Graduate Program FAQs

Pre-Application FAQs Answer

  • Are there pre-requisites for the program?

    The Master of Public Health does not have any course pre-requisites that students must complete before enrolling in the program. However, to be considered for admission applicants must:

    • Hold or expect to complete a bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) from a recognized academic institution prior to enrollment at UCI.
    • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average)
    • Possess strong verbal and quantitative skills as reflected by GRE General Test scores

    As the Master of Public Health is an interdisciplinary program, we encourage students from a variety of majors to apply. Though the GRE is preferred, you may submit a score from a previous graduate admissions exam (MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT only) in lieu of the GRE. If your degree is from outside the United States, please see the list of minimum academic requirements for various countries.
  • How do I apply for admission?

    Applicants need to submit applications through SOPHAS (School of Public Health Application Service and the UC Irvine Graduate Division Each application has its own submission process and fees.
  • When does the application period open and what is the deadline?

    The SOPHAS application opens September 3rd, and the UC Irvine Graduate Application opens on September 1. The deadline for both applications and all application materials is December 15 .
  • Do we have a system of rolling admissions?

    No, applications are only accepted for the Fall quarter. Certain courses in the program are only offered once a year, so all graduate students must start at the same time.
  • May I submit a score from another graduate admissions exam in place of the GRE?

    Yes, we do accept scores from other graduate admissions exams (MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT only), though the GRE is preferred.

  • Where do I send my admissions exam score?

    GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Test score submission procedures vary by the test. Please see MPH Admissions for instructions.
  • What are the average GPA/GRE scores of enrolled students, and how many applicants do you admit each year?

    The average GPA for admitted students is a 3.45 and the average GRE scores on the math and verbal sections are 157 and 158 respectively (revised scale). We would like to remind our applicants that these numbers are averages and not minimum required scores/GPA. The entire graduate application is considered in making an admissions decision. We receive over 200 applications a year, and the process can be very selective. Out of the applicants admitted, we aim for a yield of about 30 new students each year.

  • Which emphasis should I choose?

    All applicants are required to choose a emphasis at the time of application. The emphases currently available are:

    Environmental Health
    Environmental Health is the study of environmental factors including biological, physical, and chemical factors that affect the health of a community. Environmental health experts study the changing dynamics of air pollution, water quality, earthquakes, climate change, and toxicology.

    Epidemiology is the study of disease and injury in human populations and its application to the control of health problems. For example, epidemiologists lead the way in preventing and treating foodborne illnesses, global infectious disease, and non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

    Sociocultural Diversity and Health
    The Sociocultural Diversity and Health emphasis addresses the behavioral, social, and cultural factors that affect health and health disparities over a person's life. Practitioners in this area study attitudes towards health and medicine and the accessibility of healthcare.

  • Do I need to take any language proficiency exams?

    The MPH program does not have a foreign language proficiency requirement. However, international applicants must submit scores for the TOEFL or IELTS with their application.
  • How long will it take to complete the MPH program?

    The program is designed to be completed in 5 quarters of full-time graduate study. A full-time courseload for a graduate student is 12 quarter units.
  • Can the MPH program be completed in one year?

    The program is designed to be completed in five academic quarters. To obtain the MPH degree, a student must complete 60 units of graduate coursework. In order to complete the program in one calendar year, a student would have to enroll in and complete upwards of 17 units per quarter during the academic year. We do not encourage students to attempt such heavy academic loads because of the rigorousness of the courses. A heavy load can also make it difficult to find time to adequately prepare for the comprehensive exam. However, students are allowed to petition to take excess units under certain conditions. It is difficult to estimate the length of the program because the time to completion depends partly on the availability of classes taken in the correct order and upon the student's ability to complete the curriculum.
  • What is the expected cost of the MPH degree?

    Registrar's Estimated Student Fees The Office of the Registrar provides an updated list of fees each year for resident and non-resident graduate students. The fees listed on this page do not include educational supplies such as books, living expenses, or parking and transportation fees. Estimated Cost of Living The Office of Financial Aid provides estimates of cost of living expenses. Actual costs can vary widely depending on your lifestyle and situation. Note: The estimates above do not include any financial assistance a student might receive from the department, the university, or federal financial aid. To find out more about how to fund your graduate education, see the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Where can I find information about employment opportunities for MPH graduates?

    After completing the MPH program, graduates may find employment in a number of areas. Some careers, such as medicine or public health nursing, will require additional education or training. We recommend visiting the following websites for more information: UCI Career Center
    (Association of Schools for Public Health)
    (American Public Health Association)

    Careers in Public Health

Application FAQs Answers

  • Can I use SOPHAS to apply to the MPH program?

    Yes, UC Irvine Public Health does use SOPHAS. All applicants must apply through SOPHAS and through the UCI Graduate Division, which have separate applications and fees respectively.
  • How do I obtain an application fee waiver?

    SOPHAS and the UCI Graduate Division have separate fee waiver processes that are not administered by the Program in Public Health. For more information on the UC Irvine fee waiver process, see For more information on the SOPHAS fee waiver process, see
  • How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

    Letters can be submitted once the SOPHAS and UCI Graduate online applications have been started. Further instructions for the process can be found at
  • Are my recommenders required to submit their letters of recommendation online?

    Yes. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through SOPHAS and the UCI Graduate online application.
  • Do I have to take the TSE or SPEAK tests?

    The TSE or SPEAK tests are not required at the time of application and will only be required after admission if the student wishes to apply for a teaching assistantship.
  • How do I apply for financial support?

    All applications turned in by the December 15th deadline are automatically considered for university and departmental support. Applicants who wish to apply for need-based grants or loans will need to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance).
  • I have transcripts in a language other than English. What should I do?

    Please include with your transcripts an English translation provided either by the school issuing the transcripts (preferable) or a translation service.
  • Do I need to submit a resume in support of my application?

    A resume is required for the SOPHAS application.
  • How will I know when my application is complete?

    You can log in through SOPHAS to track your SOPHAS application. The receipt of transcripts through the department can be tracked through the GATS Tracker. The login information will be sent to you after your UC Irvine Graduate Application is processed.
  • Do you have a waiting list for admission?

    After first round admission offers are made, there may be subsequent offers of admission depending upon the acceptance rate of those receiving a first round offer.
  • When will I be notified of my admissions status?

    The review of applications will begin after the deadline has passed and may continue through the end of Spring quarter. Notifications usually begin in March . You will be notified by email of the decision.
  • If I am not accepted, may I appeal the decision?

    If you are denied admission, you may contact the Program in Public Health to discuss ways to strengthen your application for future submission.

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