Public Health


Master of Public Health
UNE Online | College of Professional Studies (CPS)
Public Health

Program Description


The Graduate Programs in Public Health are designed to provide foundational skills desirable for professionals engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health. The MPH program competencies align with the competencies outlined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2016. Required and elective courses in the MPH program help students attain these competencies that are at the center of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by emerging leaders in public health.

Major Description

The College of Professional Studies offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH). These programs provide graduate education to individuals currently working in the public health field, allied health professionals, clinicians, and individuals in the beginning stages of a career in public health. The curriculum is delivered in an online format, with full- and part-time options, and is intentionally flexible and readily applicable to students regardless of where they live.

The Master of Public Health is a 46-credit hour curriculum that develops and enhances skills in a variety of professional areas, including epidemiology, social and behavioral health, program development and evaluation, and public health practice and management. Applied Practice Experience (APE) and Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) are required components of the MPH program.

Program Vision

Our graduates will build healthier global communities through informed and collaborative public health practice.

Program Mission

The Graduate Programs in Public Health are globally accessible programs committed to improving the health and well-being of communities through education, research, and service using a scholar-practitioner model.

Program Goals

  1. Enroll and support qualified and diverse students.
  2. Cultivate a learning environment that values diversity and cultural competence.
  3. Ensure all graduates possess the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for public health practice.
  4. Recruit, retain, and support qualified instructors.
  1. Sustain a scholarly research agenda to advance the field of public health.
  2. Support scientific inquiry among students.
  3. Support a collaborative scholarly environment for students and faculty.
  1. Facilitate student and faculty participation in service activities with a public health focus.
  2. Identify and support workforce development needs.

Program Values

At GPPH, we value and encourage:

  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Cultural competency
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Service


The Master of Public Health degree program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the Master of Public Health and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Curricular Requirements

master of public health program requirements

Required Courses Credits
GPH 702 - An Interprofessional Approach to Policy and Advocacy 3
GPH 706 - Public Health Administration 3
GPH 712 - Principles of Epidemiology 3
GPH 714 - Principles of Public Health 3
GPH 716 - Biostatistics 3
GPH 719 - Research Methods 3
GPH 722 - Introduction to Environmental Health 3
GPH 726 - Social and Behavioral Health 3
GPH 738 - Program Planning and Evaluation 3
Total Required 27

applied practice experience and integrated learning experience

Required Courses Credits
GPH 743 - Applied Practice Experience (APE)
The Applied Practice Experience (APE) provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a public health environment and to work with experienced public health professionals. The APE should address five (5) CEPH Foundational Competencies, demonstrate the application of public health concepts learned throughout the MPH program and enhance skills such as leadership, communication, and collaboration.
GPH 744 - Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)
The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) is a required one-credit hour course to be taken in the student's final semester in the program. During the ILE, the student will create a high-quality written product that synthesizes public health ideas reflecting program competencies. This product is based on an original project that the student will develop and complete during their chosen Advanced Elective, which is to be taken the semester prior to the ILE.
Total Required 4

Choose one (1) ILE project course from the list below:

ILE Project Option Courses: Credits
GPH 751 - Advanced Policy Analysis 3
GPH 752 - Advanced Research Methods 3
GPH 753 - Advanced Program Evaluation 3
Total Required 3


Choose four (4) elective courses from the list below:

Electives Credits
GPH 704 - Public Health Law and Ethics 3
GPH 707 - Public Health Policy: Theory & Methods 3
GPH 713 - Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3
GPH 717 - Applied Epidemiology 3
GPH 718 - Biostatistics II 3
GPH 721 - Foundations of Maternal and Child Health 3
GPH 724 - Occupational Health 3
GPH 725 - Public Health Financial Management 3
GPH 727 - Grant Writing 3
GPH 732 - Community Assessment 3
GPH 733 - Health Informatics 3
GPH 734 - Obesity Epidemiology 3
GPH 740 - Global Health 3
HCA 705 - Emergency Management 3
Total Required Elective Credits 12
Total Program Required Credits 46 credits


The Graduate Programs in Public Health adopted programmatic competencies that align with the competencies outlined by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2016. Relevant competencies are listed on each course syllabus.

In addition, the program has the following program competencies:

  1. Synthesize and incorporate scientific evidence into professional writing.
  2. Search databases and critically analyze peer-reviewed literature.
  3. Develop strategies for qualitative and quantitative data management.
  4. Evaluate the use of financial resources and management techniques by public health programs to achieve goals and sustainability.
  5. Evaluate the use of technological applications in health interventions.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for completion of and receive the Master of Public Health (MPH) students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete 46 credits of specified course work within six consecutive years.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Have no outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Academic Policy

Minimum Grade Point Average

Matriculated graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better. Failure to do so will result in academic probation and possible termination from the program. Any student receiving a grade below B- on any individual course has failed that course and will not earn credits. Any student receiving a grade below B- in a required course must re-enroll and repeat the course to achieve a grade of B- or better. Any student who receives a grade of F in two courses is dismissed from the program.


