Welcome to the UMass Amherst online MPH in Public Health Practice website. Here you will find information on all aspects of our program, from admissions and non-degree course enrollment to the curriculum and graduation requirements.
The MPH in Public Health Practice is a part-time, flexible, general MPH degree. The program allows working professionals to complete an MPH degree on their own time without interrupting their busy lives. Students come from a variety of Public Health and Health Care backgrounds. Recently admitted students have come from the following professions:
To learn more about the program please click on the admissions tab.
All applicants are required to meet the following minimum criteria:
The Bachelor’s degree must be from an American College or University, or an international equivalent degree. "Equivalent" means 4 years of university undergraduate work, preceded by at least 12 years of elementary and secondary school studies. Most international four-year degrees are recognized as being equivalent; however, the three-year Indian Bachelor of Arts, Sciences and Commerce degrees are not considered to be equivalent.
You must provide official translated copies sent from the institution with your application.
*Experience completed as part of an undergraduate degree, internships, and volunteer work will not substitute for professional experience.
The spring admissions deadline is October 1st and the fall admissions deadline is March 1st.
If you are interested in simply trying one or two courses in the program, you do not have to submit an application. Please click on the “non-degree” tab for more information.
The Department offers waivers for both the GRE and the TOEFL. To see if you qualify please contact the department.
If you are ready to apply please proceed to the UMass Amherst Graduate School Application website. If you have additional questions please contact us.
Tuition for the program is currently $590.00 per credit. The following fees also apply:
Total cost of the program depends on the number of semesters enrolled and if you request time away from your studies.
We offer several forms of financial aid for students:
UMass Bursar's Office Attn: CPE215 Whitmore Bldg.181 President's Dr.Amherst, MA 01003For more information please call 413-545-0337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The program accepts all forms of military education benefits. Information on active duty and veterans services can be found on the UMass Amherst website.
If you are ready to apply, please proceed to the UMass Amherst Graduate School Application website. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
The MPH-PHP program is interdisciplinary in its scope. The program is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to all fields in public health through the 5 required core courses, and allowing degree individualization utilizing the 18 credits of electives. Electives are offered in each area of public health on a 2-3 semester rotating schedule. Students also complete a 120 hour in-the-field practicum experience and finish the program with a capstone project.
The program consists of 14, 3 credit courses. Students are allowed to complete up to 3 courses per semester, but are allowed to complete only 1 if necessary. Spring and fall semesters run 14 weeks and the two summer sessions run 6 weeks each.
A complete curriculum, including course numbers, names, and descriptions can be downloaded here. It is recommended that you refer to this curriculum when choosing your courses. The curriculum is updated on a regular basis, however may not include new or first time courses. Please contact the department if you do not see a course on the list.
The MPH-PHP encourages all potential students to try our courses prior to submitting an application. Non-degree students may complete up to 4 courses prior to matriculation. In addition, we allow students matriculated at outside institutions to fulfill a requirement with one of our online courses.
No application is required to enroll as a non-degree student. Please visit the UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education website, for current semester course offerings and to enroll.
Please refer to the curriculum tab when choosing courses. Once you have selected your course/s follow the instructions for enrolling. There are instances where you will be unable to enroll. These include:
In each of these instances you must contact the program administrator to request permission to enroll.
If you are submitting an application or have been admitted to the UMass Amherst Department of Public Health, any courses taken as a non-degree student must be transferred into the degree. Contact the program administrator to request the course transfer. The following rules apply for transferring non-degree courses:
For more information please contact the program administrator at 413-545-4530 or email@example.com.
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