Master of Public Health Application Information

Important Application Information and Dates for MPH


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Admission Requirements
Application Materials

In order to expedite planning for this graduate degree program, prospective students must submit application materials by these deadlines:

APPLICATION DEADLINEADMISSION SEMESTER
March 1 Summer admission (May-Aug)
June 1 Fall admission (Aug-Dec)
October 1 Spring admission (Jan-May)

 If you have ANY questions regarding the application process or about registering for courses in the MPH program, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Justice Mbizo, Dr.PH, MPH Academic Advisor
(850) 474-2650
jmbizo@uwf.edu

The University of West Florida MPH program offers courses year-round. The table below summarizes expected time to graduation based on the number of courses taken each academic year. To remain in "good standing" in the MPH program, students must be making timely progress toward meeting their degree requirements and complete a minimum of 12 semester hours per year. Students who miss course registration or withdraw from all courses in two consecutive semesters are required to reapply to UWF and to the MPH program.

Time to Degree Completion
StatusCourses/YearDegree Completion Time
Full-Time >= 7 ~2 years
Part-Time 4-6 3-4 years

Program Cost

The University of West Florida MPH program has been highlighted as one of the most affordable MPH programs in the country. We Are Affordable!

Admission

In order to expedite the admission process, prospective students must submit application materials by the program application deadlines. Courses that are part of the Master of Public Health degree program include a core set, required set, and additional elective coursework. Prospective applicants must first read and understand the admission requirements for the online MPH program. Upon acceptance into the program, all students must also read, sign, and submit the MPH Honor Code Form and contact their assigned advisors. Admission and other information is available from our Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator, Dr. Justice Mbizo. Dr. Mbizo can be reached at jmbizo@uwf.edu or (850) 474-2650.

Internship Requirement

All students in the MPH program are required to satisfactorily complete a supervised internship experience. Policies and procedures for completing the internship are set forth in the Master of Public Health Internship Guide. Your internship experience in the MPH program will include 6 semester hours of practical skills, documenting application of the knowledge, skills, and academic objectives of the MPH degree program. In the internship setting, the student is directly supervised by a public health professional on-site, as well as a faculty member who oversees the student's training experience. During the course of the internship experience, the student participates in public health and administrative activities, as a member of the professional public health staff.

Internship Materials
Master of Public Health Internship Guide
Forms

Leads for Internships and Jobs

To begin the search for an internship site, and to research possible job opportunities post-graduation, upon beginning the MPH program, students are required to review the following sites:

  • UWF's Career Services and JasonQuest - schedule a meeting with Career Services to prepare/update your resume and cover letter and register free with JasonQuest for alerts.
  • SAHLS AfterCollege Student Job Resource Center - register free to receive alerts.
  • Master of Public Health: Careers in Public Health
  • - review these sites for jobs in your preferred geographic area
  • Student Association for Public Health - network with your peers about opportunities

With the JasonQuest account with UWF's Career Services, the SAHLS AfterCollege account, and the Master of Public Health: Careers in Public Health site, since job postings change regularly, students are encouraged to immediately start a file of prospective employers and their contact information when they begin using these accounts and sites. This will streamline the internship search and facilitate job hunting as a student approaches graduation.

Comprehensive Exam

All students are required to take and pass a proctored, closed-book, objective Comprehensive Exam with a grade of 70% or better on each of the exam components (see the Comprehensive Exam Guide for details). Policies and procedures for taking the Comprehensive Exam are set forth in the Master of Public Health Comprehensive Exam Guide. The student must submit a request to the director of the MPH program to take the exam. All requests to take the Comprehensive Exam will receive a response indicating the date, time and location for the exam. The exam is designed to assess the student's level of mastery of public health competencies in: 1) the five core competency areas of public health, 2) the required courses in the UWF MPH Program, and 3) the cross-cutting competencies. Students are encouraged to keep their course notes use these as study guides alongside the materials summarized on the Reading List for the MPH Comprehensive Exam.

Exam Materials
Master of Public Health Comprehensive Exam Guide
Reading List
Forms

MPH Core Competency Areas and Related Core Courses

Core Competency AreaAssociated MPH Core and Required Course(s)
Biostatistics PHC 5050 Biostatistics

In addition to the application of biostatistics, as emphasized in one of the following:
PHC 6196 Computer Applications in Public Health
PHC 6015 Epidemiological Study Design and Statistical Methods
Environmental Health PHC 5102 Introduction to Public Health
PHC 6300 Environmental Health
Epidemiology HC 6000 Epidemiology for Public Health Professionals

In addition to the application of epidemiology, as emphasized in one of the following:
PHC 6196 Computer Applications in Public Health
PHC 6015 Epidemiological Study Design and Statistical Methods
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring 
Health Care Policy and Administration PHC 6150 Public Health Policy
Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health PHC 5410 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
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