FAQs

UVM Graduate Public Health Programs:

Are all the classes online?

Yes, 100% of our courses run in an online format.

How many people will be in my online classes?

Class sizes are small, ranging from 15 to 25 students.

How will I communicate with faculty if I have questions or concerns?

Faculty will be available throughout the course to support your educational goals and answer any questions through online discussions, one-on-one interactions, and during office hours.

Is it possible to take classes and work full-time?

Yes. You should plan to spend 5 to 20 hours per week on each class. Students find the discussion boards with fellow students and instructors to be very engaging.  Your participation can take place anytime, including evenings and on weekends.

Am I required to take the GRE?

The GRE is not required.

How do I apply?

Please see our admission page for the details.

I live outside the United States.  Can I enroll in one of your programs?

Yes! We love it when we have international students enrolled in our program. Here is our International Student Admissions information.

I work in a non-health related field. Am I qualified to enroll?

Yes, we have students with all different backgrounds.  If you have a passion for making a difference and improving the quality of life for others, then please apply.

What career opportunities are available?

A Public Health Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate gives you many options for career paths.  Please see our blog post for the five core disciplines with examples of positions that are in-demand and growing.


Master of Public Health:

How many credits do I need to complete the online MPH degree?

The University of Vermont’s online Master of Public Health degree is a 42-credit program.

Is the online MPH degree accredited?

The online MPH degree is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association, and governs the high standards of all of the programs offered at the University of Vermont.

Additionally, the University of Vermont Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. The accreditation review will address the MPH program. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review.

How long does it take to complete the online MPH degree?

Full-time students can complete the program in 14 to 24 months. Part-time students (those enrolled in fewer than 9 credits per semester) have up to five years to complete the program. The MPH degree offers students another option for completing the program in one year.  If you are a UVM student, then you have an option for a one-year Accelerated MPH.

Can I start the online MPH degree program anytime?

Yes, you can.  Our courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  Please note that for students wishing to complete the program full-time in 14 months, we require a summer semester start.

When will I hear whether I have been accepted into the online MPH degree program?

We will let you know if you have been accepted within two to three weeks of receiving your completed application.

What are the Prerequisites for the online MPH degree?

We welcome students with a variety of backgrounds into our online MPH degree. Please see our admission checklist for more details on prerequisites and note that we do not require GRE test scores.

Is financial aid available for this program?

MPH students may be eligible for federal financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford and/or Federal PLUS loans, as well as alternative (private) student loans. For more information on tuition and financial aid, please see our tuition page.

Can I complete this program through FAFSA?

Master of Public Health students may be eligible for federal financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford and/or Federal PLUS loans, as well as alternative (private) student loans.

To apply for federal financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on the application process for financial aid and alternative student loans, please contact one of our Advisors at 802-656-2085 or visit the Student Financial Services website.

Can you tell me more about the capstone project?

The capstone project provides an opportunity for you to apply all of your knowledge from the program to conduct a meaningful and scientific Public Health research project to improve the quality of life for people.  Project examples include research to help prevent obesity and other chronic health conditions, improving public policy around nutrition in public schools, and researching disease outbreaks.


Public Health Graduate Certificates (in Public Health, Global & Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Healthcare Management & Policy):

How long does it take to complete the Certificate?

All of the Graduate Public Health Certificates are 18-credit programs, designed for one-year completion, over three semesters. You can opt to take courses at your own pace, but you must complete the program within five years.

Can I transfer my credits from my Public Health certificate to a Master of Public Health?

Yes, you can transfer all of your 18 credits from our UVM Public Health certificates to the MPH degree.

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 up to 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.

Is financial aid available for this program?

Federal or institutional financial aid is not available for students enrolled solely in a certificate program.  The Student Financial Services website includes details about other potential financing options for the certificate program.

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Helping to teach public health in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border opened Kelsey Gleason Donovan’s eyes to the need for building capacity and empowering communities to improve sustainable health practices. Donovan, a New Hampshire native, studied at Cornell and Harvard and is trained in environmental epidemiology. The flexibility and innovation of the UVM Master of Public Health online program—as well as an opportunity to help build the program’s global health curriculum—drew her to UVM.

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