The Master of Public Health (MPH) is awarded by the Graduate College. It is a nonthesis degree. Iowa also offers Combined Degree Programs in Public Health (including an MPH/JD, MPH/MD, and an MPH/PharmD).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

  • Applicants must have earned a Bachelor's or a professional degree
  • The minimum grade point average requirement for admission to the MPH program is 3.0.
  • GRE preferred minimums are: verbal 151 and quantitative 152. If you took the exam prior to August 1, 2011, the preferred minimums are: verbal 467 and quantitative 591.
  • The following scores may be substituted for the GRE: MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, DAT, GMAT, VCAT.
  • TOEFL (or IELTS during the 2006-2007 year) scores are required for international students except permanent residents or those who have earned a degree from an accredited institution in the US, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The minimum recommended scores are: paper 600, computer 250, and internet 100. The minimum recommended IELTS score is 7.0.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester—April 15 (April 1 for international students)
  • Spring Semester—November 1 (October 1 for international students)*
  • Summer Session—April 1 (March 15 for international students; March 1 for practicing veterinarians)

* Note that only combined degree applications are accepted for the Spring Semester (i.e. JD/MPH, MD/MPH, PharmD/MPH, and DVM/MPH)

Application Procedures

The graduate application process

  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).

Degree Program Supplemental Materials

  • Application via SOPHAS
    • Official transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work with grades and degrees.
    • Official GRE scores
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement
    • Resume
    • TOEFL for International Students

Materials to send to Admissions

  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment.
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681).
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.


Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.

Contact Information

Master of Public Health
The University of Iowa
Attn: Lexie Just

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396