Frequently Asked Questions

For Future Students

How long does it take to earn an MPH?

You can complete the program in four semesters of full-time attendance or up to eight semesters of part-time attendance.

Can I transfer credit from courses I took elsewhere?

Yes, you can transfer up to nine credits for appropriate graduate courses. Learn more about transferring course credits.

Can I earn credit for work experience?

Yes. The three-credit field training requirement can be waived in whole or in part for relevant work experience in public health. Learn more about requesting a field training waiver.

Is the application process different for the online versus the seated program?

The same application process applies for both programs. Online program applicants need to complete an additional statement about readiness for online education on their application.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, review our list of scholarships and awards.

Are the online and seated programs different?

The online and seated programs offer the same educational experiences, including the same foundational coursework. The only difference is that all of the courses for the online program are offered fully online, and you can complete other program components off campus, while seated courses are offered in person, and you must complete other program components on campus.

Is online learning right for me?

We realize online learning may be a different learning environment for many people. To help you make the adjustment, we’ve put together this page to introduce you to online learning and answer some common questions you may have.

We first want to highlight the advantages of enrolling in our online program. Here are just a few:

  • Our online courses have an enrollment cap. Small class sizes allow you to establish relationships with your fellow students and professors. You’ll collaborate in a diverse classroom with practitioners from across the public health landscape.
  • Online course content is similar to on-campus courses. You will learn the same content and skills from the faculty who teach in the program. The only difference is the mode of delivery and course interaction.
  • We know you’re busy, and our part-time program provides you the flexibility to further your education without giving up other commitments.

Am I ready for online courses?

Take the State University of New York (SUNY) Online Readiness Success Inventory (SOSSI) to determine how ready you are for fully online coursework.

  • We strongly recommend that you complete the SOSSI if you are new to online courses.
  • After you complete the assessment, you will receive a report indicating your level of readiness.

Consider your level of readiness

The following is a self assessment to help you determine if you are ready for online education. If you answered "Yes" to the majority of these statements, then you are ready! If you answered "No," consider how you might change your circumstances or approach and set yourself up for success in an online graduate degree environment.

  • I am a self-motivated learner
  • I have strong time-management skills
  • I am capable of self-discipline and will finish tasks even when I may not feel like it
  • I have strong reading comprehension skills
  • I am goal directed–if I set my sights on an end result, I usually achieve it
  • I am confident in my academic abilities
  • I do not give up easily, even when confronted with obstacles
  • I believe I am responsible for my own education–what I learn is ultimately my responsibility
  • My schedule will easily allow for time spent on coursework
  • I do not have conflicts with work, athletics, child care or school schedules
  • I have consistent and reliable access to a computer
  • I have consistent and reliable access to a strong internet connection
  • I am willing to try something new, especially an educational format I may not have used before
  • I am willing and able to work in a non-structured environment
  • I am willing to express my opinion in writing
  • I am willing to actively participate in the learning process by doing tasks and projects, as required

Adapted from the Open SUNY Readiness Assessment.

Is the online program completely online?

All courses for the online program are 100% online. Other required activities for the MPH program include a field training experience, integrative project, and interprofessional immersion activity, which you can complete off campus in any location around the globe.

Can I take seated courses if I wish?

Students in the online program can take seated courses if they wish. Tuition and fees for online coursework and seated coursework may vary. 

What is your graduates' employment experience?

Our graduates get hired! Since 2016, the job placement rate for UB MPH graduates is 100%.

Is the school accredited?

Yes, the School of Public Health and Health Professions is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health. Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools are eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Still have questions?

Please contact the graduate program coordinator at