Public Health (M.P.H.)

Public Health (M.P.H.)

Public Health

Enhance the public health infrastructure and the health of populations in northern New England, with a special focus on New Hampshire

Why get a master’s degree in public health?

Public health is a fast-growing field and remains at the frontline for keeping our communities healthier and safer. A master’s in public health (MPH) is one of the top credentials for public health workers. From a community health perspective, the MPH coursework lays the foundation to create, implement and evaluate population-based strategies to study disease, health policy and environmental health in ways that improve the public’s health. It prepares graduates to enter multidisciplinary fields with strategies and skills that address a range of problems affecting communities.

Why choose UNH’s master of public health program?

The MPH degree at UNH is a generalist degree that allows students to complete a core curriculum focusing on multiple strategies and skills required within the public health field. With evening and hybrid courses designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, students can complete the program in as little as two years or as many as six. Through an emphasis on community engagement and hands-on experience, students complete a capstone project allowing them to apply the theory and practice of public health in a real-world setting. The lower tuition rates keep the program financially competitive in the region while also remaining accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Potential career areas

  • Community health 
  • Consumer advocacy 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Government agencies 
  • Healthcare data analysis 
  • Health education 
  • Hospital administration 
  • Managed care 
  • Pharmaceutical companies 
  • Public health lab director


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Curriculum & Requirements

The MPH curriculum requires 48 credits, including 11 classes (33 credits) of required coursework that is established to fulfill the competencies required for the CEPH accreditation and five electives (15 credits). Included in the MPH curriculum is a 100-hour field experience in which the student is expected to apply the theory and the practice to a particular area of interest in a professional public health setting. The final course in the curriculum is an integrating seminar in which students work in teams, bringing both their individual and joint perspectives, as well as their expertise to address a specific public health problem for a New Hampshire-­based public health entity.

For the purposes of determining academic standing, grades below the “B­-” level in graded courses are considered failing grades. The MPH program director will recommend dismissal of a student  to the Graduate School when a failing grade occurs in six or more credits, either in two courses or in one course taken twice.  Repeating a course does not remove the original failing grade from the record. Students must have a cumulative grade­ point average of 3.0 (B), or higher, in order to graduate. Students admitted on a conditional or provisional basis must meet the conditions or provisions as stated in the letter of admission in order to remain in the Graduate School.

MPH Degree Requirements

The MPH program requires 48 credits of coursework.

PHP 900Public Health Care Systems3
PHP 901Epidemiology3
PHP 902Environmental Health3
PHP 903Biostatistics3
PHP 904Social and Behavioral Health3
PHP 905Public Health Administration3
PHP 907Public Health Policy3
PHP 908Public Health Ethics3
PHP 922Public Health Economics3
PHP 990Field Study3
PHP 998Integrating Seminar3
Select five elective courses15
A grade of B- or higher is required in all courses.
Total Credits48


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Manchester

Application fee: $65

New England Regional: RI VT

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit a narrative which addresses five questions. Please submit an answer to each question separately in 250 words or less: Download Special Essay Questions.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Additional Department Requirements

This program is designed for working professionals – classes meeting in the evenings at the Manchester Campus.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.


Please note that this graduate program is not available to international applicants who are currently living outside of the U.S. as it does not meet the F-1 or J-1 visa requirements for a full-time program.

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