Admission Consideration Criteria

Admission to the Master of Public Health program is competitive and based on a comprehensive “whole-person” evaluation. The evaluation process is comprised of both objective and subjective criteria assigned a quantitative weighted value according to the foundational skills deemed integral to successful completion of the program. An evaluation scale provides an objective approach for admission consideration however the final decision is at the discretion of the MPH program admissions panel. The criteria used in applicant consideration are listed below in order of weight.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA):
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred however, applicants with a lower GPA are still considered for admission.

Discretionary Panel Evaluation:
This section is designed to designate weight for uncategorized considerations that may include optional application submissions (such as references), interviews or previous interaction with faculty, and/or to give priority to applicants who completed their undergraduate degree at OSU. Applicants are encouraged to contact the MPH director with questions about the program or to introduce themselves and communicate intent to apply.

Personal Statement:
See the Application Process page for information to include in the personal statement. The personal statement provides an opportunity for the applicant to not only demonstrate skills in effective writing and communication but showcase his/her passion for the field of public health, facets of personal character, and readiness for entrance into a rigorous graduate program of study. The MPH program at OSU seeks to admit a diverse population of students who display a dedication to public health practice and an understanding of the role of public health practice in improving health outcomes.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score:
The GRE is a standardized examination reflective of an individual’s ability to be successful in a rigorous program of study and is required for admittance to most graduate degree programs worldwide. A combined score of 300 or greater in the written and quantitative sections and 3.5 or greater in the verbal section are preferred however, applicants with scores lower are still considered. Each section of the GRE is weighted equally.

Work/Volunteer Experience:
The field of public health is a corner stone of community service and outreach. Related experience serving rural populations or otherwise addressing needs for underserved populations is preferred. Related experience does not have to be within the field of public health but may demonstrate dedication to a topic or populations, skills in leadership, etc.