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  1. 1. George Washington University

    Washington, DC
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    Submitting GRE scores is optional for applicants to George Washington University’s online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit two letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.27 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 81% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 45 credits to graduate.
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    Submitting GRE scores is optional for applicants to George Washington University’s online master’s of public health program...

  2. 2. Johns Hopkins University (Bloomberg)

    Baltimore, MD
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    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, the average student accepted to this program had a 3.4 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 70.5% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 80 credits to graduate.
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    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  3. 3. University of California–Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA
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    The University of California–Berkeley School of Public Health does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 67% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 42 credits to graduate.
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    The University of California–Berkeley School of Public Health does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  4. 4. Louisiana State University Online

    Baton Rouge, LA
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    Louisiana State University Online does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Last year, the average undergraduate GPA for accepted students was 3.3. The acceptance rate for the program was 31% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 42 credits to graduate.
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    Louisiana State University Online does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  5. 5. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Little Rock, AR
    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health, rural and global public health concentration program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores unless the applicant has an undergraduate degree from an accredited US institution. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.5 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 70% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 42 credits to graduate.
    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health, rural and global public health concentration program...

  6. 6. University of Southern California

    Los Angeles, CA
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    The University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, student accepted to this program on average had a 3.28 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 71% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 42 credits to graduate.
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    The University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  7. 7. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Gillings)

    Chapel Hill, NC
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    The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Gillings) does not require or recommend applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.28 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 72% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 42 credits to graduate.
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    The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Gillings) does not require or recommend applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  8. 8. Baylor University

    Waco, TX
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    Baylor University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation and international applicants are not required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.23 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 75% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 42 credits to graduate.
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    Baylor University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  9. 9. University of Saint Joseph

    West Hartford, CT
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    The University of Saint Joseph does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit two letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.14 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 49% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 42 credits to graduate.
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    The University of Saint Joseph does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  10. 10. Oregon State University

    Corvallis, OR
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    Oregon State University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master of public health in public health practice program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.41 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 93% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 60 credits to graduate.
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    Oregon State University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master of public health in public health practice program...

  11. 11. New Mexico State University

    Las Cruces, NM
    New Mexico State University does not require a GRE to apply to its master’s in public health program. Prospective students must submit three letters of recommendation in order to apply, and TOEFL scores are required from international students. Last year, students accepted to the program on average had a 3.38 undergraduate GPA. The program accepted 87.36% of students last year, and has a current enrollment of 73.
    New Mexico State University does not require a GRE to apply to its master’s in public health program...

  12. 12. Central Michigan University

    Mt. Pleasant, MI
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    Central Michigan University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit two letters of recommendation or complete an interview and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 47% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 48 credits to graduate.
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    Central Michigan University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  13. 13. Tulane University

    New Orleans, LA
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    Tulane University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s in public health program. Prospective students are required to submit two letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.06 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 92% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 45 credits to graduate.
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    Tulane University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s in public health program...

  14. 14. Kent State University

    Kent, OH
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    Kent State University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit three letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. The acceptance rate for the program was 87.6% for the 2020-2021 year and the retention rate was 81%. Students must complete 46 credits to graduate.
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    Kent State University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

  15. 15. Nova Southeastern University

    Fort Lauderdale, FL
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    Nova Southeastern University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program. Prospective students are required to submit two letters of recommendation and international applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores. Last year, students accepted to this program on average had a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. The acceptance rate for the program was 80% for the 2020-2021 year, and students must complete 42 credits to graduate.
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    Nova Southeastern University does not require applicants to submit GRE scores for its online master’s of public health program...

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an MPH degree?

A master’s of public health, or MPH, is an interdisciplinary graduate-level degree that’s designed to educate students about a range of public health issues, including: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy, and community health. Students in MPH programs will learn how to improve a community’s health and prevent disease and illness.

Do I need a bachelor’s in public health to apply for an MPH degree?

No, but some top-ranked programs are looking for applicants who have post-baccalaureate experience working in a health-related field, as well as coursework in biology, math and a health-related science.

Do I need work experience for MPH degree applications?

Some public health programs would like applicants to have some relevant experience, though that can be broadly defined, and the requirement isn’t strict. George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, for example, is looking for applicants who are primarily excited about public health.

Are MPH degrees worth it?

A master’s degree in public health can open more doors to career opportunities and higher salaries than simply an undergraduate degree. The average salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in public health is $50,000 per year, and it’s $67,000 per year for someone with an MPH, according to data from Payscale.

What are the benefits of an MPH?

In addition to learning a specialized set of skills, which can command bigger salaries and potentially fetch more interest from employers, students in MPH programs may complete internships or experiential learning components. What’s more, there’s growing demand for health care industry workers.

Can you make a lot of money with an MPH?

Salaries for graduates of master’s degree programs in public health can vary widely, depending on a student’s chosen specialization and career path. While community health care workers earn an average salary of about $33,300, according to the latest available figures from Indeed, the average pay for biostatisticians is more than three times as high, at about $120,000.

Can MPH be done online?

Yes, there are numerous public health programs that offer online options which typically allow students to continue working full-time while pursuing the degree. These programs are growing in popularity; among the 15 online MPH programs in Fortune's ranking, schools have seen their combined enrollments soar 39% over the past year.

How much does it cost to go to MPH?

Costs for online master’s degree programs in public health vary widely. At No. 1-ranked George Washington University, the tuition is $81,000 while that amount falls to about $32,000 at places like Central Michigan University or Louisiana State University. Scholarships are available, though most students obtain loans to cover the cost of the degree.

Is it hard to get into MPH?

Master’s degree programs in public health are rigorous, and students must complete foundational classes and may select from nearly 50 concentrations for specialization. In addition to coursework, students may need to juggle other school-related obligations, including internships or integrative learning experiences.

Is MPH good for medical school?

Some aspiring doctors are trying to get a leg up on their peers by first earning a master’s degree in public health to give themselves a competitive edge in the admissions process for medical school. These students may choose to pursue an MPH before, during, or even after their schooling or residency.