Admission requirements


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. All applicants interested in the Master of Public Health Graduate Program in Community Health Education at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse must first apply for admission on line and provide all required admission materials. For more detailed information on graduate admissions and requirements, please see the graduate student section on the University of Wisconsin La Crosse's Admission website

Admission Materials and Requirements

  • 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.
  • Official transcripts of previously established academic records.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) official scores.
  • Three letters of Recommendation.
  • One letter of intent which details your:
    • academic goals within MPH program
    • professional goals
    • previous professional experiences
    • reasons for selecting an M.P.H. degree program (vs. M.S. or other master's degree)
    • reasons for wanting to be a community health educator
    • special interests within the field of community health education
    • a copy of your resume.
  • 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.

A departmental review committee will assess all submitted materials, to include an interview when necessary. It is important to note that acceptance or nonacceptance is based upon a comprehensive review of all of the above listed items. Acceptance or nonacceptance is not based solely upon any particular element.

International Student Applicants

  • Student applicants from outside of the United States of America should go to the UWL Admissions webpage, select the "International Student" option which is located under the learn how to apply tab on the left hand side of the page.
  • Once you have been admitted to UW LaCrosse, the UWL Admissions webpage has an admitted international student page which has additional information regarding visas and entering the United States to help international graduate students.
  • International education questions may also be asked by phone 608.785.8016 or by e-mail
  • The International Education & Engagement website contains additional information for international students admitted to UWL.
  • In addition to applying to the university, students must also obtain, complete, and send in, all of the items in the above referenced Admission Materials and Requirements.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

  Community Health Credit Hours
PH 340 Epidemiology and Human Disease Prevention 3
CHE 498 or PH 498 Public Health and Community Health Education 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 100, 105)
  • Microbes and Society (MIC 100)
  • Global Impact of Infectious Disease (MIC 130)
  Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits) Examples include:
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 120 Social Problems 3
PSY 100 General Psychology 3
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 212 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 320 Human Motivation 3
PSY 334 Health Psychology 3
PSY 343 Group Dynamics 3
PSY 360 Cross Cultural Human Development 3
Statistics/Research Design (3-4 credits): Examples include:

CHE 350 or
CHE 380

Assessment & Program Planning 3
STAT 145 Elementary Statistics 4
PSY 331 Experimental Psychology: Lecture and Labratory 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.


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

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

Individuals interested in the Master of Science Graduate Program in Community Health Education at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse should apply for admission on line

Please visit the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Graduate Student admissions website for more detailed admission requirement information.

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.

Applicants must be granted unconditional admission to graduate study, (a 2.85 GPA on a 4.00 scale, an average of at least 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work, or above will satisfy grade point requirement), or must be admitted on probation to graduate study.

Students must complete deficiencies as determined by the respective health education health promotion graduate faculty.  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 of Wisconsin La Crosse, 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.