Public Health MPH

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


The UVM online public health program offers a generalist MPH program. Graduates will complete sufficient course work to attain depth and breadth in the six core areas of public health knowledge (Public Health and Health Policy, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences), as well as interdisciplinary/cross-cutting areas. All graduate professional public health degree students will develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate the skills and integration of knowledge, and application of these concepts through a practice and a culminating project experience.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Public Health

Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, one semester of college biology or other science course, and one course in college algebra, statistics, or a more advanced math course, and submit a resume or CV and statement of experiences and goals. TOEFL will be required for international applicants.

UVM Public Health Certificate graduate:

If you completed the Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health, the Global and Environmental Public Health Graduate Study Certificate, the Epidemiology Graduate Certificate, or the Healthcare Management & Policy Online Graduate Certificate at UVM, then all 18 credits for which the grade received was a B or higher can be applied toward the MPH. Students who choose this option may not transfer additional courses from UVM or other universities.

Graduate level courses in Public Health:

If you completed graduate level courses in Public Health at UVM or at another University, then the traditional transfer of credit policy applies for matriculation into the MPH. You can transfer in 9 relevant credits from UVM or another university and an additional 6 relevant credits taken at UVM, provided the grade received for any transferred course is a B or higher. The program director will determine whether each course is relevant. The grades do not transfer.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The MPH 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 (capstone) 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
PA 312/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
Culminating Project Experience
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
Environmental Health Law & Pol
Controversies in HlthEconomics
Public Health Informatics
Investigating DiseaseOutbreaks
Legal Issues in Health Care
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 completion of the MPH Culminating Experience. This experience includes the Applied Practice Experience (APE) and the Integrated Learning Experience (ILE), each with specific objectives and competencies measured by faculty assessment.

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

Requirement 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.