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Admission Process

Applying for Admission

Admission requirements:

1. A current resume

2. A short career plan essay answering the following questions:

  • What does public health mean to you?
  • What have you done that shows public health service is an important part of your life?
  • Why would you like to pursue or further develop a service career in public, non-profit, or health services administration with a public health emphasis?

3. Contact information for 3 professional or academic sources willing to provide a letter of reference

4. Proof of a healthcare credential if it is possessed

5. Basic Statistics class or equivalent in current job duties

6. Technical/Scientific writing course at the 300/400 level

In addition to the above:

  • one must fill out EWU's graduate application form. For faster processing of one's graduate application form, the graduate department requests prospective students to use the online submission form
  • One may apply online for graduate admission through EagleNET, Eastern Washington University's student services web site using the button below

The EWU Graduate Studies Office collects a $50 application fee. No additional fee is charged for application to the MPH program

    Apply Online

    Graduate Service Appointment Application (Optional)

    Admission Requirements

    Based on the standards described below:

    • students are admitted upon the recommendation of the director of the MPH program
    • the director's recommendation will be sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies
    • that dean will then notify the student, in writing, of his/her admission or rejection

    Applicants may seek admission on the basis of:

         1. their bachelor's degree work

         2. completion of another master's degree

         3. admission procedures and requirements are the same for the MPH degree and the certificate programs

    Admission Based on Undergraduate Academic Performance

    Students who have completed a bachelor's degree at an appropriately accredited institution may be admitted to the Graduate Program in Public Health based on the following criteria:

    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 90 quarter graded credits of post-secondary coursework (or its equivalent as computed by the Graduate Studies Office)
    • Must be computer literate to include word processing, spreadsheet construction, and internet applications. The Computer Literacy Program test (CLP) for the university or a computer literacy or computer-intensive course completed as an undergraduate would satisfy this requirement
    • Must have documented, recent statistics or biostatistics course to include basic probability concepts, organizing and summarizing data, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and correlation and analysis of variance. Decision Science 245 Data Analysis for Business or an equivalent would fulfill this requirement

      Admission Based on Another Master's Degree

      Students with proof of possession of another valid master's degree may waive the scientific/technical writing requirement. All further application requirements remain the same.

      Admission Based on Work Experience

      Applicants whose GPA is less than 3.0 and who have at least 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public health may also be offered regular admission

      Admission is based on the following:

      1. Evidence of having obtained a bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited institution
      2. An essay demonstrating critical thinking skills
      3. A statement of intent demonstrating a level of knowledge and intellectual maturity appropriate to the proposed field of graduate study
      4. Evidence of professional success in Public Health

      English Language Requirement:

      • all students from non-English speaking countries must provide evidence of adequate proficiency in the English language before being admitted to the MPH program. This requirement may be satisfied by presenting a TOEFL score of 580 (237 CBT, 92 IBT, or 7.0 IELTS score) or its equivalent
      • Students should be aware of the EWU regulation on "Previous Graduate Credit" which permits no more than 12 pre-admission credits to be counted toward a graduate degree
      • the director of the MPH program will determine whether they should be granted admission to the program based in part upon their work as post-baccalaureate students.
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