Frequently Asked Questions

For Future Students

How long does it take to earn an MPH?

The program can be completed in four semesters of full-time attendance or up to eight semesters of part-time attendance.

Can I transfer credit from courses taken elsewhere?

Yes, up to 9 credits for appropriate graduate courses may be transferred. Learn more about transferring course credits.

Can I earn credit for work experience?

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

What is your graduates' employment experience?

Our graduates get hired! Since 2016, the job placement rate for UB MPH graduates is 100%. Learn more about how our graduates are using their degrees.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, review our list of scholarships and awards.

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.

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

The same application process applies for both programs. Online program applicants need to complete an additional statement about preparedness for online education prior to entering the program.

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.

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 enroll in 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.