Prerequisites for Admission

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the UTC Graduate School, students seeking admission to the Master of Public Health program must also satisfy the following program requirements:

Academic records should indicate that the applicant:

  • Finished their undergraduate degree from an accredited 4-year institution with a 3.0 GPA. Students with a GPA between 2.70 and 2.99 may be considered for conditional acceptance
  • Graduated with a rank in the upper half of their undergraduate class
  • Completed an undergraduate program that provided them with appropriate preparation to undertake an MPH program of study in chronic disease prevention and control (such as exercise science, nutrition, psychology, public health or sociology) OR have public health-related work experience

Other requirements include:

  • Demonstration of a broad educational background reflecting a strong interest in public health that is related to chronic disease prevention and control
  • Description of why the student is interested in the UTC MPH in Chronic Disease Prevention & Control and their specific career goals in the field of public health
  • GRE* scores taken with the last five years. While there is no minimum GRE score, students are encouraged to achieve an “above average” GRE score on the verbal and quantitative sections defined as: a cumulative verbal and quantitative score of 300, an overall ranking in the 50th percentile or better, and an analytical writing score of 4.0 or better** 
  • The committee reserves the right to interview applicants via an online platform (i.e., Zoom) or by phone on a case-by-case basis

*Exceptions to the GRE requirement may be provided in rare cases under the following circumstances:

  • GRE may be waived for applicants who have four or more years of public health-related experience.***
  • Students who have completed a PhD, MD, or MBBS and have completed Step 1 and 2 of the USMLE, at the time of application may apply for a GRE waiver.

    * All GRE waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. 
    ** GRE score requirements are general guidelines for admissions and do not serve as strict cut-off points.
    *** Related public health work experience includes working for public health departments, community organizations, or NGOs in which the primary work responsibility is directly related to the field public health. Clinical positions and work experience typically are not considered as public health experience.

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