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Requirements

The Northwestern Program in Public Health is a professional program with students coming from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds. Successful applicants have met the qualifications detailed below.

 MPH

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile in verbal and quantitative reasoning. Official scores must be taken no more than five years before the intended quarter of entry and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service. For example, to be considered valid for fall 2018 admission, GRE scores must be no older than September 2013. Applicants with an earned doctoral degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • A minimum of two years full-time, professional work experience in healthcare, public health or medically related research OR three years of medical or dental school in the United States or Canada OR an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (in lieu of work experience)
  • For foreign medical graduates, a minimum of one year of residency or fellowship training in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation is preferred.

 PhD/MPH

Applicants for the PhD/MPH students must first be admitted to their PhD program before being considered for the MPH program.

 MD/MPH

Applicants for the MD/MPH students must first be admitted to Feinberg School of Medicine’s MD program.

 MS in Biostatistics

All applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent.
  • Possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or MCAT or have a doctoral degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution. Test results must be less than five years old.
  • Students must have already taken differential and integral calculus. Students interested in Statistical Bioinformatics and Statistical Methods and Practice concentrations may also benefit from linear matrix algebra. Prerequisite courses may be waived if the candidate has an exceptional GRE Quantitative Reasoning score (85th percentile or higher) and is motivated to learn material independently.

Application Process

Verification of your applications take time; plan to submit your application for verification at least four weeks before the application deadline. Some applicants may be invited to interview in person or by telephone as part of the application process.

 MPH

Students applying for the MPH program (part-time and full-time) use the Public Health Common Application (SOPHAS). This common application for most accredited public health schools/programs requires:

  • A statement of purpose
  • The names, titles, telephone numbers and email addresses of three individuals who will provide letters of recommendation and who can speak to your ability to do graduate level work and/or your interest in public health
  • Transcript(s) from any college/university you have attended (if you have attended post-secondary schools outside of the United States or Canada, your transcripts must be sent for evaluation to WES.org)
  • GRE and/or MCAT score submission, unless waived (code 6981); ideally, applicants should score at or above the 50th percentile in the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections

Application Deadlines

  • MPH (part-time, evening): March 1, 2019, deadline for summer 2019 start; June 1, 2019, deadline for fall 2019 start
  • MPH (one-Year, full-time): March 1, 2019, deadline for summer 2019 start; Jan. 15, 2019, deadline for international students

Non-Degree Special Students

Non-degree special students apply using SOPHAS Express. This option is for those wishing to take one or more classes for enrichment or as continuing education but who are not planning on pursuing a degree. Deadlines are:

  • Winter 2019: Nov. 1, 2018
  • Spring 2019: Feb. 1, 2019
  • Summer 2019: April 1, 2019
  • Fall 2019: July 1, 2019

 PhD/MPH

  • Life Sciences PhD/MPH [DGP/MPH]: Accepting applications for the 2018–2019 academic year.
  • Medical Anthropology PhD/MPH: Accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.

For more information, please contact PPH admissions.

 MD/MPH

Applications are due May 1, 2019 , for summer 2019  start (recommended for those planning international work) and July 1, 2019 , for fall 2019 start.

Students applying to join the MD/MPH program should do the following:

  • Apply and receive an offer of admission to Feinberg School of Medicine’s MD Program.
  • After accepting the offer, apply to the MD/MPH program through The Graduate School. This application requires:
    • Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two letters of recommendation from former instructors and/or employers, including their names, titles, telephone numbers and email addresses)
    • A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing reasons for seeking a degree in public health

 MS in Biostatistics

Students applying for the MS in Biostatistics program (part-time and full-time) use the Public Health Common Application (SOPHAS). This common application for most accredited public health schools/programs requires:

  • A statement of purpose
  • Three references
  • Transcript(s) from all colleges/universities you have attended (if you have attended post-secondary schools outside of the United States or Canada, your transcripts must be sent for evaluation to WES.org)
  • GRE and/or MCAT score submission, unless waived (code 6981); ideally, applicants should score at or above the 40th percentile in verbal reasoning and at or above the 67th percentile in quantitative reasoning.

Deadlines

Applicants to the MS in Biostatistics program must apply to begin in summer quarter. The deadline is Jan. 15, 2019, for international applicants and March 1, 2019, for domestic applicants. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, and we strongly recommend that applicants submit their materials well before the deadline. All applications should indicate summer as the quarter of entry.

 International Applicants

For foreign medical graduates, a minimum of one year of residency or fellowship training in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation is preferred.

If your native language is not English, you must certify your proficiency in the English language in one of the following ways:

  • Provide official scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The test must be taken no more than two years before the desired quarter of entry. For the TOEFL, you must score 600 or higher on the paper-based test, 250 or higher on the computer-based test or 100 or higher on the internet-based test. For the IELTS, you must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. Visit the TOEFL site to request your scores be sent to SOPHAS in Massachusetts, code 5688. Your scores will take 10 to 12 business days from the date you make the request to post on your SOPHAS application.
  • Provide official transcripts verifying an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution or equivalent, where the language of instruction is English.
  • Provide official transcripts verifying a graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.

SOPHAS applicants who will be submitting documentation from post-secondary institutions outside of the United States and/or English-language institutions in Canada need to have their documents evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please note that evaluations from WES will allow our reviewers to better understand the educational system in which you studied, which may be beneficial for your application review.

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you can apply for either an F-1 or a J-1 visa. All full-time, admitted students are eligible for the F-1 visa, as long as they are proficient in English and can show proof of funding for at least the first year of study. Most Northwestern University international students have this visa status. However, some students may also be eligible for a J-1 student visa. You can learn more from the Northwestern International Office.

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