Supplemental content for MPH in Public Health
- GPA - 3.0 in undergraduate units or, if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units.
- Bachelor’s Degree - Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) - Applicants must submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- Statement of Purpose – Applicants must submit a brief personal statement (maximum 500 words) describing why they want a degree in public health and why they are interested in this program. Applicants are encouraged to describe their motivation and any emerging career aspirations.
- Other - The Muskie MPH program is particularly interested in applicants who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher, applicants with international life experience, and those with paid or unpaid experience working in public health or health care delivery.
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Application Deadline: Rolling Admission. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Applications must be completed at least two months in advance of the semester in which a student wishes to matriculate.
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- Essay: Applicants must submit a brief personal statement (maximum 500 words) describing why they want a degree in public health and why they are interested in this program. Applicants are encouraged to describe their motivation and any emerging career aspirations.
- Letters of Recommendation (3): Recommendations should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work, to comment on your ability to undertake graduate study and your chosen profession.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.
Reduced Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Out-of-state students studying in our MPH program are eligible to receive a reduced tuition rate. Maine residents benefit from the lower in-state tuition. Learn more.
Mission: The mission of the Graduate Program in Public Health is to bridge the cultures of public health and health care delivery systems to build integrated, high functioning health and public health systems, engaging individuals, communities and providers in the development and management of a more effective and sustainable health infrastructure. To prepare students with the knowledge and skills to improve population health, we deliver a competency-based education, engaging faculty and students with external partners, to foster experiential learning, to conduct and translate research, and to contribute to public service.
Our program aligns with the mission of the Muskie School of Public Service and the University of Southern Maine as vitally engaged with the economic and social well-being of our region and state by promoting and supporting student success, community engagement, and sustainability.
For more information about our concentrations and required courses, view our program requirements.
Why Study Public Health at USM?
From our competency-based curriculum to our nationally recognized faculty, there are many reasons to study Public Health at the Muskie School. Learn more
Public Health Faculty
Students in the Muskie School Graduate Program in Public Health benefit from the knowledge and experience of the program's nationally recognized core, adjunct, and practice faculty. Learn more
Graduates of the Muskie School are working in diverse roles in the health services and public health fields in Maine and throughout the country. Our students and graduates have more than 40 different job titles from Chief Executive Officer to Director of Research. Learn more
Employers, Partner Organizations, and Field Placements
The Public Health program offers hands-on field experience opportunities in a wide variety of public health and healthcare organizations in Maine and beyond. Our program alumni also offer a vast network throughout hospitals, state and local health departments, community-based organizations, primary care and multi-specialty physician practices, and nonprofit health and health-related agencies. Learn more
Competencies describe activities or behaviors students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of a learning experience. Competencies of the Public Health program include elements of communication, leadership, health policy and management, public health science, research, and theory, and informed decision-making. Learn more
External Public Health Advisory Committee
The Public Health Advisory Committee includes leaders and employers from across the state. The members provide diverse perspectives, advice, and input to the Graduate Program in Public Health on its direction, priorities, and opportunities. Learn more