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College of Graduate Studies-Public Health University of New England

  • Portland, ME
  • Private
  • Small
  • 72%28%
    student ratio
  • 248
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The Online Master of Public Health program at the University of New England

UNE's Graduate Programs in Public Health are dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals, families and communities, through education, research, and service. The 100% online, CEPH-accredited program offers each student the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) or a Master of Public Health degree (M.P.H) through the instruction of the university's dynamic faculty members.

UNE's graduate programs in public health provide working adults and post-baccalaureate students 3 key benefits.

First, it is offered entirely online with no campus visits required. This flexibility allows students to effectively integrate class time and coursework into their schedules.

Second, the program focuses on both practice and management, so it facilitates skills development in analysis, communications, ethics, financial management, international health, law, leadership, policy, and program development and planning.

Third, the program provides the highest level of support to students beginning from the first steps of applying to graduation. UNE provides each student with a student support specialist to guide him or her through all courses, as well as to answer any questions the student may have.

The M.P.H. Curriculum

The 46-credit M.P.H. degree program consists of 21 credits of core courses/required courses, and 21 credits of elective courses, as well as an independent study option. In addition to these courses there are 2 practicum courses required: the "Practical Experience" and the "Capstone Project."

Core courses include:

- GPH 702 Public Health Policy and Management (3 credits)

1. - GPH 712 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)

2. - GPH 716 Biostatistics (3 credits)

3. - GPH 722 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 credits)

4. - GPH 726 Social and Behavioral Health (3 credits

Required courses include:

- GPH 714 Principles of Public Health Concepts (3 credits)

1. - GPH 719 Research Methods (3 credits)

2. - GPH 745 Integrated Public Health Practicum: Practical Experience (2 credits)

3. - GPH 746 Integrated Public Health Practicum: Capstone Project (2 credits)

Electives include:

- GPH 704 Public Health Law, and Ethics (3 credits)

1. - GPH 705 Community-Based Participatory Research (3 credits)

2. - GPH 706 Public Health Administration (3 credits)

3. - GPH 713 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3credits)

4. - GPH 720 Organizational Theory and Behavior (3 credits)

5. - GPH 724 Occupational Health (3 credits)

6. - GPH 725 Public Health Financial Management (3 credits)

7. - GPH 728 Health Literacy and Plain Language (3 credits)

8. - GPH 730 Health Economics (3 credits)

9. - GPH 732 Community Assessment (3 credits)

10. - GPH 735 Health Information Systems (3 credits)

11. - GPH 738 Program Planning & Evaluation (3 credits)

12. - GPH 740 Global Health (3 credits)

Master of Public Health Certificate Program

The University of New England also offers a graduate certificate program that emphasizes core public health concepts. This allows students to strengthen their professional knowledge and/or prepare for master's programs in the field.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health curriculum consists of 6 courses including "Public Health Policy and Management," "Principles of Epidemiology," and "Principles of Public Health Concepts." Additional courses are "Biostatistics," "Introduction to Environmental Health," and "Social and Behavioral Health."

All courses can be transferred to the university's M.P.H. degree program.

Ghana Immersion Program

UNE's School of Community and Population Health (SCPH), the Ghana Health Service, the University of Cape Coast, and several U.S. based health organizations have launched a partnership to improve the health of the people of western Ghana. Since 2008 Public Health students have had opportunities to participate in the cross-cultural immersion in Ghana, Africa, by providing health services and research to the local Ghana community. Its goal is to train students to provide culturally competent health care to diverse populations. These projects provide UNE students with real life, hands on senerios while making a valuable impact.

Financial Aid at the University of New England

The Graduate Degrees in Public Health programs' expenses include tuition, fees, and course materials.

Students may qualify for veteran's benefits and Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans. They may also secure private scholarships and loans, or receive employer-provided tuition assistance. Additionally, they may participate in the University of New England's monthly or semester payment plan, which can help them manage the costs of their education.

Promising Job Outlook for Public Health Professionals

According to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), the United States will face a shortfall of approximately 250,000 public health workers by 2020.

Thus, graduates of the Master of Public Health degree program at UNE enter a job market abundant with opportunities. They may work in a variety of organizations including government agencies, hospitals, military branches, non-profit organizations, and pharmaceutical companies.

The university also provides career services that help students prepare for their job searches and acquire rewarding positions. Career services include academic and career counseling, self-assessment and personal interests exploration, resume and cover letter assistance, job search guidance, job listings, and career fairs.

Graduate Student Life Online

The University of New England provides a supportive online community in which distance learners have ready access to academic, career, and support services. For instance, U-ONLINE provides access to grades, student information, administrative records, class registration, and bill payment -- among other services.

MyUNE connects students to the UNE community via e-mail, provides personal calendars, and contains information about events and groups. In addition, the Blackboard Learning System delivers courses online.

UNE also provides their students with support specialists who are there to always assist online students with questions from book requirements to exam deadlines. Other online resources include Disability Services and the Learning Assistance Center. Furthermore, the Student Association of Public Health allows students to address concerns regarding the Master of Public Health degree program.

Distinguished Faculty Members

Faculty members for the CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health program are highly skilled public health practitioners, researchers, and educators who support students in building paths to success. They fully engage with students through the online classes, skype, group discussions, e-mail, and traditional office hours.

Professor Praphul Joshi has expertise in program planning and evaluation. He has been lead investigator on several projects including adolescent risk behaviors, childhood obesity, and teen pregnancy prevention.

The Professor and Director of the Public Health Programs, Dr. Dora Anne Mills, is a well-recognized public health professional with nearly 15 years serving as Maine's State Health Officer as well as the Director for the Maine CDC. Her many contributions and experiences help UNE's Public Health programs to flourish with excellence.

Cutting-Edge Research in Public Health at the University of New England

Research is a key component of the Master of Public Health degree program's mission to improve the health of communities, families, and individuals. As such, the university promotes faculty member research in a variety of public health domains.

It also supports students in conducting research that generates new knowledge in the program's areas of interest, which include chronic disease prevention, environmental health, health disparities, and rural delivery systems.

The University of New England

Established in 1831, the University of New England is a pioneering health sciences university with a foundation in the liberal arts. This private university has campuses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine in the northeastern region of the United States.

UNE educates more students in the health professions than any other institution in Maine, and it has the state's only medical and dentistry school. Furthermore, the university offers more than 8,000 students over 40 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.

"U.S. News and World Report" ranks the University of New England within the top 100 universities in the northern region.

Location & Contact

College of Graduate Studies-Public Health

University of New England

716 Stevens Avenue, Linnell Hall
Portland, ME 04103
United States

Dr. Denise Bisaillon

Director, Graduate Programs in Public Health/Associate Professor

Phone: 207-221-4464

Dr. Cynthia Forrest

Vice President for Student Affairs

Phone: 207-221-4225
Fax: 207-523-1925

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Health Certificate
      Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 27
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 4
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


68% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 251
    • Accepted 172
    • Acceptance Rate 68
    • Enrolled 131
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $40
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMay 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students248
    • Female Percentage72%
    • Male Percentage28%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students248
    • Part-time Percentage15%
    • Full-time Percentage85%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American12%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native2%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown13%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty13
    • Full-time Percentage23%
    • Part-time Percentage77%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%




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