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June 2021 Matriculation:
Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

December 1 is the priority application deadline but applications are accepted on an on-going space-available basis after the priority deadline until all spots are filled.

The MPH Application will open in SOPHAS on August 18, 2020.




January 2021 Matriculation:
Application Deadline: Extended: October 1, 2020

June 2021 Matriculation:
Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

December 1 is the priority application deadline but applications are accepted on an on-going space-available basis after the priority deadline until all spots are filled.

November 2021 Matriculation:
Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

January 2022 Matriculation:
Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

The MPH Application will open in SOPHAS on August 18, 2020.


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 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.

Find Your Best Fit

If you don’t have the 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 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, the MPH program has made standardized test scores optional for the current application cycle due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Median Scores



69 - 89%

Verbal Reasoning (GRE)

57 - 77%

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 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.

Recommendation Letters

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.

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Taking Courses Before or 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.