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Application & Admission Information

Registration and Form Submissions Deadlines: Fall 2014 

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is a professional degree program that is administratively based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health within the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. The MPH program provides graduate, health, law and human services students with graduate training in the field of public health.  The MPH program is a 42 credit hour curriculum that includes 17 credit hours in core coursework, 9-10 credit hours in concentration coursework, 9-10 credit hours of approved electives, and a 6 credit hour culminating field experience.  Our program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Admission Requirements

The Master of Public Health program seeks qualified candidates with an educational and experiential background demonstrative of the potential for excellence.  We require the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Significant quantitative and analytic skills, as demonstrated by completion of a college-level algebra or more advanced math course (i.e., college calculus, statistics, trigonometry, finite math).  Earned college credit for Advanced Placement Math must be reflected on the college transcript.
  • Relevant undergraduate coursework. We recommend at least one undergraduate level course in biology and one in social science.
  • Strong skills in written communication.
  • A clear rationale for applying to the program, commitment to public health, and career goals consistent with the goals of the relevant concentration area.
  • Prior work and/or volunteer experience in an area related to public health.

  • International Applicants

  • Evidence of English language proficiency.
  • The TOEFL or IELTS is required of all international applicants.  This requirement will be waived for all applicants who have earned a degree from an accredited University in any country whose sole national language is English (refer to the US State Department), or those who submit scores from a US professional equivalency exam where English is tested.
  • Applicants with post-secondary credentials from academic institutions outside of the US must submit course-by-course evaluations prepared by a foreign credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

The MPH Program adheres to the University‘s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity policies in all its recruitment and admission activities. The Program admits qualified students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran‘s status.

Application Instructions

The MPH Program admits students in summer and fall terms.  Beginning in September 2013, the Program joined the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) and began accepting applications through that portal.  Applicants must submit an application through SOPHAS and a supplemental online application directly to the MPH Program.  The following are the materials required for admissions review:

Degree-Seeking Status:  Applicants seeking degree student status are required to submit their application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service and complete a supplemental application through the University of Maryland, Baltimore Master of Public Health Program. 

  • Official report of standardized test scores.  Applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) through SOPHAS.  However, the following standardized tests may be considered in support of your application: Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT); or Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT); these official test scores must be submitted directly to the MPH Program.
  • Official report of TOEFL.  The TOEFL is required of international applicants. This requirement will be waived for those applicants who have earned a degree from an accredited University in any country whose sole national language is English.
  • Supplemental application form. This form should be completed online. Those needing a paper application should contact the MPH Student Affairs Office to request one.
  • Supplemental application fee.  A non-refundable amount of $75.00 must be submitted. 
  • Application for in-state residency classification.  Applicants who wish to request in-state residency status for tuition and fee purposes must complete this form.
  • Students who enroll are required to submit an official baccalaureate transcript for university records.

Non-Degree Seeking Status: Applicants seeking non-degree student status must only complete the MPH Program application process.  The SOPHAS application process is not required.

Application Process:

  • Application form.  The application form is available online.  However, those needing a paper application should contact the MPH Program Student Affairs Office to request one.
  • Application fee.  A non-refundable amount of $75.00 must be submitted. 
  • Official Transcripts. Transcripts should be sent directly to the MPH Program from the relevant educational institution.  One official transcript is required from every higher education institution attended, whether or not degrees were earned there.  Applicants with post-secondary credentials from academic institutions outside of the US must submit course-by-course evaluations of those documents prepared by World Education Services (WES).
  • Official report of TOEFL.  The TOEFL is required of international applicants.  This requirement will be waived for those applicants who have earned a degree from an accredited University in any country whose sole national language is English. Our TOEFL institution code is 5944 and program code is 50. 
  • Application for in-state residency classification.  Applicants who wish to request in-state residency status for tuition and fee purposes must complete this form.  

Financial Information for Applicants

Application. While the MPH Program does not provide funding to students, other sources of financial aid may be available. Specific information is available from the University Student Financial Assistance & Education Office.