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MPH Program FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from students applying to the EKU for Masters of Public Health Program. If you have any other questions that aren't answered here about Master of Public Health at Eastern Kentucky University, please call Public Health's information office at 859-622-6330.

Degrees Offered?

The MPH Program at EKU offers one degree (Master of Public Health) with an option in either: Health Promotion (100% online) or Environmental/Occupational Health & Sustainability.

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Do you offer doctoral programs?


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What are the application deadline dates?

The MPH program operates on a rolling admission.  This means that students are welcome to apply at any time throughout the year.  Once all required materials are submitted to the graduate school, the MPH program will review and make a decision on admission within two weeks.

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Are there any exceptions to the deadlines?

There are no deadlines for admission.  However, students who wish to start in the upcoming semester must be admitted at least a week before classes begin.

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I am an International Student and have a Visa interview approaching. Can I find out about my application status right away?

No. Contact the Graduate School prior to contacting the MPH office for updates on application status.  The MPH Concentration Coordinators review all applicants and make decisions based on the admission criteria only after all documents have been received.  The final review takes approximately two weeks. 

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I am an international student, are there additional application requirements that I should know about?

Yes. Please see the Graduate School website ( for specific instructions.

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What type of undergraduate degree do i need to apply to the MPH program?

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.

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I took the GRE a long time ago (8 years, 10 years, etc.). Do I have to retake this exam?

The Graduate School requires an official copy of your GRE score from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS does not keep scores that are 5 years old or older. If you cannot obtain any official copy of your test score then you may have to retake the GRE.

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How long is my application valid?

Your application is valid for one year from the term in which you are applying.

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What is your tuition?

The academic fee schedule per semester is posted at

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I am an international student. What funding can I apply for?

An EXTREMELY limited number of graduate assistantships are awarded at the discretion of the departments involved in the MPH Program. Furthermore, current students are given priority for these positions and incoming International students are rarely provided with a GA position.

International students, except those with Permanent Resident status, are not eligible for the traineeship and government student loans and are advised to seek financial aid through their country of citizenship, private foundations and international agencies.

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Can I take MPH courses at EKU before I know whether or not I am admitted into the MPH Program?

Domestic students may be accepted by the Graduate School on a non-degree seeking status. As a non-degree seeking student, yes, you can take MPH courses which (if you are accepted to the program) can be counted toward the degree.

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Can I transfer any credits toward the MPH degree?

Requests to transfer credits are considered on an individual basis after students are admitted to the Program. In order for transfer credits to be given, a course must be a graduate course from an accredited institution, appropriate to the student's course of study at EKU, and approved by the student's advisor, the Program Director, and the Graduate School. A maximum of 12 semester hours may be transferred and the 7 year time limit also applies to completion of such.

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How long will it take to complete the MPH degree at EKU?

The number of semester hours required to complete the MPH Program is 42 hours, depending upon the option you chose. On a full-time basis, the MPH is typically completed in two-and-a-half to three years. Full and part-time students must complete all program requirements within 10 years.

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At what time of day are the MPH courses typically offered?

The program is tailored to meet the needs of working individuals. Therefore, classes are mostly offered on evenings, Saturdays (approx. every other), and online. Health Promotion concentration are 100% online.

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Can I take courses on a part time basis?

Yes, but all coursework must be completed within 10 years.

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Can I complete the MPH degree completely online?

It depends on the concentration. The Health Promotion concentration is 100% online (including core classes) but many Environmental/Occupational Health & Sustainability concentration specific courses are only offered on campus.

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How many students are enrolled in the Program?

Currently, there are approximately 100 graduate students enrolled in the Program.

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