ADMISSIONS SELECTION PROCESS
Admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is part of a collaborative effort administered by the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of the Master of Public Health (MACMPH). The Consortium is a partnership between Salus University and Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. Admission procedures and policies include appropriate consideration of an individual applicant’s public health experience and/or the applicant’s ability to apply educational preparation from such diverse fields as health care, sociology, law, economics, urban planning, informatics, etc.
It is expected that the successful candidate for the degree or certificate programs will possess:
- An undergraduate or equivalent degree, or a graduate degree from an accredited college or university.
- A documented record of academic achievement with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 minimum out of a 4.0 scale, or a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.
- Demonstrated academic competency in mathematics/quantitative methods. A course in statistics or research methods with a minimum grade of C or higher is required. Related courses other than statistics or research methods may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- English language skills (both written and oral) essential to the successful completion of the coursework.
- While not a requirement, two years of relevant work, internship or volunteer experience are highly recommended.
- Submit an online application, along with application fee, to your chosen institution:
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges (undergraduate, graduate, professional) attended. Partial transcripts should be submitted if courses are still in progress. Official transcripts from each institution must be submitted directly to the MACMPH institution to which you are applying.
- Submit an Educational Resume/Curriculum Vitae – the document should list, in chronological order, an applicant's education and work experiences, publications, honors and achievements to date.
- Complete the Life Experience Essay (500 words) – describe those life experiences that have contributed to your perspectives on public health issues, values and needs, both domestically and internationally, as appropriate. This essay is submitted through the online application.
- Complete the Personal Statement (500 words) – indicate the area of interest you wish to study and your goals in pursuing the MPH degree or certificate options. Also, tell us why you expect this program will meet your personal and professional objectives, and how it will impact public health needs in the communities you expect to serve. This statement is submitted through the online application.
- Arrange for two letters of evaluation to be submitted on your behalf. When completing the online application, applicants must supply the name and email address of two people who are not related to the applicant and who will provide the MACMPH Admissions Committee with a reference. References will be contacted by the MACMPH and provided with an evaluation form. The references should be from persons familiar with the applicant's academic work, employment record, and/or personal characteristics.
- National testing is not a requirement for acceptance into the MPH programs. If you have taken a test such as a Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or national standardized tests such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Optometry Admission Test (OAT), and would like to submit your scores, your test results may be sent directly to the institution to which you are applying. Test scores more than seven years old will not be considered.
- All materials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the MACMPH and with the home institution chosen by the applicant, and cannot be returned.
International Students and Practitioners
For international students and practitioners who have completed their college degree(s) outside of the U.S. or Canada, please provide the MACMPH institution to which you are applying with the following information:
- A course-by-course credential review from an accredited agency, which evidences all post-secondary studies completed. Please consult the agency’s website for requirements to complete the evaluation.
These services are provided by various agencies including:
World Education Services
PO Box 5087, Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
English Language Proficiency
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in a MACMPH Consortium program as well as to help ensure effective communication with members of a health care team. Official results from the TOEFL (or IELTS) examination are required for all students for whom English is a second language (ESL).
A recommended score for the TOEFL IBT is 84. A score of 21 is recommended for the speaking section, 21 for the writing section, 21 for the listening section and 21 for the reading section. Official scores from the Academic IELTS examination will be accepted in substitution for the TOEFL (recommended scores comparable to the TOEFL).
Exceptions will be made for ESL applicants who hold degrees or diplomas from accredited post-secondary institutions in countries where English is the official language and in which English is the language of instruction (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).
The TOEFL (or IELTS) examination must be taken within two years prior to the start date of the entering class to which an applicant seeks admission.
Sending Required Credentials
Please send all required credentials, including official transcripts, optional test scores, etc. directly to the institution to which you are applying:
Office of Admissions
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Office of Admissions
850 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
Individuals successfully meeting the required selection criteria may receive an invitation for an interview with a member of the MACMPH Admissions Committee, which provides further insight into the applicant’s character and motivation and allows an applicant the opportunity to speak with the program director. Interviews may be held via phone conference.
Notification of Acceptance and Matriculation
An applicant may be notified of his or her acceptance on a rolling admissions basis. Upon receipt of acceptance, an applicant is required to follow the guidelines detailed in the official offer of acceptance and submit a non-refundable deposit in order to reserve a seat in the program.
Application Form for Open Study (Non-Degree) Students
The MACMPH offers students interested in gaining graduate-level public health knowledge and skills the opportunity to apply for open study (non-degree) status and be permitted to take a maximum of 9 credits. This option is for the applicant who may desire to take one or more of the courses offered in a program, but is not enrolling in the full MPH degree program. These credits may be transferred toward the MPH degree if the student applies to, and is accepted into, the full MPH program.
To apply for open study (non-degree) status, please refer to your chosen institution for more information: