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MPH Accreditation and Student Requirements

Program Accreditation & Professional Certification

The UNF Master of Public Health Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Applied Practice Experience

CEPH accredited programs are required to provide an Applied Practice Experience (APE). The UNF MPH Capstone and Internship consists of two 3-credit courses taken over 2 semesters. Students set up the APE in the spring semester (PHC 6940 Public Health Capstone) and complete the 150 internship hours in the summer semester (PHC 6945 Public Health Internship). The internship is the final culminating field experience required for the MPH degree and serves as an opportunity for the student to demonstrate competency attainment through applied practice experience. To accomplish the internship objectives, practice experiences must focus on selected competencies from CEPH’s 22 Foundational Competencies for all MPH students and Concentration Competencies for either Epidemiology or Social Behavioral Science.

Integrative Learning Experience

CEPH accredited programs are required to provide an Integrative Learning Experience. During the last spring semester in the program, students will individually complete an online, comprehensive research paper. This research paper will serve as a culminating experience focusing on integrating and synthesizing the overarching public health competencies with the concentration specific competencies. It will address selected competencies from CEPH’s 22 Foundational Competencies for all MPH students and concentration competencies for either Epidemiology or Social and Behavioral Science. A minimum of three faculty per concentration will write directions, review and assess the research paper.