University of Massachusetts/Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Blended MPH Program on the Worcester Campus

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MPH degree program should have either an advanced degree in a health related discipline (medicine, nursing, social work, etc) or a minimum of 2 years of appropriate post baccalaureate experience in a health related field as determined by the admissions committee.  All applicants will also be required to submit a current CV along with their personal statement that includes a detailed description of their health-care work (unless they meet the requirement of having a graduate degree in a health-related field).

In addition applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School:

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited college with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75;
  • an original transcript from all undergraduate institutions;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • a personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing the MPH degree;
  • a current CV
  • GRE scores:

The Graduate School waives the GRE requirement for applicants with a doctoral level degree received from a U.S. accredited school, but the MPH program reserves the right to require the examination in selected cases. 

Foreign applicants must submit TOEFL examination scores and GRE test results unless they have taken the USMLE or ECFMG.  GRE scores are valid for 5 years.  For more information on the GREs, call 800-473-2255 or visit their website at http://www.gre.org .

Applicants intersted in applying should visit the Graduate School Web site  or go to http://www.umass.edu and follow to the Graduate Admissions section.  Applications can be submitted online or downloaded and mailed in.  The deadline for Spring admission is October 1 and for Fall admission, the deadline is February 1.   To request information on the application, please contact Linda Hollis, Program Coordinator at 774-442-6499 or email her at Linda.hollis@umassmed.edu 

Be sure to write "MPH Program in Worcester" where it asks for program so that the application will go to the correct campus.

Students may also take courses on a non-degree basis and transfer them into the program if accepted as long as the grade is a B or better.  A total of 12 credits can be transferred.  Preferably 2 of the courses should be Principles of Epidemiology and Introductory Biostatistics but we realize that is not always feasible.  Please note, however, that successful completion of courses as a non-degree student does not quarantee acceptance to the program.  Please make sure you meet the admission requirements before investing in the program as a non-degree student.

All MPH students are required to complete a three-credit practice experience as a degree  requirement.  For more information on the practicum requirement, please see:  http://www.umass.edu/sphhs/MPHPracticumStudentHandbook_000.htm   There is also a separate section on this website that has the practicum forms.