Master Program in Public Health

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Program Description

Master Program in Public Health

Eastern Virginia Medical School

The Graduate Program in Public Health is a joint program with Old Dominion University (ODU) that is fully accredited by The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 2000. To learn more about our accreditation, visit our accreditation page.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is a professional degree offered by Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in collaboration with Old Dominion University (ODU). This program prepares individuals for careers in public health, incorporating knowledge and skills that can be utilized in healthcare management, population-based research, and the practice of community-based public health.

The program focuses on the following four specialized tracks:

  • Epidemiology
  • Global Environmental Health
  • Health Management and Policy
  • Health Promotion

The Program focuses upon four specialized tracks: Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Health Management and Policy, and Health Promotion. Students complete both didactic and experience-based courses, culminating in a community organization-based Practicum that provides students the ability to combine their classroom-based learning with "hands-on" public health projects.

The MPH degree is granted jointly by EVMS and ODU, and classes are taught over three terms per year by faculty from both institutions. Each class meets one evening per week on the EVMS or ODU campus in Norfolk, Virginia. Occasionally, a class may meet on Saturday mornings. Full-time status is 9 credits in the Spring and Fall terms and 6 credits in the Summer term. Full-time students can complete the Program in two years.

The Program will benefit health professionals who are or will be working in private, government, or community organizations with the following responsibilities: assessing health status or needs in populations, designing and implementing programs, managing administrative functions, conducting program evaluation and outcomes research, developing coalitions to meet community needs, marketing health services, analyzing the epidemiology of specific diseases, and measuring or assuring the quality of healthcare and public health services and products.

The program has been fully accredited since 2000 by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). This accreditation was renewed in 2012 for seven years. The State Council on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved the program in 1999. The Program is also a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

Mission

To train students, in order to equip them with vibrant and dynamic public health knowledge and skills for serving health needs of populations, and for improving the public’s health.

Program Goals

To provide instructional programs to students and local/regional health practitioners that enhance their ability to develop, promote, and strengthen public health practices in Hampton Roads.

To ensure that all MPH Program graduates can demonstrate knowledge and skill in the core areas of public health.

To prepare students to practice successfully in diverse health service, academic, and research settings.

To offer opportunities for faculty and students to develop and participate in research targeted towards improving the public’s health and encourage the faculty to provide expertise in leadership and services to public health agencies, and enhance public health practice on a local, regional, and national basis.

To collaborate and consult with community agencies and other organizations that are committed to improving the public’s health.

To evaluate, assess, and improve continuously the education, research and service activities of the MPH Program.

Admission Requirements

Evaluation Process

The MPH Program evaluates applicants using a holistic review process, during which all components of an application are reviewed prior to making an admission decision. Consideration is given for appropriate work experience in a health-related field.

Degree Seeking (Matriculate) Students

FOR U.S. STUDENTS

Requirements for admission include:

  • Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements from an accredited college or university, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, prior to matriculating in the MPH Program.
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended, including an official transcript from the degree awarding institution that specifies the date upon which the degree was issued.
  • Recent (within the past 5 years) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores - GMAT or MCAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores.
  • A personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Program.
  • Three letters of reference. References should be selected from individuals who are well-acquainted with the applicant academically and/or professionally over a period of time. Letters from the following evaluators will not be counted toward the three letters of reference required: family member, friend, co-worker, clergy, or politician.

While not required, consideration will be given for appropriate work experience in a health-related field.

Persons licensed to practice medicine in the U.S. or Canada may request a waiver of the GRE requirement.

FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Requirements for admission include:

  • Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements from an accredited college or university, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, prior to matriculating in the MPH Program.
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended, including an official transcript from the degree awarding institution that specifies the date upon which the degree was issued.
  • In cases where a non-U.S. grading system has been utilized on a transcript, students should have grades converted to the U.S. grading system by World Education Services (WES).
  • Recent (within the past 5 years) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores - GMAT or MCAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or greater for internet based tests (iBT) or 550 or greater for paper based tests; or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a composite of at least a Band 6 which means a “Competent User" for applicants whose native language is not English.
  • A personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Program.
  • Three letters of reference. References should be selected from individuals who are well-acquainted with the applicant academically and/or professionally over a period of time. Letters from the following evaluators will not be counted toward the three letters of reference required: family member, friend, co-worker, clergy, or politician.

While not required, consideration will be given for appropriate work experience in a health-related field.

International students must abide by all U.S. Immigration laws throughout their enrollment at EVMS. This includes, but is not limited to, qualifying and obtaining a proper visa prior to attendance.

Graduate Certificate Seeking Students

FOR U.S. STUDENTS

Requirements for admission include:

Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements from an accredited college or university, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, prior to matriculating in the MPH Program.

Official transcripts from each college/university attended, including an official transcript from the degree awarding institution that specifies the date upon which the degree was issued. A personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Graduate Certificate Program.

FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Requirements for admission include:

Completion of all undergraduate degree requirements from an accredited college or university, with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, prior to matriculating in the MPH Program.

Official transcripts from each college/university attended, including an official transcript from the degree awarding institution that specifies the date upon which the degree was issued. In cases where a non-U.S. grading system has been utilized on a transcript, students should have grades converted to the U.S. grading system by World Education Services (WES). Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or greater for internet based tests (iBT) or 550 or greater for paper based tests; or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a composite of at least a Band 6 which means a “Competent User" for applicants whose native language is not English.

A personal statement detailing reasons for interest in the MPH Graduate Certificate Program. International students must abide by all U.S. Immigration laws throughout their enrollment at EVMS. This includes, but is not limited to, qualifying and obtaining a proper visa prior to attendance.

Non-Degree Seeking (Non-Matriculate) Students

Students who are not seeking the Master of Public Health degree may, on a space-available basis, take courses offered by the Program. Non-degree seeking students can take courses during any semester in the MPH Program as long as their non-degree seeking application and subsequent registration is completed prior to the specified deadlines. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and must pay tuition prior to the start of the semester. If a non-degree student seeks to enter and is accepted into the MPH program as a degree-seeking student, the credit hours will be applied to the MPH degree and the total tuition for the degree is adjusted to reflect the amount the student has already paid as a non-matriculating student. Non-degree seeking students can only become degree-seeking students during the Fall application cycle.

To apply as a non-degree seeking student, complete the application by clicking the Submit an Application link in the right hand side of this page.

Transfer Credits

Requests to transfer credits are considered on an individual basis after students are admitted to the EVMS-ODU MPH Program. A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours may be approved for transfer, if all of the following conditions hold:

  • Course credits were completed at an accredited institution and reflected on an official transcript.
  • Transfers can feasibly occur within the six-year matriculation limit of this MPH program.
  • The grade earned is a ‘B’ or better.
  • Credits for an MPH core course were completed at a CEPH-accredited school or program in public health.
  • Course credits were not used to complete a degree that was granted at EVMS, ODU, or another institution.

All requests must be made no later than one full term prior to graduation from the Program. Students wishing to request graduate credits to be transferred into the MPH Program must submit a copy of the syllabus for the course and a Transfer Approval Request Form to their Faculty Advisor. The Faculty Advisor will submit the request to the Track Coordinator, who will consult with teaching faculty as appropriate.

Requests are subject to approval of the MPH Program Director. In exceptional cases, the Director may approve a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours for transfer.

Approved transfer grades are included on an MPH student's transcript; however, transfer grades are not included in term or cumulative GPA calcuations.

Cost of Attendance w/o Loan Fees

  • In State: $48,283 MPH1 $36,376 MPH2
  • Out of State: $51,408 MPH1 $38,626 MPH2
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Last updated December 9, 2015
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