Dr. Jeffrey Harrison
Department of Public Health Chair
Brooks College of Health
Bldg 39, 4th floor, Room
Dr. Tammie Johnson
MPH Program Director
Bldg. 39, 3rd floor, Room 3011
BCH Advising Office
Bldg 39, 2rd floor, Room 2031
UNF Graduate School
JJ Daniel Hall
Bldg 1, 2nd Floor, Room 2000
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Program admissions are handled initially by the UNF Graduate School; after all required documents are received, applications are forwarded to the MPH program for review. 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. The following information must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School:
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.
One-Stop Student Services Center (One-Stop)
assists current students with a wide range of policy and procedural issues
related to financial aid, admissions, academic records, Veterans affairs, and
registration. The office provides a central point of communication and contact
for all of Enrollment Services and coordinates many procedural functions that
previously would have required students to travel from office to office. The
One-Stop also provides access to self-service computer kiosks and a
pay-for-print multi-purpose machine for photocopying and printing documents.
The overarching goal of the One-Stop is to provide excellent service to
students and streamline procedures while helping to maintain the integrity of
the institution. One-Stop does not advise students regarding course selections
or substitutions. Those functions rest with the academic advisors. One
Stop Student Services may be contacted at (904) 620-5555
or at Hicks Hall, Building 53, Suite
1700. Through the One-Stop website
and the myWings student portal, students can access and manage many of
the enrollment functions handled in One-Stop Student Services.
three quarters of the way through each semester, One-Stop Student Services
posts an online Course Schedule for the upcoming semester. Registration time
tickets and an open registration schedule are posted on the university
matriculation calendar online. Students
register online during their time ticket.
An MPH Program Orientation
is normally scheduled during the first week of classes in the fall semester. It
is expected that students will make every attempt to attend this session.
All students are expected to follow the course
sequencing shown in this handbook. Students
who fail to follow the sequence without official approval from the Program
Director will likely delay their graduation. Program courses are offered only
once per year. If a student gets off sequence, or has to retake a required
course, it will likely delay that student’s graduation for at least one year.
Substitutions cannot be made in the core or
specialization area requirements unless the substituted course meets all the
required Program competencies for that course. The signatures of the student
and MPH Program Director are required for substitutions.
International students who do not follow the
program course sequencing will not be granted time extensions to complete the
degree, and will likely forfeit their ability to obtain the degree. Requests
for extensions may be supported according to the following guidelines: (1) the
student must request the extension in writing; (2) the student must provide
written documentation as evidence demonstrating an excusable reason for the
extension (usually a major medical emergency or similar tragedy); and (3) the
request must be approved by the Program Director. Contact the Program Director
for more information.
MPH cohort is limited to 30 students, thus limiting class sizes to 30.
All courses are
offered once per year in one of three manners: 1) one evening per week in a
face-to-face format; 2) via distance learning; or 3) via a hybrid format (half
face-to-face and half distance learning).
The UNF MPH Program course sequencing is based
upon full time students taking 9 credit hours in each fall and spring semester,
and 6 hours in summer semester. The part time sequencing is based upon students
taking 6 hours in each fall and spring semester, and 3 hours in summer semester.
This allows full time students to graduate in 2 full years, and part time
students to graduate in 3 full years. Students
desiring to take more than 9 semester hours must obtain the approval of the
Program Director prior to the beginning of the respective semester.
Program Director is the advisor of record for academic advisement for all MPH
students. An advising e-mail is sent to students each semester the week before
registration begins notifying students of the courses they should enroll in for
the next semester. Course registration is straight forward since all students
are required to follow the Course Sequence (available on the MPH web site, the
MPH Bb site, and in this Handbook).
Additional advising questions may be sent via email, or student may
request a phone or in-person meeting with the Program Director. The Program Director also approves electives,
performs graduation checks, and similar tasks.
advising staff are available to help with registration and other course related
Career Services Center provides a variety of career services, programs,
and resources specifically designed to help students make a successful
transition from academics to a professional career. These services include
resume development, interview skills, job search resources and career fairs.
The Brooks College of Health has a Career Services Liaison located in BCH and
specializing in the health professions.
faculty are also available by appointment to meet with students to provide
guidance on continuing education, career paths and professional development
MPH Program has an Advisory Board with membership representing public health
practitioners, health educators, students, and program alumni. One current MPH
student serves on the Board each year. The
group meets several times each year and submits recommendations to the Program
faculty regarding curriculum, marketing, student recruitment, program policies
and procedures. According to the group’s Bylaws, the Advisory Board has
the following duties: “To provide general guidance and input regarding the
skills and training required for practitioners in the field of community/public
health; To participate in the Program’s process for accreditation by the
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH); To assist the growth and
development of the Programs, through participation in student field experiences
and guest lectures; To serve as a resource to the Programs, in providing
opportunities for student projects, internships, and career advisement for
graduating students, to the degree feasible; To assist with fundraising efforts
by the Programs and foster strategic partnerships; and To serve as ambassadors
of good will representing the Programs to the public health and health care
communities of Jacksonville, northeast Florida, and beyond.”
students may participate in Program governance by serving on Program
committees, and through the MPH Program Student Advisory Board. The Student
Advisory Board meets at least once per year to provide input on the program
strengths and areas in need of improvement.
Calls for participation in committees are sent via email through the UNF
MPH Bb site. The UNF MPH Program is
committed to gathering student input and responding as appropriate.
MPH students and alumni participate in the evaluation of the MPH
Program. Requests to participate in providing feedback are announced in
classes, on the MPH website and via email. Students provide input through
evaluation of individual courses (Instructional Satisfaction Questionnaire) and
program evaluation surveys (Current Student Survey-administered spring of each
year, Exit Survey-administered in the Internship class each summer, and Alumni Survey-administered
every two to three years). The UNF MPH Program also involves employers of MPH
graduates in program evaluation through their participation on the Advisory
Committee, and through their evaluation of MPH interns and program when they
serve as preceptors.
Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) is the National Professional
Health Education Honorary. The purposes
of ESG are to: 1) enhance professional competence and dedication of individual
members to the health education profession; and 2) elevate the standards,
ideals, competence and ethics of professionally trained men and women in and
for the Health Science discipline. The
objectives are to: 1) become acquainted with and enjoy the fellowship of
students and faculty whose professional interests are dedicated to the Health
Education discipline; 2) allow the resources for hands on experience and skill
building in health education and promotion; 3) keep members informed of recent
trends in health education; and 3) promote professional growth and leadership. Students receive hands-on experience, a
certificate of membership, an official pin of the honorary, regalia honorary
cords at graduation, and a subscription to the organization’s scholarly
journals, The Health Educator and The ESG Student Monograph.
1. Professional Orientation
2. Getting Started
3. Program & Degree Requirements
4. Policies & Procedures
5. Financial Support
7. Graduate Certificate in Public Health
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