HSC Public Health programs have a limited number of seats each year. The Admissions Committee takes a broad range of factors into consideration as we select candidates, including:
- Academic background
- Understanding of the role of public health workers & specific concentrations
- Enthusiastic letters of reference
- Community service experience
- Evidence of service and leadership, including honors, achievements, and awards
- Other life experiences and extracurricular activities
- A mature, insightful essay
Although an applicant’s entire academic record is considered, strong academic performance alone does not ensure acceptance.
While prior experience in community service, leadership experience, public health, or a medical-related field is not required, this experience is considered a beneficial attribute and viewed positively by the Admissions Committee.
Letters of reference from an academic source are strongly encouraged and professional references from work supervisors are certainly appropriate, especially for those who have been out of academia for some time.
- Evidence of personal integrity, maturity, motivation, communication skills, interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, quantitative skills, writing ability, dedication, and the ability to work with others are additional factors that will be considered.
The above qualities are evaluated by several means, including letters of reference, the scope and nature of extracurricular activities (including work and volunteer experience), the scope and breadth of prior education, and your statement of purpose.
- Students applying for research programs (MS and Ph.D.) should reflect any prior research experience in their materials, and indicate their future research goals in their statement or purpose and a letter from the research supervising faculty is very beneficial.
- Ph.D. & MS candidates matching with current faculty on research areas and mentorship opportunities is vitally important to securing seats in those competitive programs. Applicants should indicate the research area and identify faculty mentors in their statement of purpose.