Master of Public Health

College of Health Sciences
Master of Public Health

Degree Options:

  • Environmental Health Sciences (EHS)
  • Health Promotion
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Public Health Nutrition

Who Would be Interested in This Program?

  • an interest in creating healthy places to live, work, and play.
  • an interest in promoting community change.
  • a background in public health, health sciences, or health administration.
  • Desire to enhance your application to medical schools or other professional programs.
  • Desire to seek a promotion at current place of employment in a public health/clinical health setting.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5 or better;
  • Combined score of at least 291on the verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with a minimum of 143 in each area, or a score of 385 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); Applicants with cumulative undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 or higher are exempt from this requirement.
  • Submission of graduate school application;
  • Submission of MPH Program application (No specific deadline - Rolling Admissions);
  • Submission of statement of personal and professional objectives (1½ to 2-pages);
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation from employers or previous professors; and
  • For International applicants, a TOEFL score of at least 580 for paper-based test and 237 for the computer- based version, or an IELTS minimum score of 5 on each section and a minimum score of 6.5 on the overall band score.

So that timely progress toward the degree can be achieved, the following undergraduate pre-requisite courses are expected to be completed prior to active participation in the program.

  • Industrial Hygiene:  At least 1 physical science plus a physics course; 2 chemistry with lab; 2 biology with lab; college algebra; and 1 microbiology course at the undergraduate level.
  • Environmental Health Science:  At least 1 physical science, 2 chemistry with lab, 2 biology with lab, college algebra, and 1 microbiology course at the undergraduate level.
  • Public Health Nutrition:  An undergraduate basic nutrition course, which may also be completed during the student’s first semester of program enrollment.

Where Are Recent Graduates of the Program Employed?

  • State and Local Health Department
  • Water and Waste Treatment
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food Protection and Safety
  • Infection Control
  • Bio-terrorism Preparedness
  • Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Nonprofit or volunteer agencies
  • Occupational Safety
  • Industrial Hygiene within industry and consultation
  • Workplace Health Programs
  • Hazard Communication
  • National agencies like Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • WIC Nutritionist
  • Cooperative Extension Services
  • Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Programs

How Do I Get More Information?

  • Students who are interested in the Master of Public Health may contact the MPH office at (859) 622-7566 or follow us on Twitter: @eku_mph or Facebook: @ekumph.