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FAQs

Admissions

When is the application deadline?

Our deadlines vary based on the program type (MPH, DDS/MPH, DPT/MPH, etc.). Click here for specific details.

What are the admission requirements?

The Master of Public Health (MPH) 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:

  • 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 World Education Services (WES)
  • TOEFL (Institution code 5688) or IELTS (applicants must request from the test center where they took the IELTS exam to have the IELTS test scores sent to SOPHAS) is required of all international applicants. This requirement will be waived for those applicants who have:
    • Earned a degree from an accredited University in which the language of instruction is English OR
    • Passed a US professional equivalency exam where English is tested (example, ECFMG)

Are Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test scores required?

Yes, however the following standardized tests may be substituted for the GRE:  Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT).

Can GRE test scores be waived?

An applicant can request a GRE waiver if he/she has an earned doctoral degree (international applicants must have credentials evaluated by World Education Services). However, the MPH Admission Review Committee does reserve the right to request that an applicant take the GRE if deemed necessary.

Does the program accept international applications?

Yes.

Program

Is the program accredited?

Yes, the program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) which is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs outside schools of public health. For more information about CEPH, visit their website.

Is there a time limit in which the program must be completed?

Yes, all requirements for the MPH degree must be complete within five consecutive calendar years of enrollment (inclusive of the periods of leave of absence).

Can a student select more than one concentration?

No, a student can select only one concentration. 

How many credits are required to complete the degree?

Students are required to complete a minimum of 42-credits to earn the MPH degree.

Is the program on-line?

The program is classroom based.

Can a student transfer credits into the program?

Yes, consideration of transfer of credit will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Courses must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution within the time limit for completing the MPH degree.
  • No more than six credits of graduate coursework, with a grade of B or better, may be considered for transfer.
  • Credit cannot be transferred for either courses that were used to fulfill requirements for any other degree, correspondence courses or “credit by examination” courses.
  • Students who have already matriculated in the MPH Program and wish to take a class(es) at another university must seek approval, using the Transfer of Credit form, before enrolling in the class(es). 
  • Students may not receive transfer credit for PH 782: Public Health Practicum and PH 778: Integrative Public Health Seminar.

Are there joint degree opportunities?

Yes, students who are applying to or already enrolled in one of seven professional degree programs on the UMB campus are eligible to apply to the MPH program as joint degree students. The joint degree programs include the DDS/MPH, DPT/MPH, JD/MPH, MD/MPH, MS (Nursing)/MPH, MSW/MPH and PharmD/MPH. Offers of admission to dual-degree applicants are made contingent upon enrollment and good academic standing within their home programs.

Is fieldwork a requirement of the program?

Yes, the required MPH fieldwork experience is obtained through the Public Health Practicum course.  This practicum is a 240 - contact hour field experience that takes place in a public health agency under the supervision of a trained public health preceptor.

Are courses offered in the evening or on weekends?

No.

What time of year does the program begin?

All students enter the program in the fall term which begins the first week of July. This requirement allows students to complete the program within the required time limits.

How long does it take a full-time student to complete the program?

Full-time students will take approximately 18-months to complete the program.  Part-time students will take approximately 2 ½  years to complete the program.

Tuition

Is there scholarship support available?

Yes. The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) offers a number of scholarships to students who demonstrates a strong ability to succeed through their academic achievements, community leadership, and service. Here is a link to the UMB opportunities.  

The MPH Program offers a scholarship opportunity and an award opportunity. MPH students may compete for the scholarship and award after they are admitted. Please note the scholarship and award do not cover the cost of tuition or fees. Here is a link to the MPH student scholarship and award opportunities.

What is the cost per credit for a Maryland resident?

Our tuition and fees can be found on the Student Resources page of the MPH Program website.  

Campus

Is there student housing available?

Yes, the UMB Residence Life Office provides comprehensive information about housing options.

Can students assist with on-going faculty research?

Yes. 

Inquiries 

Contact the MPH Program office by email or call 410.706.0539.