The multi-faceted nature of the public health profession allow prospective students
from diverse backgrounds (nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, social and liberal art
scientists, social workers, psychologists, engineers and physicians) to enter the
field. The MPH program at Chicago State University admits diverse students from different
educational backgrounds. To accommodate the anticipated diverse student group, the
MPH curriculum will consider the academic background and life experience of the individual
Applicants whose background is not in health sciences will be required to take PUBH
5126: Biological Basis of Public Health course during the first semester. Prospective
students seeking admission to the MPH program must meet the standards on academic
ability and work experience. The Admission Committee places emphasis on the qualifications
and credentials of the students to succeed in public health practice.
Applications to the MPH program must be made through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies,including paying the application fee, and the original transcripts of the candidate’s
undergraduate coursework. Application materials must be received by November 15 each
year for the spring semester enrollment. Early application is encouraged; applicants
may apply to the program up to 12 months prior to the desired start date.
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative
grade point average of 3.00 on a 4-point scale, for the final 60 semester credit hours
of undergraduate and/or graduate education.
2. A combined Graduate Record Examination (*GRE) qualitative and quantitative
score of 290 and above is required. *GRE will be waived for applicants with: i) doctorate
degree, e.g., PhD, EdD, MD, DDS, PharmD, PsyD, DPT, JD etc., or, ii) Master's degree
with completion of a thesis /dissertation.
3. A curriculum vitae/resume.
4. Personal statement describing past education, experience, and current professional
5. Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess their academic
work, clinical, public health, professional experiences or leadership potential in
Courses taken prior to admission to the MPH program must be approved at the time
of admission if they are to be counted towards the degree. These courses must have
a grade of B or better. Approval must be granted by both the department and the School
of Graduate and Professional Studies. To gain approval an extra original transcript
must accompany the application and submitted to the School of Graduate and Professional
Upon admission into the program, a faculty advisor will be assigned to each student
based on their specialty. The faculty advisor will monitor students’ performance each
semester. Attention will be given to course grades and related measures of achievements.