Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

International students are encouraged to have their complete application packet in for review by April 1. Complete application packets should be received as early as possible, as the program fills quickly. If you plan on applying for financial aid, a graduate assistantship, or fellowship an early application will provide you a greater chance of receiving the aid.
The Grad School at Michigan State University has a required minimum GPA of 3.0, however, MPH candidates with a GPA below 3.0 are not automatically excluded. Applicants may submit an explanation of a GPA below 3.0 with their application. The Admissions Committee will review the request and all application materials.

Tuition is based on the type of program; number of credits you are taking; and your status as an in-state or out-of-state student. Master of Public Health (MPH) students are charged $660 per credit hour regardless of residency.

Fees for any non-MPH student can be calculated using the Tuition Calculator. Individual tuition questions should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts.

Visit the GRE testing site to locate a testing center near you.

The MPH does not have a minimum GRE score; however, scores at the 50th percentile and above are preferred.

Visit the TOEFL testing site to locate a testing center near you.


Applications to the Division of Public Health academic office are accepted throughout the year. Admission is done on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. International applicants are encouraged to have all application materials submitted at least four months prior to the beginning of the semester for which they are applying. 

Application Periods:


Classes Begin

Application Period


Late August

Preceding November 1 – June 30



Preceding July 1 – October 31



Preceding November 1 – March 31

Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to actually receiving their bachelor's degree. The Admissions Committee will review your application packet and can grant you admission contingent upon receipt of an official final transcript showing that your degree was conferred.

Your letters of recommendation should address your academic capabilities, leadership skills, overall ability, previous coursework and/or experience, significant actions, accomplishments, or personal qualities related to professional or scholarly achievements.

Your personal statement should tell us why you are interested in the earning a Master of Public Health degree, and how your skills, experience, and long-term career goals contribute to your candidacy. Of course, it is always good if you can demonstrate or support any of the suggested topics recommended for the letters.

Please use the override request form on the Enroll for Courses section of this website. Students will be notified via email if the override is approved.

Textbook information is located in the Students section of this site.

No, with prior approval from your adviser, a number of graduate level courses offered by MSU with direct relevance to the field of public health, whether offered online or taken in the traditional classroom setting, can qualify as an elective. The form to request approval for a non-program elective is located in Student Community in D2L.

MPH Degree

small degreeThank you for your interest in the online Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Michigan State University. All of the courses offered within this degree are all delivered in an online learning environment. There are no on-campus courses offered as part of the MPH degree.

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State Authorization: Distance Education Restrictions Based on Permanent Residence

Michigan State University is obligated to comply with existing state laws regarding distance education (programs/departments offering courses delivered exclusively online). State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state. The Master of Public Health offered through the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health at Michigan State University requires a practicum experience that constitutes a physical presence in some states, therefore restricting enrollment in our program to residents of those states.

Prior to applying, please visit, https://esp.msu.edu/StateSummary.pdf, for the most up-to-date approved and restricted states.  For more information, please visit MSU's State Authorization website, https://esp.msu.edu/stateauth.asp.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Contact Us:

Online Master of
Public Health Degree Office

200 East 1st Street
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 600-5601
(810) 600-5699