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What are the requirements to be accepted into grad school for a masters in Public Health?

Preferably at Michigan State University but general requirement info is welcomed!

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Mary Jane’s Answer

Most MPH degrees do not have specific requirements for admission beyond a minimum GPA. Some may require the GRE exam but that is becoming less common. If you are intending to go into the biostatistics track, they may require some specific math courses and if you are considering an administration track, they may require or recommend some economics courses. For epidemiology, having some science or data analysis courses (psychology and sociology may provide this) will also be helpful but is not usually required. Related courses help make the case that you understand what you're getting into with the MPH coursework and you're prepared to succeed.

In terms of experiences, it can be very helpful if you have a summer or two of internship experience in the type of setting where you ultimately see yourself working. So, if you are interested in community health, maybe you intern at your county health department. If you want to do disease surveillance as an epidemiologist, maybe you do research in a microbiology lab. If maternal-child health is the track you're most interested in, maybe you find an internship with an agency that works with mothers and newborns. Having a sense of the types of problems you want to engage with and the type of impact you hope to have will make you a stronger candidate because your personal statement will be more compelling.

All programs will have an admissions page on their websites where they lay out any requirements for GPA, GRE, prerequisite courses, and required/recommended experiences.

Mary Jane recommends the following next steps:

Check out MSU's admissions website: https://online.msu.edu/programs/public-health#admissionsrequirements
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Hwal’s Answer

Kennedy,

With the assumption that you can look up specific requirements to apply to the program at MSU, what I've found in general is that many (but not all) programs require a bachelor's degree, a certain minimum undergraduate GPA, and certain prerequisite courses like statistics. At the same time, the requirements are unique for each program, so if you have more than one program you're interested in, I would look up the application requirements for each of those programs.

Good luck!

Hwal
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Dn. Marva’s Answer

There are requirements like to have:
*A bachelors or undergraduate degree minimun in a relative subject.
*english language proficiency
*some universities demand a research purposal.
*updated cv
*reference letters
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Kennedy!

Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in a health-related field is a great start, especially if you can achieve it with Honors. If you excel in your Honors assessment, a Doctorate in Public Health could be your next step. This could open doors to teaching opportunities, such as instructing undergraduate medical students or guiding doctoral researchers.

Think of it as a pyramid. The higher you ascend, the more people you can assist with your expertise. Why not consider training medical professionals at prestigious institutions like the Mayo Clinic? The USA is teeming with experts, a testament to the pinnacle of western culture.

In 1994, I completed a Masters in Public Health and embarked on my final project. I developed a nutrition education software called MenuWise and decided to assess its effectiveness. Unfortunately, my Course Coordinator didn't share my enthusiasm and I didn't pass. But that's all in the past and I'm still passionate about programming.

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Jim.
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Thank you comment icon Hey James, are there any other requirements (other than a Bachelor's) that a student might need to fulfill in order to be accepted into grad school? Example: recommendation letters or hours dedicated to hands-on work in the field? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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