Master of Public Health

Admission Requirements

The ideal candidate for admission to the MPH program has received the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or higher, can comprehend and communicate effectively in English, has the recommendations of at least three persons in a health-related or advanced education field, has performed satisfactorily on one or more standardized test, and is interested in pursuing a career in public health or a related field.

The requirements for admission to the MPH program are:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent
  • Recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • If the candidate’s primary language is not English, one of the following is required:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 90 (after conversion for test type)
    • Passing the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville
    • Degree from an accredited U.S. institution - this requires provisional admission with evaluation of English language competency and potential requirement to pass the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville

Applicants must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS) at

An application is considered after the following requirements have been received:

  • Three letters of recommendation written within the last twelve months.
  • Official transcripts of all degrees.
  • One-page personal statement written by the application that is a clear, substantive description of his or her goals in public health, noting any professional or research experience.
  • Official score from any of the following standardized tests: *GRE, MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT.
  • International applicants: Foreign credential evaluation of all degrees from non-U.S. institutions. Please contact the MPH program prior to completing this requirement.
    * The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants to the MPH Program who have 4 or more years of public health related experience.  Each department determines what constitutes such experience for their discipline.  Applicants interested in applying for a GRE waiver should contact the relevant department.
    NOTE:  The GRE waiver does not apply for concentrations in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. 
  • Students applying with a concentration in Population Health Management or Health Policy must be interviewed by the HMSS Health Leadership Committee.

Admission Deadlines

  • Rolling - students will be admitted for the fall semester only.
  • To be competitive for available program scholarship opportunities, applicants should apply on or before March 1 for full consideration.
  • International students without a visa or green card must apply by March 1 to meet processing deadlines for fall admission.
    International students with a visa or green card must apply by July 1.


Foreign medical graduates that wish to apply to the MPH program must complete one of two processes. The appropriate process is related to whether or not the applicant has completed Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE):

(1) Foreign Medical Graduates who have passed Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE, must provide Confirmation of ECFMG® Certification, using Form 236A from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification, by submitting their USMLE/ECFMG identification number and date of birth to Vicki Lewis at

    • The request must be sent to: Ms. Vicki Lewis
    • The fee for the request is $40 and payable to ECFMG.

    (2) Foreign Medical Graduates who have not passed Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE, must submit the following to apply to the MPH program:

      • Official GRE scores;
      • Official transcripts that have been certified by the World Education Services (WES) or an equivalent foreign credentialing agency; and,
      • TOEFL scores for students whose language of instruction was not English.

      Any questions, contact Tammy Albers at or 502-852-7580.

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