Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

University applications are good for three semesters.  If an applicant does not submit all application requirements by the deadline of the semester for which they applied, the applicant should contact the Office of Admissions (admis@msu.edu or 517-355-8332) to change the application semester on their application.
The MPH Admissions Committee prefers to see cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher, however, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are not automatically excluded. Applicants may submit an academic statement explaining why their GPA is below 3.0 with their application. The Admissions Committee will consider the explanation along with all other application materials.

Master of Public Health students are charged $660 per credit hour regardless of residency.

Fees for any non-MPH student can be calculated using the Tuition Calculator. Individual tuition questions should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts.

Applicants must take the GRE or any other graduate or professional school test (e.g. MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, DAT, etc.) in order to apply to the MPH program.  Applicants who already have a graduate, doctorate, or medical degree, can request a waiver for this requirement by uploading a completed waiver request form to their applicant portal. 

Visit the GRE testing site to locate a testing center near you.

The MPH does not have a minimum GRE score requirement; however, scores at the 50th percentile and above are preferred.

Visit the TOEFL testing site to locate a testing center near you.

Applications to the Master of Public Health program are accepted throughout the year. Admission is done on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. International applicants are encouraged to have all application materials submitted at least four months prior to the application deadline of the semester for which they are applying. 

Application deadlines can be found on the Apply Now page of our website.

Applicants are allowed to apply prior to actually receiving their bachelor's degree. The Admissions Committee will review the application packet and can grant admission contingent upon receipt of an official, final transcript showing that the bachelor's degree was conferred.

MSU undergraduate students of at least Junior standing are allowed the option of dually enrolling in a graduate program at MSU.  Interested students should visit the website of the Office of the Registrar for more information.  MSU undergraduates applying to the MPH program must also submit a Request for Dual Enrollment Status form (approved by their undergraduate advisor) along with their application requirements.

Your letters of recommendation should address your academic capabilities, leadership skills, overall ability, previous coursework and/or experience, significant actions, accomplishments, or personal qualities related to professional or scholarly achievements.

Your personal statement should tell us why you are interested in the earning a Master of Public Health degree, and how your skills, experience, and long-term career goals contribute to your candidacy. Of course, it is always good if you can demonstrate or support any of the suggested topics recommended for the letters.

Please visit the Apply Now page of our website for a more in-depth explanation of each requirement.

Please use the override request form in the Students section of this website. Students will be notified via e-mail if the override is approved.

Textbook information is located in the Students section of this site.

No.  With prior approval from the student's advisor, a number of graduate level courses offered at MSU with direct relevance to the field of public health (whether offered online or taken in the traditional classroom setting) can qualify as an elective. The form to request approval for a non-program elective is located in MPH Student Community within D2L.

MPH Degree

small degreeThank you for your interest in the online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Michigan State University. All of the courses offered within this degree are all delivered in an online learning environment. There are no on-campus courses offered as part of the MPH degree.

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State Authorization: Distance Education Restrictions Based on Permanent Residence

Michigan State University is obligated to comply with existing state laws regarding distance education (programs/departments offering courses delivered exclusively online). State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state. The Master of Public Health offered through the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health at Michigan State University requires a practicum experience that constitutes a physical presence in some states, therefore restricting enrollment in our program to residents of those states.

Prior to applying, please visit, https://esp.msu.edu/StateSummary.pdf, for the most up-to-date approved and restricted states.  For more information, please visit MSU's State Authorization website, https://esp.msu.edu/stateauth.asp.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.