The School of Community Health Sciences offers a graduate degree program leading to a master of public health (MPH). Emphases in the MPH program include Epidemiology, Health Administration and Policy, Public Health Practice and Social and Behavioral Health. A MD/MPH dual degree program and an accelerated BS/MPH program are also offered.
The goal of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to prepare students to be effective public health professionals. Public health professionals work in a variety of organizations and agencies to contribute to the common aim of promoting and protecting health in human populations through innovative research, policy analysis, and education that draws upon multidisciplinary expertise. The school serves local, national, and international communities with its knowledge through practicum experience.
Students are admitted to the MPH degree program on a competitive basis. They must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university to be accepted to the graduate program. No specific undergraduate major is required; however, students who do not have an undergraduate degree from an accredited public health program must take an overview of public health course (0 credits) before graduating from the MPH program.
School of Community Health Sciences
Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle, Director of Graduate Studies,
School of Community Health Sciences
Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes
The goal of the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is to prepare students to be effective public health professionals. Public health professionals work in a variety of organizations and agencies to contribute to the common aim of promoting and protecting health in human populations.
The application deadline for the MPH program is June 1. However, to receive full consideration for graduate scholarship funding, applicants are encouraged to submit their application by February 1. MPH applications are accepted once per year (fall admission). If you miss the deadline and would like to discuss enrolling in graduate special coursework that could be applied to the MPH program, please contact Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle, Director of Graduate Studies, at email@example.com. Students intersted in the accelerated BS/MPH program may be admitted at different times of the year and should contact Kristen Clements-Nolle for more information.
The Admissions Committee places emphasis on the diversity of our graduate students who have the qualifications and credentials to succeed in public health practice. The multi-faceted nature of the public health profession now demands students from diverse educational as well as professional backgrounds. We welcome inquiries and applications from anyone who has a passion for improving the health of our communities. Therefore, while we seek students who meet BOTH University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) public health requirements for graduate status, we also consider other important attributes such as volunteer and professional experiences, career objectives, and potential to contribute to the public health profession.
- Regular fall admission: The application deadline for the MPH program is June 1. However, to receive full consideration for Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships, and Merit graduate student awards, applicants are encouraged to submit their application by February 1. Only one MPH cohort is admitted each year. If you miss the deadline and would like to discuss enrolling in graduate special coursework that could be applied to the MPH program, please contact Dr. Kristen-Clements-Nolle, Director of Graduate Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Baccalaureate degree: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 but higher than 2.75 your application will be considered if your GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework is 3.0 or higher. If you graduated from an international college or university, please contact the Graduate School for approval of your undergraduate degree for graduate studies at UNR.
- GRE scores (optional): The GRE is not required, but students are encouraged to submit scores if it will improve their application.
- TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores: OFFICIAL TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores are required if your educational history is from a non-English speaking country. Minimum scores: TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet); IELTS: 6.5 (academic version); Duolingo: 105.
- Three letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s motivation, academic capability, scholarship potential, and personal goals for graduate study.
- Statement of Purpose. The essay should be at least 500 words in length, outlining the student’s interest in graduate study in public health, potential research interests, career objectives, and specifying the chosen MPH specialization of interest (Epidemiology, Social Behavioral Health, Health Administration and Policy, or Public Health Practice).
- Resume or CV: Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) that demonstrates evidence of professional and/or educational health-related experience.
Completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics is required. The statistics requirement must be met prior to taking CHS 712 and CHS 780.
Two separate applications are REQUIRED for admission to the in-person MPH program: 1) one application package is submitted directly to SOPHAS and 2) another application package is submitted directly to the Graduate School of the University of Nevada, Reno. Applicants will not be reviewed for admission until both applications are submitted. Before applying for admission, please note the admission requirements.
- The following materials should be sent directly to SOPHAS at: http://sophas.org/
- Transcripts: One official copy of transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
- GRE scores (optional): The GRE is not required, but students are encouraged to submit official scores if it will improve their application by using the University of Nevada, Reno SOPHAS code 7828.
- TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores (required if education history is from a non-English speaking country). TOEFL scores can be submitted using the University of Nevada, Reno SOPHAS code 5688.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Statement of purpose.
- Resume or CV.
The following materials shuld be sent directly to the Graduate School of the University of Nevada, Reno at: https://unr.force.com/TX_SiteLogin?startURL=%2FTargetX_Portal__PB
1. UNR online application form.
I. Program Requirements
The MPH degree, with a specialization in Epidemiology is a 42 unit minimum program that includes a MPH core curriculum of 21 units in research methods, biostatistics, social/behavioral health, epidemiology, environmental health, and health administration. In addition, all MPH students must complete a 3-unit practicum and 3 units in a MPH capstone course. Students must also complete required epidemiology specialization courses and electives.
A. MPH Core Courses (21 units)
B. MPH Culminating Experience (3 units)
C. Practicum Requirement (3 units)
The practicum is an important element of the MPH curriculum through which the student obtains experience in a practice setting appropriate to the development of professional practice skills.
D. Epidemiology Emphasis (15 units)
The epidemiology emphasis is designed for students seeking to acquire skills in the fundamental methods of disease investigation and prevention in large populations. Courses emphasize basic and advanced epidemiologic principles and their application to current problems in public health and related appropriate methods to plan, implement, and conduct epidemiologic research. Students are also expected to critically evaluate research methodology to assess validity and potential sources of bias. Skills in computer use and statistics acquired in the public health program are used to analyze, interpret, and disseminate the results of epidemiologic investigations.
A. Epidemiology Core (12 units)
B. Eligible Electives (3 units)
II. Total Units (42 units)