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Admission Policies

The Master of Public Health Program seeks to admit students who demonstrate the potential to be successful in graduate school, and who are committed to the public health profession, as evidenced by their interests, backgrounds, and experiences. For admission into the Program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5 or better;
  • Combined score of 291 with a minimum 143 on each areas of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  Applicants may use the Miller Analogy Test with a score of 385 or higher as a substitute for the GRE.  Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or a 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours of undergraduate work, are exempt from the GRE/MAT requirement.

  • Submission of graduate school application and related fee;

  • Submission of statement of personal and professional objectives (1½ to 2-pages);
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation (from) employers or previous professors;
  • (for International applicants) TOEFL score of at least 580 for paper-based test, 237 for the computer-based version, and 92 internet-based.

While relevant work experience in public health is not a requirement for admission to the Program, alignment with core public health values is an important factor when considering applicants to the MPH Program. In addition to this, admission standards reflect the requirements of the Graduate School as well as specific requirements and the mission of the Program.

Academic background expectations for MPH concentrations:

So that timely progress toward the degree can be achieved, the following undergraduate pre-requisite courses are expected to be completed prior to active participation in the program.

  • Environmental Health Sciences:  At least 1 physical science, 2 chemistry with lab, 2 biology with lab, college algebra, and 1 microbiology course at the undergraduate level.
  • Industrial Hygiene:  At least 1 physical science plus a physics course; 2 chemistry with lab; 2 biology with lab; college algebra, and 1 microbiology course at the undergraduate level.
  • Public Health Nutrition:  An undergraduate basic nutrition course, which may also be completed during the student's first semester of program enrollment

 Admission Procedures

Applicants are accepted year round.  All materials must be submitted to the Graduate School before departmental review.  Once all materials are received by the Graduate School, the MPH program has two weeks to review and determine acceptance.  Below are required to be submitted to the Graduate School during application:

  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Objective Statement
  • Official Transcripts (International students are required to have all transcripts evaluated by a NACES member)
  • Official Test Scores (if applicable)
  • Graduate Application Fee

MPH faculty within each concentration review applicants and make recommendations regarding eligibility for admission of each applicant. The Program Director provides written notification to the graduate office (Recommendation for Admission form) regarding the decision for each applicant. The Graduate School office then sends an official notice to the applicant, indicating whether s/he has been accepted for admission to the Program.

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