Two Years of Work Experience
Students in the School-wide MPH program have at least two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate, health-related work experience OR a doctoral degree in a field underlying public health. Applicants in the process of gaining experience can apply before they have reached the two-year mark, as long as the requirement is fulfilled by the time of matriculation.
Though many of our students are physicians, a variety of backgrounds can fulfill this requirement, including health-related Peace Corp work, managing a research lab or covering health policy as a journalist. We encourage professionals from all fields to apply. Please visit the Program Overview for more information on professional backgrounds of admitted MPH students.
This requirement is waived for medical students who have completed two years of U.S. medical school curriculum, those who have finished medical school outside of the U.S., and all applicants to the dual-degree programs. Exception: MPH/MBA candidates must have the two-year work experience.
Strong Academic Background
By the time a student matriculates into the program (as opposed to apply for), they must have satisfactorily completed the following courses for college credit and letter grade:
- One math course (e.g., Calculus, Algebra or Statistics)
- One introductory general biology course
- One health-related science (e.g., Microbiology, Nutrition, or Anatomy and Physiology) OR a second biology course
Successful applicants possess a strong academic record with particular emphasis on excellent quantitative skills, which are reflected in transcripts and standardized test scores (GRE, MCAT, GMAT or LSAT); however, standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT) are optional* for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.
*The MPH/MBA with the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School require either GRE or GMAT scores.
Median Scores: 3.5/4.0; GPA: 69 - 89%; Verbal Reasoning (GRE): 57 - 77%
Public Health Goals
Applicants must understand how studying public health relates to their professional aspirations. The application provides opportunities, like the Statement of Purpose and Objectives, to explain past academic and work experiences, professional ambitions and how an MPH degree fits in with overall career goals.
The application requires three letters of recommendation. The review committee prefers at least one professional and one academic letter.
How to Apply
Please visit the Office of Admissions for detailed information about how to apply. All applications must be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS).
International Students have additional application requirements.
Taking Courses While Applying
If you’re interested in taking courses as a non-degree seeking student, begin your education as a non-degree seeking student prior to admission by enrolling in online, on-campus and/or institute courses. Up to 16 credits may be applied toward the MPH degree, assuming that the courses were completed within 5 years of matriculation. To learn how to enroll as a non-degree seeking student, please visit the Office of Student Accounts and Business Services.
State-Specific Information for Online Programs
Students currently cannot conduct administrative residencies in Kentucky. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.