Admission to Master of Public Health

Students are admitted into the MPH program during the fall and spring semesters, respectively.

Admission Requirements for the MPH Program

  • Submission of the “Application for Graduate Admission” and payment of the application fee to the Marshall University Graduate College.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.  Waivers to the GPA requirement may be made in very exceptional circumstances, such as when prior satisfactory graduate school performance has been demonstrated.
  • Submission of the application to the MPH program, including personal statement not to exceed two pages in length.
  • Receipt of official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions by the Graduate College of Marshall University, and official transcripts of other coursework as the program may require.
  • Submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must be from previous faculty if the applicant has engaged in full-time post-secondary study in the previous five years.
  • Resume of work history or curriculum vitae, to describe both post-secondary work and study.
  • Individual interview may be conducted by the Admission Committee.

Application to the PharmD/MPH Program

Application to the PharmD/MPH program is a two-step process:

  • Students applying to the PharmD/MPH Program must first apply to the PharmD program through the PharmCAS system (http://www., and see
  • Current Pharm.D. students and those accepted into the matriculating class are eligible for admission to the Pharm.D./MPH program. Applicants must complete the Pharm.D./MPH supplemental application ( programs/how-to-apply-for-admission) and pay all requested application fees. Additionally, the students must meet the general requirements for the MPH Program.

Application to the Accelerated MPH program

  • The BS in Health Sciences student would be able to apply for the MPH program in their Junior year, but would not be fully admitted into the MPH program until after their graduation from the BS in Health Sciences.
  • Additionally, the students must meet the general requirements for the MPH Program.

How your Application is Evaluated

We consider the totality of each applicant’s credentials including previous academic record (GPA & rigor of academic program/major).  However, many other factors are critically important, including each applicant’s experience or work history, and commitment to a career in public health. An applicant’s strength of academic preparation, experience or other attributes can make for a particularly desirable fit which may offset other weaknesses in an application.  You should choose a specific track on the MPH Supplemental Application for the Admission Committee to consider an applicant’s potential in that specialization.


First, you should submit the Graduate College Application.  This ensures that a file is immediately created and your application material processing is expedited. Simply go directly to the Admissions website to begin the application process.

Please note the following:

  • You will need to first register with a user name and password.
  • The location of enrollment is “Huntington”.
  • The major is “Public Health”, and the code for the Master of Public Health is “GHAØ” (a zero at the end).
  • While the application specifies West Virginia, Metro and Non-resident fees, please note that Metro and Non-resident fees are equivalent.
  • Please skip the prompt and then attach a separate page with additional information. Your personal statement in the Supplemental Application form meets this requirement.

You will also need to complete the application to the Graduate Program of Public Health: MPH Supplemental Application

To help you through the steps to complete your application, we have provided an MPH Application Checklist.

Please note that all materials for your application must be submitted through the Marshall University Graduate Admissions office.  We receive only complete applications for review, so please make sure you have submitted all materials.

To ensure you know when all your materials have been received, we will email you as soon as we have a complete application file.

Please write or call if we may assist you in the application process!

Contact: Anthony T. Woart, MBA, MA, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Public Health