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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:

  • 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.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency. 
  • Applicants with post-secondary credentials from academic institutions outside of the US must submit course-by-course evaluations prepared by World Education Services (WES).

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 789: Capstone Experience.

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 and culminating experiences are combined into a capstone, which includes the development of a capstone prospectus, a 240-hour placement in a public health agency, a final written report, an oral defense of the project and the creation of a capstone portfolio.

Are courses offered in the evening or on weekends?

No.

What time of year does the program begin?

Students have the opportunity to enter into the program in either the summer semester or fall semester. Some joint degree students will be required to enter at a specific semester. This requirement allows these 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 five semesters to complete the program.  Part-time students will take approximately eight semesters.

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. 

Are there community engagement opportunities available for MPH students through the program or University?

Yes, there are several community public health opportunities available through the MPH Program and University. The MPH program has established several opportunities for meaningful community outreach and service learning. The program ensures that it offers at least two opportunities for service-learning (PH-699) and five opportunities for community service each academic year.

In the past, students have assisted with the Healthiest Maryland Schools (HMS) Program, an inter-professional collaborative aimed at reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity and the University’s Kids to Farmers Market Program, another initiative aimed at improving the eating and physical activity habits of inner city schoolchildren on Baltimore’s Westside.

For a full list of opportunities, visit Capstone and Service Opportunities webpage within the MPH Program website and visit the University’s Office of Community Engagement webpage to learn about additional UMB-sponsored community outreach program and events.

Inquiries 

Contact the MPH Program office by email or call 410.706.0539.