The Global Health MPH program is looking for students who wish to work with underserved communities and pursue long-term careers in global public health, whether in ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, or the private sector. 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

Minimum qualifications per the University of Washington Graduate School

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 students confirming enrollment 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, a graduate program may consider an applicant with a GPA below a 3.0. The graduate program must submit an admission petition to the Dean of the Graduate School before an offer is made.

English Proficiency:

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. 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 test scores

  • For General and LPM Track applicants: GRE® general test scores are required; subject tests are not required.
  • For JD-MPH concurrent applicants: LSAT or GRE® scores are required. 

  • For HME and MD/MPH Track applicants: MCAT or GRE® scores are required.

    • Applicants should ask Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send official scores to the University of Washington, institution code 4854.
      • For tests taken on or after July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following test date. For example, scores for a test taken on July 3, 2017, are reportable through July 2, 2022.
      • For tests taken prior to July 1, 2016, scores are reportable for five years following the testing year in which tested (July 1– June 30). For example, scores for a test taken on May 15, 2015, are reportable through June 30, 2020.
      • GRE® scores earned prior to July 2012 are no longer reportable. GRE® scores earned in July 2012 are reportable until June 30, 2018.
    • ONLY 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.

Demonstrated passion and commitment to the field of global health (to be described in goal statement and personal statement). 

  • This 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.