The Master of Public Health program at UC Davis is designed for individuals with an interest in disease prevention and community health. The application deadlines are December 1 (Priority deadline), January 15 (General deadline) and May 31 (Space Available Deadline). For access to the online admission application, please visit the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies.

The UC Davis M.P.H. program is a member of ASPPH and accredited by CEPH, but does not use SOPHAS for admission. Only one application is required for admission and is submitted through the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies. Admission is for Summer Session II, which begins the first week of August.  Students are expected to attend the mandatory New Student Orientation, which is scheduled the week before the first day of class.

The Admissions Requirements and Process and Frequently Asked Questions is available in a printable handout here.  The M.P.H. Program office has compiled a list of Outside Funding and Scholarship Opportunities.

Deadline What it means for the applicant
Priority Deadline December 1 Applicants who submit their application to the graduate program by the Priority Deadline will receive priority review for admission once their file is complete. Final deadline for supplemental materials (transcripts, letter of recommendations, and GRE scores) is February 14.
General Deadline January 15 Applicants who apply by the General Deadline (but after the Priority Deadline) will have their files formally reviewed for admission by the graduate program but will not be reviewed on a priority basis, once their file is complete. Final deadline for supplemental materials (transcripts, letter of recommendations, and GRE scores) is February 14.
Space Available Deadline
June 1
Applicants who apply by the Space Available Deadline (but after the General Deadline) are not guaranteed to have their application reviewed by the graduate program. Their applications will be reviewed only if the graduate program determines that it has additional space available. Final deadline for supplemental materials (transcripts, letter of recommendations, and GRE scores) is June 13.



Prequisites

The following prerequisite courses are required for admission:

  • Mathematics(equivalent at least to UC Davis' pre-calculus Math 12 or Statistics 13)

  • Biological Sciences(equivalent at least to UC Davis' Biology 2A)

  • Social Sciences(for example, courses equivalent to UC Davis’ General Psychology PSC 1, or Cultural Anthropology ANT 2, Principles of Microeconomics ECN 001A, or Introduction to Sociology SOC 1 courses).

Deficiencies:  Students can be admitted with missing prerequisites, but the deficiencies must be remedied by earning a grade of “B” or better in the deficient courses prior to starting the program in Summer Session II.

Admission Requirements Information:

  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) on graduation. Degrees must be conferred before the program starts in August. An official transcript is required from each undergraduate or graduate institution you attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details, please visit https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/submit-transcripts. Prior UC Davis students do not need to order UC Davis transcripts. Once your application has been submitted your UC Davis transcripts will be requested for you. Please note that this does not apply to UC Davis Extension coursework. (All application materials, including transcripts and GRE scores, become the property of the M.P.H. Program and cannot be borrowed, photocopied, returned to applicants, or sent elsewhere.)

  • Applicants must be in a good academic standing and must disclose any past or present academic misconduct, institutional actions, felonies and misdemeanors.

  • Complete and submit results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For reporting scores, use the Institution Code: 4834 and Department Code: 0616. Note: GREs are required for all applicants, with two exceptions: (1) current students in, or recent graduates of, a US or Canadian MD/DO degree program may submit MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE providing these were taken within 10 years of application, and (2) current students or recent graduates of a U.S. MBA program may submit the GMAT scores in lieu of GRE providing these were taken within 7 years of application. The GRE and other submit ted test scores must be taken within 7 years of application, except as noted. There is no minimum for test scores and no exceptions to the rules above.

  • The UCD Office of Graduate Studies requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English or your instruction has not been in English. The minimum score required for admission to graduate study at UC Davis is 550 for the paper test or a score of 80 for the Internet-based test. TOEFL scores expire after two years. Scores that are older than two years will not be accepted by Graduate Studies. Although an 80 iBT score is the minimum required for admission, additional English language testing may be required of admitted students with iBT scores below 104.

  • CV and/or résumé listing your experience and background in public health.

  • A Statement of Purpose

  • Personal History Statement

  • Three academic or professional recommendations (in English) are required. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the online application. Letter service letters are not accepted. There are no exceptions to the online submission rule.

Statement of Purpose

The online application asks you to describe your academic plans and research interests, your specialization within your academic field, your research experiences and your career goals.

    • Describe to us how you will be a successful Master of Public Health Student at UC Davis. Each statement you write should have a clear purpose.

    • Keep the statement within the character limit (4000 characters) provided by the Office of Graduate Studies. Your statement should be clear, concise, and relevant.

  • Do not let the Admissions Committee assume anything; be explicit in addressing the following:

    • What in your background, history, training, and experiences (personal, professional, academic) have led you to pursue graduate training and a career in public health?

    • What are you future career goals in public health (e.g., what health condition or population do you want to work with)?

