The MPH degree is the most widely recognized professional credential for leadership positions in public health. This degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs, or in conducting public health related research. The UNF MPH Program prepares students with a broad understanding of the core areas of public health combined with a focus on competencies specific to the health promotion and education concentration area. MPH graduates will be able to integrate and apply their knowledge to address public health problems, and will possess skills and competencies necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions. Graduates are typically employed in governmental or non-profit health agencies, health care facilities, work site wellness programs or school settings. See our list of the Top 10 Reasons to Choose UNF's MPH Program!
The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Graduates are eligible to become Certified in Public Health (CPH) by passing the CPH exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). This certification is only available to graduates of CEPH accredited programs. Graduates are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by passing the exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
The curriculum includes coursework in the five core areas of public health (Health Behavior, Biostatistics/Research, Epidemiology, Health Services Organization, and Environmental Health), and the Health Promotion/Education specialization (Program Planning, Health Promotion Strategies and Program Evaluation). The curriculum focuses on knowledge and skills for determining, understanding, and modifying factors that influence population health including socio-economic conditions, political systems and policies, cultural beliefs and practices, behavioral risk factors, and environmental exposures.
Accredited MPH programs are required to provide a Culminating Experience and a Public Health Practice Experience. UNF’s program accomplishes these objectives through the Capstone and Internship courses, completed in the final 2 terms of the program. Typical student internships are focused on planning, implementing, and/or evaluating health programs, grant writing and submission, or conducting research projects. Internship sites are chosen by the student. Sites are generally flexible in scheduling hours as most students work full time. A comprehensive examination is required and taken during the final semester, after completion of all other required coursework. Passing the exam is required to obtain the degree.
The MPH Program is offered in a hybrid format - students can complete the program in two years meeting on campus one night per week on average. The Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester. Students may opt for the full time or part-time sequence. The full time program can be completed in 2 years (including fall, spring, and summer terms). The part-time sequence can be completed in 3 years. Each course is offered in one of three ways: 1) face-to-face; 2) distance learning (DL); or 3) hybrid. Face-to-face courses meet on UNF campus, typically one night per week, 6:00-8:45pm. DL courses are offered online. Hybrid courses are a combination of the first two methods, with no more than half of classes meeting face-to-face. This format makes the UNF MPH Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peers.
Program Fact Sheet 2015-2016
Program & Student Objectives
MPH Student Handbook 2016-2017
MPH Student handbook 2015-2016
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