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  • Admission requirements


    The following requirements must be satisfied in order to be admitted into the Master of Science degree program in Community Health Education.

    Students must receive notification of acceptance to graduate study in health education and health promotion from the Graduate Admissions Office. The letter of acceptance from the Graduate Admissions Office may include an evaluation of previous academic work including deficiencies and/or specific prerequisite program requirements as determined by the program.

    Applicants must be granted Unconditional admission to graduate study, (a 2.85 GPA or above will satisfy grade point requirement), or must be admitted "on probation" to graduate study.

    Students must complete deficiencies as determined by the program. 

    A rolling admissions process is used for application review in this program.


    All deficiencies and/or special prerequisites must be satisfied before the student has accumulated 12 graduate credits. Students have the option of completing these requirements prior to attending the University or prior to the accumulation of 12 graduate credits.

    Graduate students in the College of Science and Health can have many of their questions answered online at the Graduate Advising Website.

    MPH-CHE Admissions

    Application Instructions

    The application deadline is February 15.All application materials (including letters of recommendation, letter of intent, and official GRE scores) must be postmarked by this date.

    1. International Student Applicants:
      • All student applicants from outside of the United States of America must contact the International Education & Engagement (IEE). International education questions may be asked by phone 608.785.8016) or by e-mail ( The International Education & Engagement office will instruct students regarding visas and other requirements as well as how to apply for admission to the university.
      • In addition to applying to the university, students must also obtain, complete, and send in all of the items in an MPH program application packet. This packet is available from the program director, Dr. Gary D. Gilmore 608.785.8163, or the Department at 608.785.8162
    2. U.S. Student Applicants:
      • U.S student applicants must first apply to the university. An online application form and instructions are available here:
      • In addition to applying to the university, students must also obtain, complete, and send in all of the items in an MPH program application packet. This packet is available from the program director, Dr. Gary D. Gilmore 608.785.8163, or the Department at 608.785.8162

    Admission Materials

    1. Make sure to first apply online ( and provide all required materials, to include official transcripts.
    2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.00 based on a minimum of 60 final semester credits or a cumulative postbaccalaureate GPA of not less than 3.00 based on not less than nine (9) semester credits in the Department of Health Education and Health Promotion
    3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) official scores need to be received by February 15th.
    4. A minimum of one year of voluntary or salaried post-baccalaureate work experience in one or more health or social service settings is strongly recommended
    5. Three letters of Recommendation
    6. One letter of intent
    7. A departmental review committee will assess all submitted materials, to include an interview when necessary.  It is important to note that one’s acceptance or nonacceptance is based upon a comprehensive review of the above items, and is not based solely on any particular element.

    Undergraduate Course Requirements

      Community Health Credit Hours
    PH 340 Community Health: Epidemiology & Community Health Problems 3
    CHE 498 or PH 498 Community Health Preceptorship, or one year of health-related experience 15
    Health-Related Sciences (10-13 credits)    
    Recommended Basic Science Courses    
    CHM 100 or 103 or 417 Contemporary Chemistry/General Chemistry/Biochemistry 4-5
    ESS 205/BIO 312 Human Anatomy/Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3-4
    ESS 206/BIO 313 Human Physiology/Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3-4

    Applied Life Sciences  

    Note: Can apply to Health-Related Sciences Category. Examples include:

    • Introductory Biology/General Biology (BIO 103, 105
    • Microbes and Society (MIC 100)
    • Introduction to the Microbial Sciences (MIC 120)
      Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) Examples include:
    SOC 110 Social World 3
    SOC 120 Social Problems 3
    SOC 334 Sociology of Small Groups 3
    PSY 100 General Psychology 3
    PSY 210 Developmental Psychology 3
    PSY 212 Lifespan Development 3
    PSY 280 Cross-Cultural Development 3
    PSY 334 Health Psychology 3
    PSY 343 Group Dynamics 3
    PSY 320 Human Motivation 3
    Statistics/Research Design (3-4 credits): Examples include:
    CHE 350 Biometry and Research Design 3
    MTH 145 Elementary Statistics 4
    PSY 231 Experimental Psychology and Research Methods 3
    PSY 420 Advanced Research Methods 3
    SOC 250 Methods of Social Research I 3

    In some instances, competency acquired through practical experience and/or special training, through examination and/or advisement, may be the basis for waiver of certain required courses. In addition, where obvious deficiencies are apparent, additional courses may be required.