Candidates must fulfill all program requirements and earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to graduate. All students must file an Application to Graduate with the registrar’s office via U-Online. Please access the following link for complete instructions and the answers to frequently asked questions:

Adding, Dropping, and Withdrawing from Courses

  • The last day permissible for matriculating graduate students to add a course is the day before the term starts.
  • The last day permissible for matriculating graduate students to drop a course is the second day of class.
  • For refund information, contact Student Financial Services.

Students who withdraw from a course must do so in writing and will receive a “W” on their transcript indicating withdrawal. Students will receive a partial refund if they withdraw from a course within the first or second week. Be aware that no portion of the tuition will be refunded after the second week of the course.

Email requests for withdrawals must be submitted from a student’s UNE e-mail to be considered.

Matriculating students who withdraw after completing more than 2/3 of a course will receive a grade of “WF” (withdrawn failing) or “WP” (withdrawn passing), based on the instructor’s assessment of the student’s current standing in the course. A “WF” is calculated as an “F” in the student’s GPA. Upon successful completion of the course, the new grade will be used to calculate the GPA. Students will be dismissed from their program after two failing grades (including a “WF”).

University Withdrawal

All matriculated students who wish to withdraw from the University must complete notification documentation available from Registration Services. Documentation must be signed by designated academic and administrative authorities.

Audit Policy

A student may, with prior consent of the Program Director or designee, enroll in a course for an audit grade (AU). This must be requested at the time of registration for the course and must be accompanied by signed approval of the instructor and Program Director or designee. This applies to both matriculated and non-matriculated students. Reversal or change of an audit grade is not possible. Once enrolled for AU the grade becomes permanent on a student's academic record. The student who wishes later to be graded for such a course must re-enroll in and pay for graded credit. In auditing a course, the student is expected to complete all lectures and discussion boards, but is not permitted to submit course work for evaluation, take examinations, receive grades, or earn credit. Auditing a course does not count toward enrollment status (i.e. part-time, full-time, etc.) and therefore cannot be considered for financial aid purposes, veteran's benefits, etc.

Academic Integrity Policy

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  • Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  • Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  • Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  • Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. The appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in The College of Professional Studies Student Handbook.

Student Access Center

The Student Access Center works to ensure that the University promotes respect for individual differences and that no person who meets the academic and technical standards needed for admission and continued enrollment at UNE is denied benefits or subjected to discrimination due to a disability. Toward this end, and in conjunction with federal and state laws, the University provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is highly valued by The College of Professional Studies. Many courses within the College feature experiential-learning components. However, at this time, no credit will be awarded to students for purely experiential learning experiences undertaken in lieu of coursework.

Transfer Credit

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to three 3-credit courses (maximum of nine credits) into the MPH program.

To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus for each course. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of The College of Professional Studies based on specific program details listed below. Requests for approval of transfer credit should be submitted to and will be granted at the discretion of, the Program Director.

Transfer courses must

  • Be classified as graduate level
  • Be from a CEPH accredited institution
  • Have been taken within five years of application
  • Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better
  • Be equivalent to one of the required program courses or an elective course that meets the goals of the student’s education

Individuals who earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of New England within the last five years may apply for admission to the MPH program and request that all courses be accepted. Current GCPH students, who are in good standing, may apply to the MPH program at any time during the certificate program by requesting a "change of major" with their Student Support Specialist.


Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or above from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent. See International Admissions for details regarding evaluation of international degrees for grade and degree equivalency.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Computer with Internet connection, including the hardware and software requirements described on the Technical Requirements page. Must also possess sufficient computer skills to navigate the Internet as all classes are accessed 100% online.

Application Process

  • Completed online application:
  • Submission of the non-refundable application fee
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Goal Statements
  • Two completed Applicant Recommendation Forms
  • Official transcripts reflecting conferral of a bachelor’s degree or above from a regionally accredited institution.& All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions.

Note: Transcripts for any coursework appearing as transfer credit on the transcript of the conferred degree can be waived if the coursework is unrelated to the degree being sought. The program admissions committee defines all coursework not eligible for waiver.​

Procedures and Policies

  • Applications for admission are accepted through UNE’s online application only. Detailed instructions are included in the online application.
  • Official transcripts, as well as other documents to support the application, must be submitted to the College of Professional Studies, 716 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME, 04103
  • Applications received and completed by the respective deadlines will be given full consideration. Applications submitted and/or completed after the deadline will be reviewed for the next available term.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made by the program admissions committee throughout the cycle.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution. See International Admissions.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Admissions./li>
  • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application.

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the Graduate Programs in Public Health website

Policy Exceptions

The Graduate Programs in Public Health and the GPPH Admissions Committee reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include course textbooks. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Financial Aid

Detailed information and applications are available upon request from the Financial Aid Office. Call (207) 602-2342 or visit the Financial Aid website.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2022–2023 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication May 2, 2022.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.