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MPH Program in Health Services

Application Process

Application Criteria

The Health Services MPH program reviews all applications as part of a holistic admissions process. Applicants are evaluated on a number of factors including their interest in public health, academic background, letters of recommendation, professional experience, transcripts, career goals, and more. Most successful applicants have undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or above. We also encourage applicants to connect with department staff, prior to applying, to learn more about the MPH program and potential fit.

Quantitative Skills

Biostatistics and epidemiology are core courses for the MPH, and thus it is important for students to evince strong quantitative performance. A review course in algebra or statistics may be desirable for applicants who need to bolster their skills in this area.

Application Steps


The submission deadline for Autumn 2022 is December 1, 2021.

  • Applicants requesting an application fee-waiver must not submit their application until they receive approval from the UW Graduate School. Please notify the program if you have not received approval prior to the deadline.

Step One: Research the Program

Contact or visit us. For questions about the program and the application process, or to set up a visit, please contact the Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager directly (, or book a prospective student advising appointment here.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are also available here.

Step Two: Prepare to Apply

Get unofficial transcripts from each college or university you've attended. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies. Prior schools and minor transcripts for coursework that has no relevance to the degree can be omitted.

Official transcripts will only be requested when an offer of admission is made (international applicants) or accepted (domestic applicants).

Update your resume or curriculum vitae.

Write your Statement of Purpose. In a statement of 700-1000 words (double-spaced), describe your professional background, career goals, and the educational objectives you expect to meet through the program. Be sure to include a description of your work experience in health care or related fields. The admissions committee places particular importance on well-specified and realistic career objectives.

Write your Personal Statement. The University of Washington is committed to excellence through diversity, and our Program's curriculum promotes an understanding of the means by which social inequities and racism, generated by power and privilege, undermine health. We welcome students who have varied cultural experiences, and who will contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of our program. In a 1-2 page statement (double-spaced), please describe your personal history, family background, and influences on your intellectual development that reflect your commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This statement may include social, cultural, economic, and educational opportunities, or disadvantages that you have overcome, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you.

Identify people who will write letters of recommendation for you. Our program requires three letters of recommendation, preferably from former or current supervisors and teachers. The recommendation letters should address the general topic of an applicant's suitability for the training provided by the program, and should mention how long recommenders have known the applicant and in what context.

You will need their email addresses for the Graduate School application, which will then send specific instructions to each recommender.

You will be able to return to the online application to check whether your letters have been submitted. Applicants are expected to be in contact with each recommender to make sure that the letters are submitted by the application deadline (December 1).

Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), if desired. As of November 2019, the GRE is no longer required for the MPH Program in Health Services. Submission of GRE scores is optional for students who feel that their scores are a better representation of their current academic preparedness for the program than their undergraduate transcripts.

If you choose to submit GRE scores, they must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854 for the University of Washington, and should be no older than 5 years. You will also be asked to self-report your GRE scores.

Apply for an application fee waiver if you qualify. The University of Washington grants fee waivers to McNair Scholars and PPIA Fellows, and on the basis of financial need - see this page for more information and application instructions.

The Department of Health Systems and Population Health offers fee waivers to AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni, and veterans, among others - see our policy for more information and application form.

Applicants must request a fee waiver PRIOR to submitting their application for admission.

Step Three: Apply Online

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.

Choose a Program or Concentration. Options for the in-residence MPH in Health Services begin in the list with "Health Services".

    Please note, applicants need only apply to ONE track, either the Health Services generalist option, OR a single concentration. Please do not submit multiple applications in a single application cycle; candidates will be reviewed only once. Contact us if there are questions about this.

Designate the people who have agreed to write your letters of recommendation. Each of these people will be sent an email directing them to a secure website where they will submit their letters.

Upload all required documents.

For the section on Areas of Interest, there is a 20 word limit. Please respond with a comma-separated list, for example, "social determinants of health, health policy, Latinx health, immigrant and refugee health, payment reform."

Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application. (Please see above for information on fee waivers.)

After you've submitted your application, you can check on its status by logging into the application page.

International Applicants

If you are required to provide test scores as proof of English language proficiency, you will need to enter your test scores in the online application. The UW requirements for TOEFL and other English language proficiency tests are available here.

A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.

Undocumented Applicants

Application guidance and resources for undocumented applicants are here. There are additional resources on the Leadership Without Borders page.


A list of answers to frequently asked questions are here.

Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions, or book an advising appointment.