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Public Health

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effects of genetics, personal choice and the environment on health in order to develop programs that protect the health of family and community.


How do I apply to public health programs?

Typically, students can apply to public health programs through the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS).

However, not all public health programs utilize the centralized application system. Students should check each school'​s requirements carefully.

Do I need to take a graduate school entrance exam?

Public health programs usually require the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). However, students should check with each individual school to learn their specific requirements.

The 2016 cost of the GRE is $205.00.


What are the prerequisites for applying to public health programs?

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed below. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.


Typical requirements for MPH programs:

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA

GRE score at least in the 50th percentile

Sample Timeline - Traditional 4 Year

Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest.


Below is a sample timeline of a Health Sciences major. Please know that most MPH programs do not require or prefer a specific major and the below timeline should not be used to replace meeting with an academic advisor.


Sample Timeline - Accelerated 3+ with DePaul University

Students should meet with their academic advisor and pre-health advisor each quarter to make sure they are taking the correct courses for their major/professional interest. Below is a sample timeline and should not be used to replace meeting with your academic advisor.


In order to pursue the 3+2 Health Sciences to MPH opportunity, a student must be a Health Sciences major.

* Denotes courses that apply toward the BS and MPH.

Into what MPH programs have DePaul students been recently admitted?

Unfortunately, Pre-Health Advising is unable to track this data.

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed above. For more information about a specific program, please contact the school directly.