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Master of Public Health (MPH) Online Generalist Admission Criteria


Graduates from the MPH Generalist program will have general competency in the evaluation of status of health of diverse populations and in the development of rigorous plans and strategies to implement them to fulfill the primary objective of DPHS, namely, to improve population health in and around the Lowcountry and across the state and globe. This program will strive to educate a diverse public health workforce, including working adults and students who may have difficulty with the logistics of attending a graduate degree program taught with in-person requirements, to be experts in innovative research, leadership and serve as advocates for improved and equitable population and community health across South Carolina and beyond. These goals align with MUSC's missions in disease prevention, patient and community wellness, and population health. The program will provide graduates marketable skills for careers in public health agencies, health departments, hospitals and other health care organizations, government regulatory agencies, not-for profit agencies, academic institutions, and industry.

Admission Requirements

Please review the following requirements for admission to the Master of Public Health program.

In addition to the application itself, the applicant must provide supplemental materials specific to the program to which he or she is applying. The MUSC supplemental application is available after creating your account as part of the MUSC online application.

Three letters of recommendation from instructors or supervisors who have had close contact with you during your undergraduate, graduate, clinical, or research training. Letters should be sent by email or mail to the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management at:

Office of Enrollment Management
Medical University of South Carolina
Harper Student Center
45 Courtenay Drive
MSC 203
Charleston, SC 29425-2030

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every post-secondary school attended, and all materials must be received by the application deadline. These should be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management. The applicant is expected to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Learn more about MUSC’s required transcript policy.

Applicants will include a personal statement describing how the MPH degree will enhance their professional career as a public health practitioner, research interests, and future professional goals.

Hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of post-baccalaureate experience in a relevant health related field, or hold a doctoral degree in a health profession or academic are related to public health.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale will be necessary to be competitive. The applicant will be required to provide official transcripts.

Applicants may have a background in public health, social sciences, basic sciences, or physical sciences including computing, mathematics, and engineering.

Accreditation Statement

The Master of Public Health program at the Medical University of South Carolina is regionally accredited by the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) of South Carolina and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a five-year term until 2027. For more information on the CEPH Accreditation including the self-study document, please visit the MPH Program's webpage.

International Applicants

International applicants may apply. For more information please visit MUSC’s International Student Admission page.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself, the applicant must provide supplemental materials specific to the program to which he or she is applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every post-secondary school attended, and all materials must be received by the application deadline.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana. Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.

Scholarship Eligibility

MUSC offers scholarships for which you may be eligible. Some are awarded based on academic achievement; others are awarded based on community service, for example. However, the majority of scholarships awarded at MUSC are based on financial need. This means those scholarships are only awarded to students who need some financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition and fees. If you would like to be considered for a financial need-based scholarship, you must have an up-to-date Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Make sure you list Medical University of South Carolina on your FAFSA form, along with MUSC’s code: 003438. We encourage you to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. It is recommended to submit the FAFSA in January if you plan to enroll in the Fall.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2024
Regular December 1, 2023 May 15, 2024
Fall 2024
May 15, 2024
June 1, 2024
Fall 2025
Regular December 1, 2024 May 15, 2025
Fall 2025
May 15, 2025
June 1, 2025