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Application Requirements

Please see the How to Apply page for detailed instructions for the online application.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0 GPA) to apply to the MPH. GPA is calculated from the last 60 hours (approximately two years) of undergraduate coursework.

BS- MPH only: For BS-MPH applicants in Community Health and I-Health majors, CHLH 274: Introduction to Epidemiology is a pre-requisite course and applicants must achieve a B or higher grade in it to be eligible to apply for BS-MPH.

Official Transcripts

You must request official transcripts from all of your undergraduate and graduate institutions to be sent by the institution directly to the Graduate Office by email to or mail (address below).

Transcripts must show courses completed, grades, degree completed, and date of graduation. If you are in process of completing your degree, and expect to do so before you would enter the University of Illinois, have the current transcript sent now. After your degree is completed you must arrange for another transcript to be sent. If these records are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by an official English translation.

Results of the Graduate Records Examination

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The results must arrive at the Department by the deadline mentioned above. Therefore, make sure that you make arrangements and take the test on time. Note that the Institution Code that you must enter in the GRE application for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 4229 and the Department Code is 0616.

University of Illinois students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health applying for the 5 year joint BS-MPH degree are not required to complete the GRE examination.

Personal Statement

This statement is a very important part of your application. Your statement should be uploaded to your online application. Please include comments on why you are interested in the Master of Public Health program, what education and skills you expect to acquire through the degree, and how you expect to use your degree after graduation. Briefly describe any previous public health related experience including volunteer time, paid work, internships, coursework, and pertinent training. The Personal Statement is particularly important for applicants who completed their last degree five or more years ago. Applicants with professional work experience are encouraged to explain how they think their work experience has prepared them for graduate study at the University of Illinois.

The personal statement should be two pages. There are no additional writing samples required.

Letters of Recommendation

Request three letters of recommendation (preferably from those who are acquainted with your educational background and academic abilities). Recommendations must be completed using the Apply Now application system.


The Master of Public Health program does not offer assistantships as part of the admissions process. Students interested in applying to assistantships at the University of Illinois can explore openings through the Graduate College Clearinghouse. Note that MPH stuents may not receive tuition waivers as part of any secured assistantships.

Postal Address

Send transcripts to the following address:

  • MPH Program
  • 1206 S. Fourth St.
  • 2021 Khan Annex, Huff Hall
  • Champaign, IL. 61820

International Students Requirements

English Language Proficiency

If you are from a non-English speaking country, you are required to show English Proficiency as measured by the TOEFL or IEFLTS exams. Detailed requirements for the TOEFL/IELTS (including exemption information) are outlined in the "Test Information" section of the Online Application:

Statement of Financial Resources

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you need to provide the University Admissions Officer with a detailed statement of the financial resources that will enable you to live in the US for the duration of your studies at the University of Illinois. You'll find the Declaration and Certification of Finances in the "Downloads" section of the Online Application.

See additional information regarding international applicant requirements.