Admission Requirements

Evaluation Process

The EVMS-ODU MPH Program evaluates applicants using a holistic review process, during which all components of an application are reviewed prior to making an admission decision.  Consideration is given for appropriate work experience in a health-related field. 

Degree Seeking (Matriculate) Students

For U.S. Students

Requirements for admission include:

  • Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements from an accredited college or university, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, prior to matriculating in the MPH Program.
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended, including an official transcript from the degree awarding institution that specifies the date upon which the degree was issued.
  • Recent (within the past 5 years) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores - GMAT or MCAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores.
  • A personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Program.
  • Three letters of reference.

While not required, consideration will be given for appropriate work experience in a health-related field. 

Persons licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. or Canada may request a waiver of the GRE requirement. 

For International Students

Requirements for admission include:

  • Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements from an accredited college or university, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, prior to matriculating in the MPH Program.
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended, including an official transcript from the degree awarding institution that specifies the date upon which the degree was issued.
  • In cases where a non-U.S. grading system has been utilized on a transcript, students should have grades converted to the U.S. grading system by World Education Services (WES).
  • Recent (within the past 5 years) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores - GMAT or MCAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or greater for internet based tests (iBT) or 550 or greater for paper based tests; or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a composite of at least a Band 6 which means a “Competent User" for applicants whose native language is not English.
  • A personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Program.
  • Three letters of reference.

While not required, consideration will be given for appropriate work experience in a health-related field.

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.

To apply as a matriculate student, complete the application by clicking the Submit an Application link in the right-hand column of this page.

Non-Matriculate (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.

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.
  • 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.

Requests are subject to approval of the MPH Program Director. In exceptional cases, the Director may approve a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours for transfer.

Approved transfer grades are included on an MPH student's transcript; however, transfer grades are not included in term or cumulative GPA calcuations.