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Graduate Programs in Public Health

The Graduate Programs in Public Health's mission is to improve the health and promote the well being of individuals, families and communities, through education, research and service.

Agencies with responsibility for public health can only carry out their missions if they have adequate capacity to fulfill the core functions of public health. Many studies have documented a critical need to better prepare the U.S. workforce to address core public health services.

The University of New England offers two fully articulated graduate programs. Working adults and post-baccalaureate students can now earn a Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) and a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) full or part time with all of the courses offered in a distance learning online format. The program has adapted the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) competencies. Core and cross-cutting competencies are used to guide course development and are reflected in the competency grid.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health

This 18-credit hour program provides students with the core public health concepts they need to either enhance their professional knowledge or to pursue a graduate degree in the field. These 18 credit hours are the foundation courses for UNE's Master of Public Health degree. See Catalog for Curriculum Requirements.

Master of Public Health

The 46-credit hour MPH curriculum is designed to enhance students' skills in a variety of professional areas including analysis, communication, international health, program development and planning, financial management, leadership, policy, ethics and law. All program courses from the Graduate Certificate in Public Health are transferable to UNE's MPH degree program and count toward the 46 credit hours. More information.

These two programs, offered through UNE’s College of Graduate Studies, are designed to be flexible and practical. Courses for the two programs are offered online in an integrated video and PowerPoint format. The MPH curriculum also includes a practicum with a culminating project and a supervised practical public health experience.

Faculty members are highly knowledgeable health-care professionals with real-world experience in their fields.

These very convenient, flexible programs, which are focused on practice and management, provide students with the basic knowledge, skills and values to gain employment or get promoted in the burgeoning field of public health. With our medical school and our high concentration of health professions degrees, UNE is the perfect school to choose to pursue your graduate study in public health.

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The Master of Public Health program at the University of New England is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

CEPH Self-study, 2011

The final accreditation report is available upon request. To obtain a copy of the report please contact Denise Bisaillon at (207) 221-4467 or via email at


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