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MPH Program in Health Services

Application Process

Application Criteria

Successful applications generally meet the following criteria:

  • good match between the training goals of applicants and the MPH program
  • progression between past and present training and/or experience and attainment of the MPH
  • at least 2-3 years of public health-related work experience
  • faculty interview (when possible)
  • good recommendation letters, transcripts, and GRE scores
  • with few exceptions, minimum GPA of 3.0, a "B" average
  • at least 50th-percentile GRE scores in all 3 categories

Quantitative Skills

Biostatistics and epidemiology are core courses for the MPH, and thus it is important for students to evidence 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 2020 is December 2, 2019.
  • 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 Specialist:

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

Complete a prospective student interview with faculty. An in-person or telephone interview with one or more faculty in the program is highly recommended. We encourage applicants to contact faculty directly, prior to submitting an application. One way you may determine faculty who share your training interests is by viewing the faculty bios on the web. In looking at these, you may see where your best fit is and learn more about current research activities and opportunities for student involvement.

You will list all faculty contacts in the appropriate section of the MPH application.

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 3).

Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), if applicable. The GRE is not required for those who have earned a doctoral degree (PhD, JD, DDS, MD, or related degree) in the United States from an accredited institution of higher learning.

GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854 for the University of Washington.

GRE scores should be no older than 5 years.

You will also be asked to self-report your GRE scores.

See our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions about the GRE requirement.

Write your MCH Supplemental Statement of Purpose, if applicable. Applicants to the Maternal and Child Health concentration only: Please follow the writing prompt and additional application instructions on this page.

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".

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.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application.

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 graduates are here. There are additional resources on the Leadership Without Borders page.