Frequently Asked Questions

What are the strengths of the ECU MPH program?

1 - A practice-based and “real-world” focus; 2 - Opportunities to conduct research and make an impact in one of the most disadvantaged regions of the United States – the work you do here has the potential to have major positive impact on public health; 3 - A very strong Public Health student organization (PHO) that is active in the community and larger public health community (e.g., students attend academic/public health conferences, etc); 4 - Flexibility of the program to take courses online and in the afternoon/evening to allow for full or part-time work.  top

Is the program accredited?

ECU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges. The Re-accredited Master of Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health as of June 2007.  top

How many credit hours are required for graduation?

45 semester credit hours.  top

How long will it take to complete the degree requirements?

It depends on whether you pursue this on a full-time basis. Students should complete the program in 2 to 4 years.  top

Are all students required to complete an internship in public health?

The Field Placement is an integral component of the Master of Public Health Program. The field experience may be of variable length depending upon the student's previous experience, chosen concentration, and career goals. Students with substantial previous field experience may petition to be exempt from the Field Placement requirement or a portion thereof. Exemption is at the discretion of the MPH Program Director.  top

Can I transfer courses from another master of public health program?

With approval of the program and Dean of the Graduate School, up to 12 credit hours, depending on how well they match the courses they would substitute for.  top

Can I transfer courses from another graduate program?

Yes, same requirement for approval, up to 12 credit hours. The 12-hour limit applies to all transfer or inter-institutional electives.  top

Are courses offered in the evening?

Most courses are offered in the late afternoon or early evening.  top

Can I take courses online?

Some are now available from either ECU or UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health; others are being developed to be in a distance-learning format.  top

How do I apply?

Through an application to the ECU graduate school at  top

When is the application deadline?

Deadlines for submission of admission applications are April 15 for fall semester and October 15 for spring semester. Prospective students are strongly urged to apply well before the deadline.  top

What is the program code I should put on the application in item 10?

Program code 159  top

Are students accepted only for fall admission?

No, students may start in either the fall or spring semester.  top

What entrance exams and scores are required?

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is used as one gauge of an applicant's ability to complete the program and contribute to the field of public health. We require applicants to take the GRE. A combined GRE score of 300 or greater is desirable. Acceptance into the program is based on evaluation of the applicant's record of scholarship, standardized test scores, professional experience and accomplishments, the required essay, references, and interview. Potential exceptions include applicants pursuing the dual MD/MPH degree, or practicing professionals with a clinical degree, such as medical residents, fellows, or family nurse practitioners. Neither the MCAT nor MAT exams are accepted.  top

Must I take the Graduate Record Exam if I have already completed a graduate degree?

It depends on what the graduate program was, how recently you completed it, and what your grades in the graduate program were. If you are interested in waiving the GRE, you must receive written consent from the MPH Program Director BEFORE the application deadline.  top

How do I find more about the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

Go to
Website owner: The Educational Testing Service
Testing Fee: $115
Format: Computer-based is designed as an adaptive exam.
Paper-based exam available on advanced request
Scoring: Verbal section normalized scores range from 130 - 170.
Quantitative section normalized scores range from 130 - 170.
Writing section normalized scores range from 0 - 6.  top

Where and when can I take the Graduate Record Exam?

Places and times are listed at
Location: Testing Center
Address: 1011 WH Smith Blvd., Suite 102, Greenville NC 27834
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 8am-1pm
Frequency: Offered daily
Phone: 252-756-5893  top

What is the minimum GPA required?

Until the program has experience upon which to judge the ability of students to successfully complete the MPH program, the minimum standards of the ECU graduate school apply - a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or a senior year GPA of 3.0.  top

Is there any financial aid?

Yes. See Student Financial Aid information  top