School of Community Health Sciences

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Admission Requirements

BS in Public Health

A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and completion of general education math and science requirements.

BS in Health Care Administration and Policy

A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and completion of nine credits of department prerequisite courses is required for admission to the major. Prerequisite courses to be taken before applying for admission to the health care major include MATH 124 or higher, PSY 101 or SOC 101 (or ECON 102), and HCA 175 or HCA 201.

Master of Public Health

To be considered for admission to the MPH, an applicant must meet Graduate College standards and:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution and have adequate preparation in the biological, physical, or social sciences. A criterion for admission is at least a B (3.0) grade point average or the equivalent in work completed after the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate course work.
  • Complete the school’s application process.
  • Submit a personal essay describing what the applicant perceives to be pressing public health issues, why a career in the field appeals to the applicant, and how it will use the applicant's strengths and commitment.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit GRE test score.

A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Official copies of all transcripts sent to the Graduate College, and unofficial copies sent to the School of Community Health Sciences.

Master of Health Administration

To be considered for admission, an applicant must meet Graduate College standards and:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. A criterion for admission is at least a B (3.0) grade point average, or equivalent in work completed after the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate course work. An applicant who does not meet this academic criterion may request special consideration.
  • Submit a competitive score on the GRE or GMAT
  • Submit a one- to two-page personal essay describing why applicant wants to pursue a career in health care management.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a resume.

In addition, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Ph.D.

Admission into the Public Health Ph.D. Program at UNLV will require applicants to meet the standard criteria of the UNLV Graduate College, applicable to all graduate students, both domestic and international, and will be contingent upon the qualifications of the applicant and the availability of openings for new students.

Public Health doctoral students are admitted once a year, for the fall semester. Applicants must have submitted all required materials by April 1 for admission in the following fall semester. Applicants must identify an Area of Emphasis (subplan) at the time of application.

In addition to the requirements of the UNLV Graduate College, applicants will be expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Earned bachelor’s and master’s of public health (MPH) or a master’s in an equivalent field from an accredited university. Applicants educated outside of the United States will need to demonstrate proof of equivalent education and advanced degrees.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0=A) in a masters’ program of study. The most competitive students will have a master’s level GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on verbal, quantitative, and analytical measures. GRE scores will be assessed relative to other applicants in the pool as well as relative to other graduate programs at UNLV. The exam must have been taken with the institutions’ graduate school/college requirements. The most competitive students will have a combined verbal/quantitative GRE score of 1,200 (old test)/300 (new test) or higher.
  • Oral and written language competency. Applicants from countries where English is not the native language, or who do not receive degrees from institutions where English is the language of instruction, must show competency in English, meeting the Graduate College or Graduate School requirements: "a minimum score of 550 on the written or 213 on the computerized Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 85 on the Michigan Test."
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty and other individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s motivation, academic capability, scholarship potential, and personal goals for doctoral study.
  • A written statement of personal, career, educational, and scholarship goals, including identification of research interests. The most competitive students will clearly identify their plans for dissertation research and its contribution to the field of public health.
  • Applicants may be asked articipate in an interview with member(s) of the admissions committee, either in person, via skype, or by telephone. Applicants may also be asked to submit writing samples.

For admission information on other SCHS programs, please contact the department.