Master of Public Health (MPH)
RequirementsAll applicants must complete the required online application and the MPH application checklist.
Apply for early decision before November 1st. Apply before March 1st for full consideration.
*The program currently accepts students in the Fall semester to begin studies in September* Applicants must meet Graduate School requirements, plus the following program requirements to be considered for admission to the program:
- Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic experience and potential for graduate work in public health.
- Submission of scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years. Submit scores to Public Health, code 0616.
These materials will be considered in a holistic admissions process with special attention to ensure a diverse student body.
Students will work with their advisors to choose appropriate coursework and to determine a plan of study. Prior to the start of classes in the first semester, students will be required to take diagnostic exams, administered by the Biostatistics division within the School. For admitted students who score below an acceptable level on the Biostatistics diagnostic exam, advisors may suggest remedial courses to best prepare students to succeed in MPH common core coursework.
Successful applicants to the Environmental and Occupational Health track will have upper-level chemistry, biology, and mathematics through at least one semester of calculus.
OverviewThe Zilber School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. This professional program provides students with a broad understanding of public health practice with specialty tracks currently available in the areas of Environmental and Occupational Health and Community and Behavioral Health Promotion. Three future tracks—Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Public Health Policy and Administration—will begin as resources become available.
The MPH degree program prepares students for professional public health practice by building practical knowledge and skills, including the applied use of public health research, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Students learn to address complex public health challenges, including environmental health risk reduction, teenage pregnancy prevention, and the promotion of healthy social and physical environments. The program has a specific emphasis on health equity, social and environmental justice, and community partnerships.
The MPH curriculum provides basic and elective courses in Environmental and Occupational Health, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Public Health Policy and Administration, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. Knowledge and skills in these core disciplines in public health helps prepare students to analyze information and consider solutions to public health problems at the community, institutional, and societal levels. Cross-cutting competencies are separated into seven categories: communications/informatics, diversity/culture, leadership, professionalism, program planning/evaluation, public health biology, and systems thinking. Courses have been designed to fulfill competencies as outlined by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH).