Applying to the Graduate Program in Public Health

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who are not seeking the Master of Public Health degree may, on a space-available basis, take courses offered by the Program. Non-degree seeking students can take courses during any semester in the MPH Program as long as their non-degree seeking application and subsequent registration is completed prior to the specified deadlines. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and must pay tuition prior to the start of the semester. If a non-degree student seeks to enter and is accepted into the MPH program as a degree-seeking student, the credit hours will be applied to the MPH degree and the total tuition for the degree is adjusted to reflect the amount the student has already paid as a non-matriculating student. Non-degree seeking students can only become degree-seeking students during the Fall application cycle.

To apply as a non-degree seeking student, complete the application by clicking the Submit an Application link in the right hand side of this page.

Degree Seeking (Matriculate) Students

For U.S. Students

Requirements for admission include:

  • A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a competitive Grade Point Average (GPA) (minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale).
  • Receipt of a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating as an EVMS student.  If the bachelor’s degree was issued by a U.S. college or university, as a general rule it should be from a regionally accredited institution.  However, the program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  • Official transcripts from the awarding institution must specify the date upon which the degree was issued.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years.
  • The GMAT or MCAT may be substituted for the GRE.

Persons licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. or Canada may request a waiver of the GRE requirement. Additional consideration will be given for appropriate work experience in a health-related field.

For International Students

Requirements for admission include:

  • A Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a competitive Grade Point Average (GPA) (minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale).
  • Students should have grades converted to the U.S. grading system by a recognized organization should a non-U.S. grading system have been utilized at the institutions attended;
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last 5 years.
  • TOEFL score of 79 or greater for internet based tests and 550 or greater for paper based tests, for applicants whose native language is not English;
  • International students must abide by all U.S. Immigration laws throughout their enrollment at EVMS. This includes, but is not limited to, qualifying and obtaining a proper visa prior to attendance. For further information regarding the visa process, please contact the EVMS Office of Human Resources at (757) 446-6043.

Transfer Credits

Requests to transfer credits are considered on an individual basis after students are admitted to the EVMS-ODU MPH Program.  A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours may be approved for transfer, if all of the following conditions hold:

  • Course credits were completed at an accredited institution and reflected on an official transcript;
  • Transfers can feasibly occur within the six-year matriculation limit of this MPH program;
  • The grade earned is a ‘B’ or better;
  • Credits for an MPH core course were completed at a CEPH-accredited school or program in public health; and
  • Course credits were not used to complete a degree that was granted at EVMS, ODU, or another institution.

All requests must be made no later than one full term prior to graduation from the Program.

Students wishing to request graduate credits to be transferred into the MPH Program must submit a copy of the syllabus for the course and a Transfer Approval Request Form to their Faculty Advisor.  The Faculty Advisor will submit the request to the Track Coordinator, who will consult with teaching faculty as appropriate.