Division of
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College of Human Medicine

Apply Now: Core Disciplines of Public Health Graduate Certificate

All courses offered within this graduate certificate are delivered in an online learning environment. There are no on-campus courses offered for the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate at Michigan State University (MSU).

The sections below detail all the information needed to apply for admission to the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate. 

Applications to the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate are accepted throughout the year. Admission is done on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early.  

Please note: graduate certificate students are ineligible for financial aid.

Application Deadlines

Semester Classes Begin Application Deadlines
Fall Late August May 31, 11:59p.m.
Spring January September 30, 11:59p.m.   
Summer May February 28, 11:59p.m.

Application Requirements

Core Disciplines of Public Health Graduate Certificate Application Requirements

  • Application for Graduate Certificate Study at Michigan State University (with associated application fee)
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (in an envelope sealed and stamped from the registrar’s office) from each post-secondary institution attended, including MSU
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement describing interest/experience in the public health discipline and career goals
  • Resume or CV

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Application Steps

1.  Submit the Appropriate Application:

Applicants choose the MSU Application for Graduate Certificate Study, complete the application, and submit the application fee.

  • For questions regarding financial hardship and application fees, applicants should reference the Graduate School website, https://grad.msu.edu/application-fee-waiver. Please note: the Master of Public Health does not pay application fees for prospective students.

An MSU applicant ID number is provided after submission of the appropriate application.  This is needed for submission of application requirements specific to the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate.


 2.  Create a Login for the Graduate Application Portal:

Applicants create a login for the graduate application portal following the directions received by e-mail.  The applicant ID number (provided with submission of an MSU application) is required.

Applicants who have submitted their application and have not received an e-mail with instructions regarding the applicant portal, should contact the university’s Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332. The Office of Admissions should also be contacted if difficulties with the applicant portal arise during the application process.


3.  Submit Application Materials Required for the Core Disciplines of Public Health Graduate Certificate:


Applicants must submit the following materials using the graduate application portal:

Letters of recommendation

  • Recommendation letters must come from academic or professional references. The Admissions Committee does not accept letters written from personal references.
    • The Admissions Committee encourages applicants to request letters from multiple sources if possible.  Although this is not a requirement, as the Admissions Committee understands this may not always be possible, they prefer not to see all three letters of recommendation come from the same place of employment or the same academic program.
  • Letters of recommendation from academic or professional references must be submitted on the organization's letterhead. Recommenders who cannot obtain official letterhead should reach out to the MPH program office at mph_generalinformation@hc.msu.edu.
  • Recommendation letters must be written within one year of the application date.
  • The Admissions Committee looks for letters of recommendation that address the following topics:
    • The applicant’s academic or professional capabilities
    • The applicant’s leadership skills
    • The applicant’s work ethic
    • The applicant’s ability to successfully complete graduate level work
    • The applicant’s personal qualities consistent with professionalism and teamwork
    • Any significant actions or accomplishments
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted to the applicant portal directly from the recommender or through a secure letter service such as Interfolio. Letters uploaded by applicants will not be accepted.
    • Applicants input the e-mail addresses of their recommenders within their portal.  The system then sends the letter writer an e-mail with instructions on how they can upload their letter directly to the applicant's portal.

Personal statement 

  • The personal statement should be a concise, well-written document discussing the applicant's interest in public health and how their experiences (personal and professional) have influenced that interest. It is recommended that applicants discuss how their career goals align with public health and their pursuit of the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate.
  • The personal statement does not have to be submitted on the university application. If the applicant does not submit their personal statement on the university application, it must be uploaded to their applicant portal.
  • The personal statement has no minimum length requirement.

Resume or CV 

  • The Admissions Committee highly recommends applicants include volunteer experience on their resume.

Academic statement (not required)

  • Applicants are provided the opportunity to submit an academic statement if they feel they have experienced an academic situation that they would like to explain to the Admissions Committee. This option is highly recommended if an applicant has a less than a 3.0 GPA, individual semesters with poor performance, multiple withdrawals, less than preferable standardized graduate or professional school test scores, etc.  
Applicants must submit the following materials directly to the MPH office or the MSU Office of Admissions:

Official transcripts directly from the institution   

  • Via mail to: Admission and Enrollment Management Office, Master of Public Health, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University, 200 East 1st Street, Flint, MI 48502
    • Hard copy transcripts must arrive to our office in an envelope sealed by the institution's registrar. Transcripts that have been opened by the applicant are deemed unofficial and will not be accepted.
  • Electronically: through the use of a secure transcript service such as AVOW (powered by Parchment) or eSCRIP-SAFE directly to MSU Office of Admissions (admis@msu.edu).
  • International transcripts:
    • May only be requested to be sent via mail.  Electronic international transcripts will not be accepted.
      • Official transcripts and diplomas must arrive in envelopes sealed officially by the issuing institution.
    • Some international institutions only issue original transcripts and diplomas to the student one time.  Applicants should NOT send their original transcripts or diplomas to the Office of Admissions as they cannot be returned to the applicant.  Applicants should contact the MPH office (mph_generalinformation@hc.msu.edu) to discuss their options in this situation.
    • Official transcripts and diplomas not issued in English should be accompanied by an official, word-for-word, English translation.
    • An attested copy of the diploma must also be requested directly from the institution.
    • Michigan State University does not accept WES evaluations or any other report from a credential evaluation agency in lieu of official sealed transcripts from the applicant's institution.
    • Transcripts issued by higher education institutions in mainland China require an official verification report from the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) (www.cdgdc.edu.cn). This official verification report must come to the MSU Office of Admissions in an official sealed, unopened envelope from the CDGDC – the applicant is not to open the official sealed envelope as that will make the transcripts unacceptable.

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East Lansing, MI 48824


International applicants must request official English language proficiency test scores be sent using the institution code: 1465

  • Test scores cannot be more than five years old.
  • Examples of test scores accepted: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, MSUELT, PTE A.
  • University test score minimums for English language proficiency scores can be found here, https://grad.msu.edu/sites/default/files/content/apply/ENGLISH%20LANGUAGE%20PROFICIENCY.pdf.
  • A waiver for the English language proficiency test requirement may be requested for situations defined by the Graduate School.  The waiver request form can be downloaded here: MPH Waiver Request Form.  There is no guarantee waiver requests will be approved except in the following circumstances:
    • International applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
    • International applicants who earned a master’s degree at an AAU institution on a U.S. campus (http://www.aau.edu/about/default.aspx?id=16710).  In this case previous English language proficiency test scores are helpful but not required.
    • Applicants may contact us with questions regarding specific situations.

Application Status

Questions regarding application status are to be directed through the application portal e-messaging system. 

Direct any questions or issues with the application portal to the Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332.


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://reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/StateAuthInfo.aspx.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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