Admissions and Application Process

Admission Requirements

The UVM online Master of Public Health degree is designed for people of all backgrounds and prepares students to take on leadership roles in a variety of public health disciplines.  We accept students with professional health and non-health backgrounds including:

  • Medical and public health professionals
  • Researchers
  • Graduate students
  • Clinicians
  • MDs
  • Nurses
  • Professionals and students with a variety of backgrounds
  • Graduate students preparing for advanced study at the doctoral level

Application Process

In order to be considered for acceptance into the online Master of Public Health degree, you must submit a fully completed online application along with a $65 application fee, as well as a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and your official transcripts. Once all of your application materials have been received by the University of Vermont, our application review committee will review your materials and notify you of our decision of admission within 2 to 3 weeks.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Spring 2018 Term: Nov. 15, 2017

Application Checklist

  • Online application: Complete your online application here, through the University of Vermont Graduate College. You may begin your application at any time, save your progress, and return to it later.
  • GRE test scores: We do not require GRE test scores to apply to our online Master of Public Health degree program.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with:
    • One semester of college biology or other science course
    • One semester of college algebra, statistics, or a more advanced math course
  • Resume or CV and statement of experiences and goals: Your resume will help us to learn more about you and your goals and help our Advisors work with you on your curriculum plan.
  • Personal statement: Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to describe your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate study. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of your preparation for graduate study in your proposed field. If you are presently in a graduate program, please explain why you wish to apply to a new program. If there are gaps in your academic career, please address them.
  • Three letters of recommendation: As part of the online application, you will be required to identify three professional and/or academic references. Your references should be able to provide an informed opinion regarding your motivation, your intellectual ability, your work ethic, and your personal qualifications. We highly recommend that at least one of your references is academic in nature. Once you’ve submitted your online application, we’ll send a link to your references which will allow them to submit their letters of recommendation directly to our review committee.
  • Official transcripts: In the online application, you will be required to attach official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework and, if applicable, graduate coursework that you have completed, regardless of whether or not a degree was conferred or if you were successful. This includes transfer, international, and study abroad credit. For international applicants, it may be necessary to provide a notarized English translation of your transcripts.
  • Application fee: After completing your online application, a $65 application fee will be required prior to submitting your materials. Your payment may be made by credit or debit card. We do offer application fee waivers for certain applicants.

Here is additional detailed information on UVM’s Graduate College application instructions.

If you have questions along the way about our admissions requirements or application process, be sure to We are eager the help you throughout the process and get you on the path to achieving your goals!

Transfer Credits

One of the benefits of enrolling in our online MPH degree is that you can transfer credits from our certificate program or from applicable graduate level Public Health courses from other schools. You can choose one of the two options below for transferring public health courses into our online MPH degree:

UVM Public Health Certificate graduate: If you completed the Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health, the Certificate of Graduate Study in Environmental Public Health, the Certificate of Graduate Study in Epidemiology, or the Certificate of Graduate Study in Healthcare Management & Policy at UVM, then all 18 credits for which the grade received was a B or higher can be applied toward the MPH. Students who choose this option may not transfer additional courses from UVM or other universities.

Graduate level courses in Public Health: If you completed graduate level courses in Public Health at UVM or at another University, then the traditional transfer of credit policy applies for matriculation into the MPH.  You can transfer in 9 relevant credits from UVM or another university and an additional 6 relevant credits taken at UVM, provided the grade received for any transferred course is a B or higher. The program director will determine whether each course is relevant. The grades do not transfer.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is therefore the intent of the University to comply with the spirit of the letter of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act; and such other federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws as may apply.

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