Public Health

Program Type
Master’s Program
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Mode of Study
In Person
Public Health

Tuition per credit hour

In-state: $432.
Out-of-state tuition break: $734. See details and other costs

Credit hours

45 required credit hours. Most courses are equal to 3 credit hours. Browse course list

Financial aid

Over 150 graduate assistantships available with stipend & tuition assistance, plus scholarship & fellowship opportunities. Explore aid


No application fee. No GRE required. Apply for fall, spring, or summer term. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Earn your degree on your terms: Study full-time and finish in as few as 2 years or study part-time and finish in 4 years.
  • Gain the practical knowledge and skills to address today’s complex population health and health service needs.
  • Study with research and practice-based faculty who are engaged in applied research, evaluation, and policy and program development at the local, state, and national level.
  • Participate in hands-on fieldwork with public health organizations, including state and local health departments, nonprofit agencies, state associations, physician practices, and health systems.
  • Choose to apply for a paid research assistantship with nationally recognized faculty for projects that address public health and health policy problems critical to improving health and health systems.
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Program requirements

Multi-disciplinary in nature, our MPH program offers a generalist curriculum that provides the opportunity to develop core skills for effective performance in public health fields, including management and leadership positions.

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Admission information: MPH in Public Health

Application deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis and review them continuously.

Application deadlineFall term startSpring term startSummer term start
FinalAugust 1December 15April 15
International applicantsJune 1October 15Not available
  • GPA – 3.0 in undergraduate units or, if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units.
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Other – The Muskie MPH program is particularly interested in applicants who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher, applicants with international life experience, and those with paid or unpaid experience working in public health or health care delivery.

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

General requirements

  • Application: Online application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Students whose first language is not English may be required to take one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE) or Duolingo. Applicants must submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information regarding test scores and requirements.

Additional requirements

  • Essay: Applicants must submit a brief personal statement (maximum 500 words) describing why they want a degree in public health and why they are interested in this program. Applicants are encouraged to describe their motivation and any emerging career aspirations.
  • Letters of Recommendation (3): Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.

International student instructions

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English proficiency test scores

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