Public Health, MPH

Hwasun Garin, Project Director for the Institute for Health Policy and Practice; Josephine Porter, MPH, Deputy Director for the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP)

The mission of the MPH Program at the University of New Hampshire is to provide society with knowledgeable and professionally educated people to enhance the public health infrastructure and the health of populations in northern New England, with a special focus on New Hampshire.

Housed at UNH Manchester, this program targets working public health professionals and recent undergraduates with an interest in a public health career trajectory. The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), the national association for the accreditation of programs and schools of public health.*

The MPH and Public Health Certificate Program are designed for individuals from a wide variety of health professionals, as the field of public health is uniquely identified by its focus on health (as opposed to the more narrowly defined concept of medicine) and on population groups rather than the individual. All courses are offered at the Manchester campus or online, making it ideal for working public health professionals. More program information


View the MPH handbook

Program Contact

Pamela J. Thomas
Academic Department Coordinator
Email | 603.862.3170

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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The following application deadlines are strongly suggested:

  • Fall Admission: July 1
  • Spring Admission: December 1
  • Summer Admission: April 1

Applicants for financial assistance should complete their applications by February 15 to ensure consideration for the following academic year. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be sent directly to the Dean of the Graduate School.

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Admissions are done through the UNH Graduate School for both fall and spring semesters. Direct work experience in public health is helpful, however it is not required for admissions. If you have no direct public health experience, we suggest highlighting the transferable skills you bring from your previous paid and volunteer experiences in your application. The Admission Committee uses previous academic records, current experience, and recommendations as indicators of success.  Interviews with the MPH Program Coordinator are encouraged.


An application must include:

  1. UNH Graduate School Application Form
  2. Answers to five essay questions (in lieu of completing the personal statement question on the Graduate School Application form.)
  3. Official transcripts from previous undergraduate and graduate education
  4. Current resume
  5. Three letters of recommendation


The MPH program offers an integrated, generalist curriculum consisting of eleven (11) required courses and five (5) elective courses for a total of 48 credits.

Required Courses (33 credits)

Course Number Title Credits
PHP 900 Health Care Systems 3
PHP 901 Epidemiology 3
PHP 902 Environmental Health 3
PHP 903 Biostatistics 3
PHP 904 Social and Behavioral Health 3
PHP 905 Public Health Administration 3
PHP 907 Public Health Policy 3
PHP 908 Public Health Ethics 3
PHP 922 Public Health Economics 3
PHP 990 Field Study 3
PHP 998 Integrating Seminar 3

Elective Courses (15 credits)

Choose five from the following courses.

Course Number Title Credits
PHP 912 Public Health Law 3
PHP 914 Public Health Policy Analysis 3
PHP 920 Social Marketing 3
PHP 924 Community Health Assessment 3
PHP 926 Evaluation in Public Health 3
PHP 928 Principles of Toxicology 3
PHP 930 Climate Change and Health 3
PHP 932 Disease Ecology 3
PHP 934 Work Environ. Policy & Health of Workers 3
PHP 936 Global Health 3
PHP 938 Health Education and Promotion 3
PHP 940 Health and the Built Environment 3
PHP 964 Applied Epidemiology 3
PHP 966 Public Health Information Systems & Tech. 3

Courses are subject to change. View the UNH Graduate Course Catalog for the most up to date information.

What is Public Health?

"The Mission of Public Health is fulfilling society’s interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy.”

The Future of Public Health.  Institute of Medicine, 1988

Public health professionals represent a critical resource to maintaining and/or promoting the conditions in which people can be healthy. As opposed to focusing on individual-level clinical care, public health professionals focus on implementing population-level strategies to promote health.

So Why Chose a Career in Public Health?

  1. Public health offers many varied career pathways. The discipline of public health offers numerous dynamic career pathways. Public health professionals work in a variety of different areas (such as environmental health, communicable disease, maternal and child health), settings (for example, governmental agencies, hospitals, community-based organizations), and position types (such as, health educator, epidemiologist or community health program manager). Hence, you can tailor your career pathway to your interests and strengths.
  2. To make a difference in your community. The U.S. has made significant strides in addressing many of the diseases and injuries that plagued our country in the early 20th century due to the implementation of public health measures such as immunizations, improved sanitation, and facilitating the adoption of healthy behaviors. However, much work remains to address the burden of chronic diseases, emerging infectious diseases, and injuries. Public health professionals are vital front-line workers needed to improve the health of all community members.
  3. As aptly stated by C. Everett Koop, “Health care matters to some of us some of the time but public health matters to all of us all of the time.”

Why Study Public Health at UNH?

The UNH MPH program is designed to provide current and aspiring public health professionals with the core competencies needed to be an effective public health professional. Key strengths of our program include:

  • Quality faculty – Faculty come from a range of public health practice settings (academic, private, governmental) bringing their knowledge and “real world” experiences to the classroom.
  • Applied focus – Coursework focuses on the application of knowledge to the “real world” of public health practice
  • Small class sizes.
  • Affordable Tuition. UNH’s tuition is lower than that of most other New England universities offering MPH Programs. In addition, because the MPH Program is offered at UNH Manchester, tuition for out-of-state students is only 10% above the in-state rate.
  • An evening class schedule that accommodates working professionals.
  • Convenient location off the I-293 Interstate in Manchester, NH.

The Master of Public Health requires the completion of 48 credit hours.

2018/2019 Tuition*
  Per Credit Hour

NH Resident



  Per Semester
Manchester security/parking fee $20.00
Registration Fee $20.00
Technology fee 1-4 credits $26.00
Technology fee 5-8 credits $51.25
Technology fee 9-16 credits $102.50

Health insurance is required as a condition of enrollment for all full-time students (9 credits or more). Please see Health Insurance for further information.

*The tuition & fee chart is subject to change. UNH's official tuition schedule: UNH Business Services.

UNH CEPH Accreditation (probationary through 12/31/19) 

For more information please see CEPH Procedures