MPH Program FAQ
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 859-622-4967.
- What degrees do you offer?
- Do you offer doctoral programs?
- What are the application deadlines?
- Are there exceptions to the application deadlines?
- I am an International Student and have a Visa interview approaching. Can I find out about my application status right away?
- I am an international student, are there additional application requirements I should know about?
- What type of undergraduate degree do I need to apply to the MPH degree program?
- I took the GRE a long time ago (8 years, 10 years, etc.). Do I have to retake this exam?
- How long is my application valid?
- What is your tuition?
- I am an international student. What funding can I apply for?
- Can I take MPH Courses at EKU before I know whether or not I am admitted into the MPH program?
- Can I transfer any credits toward the MPH degree?
- How long will it take to complete the MPH degree at EKU?
- At what time of the day are MPH courses typically offered?
- Can I take courses on a part-time basis?
- Can I complete the MPH degree completely online?
- How many students are enrolled in the School of Public Health?
The MPH Program at EKU offers one degree (Master of Public Health) with an option in either: Health Promotion, Environmental Health Science, Industrial Hygiene, or Public Health Nutrition .
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Please see the Graduate School website (www.gradschool.eku.edu) for specific instructions.
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 Science: 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.
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.
Your application is valid for one year from the term in which you are applying.
The academic fee schedule per semester is posted at http://studentaccounting.eku.edu/tuition-fees-0
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.
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.
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.
The number of semester hours required to complete the MPH Program is 45-46 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.
The program is tailored to meet the needs of working individuals. Therefore, classes are mostly offered on evenings, Saturdays (approx. every other), and online.
Yes, but all coursework must be completed within 10 years.
No. Many of the core courses are online but many concentration specific courses are only offered on campus.
Currently, there are approximately 100 graduate students enrolled in the Program.