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Public Health MPH

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


The UVM 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.

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):9
PH 307Epidemiology 23
PH 308Environmental Public Health 23
PH 310Public Health Law and Ethics3
6 credits of required culminating (capstone) project experience:
PH 392Culminating Project Experience1-6
9 elective course credits (3 courses) from the approved list, including:
Public Health Biostatistics II
Global Public Health
SU:Food Systems & Public Hlth
Environmental Risk & Risk Comm
Public Health Surveillance
Environmental Health Law & Pol
Public Health Informatics
Investigating DiseaseOutbreaks
Health Care Law & Ethics
Special Topics

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination is an assessment of students understanding of public health and ability to synthesize and apply knowledge learned throughout their program of study. This requirement is fulfilled through the completion of the MPH Culminating Project Experience. This experience includes both practical skills (experiential learning) and a culminating Applied Public Health project experience. The culminating experience requires analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of knowledge and skills learned throughout the MPH program.

The 6-credit experience (PH 392) is further divided into three components with specific objectives measured by faculty assessment. Practical skills (experiential learning) will be assessed by the mentor at the agency or organization that is the site of the culminating project experience. The culminating project experience will be supervised by a faculty member, who may also be the student’s advisor.

A faculty committee comprised of faculty from the program will review proposals, recommending approval or modification prior to approval. This same faculty committee that approves projects will also review and determine whether a students' culminating project experiences meet objectives and requirements, and achieve a passing grade. It is expected that some project mentors will also be on the committee.

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.