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Admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's preparedness for graduate-level study. Employment background, previous academic coursework and preparedness, research interests, and long-term professional goals are all factors that are considered as part of admission to the MPH program.
All MPH Applications, regardless of Concentration or Location (San Francisco, Orange County, Sacramento or Online) have the same application deadlines stated below. Applications are accepted for Fall admission only. Please contact us if you have any questions.
*Majority of scholarship aid is allocated to applicants who submit by the Early Consideration Deadline
All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. The School of Nursing & Health Professions Office of Graduate Admissions does not accept mailed materials. Applicants can check their application status online or by contacting the School of Nursing & Health Professions Office of Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following requirements are considered in the review of applications:
Please note that we are not accepting international applications for our Orange County-based or Online MPH programs at this time.
You can use your statement of purpose to explain your background in public health, why you want to pursue an MPH degree, and what you plan to do with your MPH. It is reasonable if you are not 100% clear on what you want to do when you graduate. But, it helps to provide some sense of why you are interested in this degree.
Yes. You can definitely explain any known weaknesses in your application in your statement of purpose.
We are very interested in why you specifically are interested in USF. You can discuss our curriculum, our mission, faculty you are interested in working with, or any other aspect of the program that may be of interest to you.
In general, letters from professors and supervisors are ideal. If you recently graduated from university, you should try to get at least one letter from a professor who can speak well of your abilities as a student. You can also obtain letters from supervisors at your job, internship, or volunteer workplace who may be able to discuss your work ethic, abilities, and commitment to the field. If you graduated from university a long time ago, it may make more sense to have letters from two supervisors.
Friends, family friends, or anyone else who cannot directly discuss your academic work or your professional work should not be used as letter writers.
Yes, all letters of recommendation must be signed by the letter writer. We suggest you give them this instruction when you ask them to write a letter for you and make sure they understand that it is very important that they sign your letter before they submit it.
Yes, all letters of recommendation must be written on the letterhead of the organization where your recommender works. We suggest you give them this instruction when you ask them to write a letter for you and make sure they understand that it is very important that they put your letter on letterhead before they submit it.
The University of San Francisco Master of Public Health Program is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) through December 31, 2026.
Please check our State Authorization Status List for the states and territories from which we can enroll students in specific online degree programs.