What does the MPH curriculum look like?
The MPH curriculum is based on the Core Competencies in Public Health and covers the competencies and required curriculum hours so that graduates qualify to sit for the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The CHES/MCHES credential is well respected and is a recognized standard in the field of public health. A growing number of employers also require CHES certification for employment.
The MPH program consists of 30-36 total credit hours and can be completed in less that 12 months. It offers flexible course schedules including full-time, part-time, and hybrid curriculums. See Curriculum & Courses to learn more about each curriculum option. The program includes a 3-credit capstone course and 3-9 credit hours of clinical internship. Required internship hours are based on previous internship experiences.
Is the MPH Program accredited?
The University of Lynchburg is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) and the MPH program follows SACS accreditation standards. The program, however, is not currently accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). This is in part because of only being in existence since August 2015 and it is a long process, the one-year program option and current resources/faculty. For the vast majority of jobs, graduation from a CEPH accredited program is not required; however, if you know the agency or organization you want to work after graduation it is recommended to check prior to enrolling.
What are the academic requirements for the MPH Program?
The requirements for the MPH program include a GPA of 2.75, official transcript from a 4-year Institution, three letters of recommendation, a one-page resume and a professional essay. International applicants are also required to include TOEFL exam results.
For the professional essay, is there a specific topic or specific points that need to be addressed?
The professional essay should be approximately 1-2 pages and is an opportunity to tell us about about yourself and why you want to pursue a MPH at the University of Lynchburg.
Is the GRE required for the MPH Program?
No, the GRE is not required for admittance.
When is the application deadline?
There is no deadline for non-international students. We have rolling enrollment in both fall and spring semesters and encourage students to apply as soon as possible. For international students, the Fall Enrollment Deadline is June 1 (for the August to December semester) and the Spring Enrollment Deadline is October 15 (for the January to May semester). This allows time to meet visa requirements. If you have questions about the application, contact the Graduate Studies Office at at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 434.544.8383.
How do I apply — what is the application process?
First, go to https://www.lynchburg.edu/graduate-admission/ and submit the online application. Then you can upload the required items separately, which include a professional essay, current resume, official transcript and names and contact information for 3 references. References will receive an email where they can upload their letter of recommendation into the online system. If you have questions about the application process, contact the Graduate Studies Office at email@example.com or 434.544.8383.
How much does it cost?
Tuition and cost information can be found at https://www.lynchburg.edu/graduate-admission/tuition-fees-payment/
Are Graduate Assistantships available?
Yes, there are a variety of graduate assistantships available with different types of tuition and/or accommodation coverage. You will want to apply for a graduate assistantship as soon as possible once you are admitted into the program. Assistantships are competitive and selection starts in February. More information on how to apply, access the application and see what types of internships are available can be found at https://www.lynchburg.edu/graduate-admission/graduate-assistantships/.
Is there financial aid or scholarships available for MPH graduate students?
Yes, you can find out about both financial aid and scholarship opportunities for graduate students at https://www.lynchburg.edu/graduate-admission/graduate-financial-aid/.
Is the MPH Program available online?
Yes. The online, part-time program will start in Fall 2019 and will be designed so that students can complete the program part-time in 2-4 years. You can apply now. Check out the Curriculum Guide.
Are transferable credits from other institutions accepted?
The University of Lynchburg’s Master’s degree programs typically allow up to 6 credits to be transferred into a degree program. A transfer credit request form is available from the Office of Graduate Studies. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 434.544.8383 for more information.