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Public Health

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Public Health.  It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

The Public Health Graduate Program offers a combined (accelerated) master’s degree track (BS/BA + MPH), a stand alone MPH and a dual degree track (PhD/MS/MA + MPH). An online degree track (Family and Community Health only) is also offered. The Public Health Graduate Program only awards Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Students in the combined and dual degree tracks will earn a MPH through the Public Health Graduate Program while completing their degree requirements for a graduate or undergraduate program in another department. Thus, applicants wishing to pursue a degree in another department must apply to that department separately.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application or mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying, as directed below. Click the links below for details. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the requirements sections of this page:

Application Deadlines:  The MPH Admissions Committee meets in early November to review all complete applications for the following spring semester and early February for fall admissions. This is when the bulk of graduate admissions are made. Therefore, students applying for Spring admissions into the MPH program must have their application complete no later than October 15th for international applicants residing outside the US and November 1st for domestic and international applicants residing within the US.  International and domestic applicants applying for fall admissions may submit by one of the three application deadlines (February 1st, March 15th, or June 1st), and are highly encouraged to submit their applications by February 1st for the first round of admissions.  


Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen February 1; March 15; June 1 October 15 No Entry
International February 1; March 15; June 1 October 15 No Entry

 Online admission deadlines:

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

May 15 (decision by May 30)

October 1 (decision by October 15)

February 1 (decision by February 15)

June 15 (decision by June 30)

November 1 (decision by November 15)

March 1 (decision by March 15)

July 15 (decision by July 30)

December 1 (decision by December 15)

April 1 (decision by April 15)

Contact Information Mailing Address
Web Sites of Interest

Name: Salma Elwazeer, MPH
Public Health Coordinator 

Phone: (765) 494-0109 

Emillia Maurais, MSc
Online Degree Coordinator

Phone:  (765-494-9636)

Public Health
Purdue University
700 W. State St. 
West Lafayette, IN 47907 


Master of Public Health Graduate Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
       3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
       > 290 and > 3.5 for Analytical Writing
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation are required; at least two must be from academic sources.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts from All Academic Institutions Attended
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Master of Public Health Program Combined (4+1) Degree

  • Applicants will follow the Fall admissions deadline requirements and apply in the Spring of their junior year.  There is no Spring admissions for the combined degree.
  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:  3.5 or equivalent required.

Master of Public Health Dual Degree Track (PhD/MS/MA + MPH)

Any applicants wishing to pursue both a PhD/MS/MA and a MPH must apply to both programs separately.  Applicants may apply at the same time they apply for their other degree objective or at any time within their current graduate degree studies.

International Applicant Additional Requirements: 

  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
       Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 100 
       With the following minimum section requirements:
        Reading: 22 
        Listening: 22 
        Speaking: 22 
        Writing: 22 

Effective for those seeking Spring 2019 admission and beyond:

Minimum Paper-Delivered Test - no overall score reported
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 19
Listening: 14
Writing: 18

IELTS (Academic Module):
Minimum overall score required: 6.5
With the following minimum section requirements:
Reading: 6.5
Listening: 6.0
Speaking: 6.0
Writing: 5.5

Pearson Test of English (PTE):
No longer accepted

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