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MPH Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

The mission of the public health program is to protect, improve, and promote population health in Southwest and Southside Virginia, the Commonwealth, Central Appalachia, the Nation, and the world by training future public health leaders through learning, discovery, and engagement in public health. The program is grounded in the One Health approach, recognizing the dynamic interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health. One Health encompasses the interdisciplinary efforts of medical, veterinary, and public health professionals to protect, promote, and improve health.

The MPH Program offers two concentrations: public health education and infectious disease.

This is a 42-credit program that requires a two-year plan of study for a full-time student. The program readily accepts part time students and offers flexible plans of study to address the needs of part-time and simultaneous degree students.

The MPH Program received its 7-year re-accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accreditation body for schools and programs in public health, on September 7, 2018. The accreditation term extends until December 31, 2025. 

No. However, this program does require an integrative learning experience, which includes an individual academic deliverable and team presentation. The integrative learning experience is the final course a student will take prior to graduation.

In addition to our regular MPH students, MPH students enroll as DVM/MPH (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, MD/MPH (Medical Doctor) in partnership with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and PhD/MPH, MS/MPH, and MA/MPH from other graduate programs at Virginia Tech.

Program staff and faculty work with mid career professionals to help them integrate their MPH coursework into the demands of their work environment.

The MPH degree is not an online program. The majority of courses are offered in the classroom, with some offered online.

In the fall 2021 class, the approximate average GPA of enrolled students was 3.3.

Full-time MPH students begin the program in the fall semester. There is no application process for spring enrollment for full-time students.

The application process varies between MPH degree program. Steps to apply can be found on the particular degree program's page here. Required materials for all programs include, personal statement, resume/CV, transcripts, TOEFL scores (as applicable), and letters of recommendation.

The MPH Program no longer requires applicants to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. This decision applies to all of our MPH programs (e.g., full- and part-time MPH, accelerated undergraduate to MPH, and dual and simultaneous degrees). GRE and other test scores submitted as supplemental material will not be considered, or even viewable, during application review. You can read more about our decision to eliminate the GRE application requirement here

The MPH Program follows the Graduate School tuition rates and fees, which are available from the University Bursar. The cost of the MPH degree includes regular graduation tuition and fees and additional MPH Program fee of $262.50 per semester for students enrolled full time.

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