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Admissions Overview

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The University of Kansas Master of Public Health (KU-MPH) program accepts applications for degree-seeking admission twice (Spring and Fall) a year through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS).

Spring Admission:

Deadline: November 1

Fall Admission:

Deadline: March 1

Admission Requirements

Admission into the KU-MPH Program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale) and one or more years of responsible work in the health field (preferred). The program may be completed on the Wichita or Kansas City campus.

Concentration Pre-requisite

Applicants select one of three concentration areas and must document any prerequisites that have been successfully met.

MPH Concentration Pre-requisite

Epidemiology

Successful completion of one semester of Calculus.

Social and Behavioral Health

Successful completion of one semester of College Algebra

Public Health Management

Successful completion of one semester of College Algebra

Required Admission Materials

All admission materials must be submmited to to SOPHAS. Materials submitted to the University of Kansas Medical Center may cause delay in the verification of your SOPHAS application. Additional instructions can be found on the SOPHAS website.

  • A personal statement.
  • A CV or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Do not send more than the required three letters of recommendation. Additional letters will not be reviewed by the KU-MPH Admissions Committee.
    • Letters must be from an individual who can provide a professional evaluation of your ability to perform and succeed at the graduate level (academic adviser, supervisor with an advanced degree in Public Health, etc.).
    • Letters from family and/or friends, political figures, and the like are discouraged and may be detrimental to your application.
  • Official copy of the GRE® or other professional test scores that are not more than five years old (ETS code for SOPHAS is 1794).
    • GRE® or other standardized test scores can be waived for U.S. citizens with doctoral degrees, applicants who have completed another master's degree or for applicants with extensive public health experience. 
  • One official copy of transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Evaluation of non-U.S. transcripts from WES including degree equivalency and grade point average (for international applicants or applicants who completed their undergraduate at a non-U.S. institution).
  • Official TOEFL® or IELTS™ score for international applicants.
    • Applicants must meet the minimal score as outlined by the KUMC Office of International Programs.
    • Applicants who do not meet the minimal score will not be considered for admission to the KU-MPH program.

Please note that SOPHAS does NOT accept any official test scores other than the GRE®, TOEFL® and MCAT®. Additionally, SOPHAS only accepts foreign transcripts evaluations from World Education Service (WES). If you have taken other standardized tests (GMAT®, LSAT®, IELTSTM, etc.), please request for an official copy to be sent directly the KU-MPH office.

Admissions Timeline

  • September 1: SOPHAS Portal for KU-MPH applications opens.
  • November 1: FINAL application deadline for Spring admission.
  • March 1: FINAL application deadline. ALL applications submitted after November 1 must be complete by March 1 to be considered for review. Applicants can expect to receive a decision 4-6 weeks after the final deadline date of March 1.

Admission Categories

A student may be admitted to Graduate Studies under regular or provisional admission. The acceptance letter sent by the Dean of Graduate Studies will specify the type of admission granted.

Technical Standards

The University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and activities, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or creed, disability, veteran status or genetic testing & screening. Academic accommodation requests should be directed to Academic Accommodation Services at KUMC.

The following abilities and expectations required by all students admitted to the Master of Public Health are available on the Technical Standards and Requirement form.

Background Check Requirements

The University of Kansas Medical Center now requires a criminal background check prior to admitting students to graduate programs. Prior to final acceptance and initial enrollment in classes, applicants will be directed to have a background check completed by Validity Screening Solutions. The applicant must pay a one-time fee for the background check directly to Validity Screening Solutions. The KU-MPH program will review the information obtained through the background check and make a final decision on the applicant's eligibility for the program. The KU-MPH program will then notify the applicant regarding final acceptance or denial of admission.

I am offered a place in the KU-MPH program. What are the next steps?

Congratulations! Your admission to the program is contingent on submission of the KUMC Application and results of a University required background check. Your admission email will provide instructions on how to submit a KUMC application. You will also receive a seperate email from the Program Director with detailed instructions on how to complete a background check.

  • Step 1: Complete and submit the KUMC application. There will be a $60 application fee.
  • Step 2: Complete the University required background check. As of 2018, there is an application fee of $36.50 plus $2.00 administrative fee for Credit Card users for the background check.

I applied for the KU-MPH program, but was denied admission. Can I get feedback on my application?

We cannot accomodate requests for feedback from denied applicants. We can assure you that each applicant is carefully considered. At least four members of the KU-MPH Admisisons Committee independently review each applicant. Applicants are denied when the committee concludes that their qualifications do not position them ahead of enough other applicants in the pool. However, we can look over your application materials and share with you how to improve and strengthen your application for the next admissions cycle. If you have questions about how to make your application stronger, please contact the KU-MPH Site Director before you submit your application.

Last modified: Aug 13, 2018
Accreditation & Affiliations

CEPH

The University of Kansas Master of Public Health Program (KU-MPH) is proud to announce that we have been reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) until July 1, 2025. CEPH, the independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health, acted at its June 14-16, 2018 meeting to accredit the KU-MPH program for a seven-year term.

Final Accreditation Report - June 2018
Final Self-Study Report - September 2017

ASPPH
Member, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) .

 

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