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Accelerated Master of Public Health

The University of Vermont Program in Public Health is an innovative, online, interdisciplinary, accredited Public Health Program offering the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The program is a collaboration of disciplines, through its faculty and community of students, that is both academic and applicable to the health needs of actual populations, in both health care and community settings. Graduates experience a comprehensive foundation of population health sciences to prepare them as they enter health care fields, public health practice, or further advanced study at the Doctoral level in public health and related sciences.

UVM undergraduate students enrolled in the Accelerated MPH can complete both their undergraduate degree and MPH in five years. Our program can help you further your goals by teaching you to:

  • Evaluate and improve the health of various populations
  • Work with a network of professionals in healthcare, government agencies, and non-profit organizations
  • Navigate the levels of community resources
  • Identify changes to healthcare systems and requirements for accountability
  • Implement new models for population-based medical practice

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Who Should Apply

The Accelerated MPH is designed for highly motivated UVM undergraduate students wishing to complete both their undergraduate degree and MPH in five years.

Tuition

Tuition and fee information associated with the Accelerated Master of Public Health is available at the Student Financial Services (SFS) site.

Admission Requirements

Student application would take place by June 1st of their Junior Year. Requirements for admission into the program include:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • One semester of college biology or other science course
  • One semester of college algebra, statistics, or a more advanced math course
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application form that must include at least one letter of recommendation from a UVM faculty member.
  • The UVM ACCELERATED MASTER’S DEGREE PERMISSION FORM must be uploaded as an addendum to UVM’s Graduate College Application.

Students must be admitted through the Graduate College before taking any courses that will be applied to the MPH.

Curriculum Sequence

Following acceptance by the Graduate College, students enrolled in the program apply six public health graduate credits during their senior year toward both the undergraduate degree and the MPH. In addition, students can apply an additional three public health graduate credits taken during their senior year toward the MPH degree. Students would then take the additional credits required to complete the MPH during a fifth year of study, including the summer session.

Choice of initial courses for students entering the accelerated program will depend on their interests and current academic concentrations. For example, students from a mathematics or physical science background may elect courses first in biostatistics and epidemiology, whereas students in anthropology or sociology may prefer to begin with social and behavioral foundations of public health, public health and health policy, or global public health. Similarly, students with an environmental science background may prefer to begin with environmental public health.

Program Requirements

Except for differences in timing, there is no difference in the program requirements of the Accelerated MPH and the standard MPH degree. The MPH degree requires 42 total credits and includes:

  • 18 credits in national competency core courses
  • 9 credits in required advanced core courses
  • 6 credits of required culminating (capstone) project experience
  • 9 elective course credits

Students will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA to complete the program.

Although a generalist program, based on current market research and student interest, we envision 3 initial areas of excellence for MPH students: Quantitative Public Health Sciences, Environmental Public Health Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Policy, Leadership and Advocacy. Students may utilize their 3 elective courses in the MPH program to gain expertise in any of these areas, or choose a variety of courses that cross these categories.

42 Total Credits:

6 National Competency Core courses (18 credits) – Courses 3 credits

  • Public Health and Health Policy (PH301)
  • Epidemiology I (PH302)
  • Biostatistics I (Applied Research Methods in Public Health) (PH303)
  • Environmental Public Health (PH304)
  • Policy, Organization, and Financing in Health Care (PH305) or Healthcare Management (PH317)
  • Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (PH306)

3 Advanced Core Courses (9 credits) – Courses are 3 credits

  • Epidemiology 2 (PH307)
  • Environmental Public Health 2 (PH308)
  • Public Health Law and Ethics (PH310)

3 Approved Elective Courses (9 credits) – Courses are 3 credits

Examples:

  • Global Public Health (PH311)
  • Food Systems and Public Health (PH312)

3 Required Capstone (Culminating Project Experience) courses (6 credits total) (PH392)

  • Designing Project Proposal (2 credits)
  • Field Placement/Research (2 credits)
  • Project Presentation (2 credits)

The Accelerated MPH is designed for highly motivated UVM undergraduate students wishing to complete both their undergraduate degree and MPH in five years.

Following acceptance by the Graduate College, students enrolled in the program apply six public health graduate credits during their senior year toward both the undergraduate degree and the MPH. In addition, students can apply an additional three public health graduate credits taken during their senior year toward the MPH degree. Students would then take the additional credits required to complete the MPH during a fifth year of study, including the summer session.

Choice of initial courses for students entering the accelerated program will depend on their interests and current academic concentrations. For example, students from a mathematics or physical science background may elect courses first in biostatistics and epidemiology, whereas students in anthropology or sociology may prefer to begin with social and behavioral foundations of public health, public health and health policy, or global public health. Similarly, students with an environmental science background may prefer to begin with environmental public health.

Courses: Summer Start   Courses: Fall Start

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