Admission Requirements

Applying to the Graduate Program in Public Health - Master of Public Health (MPH)

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

Admission requirements for:


Computer Standards

In order to participate in the MPH Program you are required to supply your own laptop computer and it must adhere to our current Computer Standards.


Degree Seeking (Matriculate) Students

For U.S. Students

Requirements for admission include:

  • Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements prior to matriculating in the MPH Program, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale;
    • In the case where an applicant’s cumulative GPA is below the minimum 2.50, reviewers may consider a replacement GPA computed from the most recent 40 semester credit hours of U.S. or Canadian coursework.  
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
  • Recent (within the past 5 years) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  GMAT or MCAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores.  Persons licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. or Canada may request a waiver of the GRE requirement;
  • 3 letters of reference; and
  • A personal essay.

For International Students

International students must abide by all U.S. Immigration laws throughout their enrollment in the EVMS-ODU MPH Program.  This includes, but is not limited to, qualifying and obtaining a proper visa prior to attendance.  For further information, please contact the EVMS Office of Human Resources at 757.446.6043.

Requirements for admission include:

  • Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements prior to matriculating in the MPH Program, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.  In cases where a non-U.S. grading system has been used, World Education Services (WES) verification must be provided;
  • Recent (within the past 5 years) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  GMAT or MCAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores.  Persons licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. or Canada may request a waiver of the GRE requirement;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of >79 (iBT) or >550 (paper-based);
  • 3 letters of reference; and
  • A personal essay.

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

Top of Page


Graduate Certificate Seeking 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.
  • A personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Graduate Certificate Program.

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).
  • 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 Graduate Certificate Program.

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, complete the application by clicking the Submit an Application link in the right-hand column of this page.

Top of Page


Non-Degree Seeking (Non-Matriculate) Students

Requirements for admission include:

  • Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements from an accredited college or university.
  • 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.

Students who are not seeking the MPH degree may, on a space-available basis, take courses offered by the Program.  Non-degree seeking students can take courses during any term as long as their non-degree seeking application and subsequent registration is complete prior to the specified deadlines.  Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and must pay tuition prior to the start of a given semester.  If a non-degree seeking student seeks to enter and is accepted into the MPH Program as a degree-seeking student, credit hours earned in the Program will be applied and total tuition for the degree adjusted appropriately.  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.

Top of Page


Transfer Credits

Requests to transfer graduate credits from another accredited US or Canadian institution are considered on an individual basis after students are admitted to the EVMS-ODU MPH Program. International credits are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  

A student may transfer up to 9 graduate credit hours, if all of the following conditions hold:

  • Graduate course credits were completed at an accredited US or Canadian 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

*Exceptions to this requirement may be found on the MPH website under Admission Requirements.

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 the appropriate Track Coordinator, who will consult with teaching faculty as appropriate.    

Requests are subject to the 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 semester or cumulative GPA calculations.

Internal Transfer Credits

Non-matriculating and Certificate students taking courses in the EVMS-ODU MPH Program may transfer up to 25 internal transfer credit hours.  A grade of ‘B’ or better is required for each transferred course.

Non-matriculating student who apply to matriculate into the MPH Program may be granted admission for the spring or summer terms.  The admission process for matriculating students applies.

Approved internal grades will be included on an MPH student’s transcript, and will be included in cumulative GPA calculations.

Top of Page

 This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula.  Information is subject to change.