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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;
  • Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher-or-3.25 in their last 60 hours of undegraduate work meet the minimum requirements for eligibility for full-admission consideration.
  • Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of 2.5 or higher, but do not meet the requirements for full -admission consideration, are eligible for provisional admission consideration. Students with provisional admission based upon GPA must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 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 550 for paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based version, and 79 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/Occupational Health & Sustainability:  At least 1 physical science, 2 chemistry with lab, 2 biology with lab, college algebra, and 1 microbiology course at the undergraduate level.

 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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