The School of Public Health offers a graduate degree program leading to a master of public health (MPH). Specializations 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 MPH degree 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 Public Health
Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle, Director of Graduate Studies,
School of Public Health
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. Students interested in the accelerated BS/MPH program may be admitted at different times of the year and should contact Dr. 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 Public Health (SPH) 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.
- 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.
- TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo Test Scores (required if education history is from a non-English Speaking Country). 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 for the MPH program, but may be submitted if the applicant believes it will strengthen their application . Submit OFFICIAL GRE scores 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 should be sent directly to the Graduate School of the University of Nevada, Reno at: https://unr.force.com/TX_SiteLogin?startURL=%2FTargetX_Portal__PB
- UNR online application form
I. Program Requirements
The MPH degree with a specialization in Social and Behavioral Health is a 42 unit minimum program that includes a 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 all required social and behavioral health specialization courses and electives.
A. MPH Core Courses (21 units)
B. Culminating Experience (3 units)
C. Practicum Requirement (3 units)
NOTE: 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. Social Behavioral and Behavioral Health Emphasis (15 units)
Social and behavioral health examines the psychological, behavioral, social, cultural, and institutional factors that affect individual and population health. The social and behavioral health MPH specialization is designed for students interested in health promotion, health education, and the prevention and reduction of health disparities over the life course. Social/behavioral health researchers and practitioners solve public health problems through public health policy, services, and interventions at the individual, family, community, and societal level. In their specialization courses, students are trained to apply health promotion and behavior change theories to design, implement, and evaluate public health policies and programs.
i. Social and Behavioral Health Core (12 units)
ii. Social and Behavioral Health Elective (3 units)
Consult with advisor to choose an appropriate elective course.
II. Total Units (42 units)