Master of Public Health

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

The Global Health MPH program is looking for students who wish to work with under-served communities and pursue long-term careers in global public health, whether in ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, or the private sector. Applications are reviewed holistically, considerations include:

  • past work experience (with underserved communities)
  • personal history (lived experience)
  • enthusiasm for global health work
  • previous academic records and performance on standardized tests
  • career trajectory and potential impact
  • ability to convey future goals

Please Note

  • The University of Washington does not participate in SOPHAS.
  • The below instructions will guide applicants to the University of Washington Graduate School application.
  • All materials must be uploaded by December 1, including test scores.
  • Applicants can start an application, save it, and return to complete.
  • Applicants are responsible for tracking the receipt of their application materials.  

Application Instructions and Suggestions for a Strong Application

  • Go to:
  • Skip to New Applicants, click Create a Profile. 
  • Choose the graduate program and track you are applying to. It will begin with "Global Health -"
  • Complete program Information and review requirements and deadlines
  • Report prior schools and submit unofficial transcripts. Upload unofficial electronic transcripts from each college and/or university attended into the online application. Hard copies of official transcripts will be requested by the Graduate School if offered admission.
  • Submit Personal, Family, and Community Statement. The full prompt can be found in the application. 
  • Submit Reflections on Experience and Goals. The full prompt can be found in the application.   
  • Let us know if you are currently in, or applying to, a concurrent degree at the UW.
  • Let us know if you have been in contact with program faculty, staff, current students, or alumni
  • Indicate your global health areas of interest.   
  • Please share any fellowships or funding programs you have applied to.
  • Submit a resume or vitae.This should be a clear overview of experience and qualifications to date. Make sure to indicate the month and year for past employment and time spent abroad.
  • Designate three recommenders if applying to the General track and two recommenders is applying to the Health Metrics and Evaluation Track.
    • Once recommenders have been designated, they will be contacted by email and asked to fill out a recommendation form that will be submitted to the program electronically. Applicants will be notified if a recommender declines.Please note, it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure recommenders submit their recommendations. Suggested categories for recommenders are listed below. If appropriate, please include a UW faculty member or anyone known by UW faculty if they also fit one of the categories:
      •         At least one individual who knows your academic work
      •         At least one individual who knows your professional work
      •         At least one individual who can speak to your future in global health
  • Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. See Memo 8 to ensure proficiency can be demonstrated.
  • Pay fee and submit application.