June 2017 Matriculation:
Note: If you haven’t already, please submit your SOPHAS application, essay, resume, and application fee as soon as possible. The MPH Program will continue to accept admissions materials until Feb 15, 2017 (the sooner the better).
June 2017 Matriculation:
November 2017 Matriculation:
January 2018 Matriculation:
Two Years 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, those who have finished medical school outside of the U.S., and all applicants to the dual-degree programs. Please note: Applicants to the MPH/MBA Program with the Carey Business School are not eligible to waive this requirement.
Find Your Best Fit
If you don’t have the two years of required experience, please explore the master’s degree programs offered by departments.
Strong Academic Background
By the time a student matriculates into the program (as opposed to apply for), they must have completed:
- One math course (e.g., Calculus, Algebra or Statistics)
- One 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).
Verbal Reasoning (GRE)
Quantitative Reasoning (GRE)
Applicants who have an advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate (e.g., MS, MA, MD, DDS, PHD, MBBS, BDS) may apply without a standardized test score. However, they may be putting themselves at a disadvantage, particularly if their admission materials do not demonstrate significant quantitative and analytical skills. Also, these applicants may significantly reduce their chances of being awarded a scholarship.
Public Health Goals
Applicants must understand how studying public health relates to their professional aspirations. The application provides opportunities, like the personal statement, 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
All applications must be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS). Please visit the Office of Admissions for detailed information about how to apply.
International Students have additional application requirements.
Taking Courses Before or While Applying
If you’re interested in taking courses as a non-degree seeking student, please visit The Office of Student Account & Business Services for specific application instructions.
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.