Public Health

"Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public Health professionals assure our drinking water is safe, prevent pollution, help to eradicate life threatening disease (small pox and polio), prevent infectious disease and outbreaks (measles, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis), promote healthy lifestyles, they educate populations to reduce STDs, teen pregnancy and infant mortality. They also evaluate clinical and community-based interventions and so much more. You can find Public Health professions in local, state, federal and international agencies."

(Association of Schools of Public Health)

Public Health students can specialize in several areas including: Behavior and Social Science, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health Services Administration, and International/Global Health.


Admission Requirements

  • Most schools look for at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • A variety of undergraduate coursework is applicable to the graduate study of Public Health
  • Test scores that can be used: (varies by school and program)
  • Letters of Recommendations (number vary by school)
  • Experience (this is dependent on the school you are applying to and can be obtained through having a community health/education undergraduate degree, internships, co-ops or full-time employment)
  • 36 out of 43 accredited schools require applicants to use the Schools of Public Health Application Service


SOPHAS becomes available in September each year. For fall admission program application deadlines vary from December through March. (Some schools do have spring admissions and those vary by program as well.) To secure graduate assistantships or federal funding you will want to check with each school's deadline. Most programs are going to have an early spring (January/February) deadline to be considered for funding.