Master of Public Health

If you are called to a life of service in public health, the Master of Public Health program will prepare you to become a leader capable of addressing current global health problems. Our multidisciplinary approach will help you apply the latest scientific knowledge to build solutions to some of the greatest threats to human health. During the program you will learn to:

  • Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement of disease rates, prevention of infectious diseases, and the development and evaluation of health programs and policies.
  • Apply statistical methods of estimation and hypothesis testing; explain the basics of correlation and regression for the purpose of analyzing the health of populations.
  • Analyze how environmental contaminants (chemical, physical and other exposures) interact with biological systems and their effect on human populations for the purpose of evaluating risk reduction strategies.
  • Assess the impact on health policy options of social, political, technological, economic and cultural forces, and apply basic management techniques to address organizational challenges to providing health care.
  • Examine public health issues and responses from a social and behavioral sciences perspective and explain social, cultural, political, economic, and behavioral determinants of disparities in health status among population sub-groups.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for effective practice in their selected field of study

You will work in a variety of settings including state and local health departments, non-profits, hospitals, government agencies and other health related organizations. You may go on to become a wellness coordinator, project manager, data analyst, etc. or you may work in global health. The discipline is very broad, and we customize the degree to help you get where you want to go.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university (degree in any field).
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • If the applicant’s cumulative GPA is below a 3.0, scores from a GRE or MAT taken in the last five years may be submitted for possible conditional admission.
    • GRE minimum scores: Verbal, 153; Quantitative, 144; Analytical, 4.0
    • MAT minimum score: 402
  • Submit three letters of reference through the application system. The three required references should be from 1) current or previous professor, 2) work supervisor and 3) professional colleague.
  • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.
  • Submit a video interview: A link will be provided upon submission of the application.
  • If accepted, a nonrefundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. The fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.
  • Exceptions to any of the admission requirements may be considered on an individual basis.

Upon acceptance, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, 205-726-4078 or disability@samford.edu.

Application Process

Spring Admission

SamfordCAS Application: Open 
SamfordCAS Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017
Entry Month: Jan. 3, 2018

Summer Admission

SamfordCAS Application: Opens November 2, 2017
SamfordCAS Deadline:
Feb. 15, 2018
Entry Month:
May 2019

Fall Admission

SamfordCAS Application:Opens November 2, 2017
SamfordCAS Deadline: May 1, 2018
Entry Month: August 2018

The steps below outline the application process for the Master of Public Health program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through SamfordCAS as well as a Master of Public Health Supplemental Form.

Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

  • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.
  • Create an application account at SamfordCAS. Once the account is created, the Instruction Manual is located under the Question mark icon at the top right side of the page. SamfordCAS simplifies the process of applying to Samford programs. Complete one application and SamfordCAS will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA and send your materials to the Master of Public Health Program.
  • Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the SamfordCAS Transcript Department:
                   SamfordCAS Transcript Processing Center
                    P.O. Box 9130
                    Watertown, MA 02471
  • SamfordCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by SamfordCAS to verify your application.
  • Pay the initial service fee of $75 when submitting the SamfordCAS application.
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) current or previous professor; 2) supervisor and 3) professional colleague. These letters of recommendation will be submitted through SamfordCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
  • Please fill out all sections of the application.
  • Submit official test scores to Samford University – Code:  1302- only if requested
  • Interview Video is required.  A link for a Kira Interview will be provided upon receipt of the application.
  • The preferred browsers for  SamfordCAS are Google Chrome or Firefox.  If you need any assistance, please contact the SamfordCAS technical support team at 617-612-2070 ext. 3 or email at Samfordinfo@UniCAS.com. The customer service office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm EST.

Outcomes

When you’ve completed the Master of Public Health degree, you will be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge and skills base in the core areas of public health and will be able to:

  • Apply epidemiologic methods to the measurement of disease rates, prevention of infectious diseases, and the development and evaluation of health programs and policies;
  • Apply statistical methods of estimation and hypothesis testing and explain the basics of correlation and regression for the purpose of analyzing the health of populations;
  • Analyze how environmental contaminants (chemical, physical and other exposures) interact with biological systems and their effect on human populations for the purpose of evaluating risk reduction strategies;
  • Assess the impact on health policy options of social, political, technological, economic and cultural forces, and apply basic management techniques to address organizational challenges to providing health care;
  • Examine public health issues and responses from a social and behavioral sciences perspective and explain social, cultural, political, economic, and behavioral determinants of disparities in health status among population sub-groups; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills for effective practice in their selected field of study.

Plan of Study

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and Fees
ChargeAmount
Per credit, per semester (degree or audit) $789
Application Fee UNICAS $75
Technology fee, per semester $175

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