1. Should I contact the department before making an application?
YES, we strongly recommend that MPH students contact us to seek guidance on our program (firstname.lastname@example.org). For PhD students, contact individual faculty.
2. What previous coursework is required to apply for the MPH?
There is no required coursework to apply for the MPH at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park. While undergraduate coursework in math and science may enhance your application, it is not required for admission. Often candidates will have a basic undergraduate background in math and science, such as statistics or calculus, and biology or chemistry. Applicants who do not have this background are encouraged to take courses in preparation to starting the program.
3. What is the minimum GRE/GPA you accept?
The University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park has a minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission. The more competitive applicants typically report GRE scores of at least the 50th percentile for all 3 sections (153-Verbal, 152-Quantitative and a 4.0 for Analytical Writing Assessment). Students with a previous Masters degree should discuss with the department the option of having the GRE components waived.
4. What are the language requirements for international students with English as a second language?
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for some international students; see the Graduate School web site for further details and minimum requirements for admission
5. What institution code do I need to use when sending my GRE scores to SOPHAS?
The University of Maryland School of Public Health GRE Code in SOPHAS is 0485.
6. I already have an advanced degree. Do I still need to submit GRE test scores?
For students with advanced degrees the GRE may be waived at the discretion of the MIAEH admission committee
7. Is there a Supplemental Fee for applications in addition to the SOPHAS fee?
Yes. All applicants must submit a supplemental fee of $75. The Graduate School will contact you directly for this fee. This will happen after SOPHAS verifies the minimum required documents have been submitted.
8. Is there a Part-time Program?
The majority of courses in the MPH program are offered in the evening (4pm or later). This allows for students to attend the program while also working full-time. Information on credit hours for full-time and part-time students can be found in the graduate catalog at www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/registration_policies.htm.
9. Do I need to send transcripts to The University of Maryland Graduate School, College Park as well as SOPHAS?
Yes. The graduate school will ask for transcripts with the supplemental application, however, these do not need to be certified copies.
10. Is there funding for MPH students?
We do not have formal funding mechanisms for MPH students. Occasionally faculty will have a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) position available on a research grant. Students are encouraged to seek funding from other sources. For information about available sources of graduate student funding at UMD look to the Funding and Finances section of the Graduate School website (www.gradschool.umd.edu). Also, we strongly encourage students to visit the UMD Graduate School website to learn about tuition costs, associated fees per credit hour. We will advise students as we become aware of TA opportunities within SPH. These are competitive opportunities.
11. Is there funding for PhD students?
Normally, we try to ensure an initial support for PhD candidates. Subsequently we work with the student to secure funding for latter stages of their program. We recommend that students wishing to apply initially contact one or more of our faculty to discuss shared research interests and funding opportunities. To secure a PhD position you will require the support of one of our faculty to serve as your advisor.
12. How many letters of recommendation do I need in order to apply? Who should write my letters of recommendation?
The Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health requires a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation. We accept letters written by professors, employers, supervisors, and other individuals who have a working relationship with the applicant. Letters should not be written by family, friends, or acquaintances. The Admissions Committee recommends that at least one (1) of an applicant’s letters of recommendations be written by a professor with whom they have worked closely or under whom they have studied.
13. What should I cover in my Statement of Purpose? How long should it be?
The Statement of Purpose is intended as an opportunity for applicants to provide a narrative of their education, experiences, and career objectives. The Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health recommends the statement of purpose to include goals and interests consistent with faculty expertise. While there is no specific length requirement for the Statement, applicants often submit approximately one page, single-spaced.
14. Does the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park have rolling admissions?
No. We only have fall admissions.
15. Will the Admissions Committee for the Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health review my application if it is considered incomplete?
No. The Admissions Committee will not forward your application for review unless all required items, including official GRE scores, have been submitted as well as the UMD Graduate School Supplemental Application.
16. Could you tell me how the PhD program in Toxicology and Environmental Health at the School of Public Health (College Park) differs from the Ph.D. in Toxicology at the School of Medicine (Baltimore)?
There are several distinct universities within Maryland system, and there is a combined University of Maryland wide system for doctoral studies in toxicology. However each individual university conducts their own program a little differently. The School of Medicine is at the UM in Baltimore – and is more aligned with traditional toxicology, mechanisms and clinical applications, from both a chemical and drug perspective. Our program at College Park is Toxicology and Environmental Health – and has a greater emphasis on Environmental Health Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology/Toxicology – it includes biological/infectious diseases aspect as well as chemical/pollution exposure and toxicology. This program additional supports elements of susceptibility/built environment/environmental justice as critical components of its teaching. Our program is at http://sph.umd.edu/department/miaeh/phd-toxicology-and-environmental-health . The two programs have distinct admissions directors, and more information on the Baltimore program can be found at http://lifesciences.umaryland.edu/toxicology/default.aspx.
We also offer a PhD program in Environmental Epidemiology in conjunction with the school's Epidemiology department. Please contact our faculty for this option.