    • What do you see as your contribution in public health?

    • Why do you need an M.P.H. degree to meet your professional goals?

    • Why UC Davis?



Personal History Statement

  • This statement should reflect on experiences and/or circumstances that are not directly related to your pursuit of graduate training in public health, but have an impact of your candidacy as an applicant. The more directly related something is to your application, the more appropriate it is to put in your Statement of Purpose.

  • Keep the statement within the character limit (4000 characters) provided by the Office of Graduate Studies. Your statement should be clear, concise and relevant.

  • Address how your personal background (educational, familial, cultural, economic, challenges, community services) contributes to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity of public health and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with an M.P.H. degree

  • Address any academic difficulties and/or challenges you may have had in school.

Sources of Funding

The M.P.H. program does not guarantee financial support to students. Financial aid is available to US citizens or permanent US residents; students need to file a FAFSA and should update it each year. Students can look for a teaching assistantship or graduate student research position, but these positions are offered by individual departments and are not guaranteed to the students.

Program Fees and Living Expenses

For the 2018-19 Tuition and Fees, please visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website.  The tuition, fees and charges posted are estimates based on currently approved amounts.  The figures may not be final.  As a result of gubernatorial, legislative, Regental and/or campus action, these fees may change without notice.  Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus a student’s final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

For the M.P.H. 2018-19 Estimated Student Expense Budget, please click here.  Budgets are adjusted on an annual basis.  Budget components are adjusted according to increases in the consumer price index (CPI) and/or student surveys.

UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered students in the UC Davis Student Health Insurance Plan (Davis SHIP).  If you have comparable insurance and do not wish to be enrolled in Davis SHIP for the 2018-19 academic year, you must submit a waiver application by the stated deadlines.  More information is available at: http://shcs.ucdavis.edu/insurance.  

Financial Aid

Financial aid for the M.P.H. program is administered by the UC Davis Health System Financial Aid Office.    

U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who wish to be considered for financial aid are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The federal school code is 001313.  Dream Act students are encouraged to complete the California Dream Act Application on the California Student Aid Commission’s website.  These programs are based on demonstrated financial need.  The FAFSA and the California Dream Act Application are available on January 1 each year.  Although UC Davis has a priority filing deadline of March 1, it is strongly encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.  Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted.  Financial aid is awarded only to admitted students.

Federal Direct unsubsidized and unsubsidized Graduate PLUS Loans are available to help meet the cost of attendance beyond any grants, fellowships and outside resources awarded.

Current medical and veterinary students, please note: You may not receive the same financial aid package for the M.P.H. program as you do currently for your MD or DVM program.  In addition, aid packages for the M.P.H. program are based on the 11 months of the program since the program begins in early August.  You will not receive aid for July living and transportation expenses unless you take an elective in July for your MD or DVM program.  See the appropriate personnel regarding how an additional elective might make you eligible for the additional aid for July.

Residency Requirements

The Master of Public Health program enrolls one class per year, beginning in August. The program is organized so that medical or veterinary medical students can enroll by interrupting their training between the second and third, or third and fourth years. Students may also enroll after the completion of their fourth year. 
 

Upon matriculation in the program, M.P.H. degree candidates are expected to be in residence at UC Davis and to complete the degree within 24 months. However, leaves may be granted for reasons such as illness, family problems, and academic necessity. Students who do not register and fail to have a leave approved by the Program Director are not guaranteed readmission at a later date. 

Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships

Each academic year, a limited number of merit and need-based grants and fellowships are awarded.

The Graduate Student Child Care Grant(GSCCG) is available to UC Davis students enrolled full-time in a graduate or professional degree program or on filing fee status (one term allowed). Students must have/claim dependent children 12 years old or younger in their care and must incur child care expenses.  For 2018-19, the GSCCG is a per UC student, per term flat award of up to $1100 per quarter ($1650/semester). It is not based on financial need and all graduate students with documented child care expenses are entitled to this grant.  Questions should be directed to UC Davis Worklife & Wellness at 530.754.8791 or worklife@ucdavis.edu.

Student Employment Opportunities

Current M.P.H. students may have access to student teaching and research employment through one or more of the following positions:

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR)*: A GSR is a full-time registered graduate student appointed to assist in performing research under the direction of a faculty member or authorized Principal Investigator.  Departments offer GSR positions on a limited basis and students should seek these out on their own.  Students gain valuable experience working part-time on faculty-run research projects and receive a stipend and/or tuition assistance.  To be eligible, the full-time enrolled UC Davis graduate student must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.  GSR appointments, above 25% and not exceeding 50% time, provide full fee remission of in-state fees.  This policy is reviewed for renewal each year.

