhere there is internet availability, and welcomes both adult learners and traditional students. The MPH curriculum is designed to enhance students’ skills in a variety of public health areas including:

  • Advocacy
  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics
  • Evaluation
  • Financial Management
  • Global Health
  • Law
  • Leadership
  • Program Planning
  • Public Health Policy

An engaged, expert faculty

With a mission centered on teaching, research and service, the UNE MPH online program boasts a renowned faculty who are leaders in public health research with extensive collaborative partnerships in the public health community. The MPH faculty is a dynamic group of experienced public health practitioners, researchers and educators. Faculty actively engage with students from across the nation and around the world through online group discussion, email, and traditional office hours. Students are encouraged to get to know each other by working in online groups and discussions.

Online, convenient and flexible

The only CEPH-accredited 100% online public health program in Maine, this is a very convenient, flexible, generalist degree program. By focusing on practice and management, an MPH from UNE will provide you with the basic knowledge, skills and values to gain employment or promotion in the dynamic field of public health.

Curriculum structure

The program was developed to prepare you to lead public health initiatives around the world.  The curriculum involves:

  • Online lectures, instructor-led discussions and assessments in an asynchronous format
  • Preparation outside of class, including readings, projects, and writing papers
  • A culminating practice experience that provides a setting for you to apply what you have learned in the program and the opportunity to demonstrate leadership, communication, and teamwork skills

MPH program highlights

  • 46 credit hours
  • Complete your degree in just 18 months
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Learn anytime, from any place
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers & educators
  • No GRE required to apply
  • Focused study in areas of interest
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)


ceph_mast The Master of Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs at the University of New England are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Click here to learn more »

The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE). NECHE is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Accreditation is the review of the quality of educational institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that the public knows that an institution or program provides a high quality education.

Master of Public Health program course list

All students must complete the following required courses (31 credits)

  1. GPH 714 Principles of Public Health (Credits: 3)
  2. GPH 712 Principles of Epidemiology (Credits: 3)
  3. GPH 716 Biostatistics (Credits: 3)
  4. GPH 719 Research Methods (Credits: 3)
  5. GPH 726 Social and Behavioral Health (Credits: 3)
  6. GPH 738 Program Planning and Evaluation (Credits: 3)
  7. GPH 702 Policy – An Interprofessional Approach (Credits: 3)
  8. GPH 706 Public Health Administration (Credits: 3)
  9. GPH 722 Introduction to Environmental Health (Credits: 3)
  10. GPH 743 Applied Practice Experience
  11. GPH 744 Integrated Learning Experience

All students must complete 5 of the following electives (15 credits)

  1. GPH 705 Community-Based Participatory Research (Credits: 3)
  2. GPH 709 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (Credits: 3)
  3. GPH 713 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Credits: 3)
  4. GPH 717 Applied Epidemiology (Credits: 3)
  5. GPH 721 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health (Credits: 3)
  6. GPH 724 Occupational Health (Credits: 3)
  7. GPH 725 Public Health Financial Management (Credits: 3)
  8. GPH 727 Grant Writing (Credits: 3)
  9. GPH 728 Health Literacy and Plain Language (Credits: 3)
  10. GPH 732 Community Assessment (Credits: 3)
  11. GPH 733 Health Informatics (Credits: 3)
  12. GPH 734 The Obesity Epidemic: A Public Health Perspective (Credits: 3)
  13. GPH 740 Global Health (Credits: 3)


  1. GPH 795 Independent/Directed Study (Credits: 3)

Click here for the full course descriptions for the Master of Public Health curriculum

Interprofessional Electives

Students also have the option to take electives from our other online graduate programs. A full list of these interprofessional courses can be found here:

Shared Interprofessional Course List

Your Public Health Applied Practice Experience – A curriculum highlight

The MPH curriculum includes an applied public health practice experience that provides students with the opportunity to work in public health organizations in their communities, and network extensively with the public health workforce prior to graduation. All Master of Public Health candidates must complete the three-credit Applied Practice Experience (GPH 743).

Succeed in an exciting and rewarding career

The MPH program is a fully online, interactive program that will provide you with the essential knowledge, skills and values to become a leading public health professional. UNE Public Health graduates make a considerable impact in the field of public health. Start making your impact today!



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