Program Admission

Is there specific undergraduate coursework that is required for admission to the MPH program?
The Puget Sound M.P.H. program does not require specific pre-requisite coursework for admission. Students may find that courses in statistics, human biology or anatomy and physiology, and sociology are helpful preparation for an M.P.H.

How do I apply to the M.P.H. program?
The M.P.H. program requires an application, resume, official copies of transcripts, and statement of goals from all applicants. Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate at the University of Puget Sound are required to have two letters of recommendation submitted. Applicants who did not receive their undergraduate degree in the United States or international students for whom English is not their first language are required to provide documentation of English proficiency. Read more about the admission process.

What is the minimum GRE score required for admission to the program?
The GRE is not required for admission.

Who should I include as references or solicit to write reference letters?
Recommenders should be acquainted with you in a professional capacity and be able to speak to your ability or potential for public health graduate studies. Prior professors or volunteer/work supervisors are generally good options if they know you well enough to speak to your academic and professional potential.

I’ve been admitted to the program for this year, but something has changed and I am unable to attend. Can I defer admission to the next year?
The M.P.H. program will consider requests to defer admission on a case by case basis.

Program Requirements and Completion

When are courses offered?
Courses are generally offered in the late afternoon or early evening (after 3 p.m.).

Is it possible to attend part-time?
It is possible to attend part-time. A recommended full-time sequence is available to all students. Part-time sequences will be developed on an individual basis with students needing to attend part-time.

How long does it take to complete the M.P.H. program?
For students attending full-time, the program is designed to be completed in two academic years inclusive of summer coursework between the two academic years.

How much does the M.P.H. program cost?
Review updated information about program costs.

Are there scholarships or assistantships available?
There are no program-sponsored scholarships or assistantships available at this time. Students may consider loans or apply for external scholarships, and are encouraged to contact the financial aid office for more information.

Can I complete my practicum requirements at my current place of employment?
Under some circumstances, students can complete their practicum at their current place of employment. This will usually involve developing a specific workplan and project that is separate from their usual work in order to align with selected competencies for development. Practicum is required to be completed under the supervision of a public health professional, so it may also require that the practicum supervisor is a different individual from one’s regular employment supervisor. These situations will be considered and approved on an individual basis.

Program Focus and Accreditation

Is the M.P.H. Program at Puget Sound accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health?
CEPH requires a specific amount of data on students, including information on graduates, in order to review a program for accreditation. The Puget Sound M.P.H. program plans to put in an application for CEPH accreditation before we have graduates. Once accredited, CEPH uses the application date as the accreditation date. Our goal is for all graduates to come under CEPH accreditation.

What makes the program at the University of Puget Sound unique?
The mission of the University of Puget Sound M.P.H. program is to prepare culturally responsive graduates who promote health equity and community wellness, and work to prevent injury and illness. The program has a generalist concentration that is focused on health equity and minimizing disparities. More information about the program competencies.

Can I specialize in a specific subdiscipline of public health?
The program is generally focused, with an emphasis on health equity and minimizing disparities. As part of the curriculum, students will have the option to take two special topics courses during their studies.