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The Graduate School

Public Health


The MPH 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 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 Epidemiology 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 Public Health program requires applicants to choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Epidemiology
  • Social and Behavioral Science

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . Early Decision March 1; Regular Decision July 1 - extended to August 1 for fall 2023 admission

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials before
March 1 as the program only admits 30 students each year on a
competitive basis. Applicants submitting materials after March 1 will be
reviewed, space permitting until the regular decision deadline.
Review of Brooks College of Health graduate assistantship applications
begins May 15. Students must be fully accepted to the MPH program in
order to be considered for an assistantship.

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Elissa Barr

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Resume
    • Letter of intent
      • Describe reasons for seeking an MPH degree;
      • short and long-term goals; and
      • what makes you a great candidate for our program.
    • Two letters of recommendation
  • Express Application Requirements

    UNF undergraduates applying through the Express Application portal will be required to email the document below to the MPH Program Director. Questions should be directed to the graduate program director.

    • Letter of intent
      • Describe reasons for seeking an MPH degree;
      • short and long-term goals; and
      • what makes you a great candidate for our program.