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

University of Washington Graduate School Requirements

See also Understanding the Application Process.

Minimum Degree

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S* or its equivalent from a foreign institution** or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. Also acceptable: hold a Master’s degree, a doctoral degree (Ph.D., D.Phil.), or a professional degree (M.D., J.D., D.V.M., etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.*or its equivalent from a foreign institution.**All admitted students must provide a transcript and degree statement for verification.**

Minimum GPA

  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. In special circumstances, we consider applicants who have a GPA below a 3.0.

English Language Proficiency

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency (ELP). The most competitive applicants will demonstrate a higher level of English proficiency and will have attained the recommended score to satisfy the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement.  If official English language test scores are required, the below are the minimum and ELP satisfied scores.  
    • TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years after test date.
      • Minimum required score for TOEFL iBT is 80; ELP satisfied score is 92 or higher
      • Minimum required score for TOEFL pBT is 500; ELP satisfied score is 580 or higher 
    • IELTS scores are no longer regularly accepted. If this causes hardship for an applicant please contact

In addition, the Global Health MPH program requires:

Graduate School Admissions (GRE®) Test Scores

While GRE test scores are required for most applicants (see below), we have no minimum score requirement. Official test scores must be sent directly from ETS to the University of Washington, institution code 4854ONLY applicants with a PhD, JD, DDS, MD or other doctoral-level degree from an accredited United States school are exempt from this requirement. There are no waivers.

  • 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.
  • JD-MPH concurrent applicants: LSAT or GRE® scores are required. 
  • HME and MD/MPH Track applicants: MCAT or GRE® scores are required.

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 prospective students in the Seattle area, the UW Women's Center offers Lifelong Learning courses, which includes GRE prep courses. 

Demonstrated Passion and Commitment to the Field of Global Health

  • This should be articulated in goal statement and personal statement and can include employment, volunteering, activism, and/or life experience.

Prior Work Experience

  • See track requirements regarding prior work experience on MPH homepage.


*Confirm that the U.S. institution is affiliated with one of the following regional academic associations via AACRAO: Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association Schools and Colleges; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Western Association of Schools and College.

**Accreditation for a foreign institution: The official recognition status of the degree granting institution is verified through the appropriate educational authority in a country, such as, the Ministry of Education or other governmental authority.