Applying for Admission

The MPH's Fall 2021 application cycle will open on September 9, 2020 at 12:00pm (PDT). Once the cycle is open, please visit this website to start your application! 

  • Priority Deadline - Wednesday, December 2, 2020
  • Standard Deadline - Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Admissions Requirements

Eligible Bachelor’s degree students will have a GPA of at least 3.3 in their major (upper division courses only) and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students must have adequate preparation in a field related to public health, and show potential to undertake advanced study, research, and practical training as evidenced by GRE test scores (other academic scores may be appropriate for certain applicants, or the requirement may be waived for students with previous graduate or professional degrees from U.S. accredited institutions), previous experience, and past academic performance.


  • We are temporarily waiving the GRE/MCAT requirement for the Fall 2021 application cycle due to the impacts of COVID-19.

International students must meet minimum criteria on the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
For additional information about International Student application requirements, please visit the Graduate Division website:

Other application requirements include:

  • A statement of purpose (approximately 1500 words) that addresses all of the following:
    • Your statement of purpose (approximately 1500 word limit) should address the following items:

      • Describe those experiences that have shaped your interest in public health.
      • Discuss why you are interested in the Master of Public Health program at UC San Diego.
      • Discuss the strengths you bring with you and areas in which you would like to increase your expertise.
      • Describe any prior experience you’ve had engaging in public health research.
      • Discuss your preference for which concentration (Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Public Mental Health, or General Public Health*) you would like to pursue. Your preference will not affect your chances of admission. *Please note: The General Public Health concentration option is open to only qualified students or professionals in health-related disciplines. Email for eligibility requirements.

  • Transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if applicant is admitted into the program. Transcripts not in English will require certified translation at the applicant’s expense).

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two of these letters should be from academic sources--i.e. faculty or PIs--who can speak to your academic capabilities)

Strong preference will be given to students with at least one year of practical experience in the field, including field experience within an academic program.