Public Health AMP

All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

Overview

Qualified undergraduate students who plan to earn a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree may enroll in the Accelerated Master’s Entry Program (AMP), which enables students to begin working on the M.P.H. while still an undergraduate. This online degree is designed for highly motivated UVM undergraduate students wishing to complete both their undergraduate degree and M.P.H. degree in 5 years.

Students apply to the program in the 2nd semester of their junior year and no later than June 1 before the start of their senior year. Following acceptance by the Graduate College, students enrolled in the program apply 9 public health graduate credits during their senior year toward both the undergraduate degree and the  M.P.H. These credits must be earned after the student has been accepted into the Graduate College and are subject to approval of the student’s academic advisor.

Following the completion of their bachelor's degree, students typically take the additional credits required to complete the M.P.H. during a 5th year of study, including the Summer session. 

Specific Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDIES FOR THE ACCELERATED Master's program

Student applications must take place during the Spring of their junior year, no later than June 1 before the start of their senior year. Requirements for admission to the program include:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.00
  • One semester of college biology or other science course
  • One semester of algebra, statistics, or a more advanced math course
  • AMP Permission form, signed by the student's undergraduate advisor and the M.P.H. Program Director
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application form that must include at least one letter of recommendation from a UVM faculty member

MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The M.P.H. degree requires 42 total credits and includes 18 credits of core courses (6 courses), 9 required advanced course credits (3 courses), 9 elective credits (3 courses), and a required culminating project experience of 6 credits. Students will need to maintain a 3.00 grade point average in order to complete the program. 

18 Credits in National Competency Core Courses (6 Courses):
PH 301Public Health & Health Policy3
PH 302Epidemiology I3
PH 303Biostatistics I:App Rsch in PH3
PH 304Environmental Public Health3
PH 317Mgmt in Hlth Services&Med Care3
or PH 305 Pol,Org & Finance in Hlth Care
PH 306Social&Behavioral Public Hlth3
9 credits in required advanced core courses (3 courses):
PH 307Epidemiology 23
PH 308Environmental Public Health 23
PH 310Public Health Law and Ethics3
6 credits of required culminating project experience:6
PH 392Culminating Project Experience1-6
9 elective course credits (3 courses) from the approved list, including but not limited to:9
Public Health Biostatistics II
Global Public Health
Food Systems & Public Hlth
Environmental Risk & Risk Comm
Public Health Surveillance
Improving Health in Population
Public Health Informatics
Investigating DiseaseOutbreaks
Legal Issues in Health Care
Health in Humanitarian Crises
Exploring Healthcare Systems
Climate Change Emergencies
Maternal and Child Health
Global Mental Health
Special Topics

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

The program requires a comprehensive assessment of students’ understanding of public health and ability to synthesize and apply knowledge learned through the program of study. This requirement is fulfilled by the M.P.H. Culminating Project Experience. This experience includes the Applied Practice Experience (APE) and the Integrative Learning Experience (ILE), each with specific objectives and competencies measured by faculty assessment.

The APE is assessed by the faculty and the site preceptor at the agency or organization where the student experience takes place. The ILE includes self, peer, and mentor evaluations. Course faculty determine whether a students’ overall culminating project experience meets objectives and requirements, and achieves a passing grade. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF Public Health

Successful completion of any prerequisite courses, and at least 15 graded graduate credits with a 3.00 GPA or better, including all core courses.