View the application requirements for the Master of of Public Health program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.


The application for fall 2019 admission to the Master of Public Health program is now open. The application deadline is February 1st, 2019.

Minimum requirements

1. Degree and GPA requirements

A bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or concurrent enrollment in a graduate or professional degree program is required. Official transcripts from all college and graduate work must be submitted. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher is required for the BS Nursing to MPH Advanced Degree option. Transcripts should be sent to:

UW-Madison MPH Program
610 N. Walnut St.
740a WARF Building
Madison, WI 53726

2. Coursework

At minimum, candidates must have successfully completed at least one semester of college-level mathematics that includes algebra and/or calculus (equivalent to MATH 112 at UW-Madison) or college-level statistics (STATS 201). In addition, candidates must have taken at least one semester of a college-level science course such as biology, chemistry or physics.

3. GRE scores

Applicants must submit official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years. The program will also accept the MCAT in lieu of the GRE. GRE scores will be entered starting in December. Applicants will strengthen their application with GRE scores in the 50th percentile or higher in all three sections of the exam: qualitative, verbal and analytical. The following applicants are exempt from the standardized score requirement:

  • Applicants who have earned a masters or doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  • Applicants currently enrolled in a UW graduate degree program or approved MPH dual degree program

4. Public health experience

Public health-related experience is highly recommended. This includes working in public health departments, volunteer organizations and health care organizations that do not focus solely on patient care. Clinical care alone does not constitute as public health experience.

Applicants who apply immediately or soon after completing their bachelor's degree may have less experience than an applicant with several years of work experience. Applicants who are recent graduates may choose to reference courses taken as an undergrad, semesters abroad or volunteer experience that contributed to their interest in public health.

International applicants

In addition to the required MPH application materials, international applicants are required to submit the following:

5. English language proficiency tests

Applicants from countries where English is not the official language or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last five years. A score of 600 (written), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (online version) or above is required.

Standardized test scores must be sent to the University of Wisconsin (institution code: 1846) directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Scores must be received by the application deadline.

6. International academic records

Applicants who attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States must have their academic records evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member. An official evaluation report from a NACES member organization must also be received for the application to be considered complete. Your NACES evaluation should be sent directly to the Master of Public Health Program Office.

Dual degree applicants

Applicants currently enrolled in an approved MPH dual degree program must provide verification of good academic standing in their home program. This request is automatically generated when students indicate they are a dual degree applicant.

Applicants not yet admitted to a dual degree program

Students applying for a dual degree program must submit separate applications to both the Master of Public Health program and the partner school program. Admissions criteria in place at both programs must be met by the student. Admissions decisions for each program will be made separately by each school program. Following acceptance of a student into both programs (at the same time, or sequentially), the student is responsible for notifying both programs of their intent to pursue the dual degree and have credits counted accordingly.

Note for medical and phyisician assistant students

Students applying to the MD or MPAS programs do NOT need to complete separate applications. Instead, applicants to either of these programs would complete the required application for the program and select the option to apply to the dual degree program.

For example, applicants to the MD Program will complete their application and select the option to apply to the MD-MPH Program. Applicants will then be required to complete a separate personal statement describing their interest and experience in public health. Applicants to the MPAS-MPH Program will complete the CASPA application, then be required to complete a supplemental application that includes a personal statement describing your interest and experience in public health.

Applicants to both programs will first be reviewed by the MD or MPAS programs, before being reviewed by the MPH Program. Applicants are therefore reviewed by each program before being admitted to the dual degree.

Application fee

A non-refundable fee of $75 paid electronically via debit or credit card is required before applications are reviewed. The application fee is waived for the following applicants:

  • Currently enrolled in a UW-Madison graduate degree program
  • Currently enrolled in an approved MPH dual degree program
  • Have enrolled in a UW-Madison graduate degree program within the last five years
  • Currently applying for graduate studies in more than one area at UW-Madison and have already paid the $75 application fee to the UW-Madison Graduate School or other UW-Madison professional degree program