Frequently Asked Questions

What type of degree or academic background and experience do I need to enter the MPH program?

Successful applicants should have at least one year of responsible work experience in the health field, other evidence of training or experience that indicates adequate preparation for the curriculum, or a degree in a recognized health field.
Regular admission requires a bachelor's degree and a grade-point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), from KU or from another regionally accredited institution or foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor's degree requirements. For more information on admission requirements, please visit our Admissions page.

What are the typical career paths associated with each degree?

Completing your Master of Public Health degree offers you numerous professional choices as you continue on your public health career path. Here are some broad career areas where students can obtain future employment. If you have additional questions about public health careers, visit What is Public Health -

  • Health Education: Public health problems involve complex and interrelated social, behavioral, legal, medical, and economic issues. If you are interested in health education, virtually every specialization within public health offers career opportunities that will make an impact on people's lives. As an educator with a graduate degree in public health, your primary challenge will be to develop and implement interventions designed to improve overall health.
  • Administration/Management: Rapid changes in both the public and private sectors of health care and related industries mean more opportunities for qualified professionals to manage complex institutions, organizations, and health services delivery programs. Whether your background is in science or business, there are dynamic career opportunities for public health graduates in all sectors of the health care industry.
  • Policy: Health policy examines the complexity and dynamics of our public health system and its impact on the health of individuals and communities. Whether you are looking for a career in health policy in the private or public sector, a graduate degree in public health will multiply your career opportunities regardless of your academic background. With an advanced degree, you will be in a position to make vital health policy decisions that affect countless lives.
  • Community Practice: Community practice offers career opportunities to those striving for mobility or a leadership position in health care programs. A graduate degree in public health will equip you with the knowledge and leadership experiences needed to launch a successful career in community practice.
  • Research: A career in basic and applied research demands interdisciplinary skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing field. A background in science - biological, natural, social, or behavioral - opens the door to many career opportunities, and an advanced degree in public health will help you realize your full potential.

When is the application deadline?  Are applications accepted for all semesters - fall, spring, or summer?

The application deadline for the following fall semester admission is March 1. Applications are only accepted for fall semester. Completed applications submitted during the Early Decision period (between the dates of September 1 until January 25) can expect to receive a decision from us 4-6 weeks from the date of their completed application on SOPHAS.

How much is the tuition for the KU-MPH program? Do you offer any scholarships for newly admitted students?

Information on Graduate tuition and fees can be found here. Currently we do not offer scholarships for newly admitted students. However, scholarships are offered every year to currently enrolled students. For more information on the KU-MPH Diversity Scholarship and the KU-MPH Leadership Scholarship, please visit our student resource page here. Please note that these scholarships are only being offfered to currently enrolled MPH students.

Do you offer any degree programs via distance-education?

The University of Kansas Master of Public Health degree program offers courses that are convenient to both traditional students and the working professional. Classes are held on either the Kansas City or Wichita campus with some courses also available online. Students can complete many course via distance education, however, the entire degree cannot be completed online.

Are there any plans to make the degree completely available online?

No. At this time, KU-MPH students need to complete some of the required courses on campus as well as complete a minimum of 96 hours at an internship site.

I'd like to have more information about the KU-MPH program, whom should I contact?

You can visit our Contact Us page and complete the form. A member of the KU-MPH operations team will be in contact within 2 business days.


Last modified: Jun 20, 2016
Course descriptions

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health course descriptions are updated in the KU Academic Catalog.

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Accreditation & Affiliates


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, 2018.

Final Accreditation Report - June 2011
Final Self-Study Report - September 2010

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


Member, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)