Master of Public Health

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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

The below contains suggestions to assist applicants with their application and submission of their 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 Statement of Purpose. Applicants should clearly articulate their professional vision and values, why they think the University of Washington/Department of Global Health is where they should be pursuing a MPH, why they are pursuing a MPH at this point in their lives, and how they plan to integrate global health research or practice in to their career. Maximum TWO pages in length.
  • Submit Personal History Statement. Applicants should describe how experiences within their personal history (family, education, country of origin, and economic background) influenced their intellectual development, interests, career plans, and goals. Maximum ONE page in length.
  • Respond to the questions in supplemental information (as appropriate).
  • 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 recommendations. Designate three recommenders if applying to the General or Leadership, Policy, Management Track, 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
  • Report test scores to the University of Washington. Official test scores must be sent directly from ETS to the University of Washington, institution code 4854. We have no minimum score requirement. Only applicants with a PhD, JD, DDS, MD or other doctoral-level degree from an accredited United States school are exempt from this requirement. Enter the test or expected test date or list the doctoral-level degree and U.S. school.  No waivers of test scores are granted. Score reports must be received by December 1. GRE test scores are valid for approximately five years. To confirm your test scores are still valid and reportable, review the Reportable History section of the GRE website.
    • For General and LPM Track applicants: GRE general test scores are required; subject tests are not required. Applicants pursuing a Medical Degree at schools other than the UW School of Medicine may submit MCAT scores and a letter of support from their Dean in lieu of GRE scores.
    • For HME and MD/MPH Track applicants: MCAT or GRE scores are required.
    • For JD-MPH concurrent applicants: LSAT or GRE scores are required.
  • Show Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.i Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following five ways:
    •  A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States where English is the medium of instruction.
    •  A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom where English is the medium of instruction. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, the student must be in residence on campus.
    • Official documentation from the applicant’s undergraduate degree-granting institution (if the institution is in a country other than those listed in #2 above)  verifying that all instruction is in English. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the undergraduate institution is required. Documentation must be presented to the Graduate School; credential service reports are not acceptable. Acceptable documentation must be one of the following:
      •  Official or attested letter from the undergraduate college, university Registrar, or Controller of Examinations office.
      •  Official transcripts, attested mark sheets or degree statements, are also accepted if English is stated as the medium of instruction.
    • An official letter stating successful completion of the UW Intensive English Program (IEP): University Track. The letter must be submitted to the Graduate School.
    • Official English Language Test Score (sent electronically to the University of Washington via testing center):Report of official English language test score; reports must be received by December 1.
      •  580 or higher on the TOEFL pBT (paper-based)
      •  92 or higher on the TOEFL iBT
      •  7.0 or higher on the IELTS*  - Note: The Graduate School no longer accepts IELTS scores,unless the test was taken before June 1, 2017.
  • Pay fee and submit application.