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.

Technical Requirements

Technical computing requirements

As a student you are required to have routine access to an up-to-date computer running Windows 8 or higher. Review the official UB computing requirements.

Some of our courses may have synchronous class sessions or online office hours delivered via webinar tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom, Skype for Business or Google+ Hangouts. We recommend that you have a headset with a microphone or a webcam to participate in these sessions. Make sure to test your computer with the webinar tool before the scheduled synchronous session.

Some of your coursework requires applications that are not currently supported on tablets or mobile (Android, iOS) devices. While you can use mobile devices for some course elements, you may not be able to successfully complete courses only using a mobile device.

Internet access

Online courses require that students have routine access to a computer with high-speed Internet access. This is needed to efficiently stream video content and conduct research for your courses. Dial-up internet access will not support the coursework.

Learning management system

Our university uses UBlearns as an LMS. This system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learn more about UBlearns.


UB students have access to the latest academic and productivity software, including Microsoft Office and anti-virus programs. Please review these software offerings before considering any software purchases for coursework.

Web browsers

Students can use multiple web browsers when completing coursework within UBlearns: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Google Chrome. Here is more information on supported browsers.

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?

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