Master of Public Health Graduate Program Student Handbook 2. Getting Started

2.1 Faculty Contact Information





Dr. Jeffrey Harrison

Department of Public Health Chair

Brooks College of Health

Bldg 39, 4th floor, Room 4034


Dr. Tammie Johnson

MPH Program Director

Brooks College of Health

Bldg. 39, 3rd floor, Room 3011



BCH Advising Office


Brooks College of Health

Bldg 39, 2rd floor, Room 2031


UNF Graduate School

JJ Daniel Hall

Bldg 1, 2nd Floor, Room 2000



For a complete listing of departmental faculty, click here.


2.2 Admissions

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:

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:
    • Prior to July 1, 2011:  1000 combined verbal and quantitative scores with no lower than 400 on either section
    • After July 1, 2011:  153 verbal and 144 quantitative 
  3. Letter of intent describing:
    • reasons for seeking an MPH degree
    • short and long-term goals
  4. Resume
  5. Two letters of recommendations


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.


2.3 Trial Program (Probationary Admissions Stipulations)

Students admitted to the MPH program on a trial basis must earn a grade of B or better in all MPH required classes during the first semester for full time students or during the first year for part time students.  Students who meet this criterion will be granted full admission to the program; those who do not meet this criterion will not be allowed to continue in the program.

2.4 Registration

One-Stop Student Services Center

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.


Approximately 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.  

2.5 Course Selection & Format

Student Orientation

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.

Mandatory MPH Program Course Sequencing

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. 

Class Size & Format

Each UNF 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).

Full & Part-time Sequences

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.  

2.6 Advisement

Academic Advisement


The MPH 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.


BCH advising staff are available to help with registration and other course related issues.

Career Advising

The UNF 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.


MPH faculty are also available by appointment to meet with students to provide guidance on continuing education, career paths and professional development opportunities.


2.7 Student Involvement

UNF Public Health Advisory Board

The UNF 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.” 


MPH Student Advisory Board & Program Committees

MPH 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 Program Evaluation

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. 


UNF Eta Sigma Gamma Chapter 

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.