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The College of Health Science and Public Health offers the only Master of Public Health (MPH) program in eastern Washington.

The EWU MPH program offers two convenient options for completing the degree: an on-campus program with evening classes or a fully online option.

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In line with the mission of Eastern Washington University, the Master of Public Health program prepares future public health leaders to manage, develop, and re-orient health services to combat health inequalities and promote access and inclusion. The courses focus on developing leadership skills in an engaged, practical, and applied manner across the full spectrum of population health domains.

This program is specifically aimed at entry-level and early Public Health career professionals. EWU’s MPH faculty aims to develop a public health orientation in students while at the same time equipping graduates with the skills, knowledge, and expertise to succeed in health care and allied systems. The MPH may also appeal to more established health practitioners seeking public health credentialing and/or those seeking particular training in public health to enhance their careers.

What Will I Study?

The MPH Program is part of Eastern Washington University’s College of Health Science & Public Health (CHSPH), which is located in Spokane. Most on-campus classes are held in the evening, and the program also offers a fully online degree option. The MPH program is a semester-based program with a tailored curriculum that emphasizes leadership in the public health arena.

With the Master in Public Health program students will be able to:

  • Analyze public health issues defining a variety of viable options
  • Develop programs to meet assessed public health needs
  • Assess the outcomes of programs addressing public health concerns
  • Build public/private partnerships to address public health needs
  • Apply concepts and innovations of funding, both public and private, to public health initiatives

The program is offered in the traditional classroom in the evenings on the Spokane Campus. The program is also fully online beginning each Fall.

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Admission Requirements

A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester credits of post-secondary coursework is required for admission (for possible exceptions, see “Admission Based on Work Experience” below).

Submit a current resumé or curriculum vitae detailing your academic and professional background.

Three short career plan essays answering the following questions (2000-character limit per question):

  • 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?

Provide contact information for three professional or academic references willing to provide letters of recommendation.

  • Basic statistics class or equivalent in current job duties
    • Applicants must have a 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. Possible EWU undergraduate courses that would fulfill this requirement include MATH 380, CSBS 320, or DSCI 245.
  • Technical/scientific writing course at the 300- or 400-level
    • 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.

Complete EWU’s Graduate Programs application form. The EWU Graduate Studies Office collects a $75 application fee.

  1. Graduate Service Appointment Application
  2. Proof of a healthcare credential if it is possessed

  • International students 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, 63 PTE Academic score, 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 MPH program will determine whether they should be granted admission to the program based in part upon their work as post-baccalaureate students.
  • For full graduate admission requirements for international students, visit the EWU Graduate Programs website.

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

New students may start the MPH program each fall semester. We review applications as they are submitted and notify students of their admission status approximately 2-4 weeks upon submission. The final deadline to apply for the MPH program is August 1 for fall semester.

For details about academic term dates, see EWU’s full semester academic calendar.

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