Public Health, MPH

College of Population Health

Program Description:

  • Concentrations: Community Health; Epidemiology; Health Systems, Services, and Policy. 

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) at UNM promotes an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to research and interventions to address health problems. It also provides multiple opportunities for students to practice public health skills in communities and organizations, and fosters critical thinking about issues addressed by the students. Students come to the program from a broad range of social science, biomedical science and clinical disciplines. To complete the degree, students must complete 42 credit hours that include completion of a practicum experience, and either a thesis, professional paper, or the integrative experience courses (PH 595 and 597). All students must also complete an oral master’s examination. Students may enroll either full-time or part-time and have seven years to complete the degree from the time they take their first course applying towards the M.P.H.

Two dual degrees are offered, M.D./M.P.H. and M.A. in Latin American Studies/M.P.H.

Individual dual degrees may be organized by students with any department.

Admission Requirements:

The program considers applicants who satisfy all admission requirements as follows:

  1. B.S., B.A., or equivalent from an accredited U.S. institution or a recognized foreign institution.
  2. G.P.A. of at least 3.0 is required in undergraduate upper level courses (300/400), or 9 credit hours with G.P.A of 3.0 or better in public health-related graduate courses.
  3. Undergraduate basic statistics course or graduate-level basic statistics course with a 3.0 or higher. M.D. and Ph.D. students who have received their accredited degrees from U.S. institutions are exempt from this requirement. All students must have recent (within five years) GRE scores with preferred verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores around the 50th percentile, or MCAT with preferred total score of 491 and N in writing, or GMAT with preferred score of 500 and above. M.D. and Ph.D. applicants who received their degrees from a U.S. university are exempt from submitting the above test scores. Foreign medical graduates must be licensed to practice in the U.S. or must have received their degrees from an accredited U.S. institution to be exempt from the test scores requirement. Foreign applicants must take the TOEFL examination and score at least 550.
  4. Foreign applicants must submit one of the following English proficiency tests: 

Paper Test

Computer Test


Graduate TOEFL




Graduate IELTS




The Cambridge test may also be accepted with a satisfactory score of "C" or better for graduate students.

Preference is given to students who have public health experience. Their experience may be in public health practice in a health department, community development, research, health education, health science, health promotion, or other health-related work. Experience may be paid or voluntary.

Students may transfer up to 17 credit hours with "B" or better to the program from other institutions or other non-degree or graduate programs within UNM. However, those credit hours cannot have been used to meet the requirements of another degree program.

Contact Information:

Nina Wallerstein: Director
(505) 277-4173