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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.

I don't have a health or science background. Can I still be considered for admission to the KU-MPH program?

Yes.  The KU-MPH Program accepts students from a wide variety of backgrounds  While one year experience in public health or healthcare if preferred, it is not a determining factor for acceptance into the program.

Is the GRE required for admission?

Applicants must submit an official copy of the GRE® or another professional test scores, such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Test scores cannot be more than five years old.  Applicants with a previous doctoral or master's degree do not have to submit a GRE. Applicants with significant experience in public health should contact the MPH Site Director to discuss obtaining a possible waiver for the GRE requirement.

I am currently enrolled in another MPH program and would like to transfer to the KU-MPH program. Can I transfer my course credits over?

Up to six hours of graduate credit taken at a regionally accredited graduate school may be transferred and applied to the KU-MPH degree if the credits were taken before the final semester of enrollment at KU and have the approval of the MPH Curriculum Committee and/or the MPH Site Director.  Up to eight hours may be approved for transfer if the student holds a baccalaureate degree from KU.  Only work graded B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher may be transferred. KU does not accept transfer credit for courses that have been graded B- or below. KU also does not accept transfer for institutes, workshops, or life/work experience.  Credit will not transfer for courses that were counted toward the requirements for an undergraduate or graduate degree, whether completed at KU or another institution.

Transfer credits taken within the last five years from a CEPH accredited school or program in public health may be accepted by the Site Director without further review by the MPH Curriculum Committee.  The KU-MPH program must receive an official transcript and copy of the course syllabus in order to process the student's request.

Transfer credit from a non-accredited school or program in public health may only be considered for elective credit in the KU-MPH program.  The student must make a written request to the Site Director for transfer of credit from a non-accredited school or program in public health to be considered for elective credit in the KU-MPH program.  The KU-MPH program must receive an official transcript and copy of the course syllabus in order to process the student's request.

What are the typical career paths associated with an MPH 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 A Guide to Public Health Careers.

  • 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?

KU-MPH accepts applications for degree-seeking admissions twice a year - Spring and Fall admission. The deadline for Spring admissions is November 1 and for Fall, March 1. For more information on admissions, please visit our Admissions page.

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. Please contact the Student Financial Aid office if you have additional questions on tuition and fees. 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.

Can I do my Public Health Internship at an organization of my choice?

All students work with their MPH Site Director to find appropriate Internship placements.  The KU-MPH Program has established relationships with numerous public health agencies across the state.  First time use of any new site for an MPH Internship must be approved by the MPH Site Director.

I applied to the KU-MPH program and was denied admission. Can I get feedback on my application?

We do not always receive specific feedback regarding applicant scoring, therefore we cannot accomodate requests for feedback from denied applicants. 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.

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: Oct 16, 2019
Course descriptions

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Accreditation & Affiliations


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

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

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