Master of Public Health (MPH)

The University of Nevada, Reno offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with several specializations. Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the MPH program offers small class sizes and opportunities to work with faculty conducting research and practicing in diverse areas across the public health field. The MPH is a 45-credit program that prepares students to become public health professionals.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Concentrations

The Master of Public Health has a core curriculum and specializations in the following four areas of public health:

Epidemiology. The epidemiology concentration examines the fundamental science underlying public health, along with the study of the distribution and determinants of health, disease, injuries and disability in populations. This curriculum helps students acquire skills necessary for careers in descriptive and analytic epidemiology.

Social and Behavioral Health. The social and behavioral health concentration is designed for students interested in health promotion, health education, and the prevention and reduction of health disparities over the life course. Social/behavioral health researchers and practitioners solve public health problems through public health policy, services and interventions at the individual, family, community and societal level.

Biostatistics. The biostatistics concentration guides students through the branch of statistics responsible for proper interpretation of health sciences data. Biostatisticians use mathematical theory to work with study data to make inferences about associations and causations seen in the study population. Students in this concentration gain expertise in public health data analysis and result interpretation.

Health Administration and Policy. The health administration and policy concentration prepares students for careers in public health leadership roles, focusing on health care systems management, finance and policy and legislative implications for public health problems and population health. Students learn how to manage public health programs, evaluate and inform public health policy and conduct research that helps shape public health systems.

MPH Admission Procedures and Requirements

The application deadline for the MPH program is April 15. However, to receive full consideration for graduate scholarship funding, applicants are encouraged to submit their application by February 1.

There is only one MPH cohort admitted each year. Mandatory coursework begins in the summer semester with one or two online courses depending on specialization. If you miss the deadline and would like to discuss enrolling in graduate special coursework that could be applied to the MPH program, please contact Dr. Roy Oman, Graduate Director, at roman@unr.edu.

MPH Admissions Requirements

The Admissions Committee places emphasis on the diversity of our graduate students who have the qualifications and credentials to succeed in public health practice. The multi-faceted nature of the public health profession now demands students from diverse educational as well as professional backgrounds. We welcome inquiries and applications from anyone who has a passion for improving the health of our communities. Therefore, while we seek students who meet both University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) requirements for graduate status, we consider other important attributes such as volunteer and professional experiences, career objectives, and potential to contribute to the public health profession.

An applicant who has one or more deficiencies in admission requirements or in prerequisite coursework may be admitted on a provisional basis. Provisional admits can become regular admits after making up the deficiency and obtaining above a 3.0 GPA in coursework.

Prospective students must meet both University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) requirements for graduate status, listed below.

  1. Bachelor's Degree. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale. If you graduated from an international college or university, please contact The Graduate School for approval of your undergraduate degree for graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.
  2. GRE Scores. Competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on verbal, quantitative and analytic measures. GRE scores of accepted students are typically above the 40th percentile. However, scores are assessed relative to other applicants in the pool and considered in the context of the overall application package. The exam must have been taken within the last five (5) years. MCAT or GMAT scores may be substituted for the GRE. The GRE is not required for applicants who have already obtained a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., Dr.PH, or master's degree from approved institutions.
  3. TOEFL Scores. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English speaking nations with a minimum score of 550 for the TOEFL paper exam, 80 for the internet-based exam, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5.
  4. Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's motivation, academic capability, scholarship potential, and personal goals for doctoral study.
  5. Written statement of Purpose. The essay should be approximately 500 words in length, outlining the student's interest in graduate study in public health, potential research interests, career objectives, and specifying the MPH track of interest (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Social Behavioral Health, or Health Administration and Policy).
  6. Resume or CV. Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which demonstrates evidence of professional and/or educational health-related experience.

MPH Prerequisite Coursework

  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics. The statistics requirement must be met prior to taking CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health and CHS 712: MPH Epidemiology.
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in public health biology. Students not meeting this requirement must complete CHS 200: Public Health Biology.

MPH Application Process

There are two separate applications necessary for admission to the Master of Public Health program: one application and set of materials is to be filled out and submitted directly to SOPHAS and the other application is to be filled out and submitted to The Graduate School of the University of Nevada, Reno. Before applying for admission, please note the admission requirements above.

MPH Application 1:

The following materials are required for consideration for admission to the Master of Public Health program. These materials should be submitted directly to SOPHAS.

  1. Transcripts. One official copy of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  2. Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's motivation, academic capability, scholarship potential, and personal goals for study.
  3. Resume or CV. Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which demonstrates evidence of professional and/or educational health-related experience.
  4. Statement of Purpose. Written statement of purpose. See guidelines above.
  5. GRE Scores. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on verbal, quantitative and analytic measures. Please submit scores using the School of Community Health Science's GRE code 7828.

MPH Application 2:

The following materials should be filled out and submitted directly to the Graduate School of the University of Nevada, Reno.

  1. Online application. Prospective graduate students can apply online through The Graduate School's online application portal
  2. GRE Scores. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on verbal, quantitative and analytic measures. Please submit scores using the University of Nevada Reno's GRE code 4844.
  3. Standardized Test Scores. Standardized test scores other than the GRE, including GMAT, MCAT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores.

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Questions about the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program?

For program-specific questions about admissions, please contact Graduate Director Dr. Roy Oman at roman@unr.edu



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