Congratulations! The faculty and staff of the Program in Public Health would like to welcome you to the University of California, Irvine. While you can always contact us directly if you need help, we hope that the information and resources provided on this page will answer some of the questions you may have about attending UCI as a graduate student.
To make your admissions decision official, you need to complete and submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). You should have received an email with a link for the SIR from the Graduate Division. You can also access the SIR at:
In order to reserve your place in the mph program and register for classes, you need to pay a non-refundable Acceptance of Admission deposit fee in the amount of $200 USD. You will be notified with instructions on how to pay the fee after the Graduate Division notifies us that your Statement of Intent to Register has been received online.
The Graduate Division has produced checklists to identify the things you need to do to be on track to attend UC Irvine in the fall. Please note that this is a generic timeline and that not everything on the list applies to our program. We will provide you with more specific information, event dates, and deadlines as soon as they are available.
It is important that you complete and submit the Statement of Legal Residence as soon as possible. Establishing California residency is a key factor in determining whether or not you will need to pay out-of-state tuition. If you need assistance in filling out the form or have questions about your residency status, please contact the UCI Residence Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (949) 824-6129.
» Statement of Legal Residence
We encourage students to register as soon as they have paid their SIR deposit and the registration window opens, which is usually in mid-June for new graduate students. An email with registration instructions will be sent prior to the start of registration. Students will be required to meet with staff and faculty advisors at least once a quarter to discuss degree progress and course selection.
Each quarter the Office of the Registrar assigns a fee payment deadline by which fees must be paid. If your fees are not paid by the deadline, your classes will be dropped and you will need to re-enroll. The Program in Public Health is not responsible for the loss of space in courses due to non-payment.
If you received a notice that you are provisionally admitted to the MPH program, you must meet the conditions of your admission before beginning classes in September.. Please submit the missing documents (usually final transcripts and degree confirmation or letters of recommendation) to the Program in Public Health at the following address:
UC Irvine Program in Public Health
Attn: Graduate Office
653 E. Peltason Drive
AIRB Suite 2010
Irvine, CA 92697-3957
Incoming MPH students will be asked to attend two orientations before the start of instruction. One of the orientations is specific to the MPH program, and will provide an introduction to the program and an opportunity to meet faculty and fellow students. Attendance at the department orientation is mandatory. The date and location will be announced by email. The second orientation is the Campus-wide New Graduate Student Orientation which is run by the UCI Graduate Division.
Information about campus housing options for graduate students can be found at
» Prospective Graduate Students
Incoming students are advised to place themselves on the waitlist as early as possible to improve their chances of securing on-campus housing. Though MPH students are not included in the guaranteed housing program for PhD, JD, and MFA students, there are a wide variety of housing options in the area to suit the needs of incoming students. There are plenty of apartments in Irvine and the surrounding areas, and local homeowners around the campus often rent out rooms to students. Housing Outreach Services provides rental listings for students looking to live off-campus at
If you are new to the area and need advice on where to look for housing, please call the Public Health Graduate Office (949) 824-2358 for more information.
As a new international student, there are a few steps you need to take before enrolling in classes to make a smooth transition to UC Irvine. The Graduate Division has developed a helpful timeline specifically for international students:
» New International Grad Student Checklist
If you need to obtain an F1 or J1 visa in order to attend UC Irvine, the first thing you need to do after submitting your SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) and SLR (Statement of Legal Residence) is to fill out and return a I20/DS2019 Request for New Graduate Student. We will send the I20/DS2019 Request for New Graduate Student form to you by mail or email. After you return the forms to the Program in Public Health, the forms will then be sent to the UC Irvine International Center, and international student advisors will work with you to prepare the necessary documents for your visa. If you plan to attend UC Irvine on any other type of visa, please contact the Graduate Office for more information. For more on the process of being admitted as an international student at UC Irvine, see the following information:
All graduate students are required to have health insurance while attending UC Irvine. The university provides medical, dental, and vision coverage through the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP). If you can show that you have another source of comparable health insurance outside the university, you may waive participation in GSHIP. Fees for GSHIP are automatically assessed to your billing account unless you successfully waive out of the plan. GSHIP forms can be found at:
Given the challenges of parking on campus and the negative effects of air pollution and traffic on our environment, the Program in Public Health encourages you to explore the alternative means of transportation available at UC Irvine. Information on purchasing a parking permit can be found at:
Getting a job can be a good way to support yourself while in school and obtain valuable experience outside the classroom. However, a demanding work schedule that distracts you from your studies can also make it difficult to succeed in graduate school. If you wish to work while in school, we recommend that you try to find work that relates to your field of study, preferably on-campus. The Career Center at UCI has a searchable database of on- and off-campus jobs that you can access once you are a student. The Center also provides advising, workshops, and support services to help you find a job after graduation. See our employment resources below:
» Career Center
» Off-Campus Employment
» Careers in Public Health
Finding ways to afford a graduate education can be daunting, especially in these tough economic times. The Program in Public Health is here to help by providing you with support and information on possible sources of funding. If you have not yet filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid) and are eligible to do so, we would recommend doing so as soon as possible to maximize opportunities for receiving federal loans and university grants. Below is a link to fee information from the Office of the Registrar: