New Mexico State University Online MPH

New Mexico State University Online MPH
Department of Public Health Sciences

New Mexico State University (NMSU) is one of relatively few US universities that has an accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) program that is offered in a completely online format. This course complements, and is the same as, the university’s traditional MPH that is available on the Las Cruces main campus of the university. It caters specifically for those who are working full-time or unable, for other reasons, to attend on-campus classes.

The MPH program is offered by NMSU’s College of Health and Social Services’ Department of Public Health Sciences, and it focuses on Community Health Education and Health Management, Administration and Policy. The program was developed to prepare those now working in the field and those wanting to enter public health professions to function in various settings. These include health programs operated by local, state, and federal governments. They also include profit and non-profit agencies and organizations, educational institutions, and relevant work site settings. The program has been fully accredited by the national Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The MPH program comprises five public health core courses as well as a total of 12 courses that emphasize both Community Health and Health Management, Administration and Policy. There is also a single cultural foundation course that must be completed, as well as a field experience requirement. The core courses count for 15 credits, the specializations count for a total of 36, and the cultural foundation course and field experience are three credits each.

Specified admissions requirements include approval of graduate record examinations (GRE) verbal and quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing tests scores. Applicants must also supply at least two references from employers or from a previous faculty member. The university also requires a short biography and a written statement that describes reasons for the applicant wishing to complete the NMSU MPH degree. Any volunteer or paid work that has been completed in public health or related agency settings should be included in this description.

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Avg # of Acceptances 70%

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Female 76%

Online MPH Program Information

Program Length 3 years
Admission Deadline Applications are only accepted once per year with the following deadline: March 15.
GPA 3.0 or Higher
GRE Information GRE Required: Yes
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Program Type Online
Program Options Full-Time, Part-Time
Disclaimer Graduate Assistant applications are due March 1.

On June 22, 2015, New Mexico State University (NMSU) became a SARA Recognized Institution and a member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NMSU abides by the national standards for the interstate offering of distance education (DE) courses and programs. Before a person can enroll in an NMSU distance education program or course, NMSU must be authorized in your state to offer distance education. Please note for distance education programs with internships, clinicals, and practicums additional state restrictions may apply for which NMSU might not be authorized. Check your state’s status here

Available Concentrations

Community Health Education

Available Tracks Community Health Education
Field Education Requirements 3 credit hours
Number of Credits Required The thesis option requires a total of 44-46 total credit hours, while the non-thesis option requires 42 credit hours.

Health Policy and Administration

Available Tracks Health Policy and Administration
Field Education Requirements 3 credit hours
Number of Credits Required The thesis option requires a total of 44-46 credit hours, while the non-thesis option requires 42 credit hours.

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