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Degree: Master of Public Health

Major: Community Health

Concentrations: Epidemiology (EPI) or Social & Behavioral Science (SBS)

The MPH degree is the most widely recognized professional criteria for leadership positions in public health. This degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue careers in epidemiology; in developing, planning, managing, or evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs; in conducting public health related research; or advocating for public health policy. The UNF MPH Program is aligned with the Council on Education for Public Health's (CEPH) 22 Foundational Competencies and offers concentrations in Edipemiology and Social & Behavioral Science. 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, or work site wellness programs.


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 exam offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). 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 MPH Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester. The full- time program can be completed in 2 years and the part time in 3 years (including fall, spring, and summer terms). 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.


University requirements:

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. Official GRE test scores taken within the last 5 years
  3. Letter of intent describing reasons for seeking an MPH degree and 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. There are no pre-requisite courses required; individuals with a bachelor's degree in any field may be accepted into the MPH Program.


Applications for admission are to be submitted to The Graduate School at UNF. Questions about the admission process can be directed to the UNF Graduate School (904) 620-1360.

Program Courses

Core Requirements (Both Concentrations) 24 Semester Hours
HSC6215 Environmental Health 3
HSC6585 Health Communication 3
HSC6587 Public Health Planning 3
HSC6735 Public Health Research 3
PHC6000 Epidemiology I 3
PHC6050 Public Health Biostatistics I 3
PHC6102 Public Health Policy & Advocacy 3
PHC6149 Public Health Leadership & Management 3


Other Requirements (Both Concentrations) 6 Semester Hours
PHC6940 Public Health Capstone 3
PHC6945 Public Health Internship 3
Concentration Specific Requirements
SBS 15 Semester Hours
PHC6103 Applied Social Beh Science 3
HSC6603 Theoretical Found. Of Beh Change 3
HSC6716 Health Program Evaluation 3
2 Electives 6


EPI 15 Semester Hours
PHC6002 Infect Dis Epidemiology 3
PHC6011 Epidemiology II 3
PHC6051 Pub Hlth Biostats II 3
2 Electives 6


Electives: Select from HSC, PHC, or HSA courses. Other graduate-level courses may be taken with approval of the MPH Program Director. A list of approved electives is provided to students.


TOTAL (Core + Other + Concentration-Specific Requirements) = 45 Semester Hours


Note: For both concentrations, there is a required course sequence. Courses are taught one time per year.


This fact sheet is intended to be a description of the degree requirements in effect for the 2020-2021 academic year. It should not be construed as an irrevocable contract between the student and the program, the Brooks College of Health, and/or the University of North Florida. The University of North Florida reserves the right to change any policies, academic programs, procedures or fees described in this fact sheet and to apply these changes to any or all of its students as required by the University, Board of Trustees, or Florida Legislative mandate. The University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about accreditation of the University of North Florida. Questions about fact sheet information should be directed to the Advising Office, University of North Florida, Brooks College of Health at (904) 620-2812. Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement of standard.


Revised November 2019