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Uw Mph Epidemiology Personal Statement

Successful applications generally meet the following criteria:

  • Show a good match between the training goals of applicants and the program to which they are applying, demonstrating that they have reviewed the literature and have (when possible) contacted one of more of our faculty to discuss their applications
  • Demonstrate a progression between past and present training and/or experience and attainment of the MPH. Goal statements should clearly address how an MPH degree will advance applicants' professional goals
  • Are submitted, (with some exceptions), after applicants have at least two or three years of public health-related work experience
  • Are supported by good recommendation letters, transcripts, and GRE scores. To be competitive, most applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

GRE Scores:

While the programs do not have specific expectations about GRE scores, successful applicants usually achieve at least 50% in each of the categories. The GRE is not required for those who have earned a doctoral degree in the United States from an accredited institution of higher learning. The program will accept "old" GRE scores, so long as they are still available from the Educational Testing Service.

Quantitative Skills:

Because biostatistics and epidemiology are core courses for the MPH, the faculty want students to perform well in quantitative work. A review course in algebra or statistics may be desirable for applicants who need to bolster their skills in this area.

Overview of the Application Process

All programs in the Department of Health Services use the UW Graduate School online application.

After creating a user profile and selecting a program, you'll be given specific instructions on how to complete each element of the application. Once you've completed each required element, you'll be able to pay the application fee online and submit your application.

Please read the section below to get an overview of the materials you'll need to assemble.

When you are ready, go to to begin the online application.

The submission deadline for the MPH program is December 1.
  • Late submissions will be accepted through end of the next business day
  • Applicants requesting an application fee-waiver must not submit their application until they receive approval from the UW Graduate School. Please notify the program if you have not received approval prior to the deadline.

International applicant qualifications and requirements:Information for undocumented applicants:

General Steps to Complete an Application:

(Additional steps may be required inside individual program applications.)

Choose a Program or Concentration:

Options for the in-residence MPH in Health Services begin in the list with "Health Services".

Statement of Purpose (approx. 700-1000 words, double-spaced):

The statement of purpose should include a description of the applicant's professional background, career goals, and the educational objectives which he/she expects to meet through the program. An applicant should be sure to include a description of his or her work experience in health care or related fields. The admissions committee places particular importance on well-specified and realistic career objectives.

Personal Statement (optional):

The Department of Health Services welcomes students who have varied cultural experiences, and who will therefore contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of the MPH program. If you wish to have these factors included in the review of your application, please provide a statement concerning your personal history, family background, and influences on your intellectual development. This statement should include cultural and educational opportunities (or the lack thereof), social and economic disadvantages that you may have had to overcome, and the ways in which these experiences affected you. This statement can be separate from the goal statement described above, or can be incorporated into it.

Transcripts and Prior Schools:

The UW online application requires applicants to submit unofficial transcripts for each institution of higher learning which they attended or received a degree.

Official transcripts will only be requested when an offer of admission is made (international applicants) or accepted (domestic applicants.)

Minor transcripts for course-work with no relevance to the MPH degree can be omitted.

GRE Scores:

(Not required if the applicant has a PhD, JD, DDS, MD, or related degree from an accredited U.S. school.)

Have official GRE scores reported directly to the University of Washington (institution code 4854). You will also be asked to self-report your GRE scores.

English Language Proficiency:

If you are required to provide test scores as proof of English language proficiency, (see details on this page), you will need to enter your test scores in the online application.

Letters of Recommendation:

Our program requires three recent letters of recommendation, preferably from former or current supervisors and teachers. The recommendation letters should address the general topic of an applicant's suitability for the training provided by the program, and should mention how long recommenders have known the applicant and in what context.

Applicants will be asked to designate recommenders in the online application. The online application will then send specific instructions to each recommender. Applicants will be able to return to the online application to check whether the application system has received the recommendations.

Applicants are expected to be in contact with each recommender to make sure that the recommendations are sent to the online application system by the due date.

Current CV:

A current resume or CV should be submitted with the application.

Faculty Contact:

An in-person or telephone interview with one or more faculty in the program is highly recommended. Faculty may be contacted directly.

Applicants may also seek assistance with general questions from the MPH Student Recruitment Specialist:

So you’ve decided to pursue a career in public health. What’s next?

Step 1:  Determine Your Program of Interest

Before you apply to the UW School of Public Health, carefully review each department and degree program to find the one that is best for you. The School has 5 departments: Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Services; offering many MPH, MS, MHA, and PhD degree options.

Step 2:  Know Your Deadline

Application deadlines vary by department, program, and degree track. Find your degree for an overview, and check with your department's program.

Step 3:  Know Your Application Requirements

Application requirements vary by department, program, and degree track. In general, you will need to submit the following:

  • Online Application through the UW Graduate School
  • Official transcripts from ALL college-level institutions attended
  • GRE and other appropriate standardized test scores
    English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IETLS), if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Your department, program, or degree track may also require additional materials.

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Step 4:  Apply Online

By this stage, you have chosen your department and degree program. You know your deadline and have gathered all the required application materials. It’s time to apply.

For details on how to apply to the Graduate School, go to:

To begin your application, go to:

Once you have been admitted, learn about funding resources for your education.


Contact if you are having trouble locating contact information for the adviser in your department or program of interest.