Teaching Assistant (TA)*: A TA is a full-time registered graduate student serving an apprenticeship under the supervision of a regular faculty member.  Some departments have TA positions available to a limited number of students who have substantial preparation in their area of study.  Departments offer TA positions on a limited basis and students should seek these out on their own.  TA appointments, above 25% and not exceeding 50% time, provide partial remission of in-state fees.  This policy is reviewed for renewal each year.        

The M.P.H. program office advertises GSR and TA positions as they become available.  GSR/TA appointments will typically reduce your loan eligibility.

*A GSR or TA appointment does not cover the M.P.H. Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) or the Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (NRST).

External Funding Resources

Students are encouraged to independently seek funding from external funding sources. 

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) has published a guide to financing your degree, including tips and tricks to obtaining a scholarship and a list of external funding sources for prospective students.

Scholarship Search Engines

There are many sources available for external funding searches.  These are a few websites to get started on your search:

Outside Funding and Scholarship Opportunties

UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies External Fellowships

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

U.S. Department of Labor's Scholarship Search Tool

Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae

UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database

Grant Forward

Other Resources

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers.

FAQ

  1. How do I apply to the program?

  2. When is the application deadline?

  3. Is it absolutely necessary to attend the summer session of the program?

  4. How long does it take to complete the program?

  5. What is the minimum GPA requirement for entrance into the program?

  6. Can I attend the program part-time, and still work part-time?

  7. What's the maximum number of units I can transfer into the program?

  8. Once I enroll at UC Davis, can I take elective units that are not listed in the program materials?

  9. Do I have to take the GRE for admission?

  10. I am a UC employee. Do I get a discount?

  11. I am a UC Davis faculty member, can I enroll in the program?

  12. What is the cost of the program?

  13. Do I need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

  14. I am not a US citizen or permanent resident. Am I eligible for financial aid?

  15. I am interested in pursuing a career in academic primary care. Can I get fellowship support for the M.P.H. program? (Program currently closed)

  16. I did not take undergraduate courses in all three prerequisite areas (Mathematics, Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences). Can I still apply?

  17. As a current UC Davis Graduate Student, can I earn an M.P.H. degree at UC Davis?

1. How do I apply to the program?

The Master of Public Health program at UC Davis is designed for individuals with an interest in disease prevention and community health. The application deadlines are December 1 (PRIORITY deadline), January 15 (General deadline) and June 1 (Space Available Deadline). For access to the online application you can visit https://grad.ucdavis.edu/apply.

The UC Davis M.P.H. program is a member of ASPPH and accredited by CEPH, but does not use SOPHAS for admissions. Only one application is required for admissions and is submitted through the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies. Admission is for Summer II session, which begins the first week of August.  Students are expected to attend the mandatory new student orientation, which is scheduled the week before the first day of class.

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2. When is the application deadline?

The application deadlines are December 1 (PRIORITY deadline), January 15 (General deadline) and June 1 (Space Available Deadline).

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3. Is it absolutely necessary to attend the summer session of the program?

Yes. All students start the program in August during Summer Session II.

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4. How long does it take to complete the program?

The 56-unit program can be completed in 12-14 months. Most students graduate after completing summer session II, three academic quarters, and a summer practicum placement.

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5. What is the minimum GPA requirement for entrance into the program?

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average (GPA). Relevant coursework taken after the baccalaureate degree will be taken into consideration. The baccalaureate degree must be conferred before the program starts in August.

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6. Can I attend the program part-time, and still work part-time?

The program is designed for students wishing to enroll full time, with classes that are currently offered during the day; so it is not appropriate for persons planning to maintain a practice or other professional work schedule. A limited work schedule may be possible for some students, but will likely increase the time required to earn the M.P.H. degree.

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7. What's the maximum number of units I can transfer into the program?

Students seeking the master’s degree may request to transfer course work to their graduate transcript. Students seeking a doctoral degree normally will not transfer course work; programs may accept course work taken elsewhere in place of required program course work provided the student is able to demonstrate the equivalence of such courses. Course work requested for transfer must have been taken at an accredited institution. Some work taken elsewhere may be credited toward degree requirements with the consent of the graduate adviser and the dean of Graduate Studies. If the units were earned at another campus of the university, they may fulfill up to one-half of a student’s unit requirement. This may be done as long as the units have not already been used to satisfy the requirements for another degree. The Graduate Council has established a Policy on Residence and Transfer Units(GC2011-03), go to  http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/gradcouncil/policiesall.html. The Petition to Transfer Coursework must be approved by the graduate adviser and forwarded to Graduate Studies. The dean of Graduate Studies determines final approval. The Petition to Transfer Coursework can be found at http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/forms.

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8. Once I enroll at UC Davis, can I take elective units that are not listed in the program materials?

Yes, you may take other electives, but you must do this in consultation and with the approval of your advisor.

