Program Requirements

Public Health professionals serve local, national, and international communities and confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.  Some of the degree programs include:

  • MPH = Master of Public Health
  • MHA = Master of Health Administration
  • MHSA = Master of Health Services Administration
  • MSPH = Master of Science in Public Health
  • DrPH = Doctor of Public Health
  • PhD = Doctor of Philosophy
Course Name Credits MSJ Course(s) Pre-requisites
Written Word 3 ENG 101  
Spoken Word 3 COM 100  
Statistics 3 MTH 174 or MTH 176 MTH 098
Calculus 3 MTH 193 MTH 185
Mathematical Modeling 3 MTH 301 MTH 193, 220 & 255
Principles of Biology I & II 8 BIO 111 & 111A
BIO 112 & 112A
Other Quantitative Courses      
Intro to Sociology 3 SOC 103  
Principles of Biology I & II 8 BIO 111 & 111A
BIO 112 & 112A
Intro to Education Profession 1 EDU 190  
Intro Psychology 3 PSY 103  
Other Quantitative Courses      
Economics 3 ECO 201  
Principles of Accounting I 3 ACC 213  
Biology or Chemistry Major      


The courses that are listed above are commonly required or recommended by graduate schools.  In addition to the specific courses that are listed above, students are expected to take core courses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.  Students who are interested in a particular school should refer to that school’s website for specific requirements.

HPAC Advisor:   Jill Russell, PhD
Office:  SC 203, 513-244-4783

Admission Requirements

Public Health School Admission Requirements

Graduate students apply to their desired programs using the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). SOPHAS makes the application process easy because you only need to fill out one application ( While there are dozens of specialties in public health, most career opportunities are in core fields.

  • Biostatistics:  The use of statistical methodology for analyzing health related data.
  • Epidemiology:  The study of the distribution and determinants of disease and disability in populations.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences:  The practice of selecting, applying and monitoring appropriate behavioral, social and political change strategies to enhance the health of populations.
  • Environmental Health Sciences:  The study of issues associated with the adverse chemical, physical and biologic agents in the environment on human health.
  • Health Policy and Management:  The study of health care systems, health care reform, health law, financial management, clinic management, and policy analysis.

See the following websites for more information:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The revised GRE (implemented August 1, 2011) is a four-hour computerized exam that includes two multiple-choice sections (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning) and an Analytical Writing Section. The reasoning sections are scored individually on a scale from 130 to 170 in one point increments and the writing section is scored on a scale from 0 to 6 in 0.5 point increments.  The GRE is offered year-round but you must wait 60 days to retake the exam. Students should take the exam 12-18 months before the expected date of entry to the professional program. Each school has its own minimum requirements.  Additional information and free test preparation materials are available at

Midwest Schools

These summaries and course listings are intended to serve as guidelines. Please refer to the University Catalog at for the latest information on course listings.