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
  • GRE is only required for the biostatistics MPH concentration. GRE is not required for epidemiology, global health, health policy, and health promotion & behavioral concentrations.
  • International applicants: Foreign credential evaluation of all degrees from non-U.S. institutions. Please contact the MPH program prior to completing this requirement.

Admission Deadlines

  • Fall Semester - March 1 (International applicants). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for domestic students.
  • Spring semester - Applications are not accepted.
  • Summer semester - Applications are not accepted.
For Information on the application process, please contact:
  • MPH Program, School of Public Health & Information Sciences, University of Louisville
  • 485 East Gray Street, Louisville, KY 40202
  • Program Coordinator Senior for MPH Program - Bryan Mathis
    • Phone: 502.852.6263
    • Fax: 502.852.3294
Faculty Advisor
On matriculation, each student is assigned a faculty advisor and is requested to meet at least twice each semester with their advisor. If a student is admitted to a specific concentration, the director of the concentration will assign a specific faculty member as their advisor. If a student is admitted to the program as undeclared, the MPH Program Director will serve as their advisor. Undeclared students admitted to a specific concentration by the end of their first semester will be assigned a faculty advisor by the director of the concentration. The faculty advisor serves as the students practice experience advisor, academic mentor, and counselor on career and employment opportunities, professional development, and opportunities beyond graduate school.

    Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Senior Bryan Mathis at or 502-852-6263.

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