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Public Health Graduate Admission

Admission to the M.P.H. program is competitive. Students may apply in either Kansas City or Wichita. Admission requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) is required for regular admission. One official copy of academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted at the time of application.

One semester of college algebra or calculus is required to enter the social and behavioral health concentration, the public health management concentration, or the environmental health sciences concentration. Applicants to the environmental health concentration must also have completed 2 semesters of undergraduate biology. Completion of 1 semester of calculus is required to enter the epidemiology concentration. Prerequisites for the biostatistics concentration include a B-average in calculus I-III (or equivalent) and successful completion of a course in any computer programming language.

Demonstration of one or more years of responsible work experience in the health field or a degree in a recognized health profession or other evidence of training or experience that indicates adequate preparation for the M.P.H. curriculum is preferred. A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

Applicants who have not earned doctoral degrees in the United States must submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination or other professional test scores (such as the Graduate Management Admission Test, Medical College Admission Test, Law School Aptitude Test) that are not more than 5 years old. Applicants whose native language is not English also must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language that are not more than 2 years old. See KU Medical Center Graduate Studies and the KUMC Office of International Programs for more information.

All M.P.H. applications are submitted online and must be supported by 3 letters of recommendation and/or evaluation forms from employers, instructors, or other persons who can assess the applicant’s academic and professional potential. All applicants indicate their preference of concentration and campus choice through the online application. The online application also requests a résumé or curriculum vitae, a personal written statement that describes the applicant's career goals and motivation for seeking post-graduate training in public health, and responses to 3 short-answer questions.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.