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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Public Health (PHP)


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This program is offered in Manchester through GSMC.


Degree Offered: M.P.H.


Certificate Offered: Public Health


The College of Health and Human Services offers an interdisciplinary curriculum leading to the master of public health (M.P.H.). The program is designed to provide students with an integrated, generalist M.P.H. degree. The M.P.H. program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Public Health Certificate Program provides a vehicle for individuals working in public or community health positions, with no formal academic background in public health, the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in public health. To enter the certificate program, an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree. Students completing the certificate program can apply to enter the M.P.H. program. If accepted, certificate credits can be applied to the M.P.H. degree program.

The master of public health and public health certificate seek to enhance the capacity of working public health professionals to perform the 10 Essential Services of Public Health. The program is only offered at the University of New Hampshire Graduate School Manchester Campus (GSMC). Academic classes are offered in sessions within the academic semester and most courses are eight weeks in length and offered one evening per week for four hours. Working professionals can complete the M.P.H. program on a part-time basis over two years but have up to six years to complete the degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

(Please note that since these are part-time programs they do not meet the full-time study requirements for international applicants with F-1 or J-1 visas.)

Applications are accepted for  fall, spring, and summer semesters. The program encourages applications from persons who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The admission committee uses previous academic records, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, current public health experience, responses to five essay questions regarding your interest in pursuing graduate education in public health, and recommendations from three individuals as indicators of success.  Interviews with the program coordinator are encouraged.

To apply for the M.P.H. degree, applicants must submit:

  1. A completed UNH Graduate School application form
  2. Responses to five essay questions regarding their public health interests, goals, and beliefs (in lieu of a personal essay. See "Admissions Requirements" on the Graduate School's website)
  3. Official transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate education
  4. Current résumé
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. GRE required. Applicants may request to have the GRE requirement waived if they have a previous master’s degree already awarded (any field) or have 5+ years of work experience in the field. See the Test Score Waiver Process to request a waiver. If required, request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old may not be acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918. View Test Score Information.

Degree Requirements


M.P.H. Degree Requirements

The M.P.H. program is a 48-credit curriculum. In addition to the five core courses found in every public health program: public health care systems (PHP 900), epidemiology (PHP 901), environmental health (PHP 902), biostatistics (PHP 903), and social and behavioral health (PHP 904), the program requires that all students complete four additional courses: administration (PHP 905), economics (PHP 922), policy (PHP 907), and ethics (PHP 908). Students must also complete five elective courses. The M.P.H. curriculum includes a field experience in which the student is expected to apply the theory and practice of public health to a particular area of student interest in a professional setting. The final course in the curriculum is an integrating seminar in which students work in teams, bringing both their individual and joint perspectives and expertise to address a particular public health problem for a New Hampshire-based public health entity.

Grades below the “B-” level in a graded course are considered failing grades for the purposes of determining academic standing. Repeating a course does not remove the original failing grade from the record. Students receiving failing grades in 6 or more credits either in two courses or in one course taken twice will be recommended by the M.P.H. program director to the Graduate School for dismissal from the M.P.H. or the Public Health Certificate Program. Students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (B-), or higher, in order to graduate. Students admitted on a conditional or provisional basis must meet the conditions or provisions as stated in the letter of admission in order to remain in the Graduate School.

Public Health Certificate

As part of the Master of Public Health Program's continuing education program, a public health certificate (PHC) is offered.  

Applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters. Certificate program applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Students are expected to have experience in public health.

To apply for the certificate of public health, applicants must submit:

  1. A completed UNH graduate certificate program application
  2. Responses to five essay questions regarding their public health interests, goals, and beliefs
  3. Official transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate education
  4. Current résumé
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the graduate certificate program.

Certificate Requirements
The public health certificate is a 12-credit program that can be completed on a part-time basis over one calendar year. All courses (with the exception of workshops taken as part of PHP 996) must be taken at UNH. Students completing the Public Health Certificate Program can apply to enter the M.P.H. program. If accepted, certificate credits can be applied to the M.P.H. program. To earn the public health certificate, a student must successfully complete the following 12-credit curriculum consisting of following three required courses and one elective course.

PHP 900, Public Health Care Systems, 3 cr.
PHP 901, Epidemiology, 3 cr. 
PHP 996, Applied Topics in the Essentials of Public Health, 3 cr. (This course has a unique structure that allows students to tailor their learning experience about the Ten Essential Services of Public Health to their professional goals and interests. To learn more about this course design, please consult the Public Health Certificate Section of the M.P.H. Student Handbook.)
One elective, 3 cr. (Students can take any M.P.H. course as long as any prerequisites have been met. For a complete listing of M.P.H. courses offered, see the M.P.H. Student Handbook.)