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9. Do I have to take the GRE for admission?

GREs are required for all applicants, with two exceptions:
(1) current students in, or recent graduates of, a US or Canadian MD/DO degree program may submit MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE providing these were taken within 10 years of application,
(2) current students or recent graduates of a U.S. MBA program may submit the GMAT scores in lieu of GRE providing these were taken within 7 years of application.
The GRE and other submitted test scores must be taken within 7 years of application, except as noted. There is no minimum for test scores.
Complete and submit results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For reporting scores, use the Institution Code: 4834 and Department Code: 0616.

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10. I am a UC employee. Do I get a discount?

Reduced fees are available to UC career employees and certain UC retirees who are qualified for admission to the university. Once admitted, the employee-student must file a petition for the reduction in fees before each quarter of enrollment. Employee-students pay one-third of the full-time Registration Fee and one-third of the full-time Education Fee. Employee-students also pay the Memorial Union Fee and the Student Facilities Safety Fee. Employee students may enroll for up to nine units or three courses per quarter or semester, whichever is greater. [From the UC Davis General Catalog, also see the UC System-wide Policy and UCD Specific Policy.] Students need to work directly with their hiring departments to complete and process the necessary paperwork by the fee deadline.

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11. I am a UC Davis faculty member, can I enroll in the program?

Yes UC Davis faculty can enroll in the program. “No voting member of the Senate shall be recommended for a post-baccalaureate degree by a department or program in which he or she has an appointment unless, prior to the date of final action on the member's appointment to a rank carrying the voting privilege, the dean of the member's Graduate Division shall have certified to the appropriate authority that the member has met all the requirements for that degree. Such appointments may be retroactive. In addition, degree candidates who are voting members of the Senate may not be members of committees or be in positions of administrative authority that have influence or control over the resources, funding, degree granting, and academic personnel actions of the degree granting department or program unless they are able to recuse themselves from any decisions/actions involving the said department or program. Faculty should refer to Senate Regulation 600 A and B to determine if the qualify.”

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12. What is the cost of the program?

Detailed cost information can be found at: http://budget.ucdavis.edu/studentfees/current/index.html

California Residence for Tuition Purposes
The facts and information you will be providing after admission on a Statement of Legal residence are used by the campus Residence Deputy to determine if you meet the University of California’s definition of a California resident for the purpose of assessing tuition. Any indication of resident status for tuition purposes that you may have received during admission is provisional until a determination has been made by the residence deputy. For information about the resident determination process, and to read about who is considered a resident, please visit the University Registrar’s Web site section on residency.

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13. Do I need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Yes, annually, all graduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or immigrants are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Although the FAFSA can be filed at any time, it is strongly suggested that you file by the priority filing date of March 2. This form, submitted directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Iowa City, Iowa, is used to determine financial need.

The FAFSA is used for consideration for awards and loans, and work-study funds that pay some of the program fees. The FAFSA is available at the UC Davis Financial Aid Office in Dutton Hall or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Include the UC Davis School Code (001313) on the FAFSA.

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14. I am not a US citizen or permanent resident. Am I eligible for financial aid?

In general only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for financial aid. Further information for international students is available though SISS (http://siss.ucdavis.edu/).

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15. I am interested in pursuing a career in academic primary care. Can I get fellowship support for the M.P.H. program?

This program is currently closed. UC Davis offers a 2-year, multidisciplinary faculty development program for primary care physicians, called the Primary Care Outcomes Research (PCOR) fellowship program. Fellows accepted into this program, which is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, receive a fellowship stipend plus all M.P.H. fees. The PCOR program is open to board-eligible general internists, general pediatricians, and family physicians who are citizens or permanent residents of the US. 

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16. I did not take undergraduate courses in all three prerequisite areas (Mathematics, Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences). Can I still apply?

Yes. Students can be admitted with missing prerequisites, but the deficiencies must be remedied by earning a grade of "B" or better in the deficient courses prior to starting the program in Summer Session II. The UC Davis M.P.H. admissions committee feels that the three prerequisite areas are reasonable, customary, and sufficiently flexible. By "reasonable," we mean that the M.P.H. faculty agrees that these three areas are important for M.P.H. candidates to understand prior to their matriculation.

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17. As a current UC Davis Graduate Student, can I earn an M.P.H. degree at UC Davis?

Yes you can get an M.P.H. degree, but  students cannot earn an academic graduate degree and an M.P.H. degree at the same time. The M.P.H. program has a separate Professional Fee that prohibits students from other UCD academic programs to double major. Students can choose an appropriate year to change their degree objective over for one year (or longer) to complete the M.P.H. Students still need to go through an admissions review before completing the Change of Degree Objective Form. Once you earn your M.P.H. degree then you will be switched back to your academic graduate program.

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