How to Apply

Academic Requirements: 

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • If prior graduate work, a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • The MPH program is now test-optional. You may submit official GREGMAT or MCAT scores if you choose.


Application requirements and procedures are the same for the online and on-campus programs.


Application are due to SOPHAS by April 1 for face-to-face students and July 1 for online MPH students (International applications due by February 1)

Are you ready to apply? Be sure you have these items:

  • SOPHAS application - Application are due to SOPHAS by April 1 for face-to-face students and July 1 for online MPH students (International applications due by April 1)
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • CV or resume
  • Personal statement. Your personal statement should be approximately two pages in length, double-spaced, and cover the following: 
    1. What are your professional and/or educational goals? 
    2. Please describe your interest in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.   
    3. How does your interest in public health align with your preferred degree program or chosen MPH concentration? 
    4. Please describe your interest in public health.  
  • Writing sample. In 250 words or less, please identify what you believe is the most critical public health challenge facing the United States and the role that your chosen MPH concentration plays in meeting that challenge.  
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions - foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES
  • (Optional) Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores
  • Minimum acceptable TOEFL score as defined by UK Graduate School (for international students only)
  • Three recommendations (contact information only) - at least one from a faculty member who taught or supervised applicant

Students who are admitted to the MPH program will be required to complete a secondary UK Graduate School application at least one month prior to the start of classes (domestic students) to accept admission to the program.  International students must submit secondary application no later than February 1.  



University of Kentucky Graduate School

You will also need to apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School.

The UK Graduate School deadline is February 1 for international students, or at least one month before starting classes for domestic (US) students.

All information received from your SOPHAS application is sent to the Graduate School by the College of Public Health. When completing your application for the Graduate School, you can upload the documents you used for your SOPHAS application, or you can submit blank sheets of paper.

For more information, please contact the College at or 859.218.2096.


Questions about your application?

For more information on our programs or for guidance on completing your application, call 859-257-5678 or email us at

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