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Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is the program accredited? ↑Top
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.
2) How many credit hours are required for graduation? ↑Top
45 semester credit hours.
3) How long will it take to complete the degree requirements? ↑Top
It depends on whether you pursue this on a full-time basis. Students should complete the program in 2 to 4 years.
4) Are all students required to complete an internship in public health? ↑Top
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.
5) Can I transfer courses from another master of public health program? ↑Top
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.
6) Can I transfer courses from another graduate program? ↑Top
Yes, same requirement for approval, up to 12 credit hours. The 12-hour limit applies to all transfer or inter-institutional electives.
7) Are courses offered in the evening? ↑Top
Most courses are offered in the late afternoon or early evening.
8) Can I take courses on-line? ↑Top
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.
9) How do I apply? ↑Top
Through an application to the ECU graduate school at
10) When is the application deadline? ↑Top
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.
11) What is the program code I should put on the application in item 10? ↑Top
Program code 159
12) Are students accepted only for fall admission? ↑Top
No, students may start in either the fall or spring semester.
13) What entrance exams and scores are required? ↑Top
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.
14) Must I take the Graduate Record Exam if I have already completed a graduate degree? ↑Top
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.
15) How do I find more about the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)? ↑Top
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.
16) Where and when can I take the Graduate Record Exam? ↑Top
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
17) What is the minimum GPA required? ↑Top
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.
18) Is there any financial aid? ↑Top