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Master of Public Health


Program Overview

The Master of Public Health 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


Application Information

How to:  

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . July 1

Admits 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.


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.


The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared 
  • All of the below university and program requirements 

Admission Requirements

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.
  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. 

Program requirements:

  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
    • Describe reasons for seeking an MPH degree;
    • Short and long-term goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Applicants who have earned a Bachelor's degree from UNF are not required to submit letters of recommendation
  • GRE test scores
    • Taken within the last 5 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 graduate 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


Total Program
Credit Hours


Average Length
of the Program

2 years

Approximate Enrollment


Career Possibilities

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Elissa Barr


(904) 620-1479