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Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Completed Graduate Application.
  2. $35 application fee.
  3. Official transcripts verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Please submit letters of recommendation via email to Dr. James Amell.
  5. Statement of purpose for studying Public Health (include career plans relative to public health). Please submit statement of purpose via email to Dr. James Amell.
  6. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on conferred degree and/or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, based on a 4.0 scale, on all graduate coursework. The admission committee conducts a full review of all applications and a 3.0 GPA is the preferred minimum. However, the committee will consider other aspects and strong applications not meeting the minimum GPA will be considered. Each institution may admit students on conditional or provisional status per university policy.

International applicants should contact the Graduate School for additional admissions information.

Apply for the BREATHE-SD Public Health Certificate Scholarship

Students admitted to the Public Health Certificate program would have the opportunity to receive the BREATHE-SD Public Health Certificate Scholarship, which covers half-tuition through the BREATHE-SD project. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, please learn more about the BREATHE-SD project and submit your responses to the following questions:

1. How will the Public Health Certificate help you in your current or future position?

2. Describe ways in which you plan to use the knowledge gained from this certificate to better serve individuals from rural and underserved communities.  

Responses are limited to a total of two pages.

To apply, please send your responses to Dr. Jim Amell with the subject line "Application for the BREATHE-SD Public Health Certificate Scholarship."

Admissions Deadlines

Students can be admitted in the fall, spring or summer terms. Applications must be submitted four weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.