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Master of Public Health

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Elissa Barr


Application Information
Applications are accepted for fall admission only.
Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . US Applicants: July 1 of the same year; International Applicants: May 1 of the same year

Students are admitted for fall term only. Applications are reviewed as they are received. Applicants meeting all criteria are typically notified of acceptance upon review, space permitting. Applicants not meeting all criteria may be admitted to the trial program, on a competitive basis and space permitting, after July 1. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and required documents before July 1; the program cohort is capped at 30 students.


*Please note: Review of graduate assistantship applications begins May 15. Students must be fully accepted to the MPH program in order to be considered for an assistantship.

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. 

Additional program requirements:

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  2. GRE test scores (Institutional Code: 5490): 
      • Applicants must submit official GRE scores (verbal and quantitative) dated within the last five years. 
      • Although there are no required minimum scores, the applicant’s GRE score will be compared to the applicant pool and the national GRE norms.
      • Other standardized exams (including, but not limited to MCAT, DAT, PCAT, LSAT, MAT) will not be accepted in lieu of the GRE.
      • Applicants who have a terminal degree such as the Phd, ScD or EdD, and those with advanced professional degrees (MD, DDS, DO, DVM, JD, PharmD, DPT) from accredited institutions and who are individually licensed in the United States in their profession may request to waive the GRE. The GRE waiver is not automatic and must be approved by the Department of Public Health Faculty Admissions Committee and the MPH Program Director. Requests to waive the GRE must be made in writing by completing and submitting the Request to Waive GRE form. Follow the submission instructions provided in the form.
  3. Letter of intent describing
      • reasons for seeking an MPH degree
      • short and long-term goals
  4. Resume

  5. Two letters of recommendations

For additional tools to determine GPA, please visit Calculating Your GPA.


For questions related to the admissions process, please contact the Graduate School by email or by phone at (904) 620-1360.


Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.


For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Program Overview
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.
Concentrations Offered
• Health Promotion/Health Education
• Epidemiology


Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
Two Years
Approximate Enrollment
Career Possibilities