2018-2019 General Catalog 
    May 21, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Public Health, M.S.

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Continuously accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 1978
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
375 Chipeta Way, ste A
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Minimum Degree Hours: 45

The MSPH degree is appropriate for the student who plans a career as a practice focused professional in public health that involves research. The MSPH degree is considered an academic degree and takes approximately two years to complete as a full-time student. Students who undertake their training on a part-time basis because of work or other commitments may require more time.

The MSPH degree program at the University of Utah is a general public health education.

The program has always offered a curriculum embracing the core areas of knowledge basic to public health both recognized from the community as well as our accrediting body the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Biostatistics - collection, storage, retrieval, analysis and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; and concepts and practice of statistical data analysis

Epidemiology - distributions and determinants of disease, disabilities and death in human populations; the characteristics and dynamics of human populations; and the natural history of disease and the biologic basis of health

Environmental health sciences - environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors which affect the health of a community

Public health administration - planning, organization, administration, management, evaluation and policy analysis of health programs

Social and behavioral sciences - concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and the solution of public health problems

Admission Requirements

  •  Earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Taken a math course in college algebra (Math 1050) or higher and earned a B grade or better
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is highly recommended

Application Requirements

  • Submit an application through Apply Yourself (AY) https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=utahgrad
  • All unofficial transcripts must be uploaded (even if the University of Utah already has them and even if you attended the U) Send official transcripts to the University of Utah Admission office directly
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation - There is no specific format for recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement - not to exceed 500 words
  • Sample of publications - when available
  • GRE - Department Code 0617, School Code 4853

The GRE is strongly recommended for applicants without a terminal degree (M.D. or PhD) earned in the United States. 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). GRE scores expire after five years.

  • International applicants:
    • The TOFEL is also required.  It expires after two years from the date test is taken.
  • Please note an in-person interview may be required
  • Initial Faculty Mentor - Please describe your research interests and identify public health faculty as potential research project mentors in your statement of purpose/personal statement.

Project/Thesis Hours

(must total 6 credit hours)


(must total at least 21 hours)

All electives must be pre-approved by student’s faculty advisor.

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