Urban Public Health Graduate Program

Urban Public Health Graduate Program

Admissions Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Admission to the program is a competitive process in which each student’s entire application is individually reviewed. In selecting students, the program’s Admission Committee carefully considers the applicant’s responses to questions regarding their interest in public health as a career and in a mission-driven University like CDU. 

For admission consideration, all applicants to the Urban Public Health Program must be a college graduate with an earned bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or  university. The Urban Public Health Department also requires a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (out of a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a cumulative GPA that is less than a 3.0 are encouraged to apply and will be considered on a  case-by-case basis.

Application Requirements 

To apply for graduate programs, prospective students must complete the Application for Graduate Studies. Candidates may also apply online. In addition to the application, the following items must be submitted according to each program. Please note that an incomplete application file may delay its processing.

Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health

  • $75 Non-refundable Application Fee (check/money order)
  • Personal Goal Statement, which should address the following:
  • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health, and how interests are aligned with CDU’s mission and the Urban Public Health Program’s mission
  • Career objectives, and if they include serving the underserved
  • Self-assessment of interpersonal skills, verbal and written skills, computer skills, and general preparation for succeeding in a graduate program in public health.
  • Three (3) Recommendation Forms for Graduate Studies (At least one letter must be from an individual who can provide information about your academic ability.)
  • College or University Transcripts to verify undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores (taken within the last five years of application date) – The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants holding a graduate degree with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and/or applicants who can provide official GMAT or MCAT scores (taken within the last five years of the application date).

Prospective students must complete the Application for Graduate Studies. Candidates may also apply online. In addition to the application, the following items must be submitted:

  • $75 Non-refundable Application Fee (check/money order)
  • Personal Goal Statement, which should address the following:
  • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health, and how interests are aligned with CDU’s mission and the Urban Public Health Program’s mission
  • Career objectives, and if they include serving the underserved
  • Self-assessment of interpersonal skills, verbal and written skills, computer skills, and general preparation for succeeding in a graduate program in public health.
  • Three (3) Recommendation Forms for Graduate Studies (At least one letter must be from an individual who can provide information about your academic ability.)
  • College or University Transcripts to verify undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores (taken within the last five years of application date) – The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants holding a graduate degree with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and/or applicants who can provide official GMAT or MCAT scores (taken within the last five years of the application date).

Recommended Application Deadline 
The date below is a recommended deadline; however, the Urban Public Health Program offers rolling admissions and applications are considered until the class is filled.
March 1      (Priority Deadline:  December 1)

Please note that an incomplete application file may delay its processing. -

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at admissionsinfo@cdrewu.edu or at (323) 563-4838.