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MPH Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Submit an essay in response to the following prompt: Identify a major public health challenge in your community, describe its extent, and discuss one to two evidence-based solutions to address this challenge. Essays must be no more than 2 double-spaced pages long, be typed using 11 or 12 point font, and include citations and references. The list of references does not count in the page limitations.
  2. Provide a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  3. Submit a personal statement explaining how and why obtaining the MPH degree in Public Health Practice would contribute to the student's career goals. The personal statement must be no more than 2 double-spaced pages long and typed using 11 or 12 point font.
  4. Completed applications are reviewed once each year. The deadline for fall admission in the MPH Program is March 1. If openings remain available, applications will be accepted until July 1. Students are asked to contact the MPH Program Office prior to submitting an application after March 1. UAA admission must be successfully processed before the MPH Program will consider an application complete. The UAA process may take as long as four months, so applicants are encouraged to apply to the university first and early.

Note also that:

  • To the extent that there are limited positions available in the program, preference may be given to residents of the state of Alaska as defined by the university’s policy on residency for tuition purposes. Potential out-of-state applicants should also be aware of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), which could affect their eligibility to enroll in the UAA MPH Program. Preference may also be given to applicants with two or more years of work experience in the field of public health, from underrepresented populations, and/or have completed undergraduate or graduate course(s) in statistics or quantitative analysis.
  • Decisions by the admissions committee are considered final. Those who are not admitted to the program are encouraged to strengthen their application before re-application.

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