FAQs

How long has the U been around?
- Why pursue a career in public health?
- Who should consider a degree in public health?
- How can a graduate degree in public health enhance my career opportunities?
- How long does the MPH degree take to complete?
- What kind of Bachelor's degree is most beneficial?
- Can I apply before I have my Bachelor's degree?
- Where should I send my official transcripts?
- I did not have a strong GPA when I was an undergraduate student. Can I still be a competitive candidate?
- Are the University of Utah and the Division of Public Health Accredited?
- Is the GRE required? What is the Comprehensive Exam?
- Where can I take the CPH Exam?

  • How long has the U been around?
    • The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is the flagship institution of higher learning in Utah. Founded in 1850, it serves over 31,000 students from across the U.S. and the world. With over 72 major subjects at the undergraduate level and more than 90 major fields of study at the graduate level, including law and medicine, the university prepares students to live and compete in the global workplace. Known for its proximity to seven world-class ski resorts within 40 minutes of campus, the U encourages an active, holistic lifestyle and innovation and collaborative thinking to engage students, faculty and business leaders. Learn more about the University of Utah at http://www.utah.edu/about/ and unews.utah.edu.
  • Why pursue a career in public health?
    • Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. Public health is a broad field focused on protecting populations, from small communities to entire countries, through preventing disease and promoting good health. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.
    • Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. Public Health professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists work to protect the health of the public including teachers, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and attorneys.
    • Public health is a field geared toward serving others. Public health professionals serve local, national, and international communities. They are leaders who meet the many exciting challenges in protecting the public's health today and in the future.
    • Public health is a rewarding field. The field of public health offers great personal fulfillment - working towards improving people's health and wellbeing is a rewarding day's work.
  • Who should consider a degree in public health?
    • Public health is a field that offers an abundance of job opportunities to suit a variety of interests and skills. Whether you are more interested in crunching numbers, conducting research, or working with people, there is a place for you in the field of public health. Public health is ideal for those that gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others.
  • How can a graduate degree in public health enhance my career opportunities?
    • Many public health jobs require a graduate degree in public health. A graduate degree gives public health professionals a competitive edge over other professionals and enables professionals to:
    • gain knowledge of the factors which influence local, national and global legislative and social policies;
    • apply broad-based, state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative skills needed for problem solving;
    • develop multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems;
    • enhance communication skills by working with diverse populations; and
    • to be positioned for a leadership role in health promotion and disease prevention.
    • Where do public health professionals work?
    • Public health professionals work in both the public and private sectors. Many public health graduates will find work in the public sector in local, state, or federal health departments. The jobs available at health departments range from Food Safety Inspectors to Health Educators and Policy Analysts to Epidemiologists. Public health professionals can also will find work in university systems as researchers.
    • Those interested in working for a non-profit organization can find jobs in health advocacy, policy, or research for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the Red Cross, or a local non-profit that focuses on specific health issues.
    • Still other public health professionals will find work in the private sector - working in randomized control trials for pharmaceutical companies or for health insurance companies and hospitals.
  • How long does the MPH degree take to complete?
    • Full time students take two years to complete the MPH degree, while part time students take three years; graduate students have up to four years to complete a graduate degree. Students who study only at the UAC can finish in one year.
  • What kind of Bachelor's degree is most beneficial?
    • The title of one's degree doesn't matter, and there is no "best" degree. The MPH program is generally more interested in a candidate's overall demonstrated academic performance and interest in public health rather than the title of the degree.
  • Can I apply before I have my Bachelor's degree?
    • You can apply prior to completing your bachelor's degree, but your graduation date must be before the first day of classes. You cannot begin our master’s degree program without first completing a bachelor's degree, and there are no exceptions.
  • Where should I send my official transcripts?
    • You must have one official transcript from each institution from which you have earned college credit mailed directly to the Admissions Office: 201 South 1460 East, RM 250S SSB, SLC , UT 84112
  • I did not have a strong GPA when I was an undergraduate student. Can I still be a competitive candidate?
    • The University of Utah requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA to enter the Graduate School. Candidates with lower GPAs may be able to offset with strengths in other areas to become competitive. We cannot predict or assure all competitive factors for individuals
  • Are the University of Utah and the Division of Public Health Accredited?
    • Yes, the University has maintained its regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) continuously since 1933. Accreditation is an extremely important element to ensure the quality of MPH degree programs.
    • The Division of Public Health has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1978. Bringing a CEPH accredited degree program to the Incheon Global Campus will provide immediate recognition from the academic public health community and will make this a unique offering in this region of the world.
  • Is the GRE required?
    • The GRE is strongly recommended for applicants without a terminal degree (MD or PhD) earned in the U.S., with scores no older than five years (University of Utah school code 4853, department code 0616).
    • Applicants who do not take the GRE will need to demonstrate adequate quantitative ability through their college coursework (completion of college algebra, calculus, or statistics with a B or better grade).
  • What is the Comprehensive Exam?
  • Where can I take the CPH Exam?
    • CPH Exams are offered around the US as well as in Korea.

Contact Information

Pamela Lyon
Global Public Health Coordinator
Phone: 801-585-5303
Email: pamela.lyon@utah.edu