Frequently Asked Questions

MPH Program FAQ

What are the pre-requisite courses?

There are no pre-requisites for the MPH program.

How long is the program?

The program is designed to be completed in two years. It is possible to finish in less than two years, however depending on concentration and availability of courses, it is not always feasible.

How many credit hours is the program?

42 hours

How many admissions cycles does the MPH have each year?

University of Memphis SPH, admits students to the MPH program Spring and Fall every year.

Do you accept applicants on a rolling basis?

While admissions are rolling, we cannot guarantee admission unless your application has been submitted by July 15th for the Fall semester and November 15th for the Spring semester to ensure sufficient time for processing. For international students the deadlines are July 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester.

Do I have to submit both SOPHAS and Graduate School applications?

You are required to submit both the full SOPHAS application and the University of Memphis Graduate Admissions application. We require the SOPHAS application to be submitted by the deadline and paid in full for your application to be considered for review.

What is the school code for sending my official standardized test scores or GRE scores?

  • SOPHAS: 6980
  • HAMPCAS: 8838

Who should I ask for Letters of Recommendations?

Typically, we recommend you have at least two from a previous professor or instructor. Overall, it is in your best interest to have three letter writers who will best be able to attest to your academic ability and your overall public health potential.

How would you recommend I prepare my Statement of Purpose and Objectives?

Your Statement of Purpose should explain what has brought you to pursue graduate training in Public Health and your eventual career goals. It may also explain why you are pursuing this degree now, and why at University of Memphis.

Can the GRE be waived?

  • Applicants who have completed a terminal degree such as JD, MD, PhD from an accredited institution are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • Students currently enrolled in a medical, dental, optometry, business, or law school can submit their MCAT, DAT, OAT, GMAT, or LSAT scores, respectively, in lieu of the GRE. Other professional school exams will not be eligible as alternatives to the GRE exam.
  • Applicants who have completed a MBBS degree, and have passed the Step 1 of the USMLE, are not required to submit GRE scores. To be eligible for the GRE waiver, copies of both official USMLE scores will be required to be uploaded with your application.

What is UofM Global?

UofM Global degree programs are developed by University of Memphis faculty and are programs are offered entirely online. The online MPH is a UofM Global degree program and can be taken anywhere in the world without ever having to come to campus.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit University & Student Business Services' Fee Chart for more information. The standard course load for a graduate student is nine (9) hours per semester.

I have already taken public health courses at another university. Can they be transferred?

You can transfer up to 15 credits, if you have received a B or higher, and they were taken at an accredited School of Public Health. All transfer credits must be evaluated by the graduate school no later than the end of the second semester of enrollment.

I have a question about my visa. Who can I contact?

You may contact the International Student Services Office regarding your visa status: theworld@memphis.edu

I am an international student. Do I need to have my transcript evaluated?

Yes. If you received any of your degrees outside of the United States, they need to be evaluated by WES or by any members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

As an international student, am I required to take the TOEFL?

Yes, TOEFL scores are required for all applicants from countries in which the official language is not English. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be taken in lieu of the TOEFL.

Contact Us

Shirl Sharpe, MS
Academic Services Coordinator II

Vikki Nolan, DSc, MPH
Assistant Dean and MPH Director

Christie Rakestraw
Graduate School Admissions Counselor