The MPH Program draws a variety of students representing a wide array of health and
non-health related undergraduate majors. The minimum requirements for the graduate
Undergraduate Statistics Requirement:Students who have not had an introductory course in statistics will need to complete
this course before enrolling in HEA520: Public Health Epidemiology and HEA526: Biostatistics
for Public Health. Students have the option of enrolling in MAT121: Introduction to
Statistics, at West Chester University or enrolling in a similar course at a community
college or another university. Course equivalencies at regional universities are available
on theOffice of the Registrar's website.
Statistics Competency Examination:Students have the option of completing a Statistical Competency Examination (administered
by the Department of Health, under the direction of Dr. Stacie Metz). This exam is
scheduled at the start of fall/spring semesters. A score of 85 or better will be accepted
as a replacement for the undergraduate statistics requirement. This option should
only be considered if the student has previous experience with introductory statistics
through other courses that may not appear on the transcript as traditional statistics
courses. If students are considering this option, please
Students may begin the MPH Program (without the undergraduate statistics requirement)
if other academic requirements are met, however students will be admitted under provisional
status. To remove the provisional status and be eligible to register for HEA 520 and
HEA526, proof of statistics course completion or the Statistics Competency Examination
score is needed by submitting a copy of a transcript or score to the Department of
Health and the Office of Graduate Studies.
Students who complete HEA520 and HEA526 without the undergraduate statistics course
will not able to obtainDegree Candidacyand will remain in provisional status. We strongly encourage students to complete
this undergraduate course as soon as possible. If students do not obtain Degree Candidacy
they will not be able to complete the degree.
Computer Literacy:All students should be computer literate and be able to access the university email
system, MyWCU and Desire to Learn (D2L). Students should be proficient in Microsoft
Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
All students should have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.80.
Specific Requirements for the Nutrition Track/Undergraduate Preparation
The nutrition curriculum within the MPH Program requires specialization in nutrition
and dietetics in addition to public health fundamentals. For students who apply to
the program without undergraduate training in the nutrition and dietetics field, the
following prerequisite undergraduate courses must be completed prior to acceptance
into the nutrition concentration: "C" or better grade in an introductory nutrition
course, one year of anatomy/physiology, organic and biochemistry.
The MPH Nutrition Track does not prepare students to become Registered Dietitians.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited
in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country.
A minimum 2.80 undergraduate GPA is required for admission. Provisional acceptance
may be possible under some circumstances for applicants who do not meet this standard.
The Dean of Graduate Studies and Extended Education must give official acceptance.
Only written notice from the Dean constitutes approval of admission, not correspondence
with a department or an individual faculty member.
Space must be available in the program.
Requirements to resolve academic deficiencies are to be met prior to registering for
graduate courses. Individual departments may have more rigorous requirements.
West Chester University's policy for graduate studies includes that the highest possible
grades/test scores do not guarantee admission to graduate school, nor do low grades/test
scores automatically disqualify a candidate. Our policy is that no applicant should
be admitted unless we expect that applicant to do well enough to graduate and have
no serious academic problems.
Note: Graduate admission decisions are made using a variety of criteria including
the undergraduate grade point average, letters of reference and an applicant's goal
statement. Individuals who have questions about their admissibility are encouraged
to contact the Office of Graduate Studies or the MPH Program Director.
One official copy of your academic records (transcripts) fromeverycollege and university attended (except West Chester University). Each official transcript
should be sent directly to you in the enclosed envelopes or your own No. 10 envelope.
Make sure the envelope is marked "transcripts." The envelope should be sealed with
the registrar's name signed across the seal.Do not open the transcript envelope.If the seal has been broken, the transcript is no longer official and will not be
A written statement of your professional goals should be inserted into the online
application. Note: This statement is critically evaluated by Department of Health
faculty. It should be a sample of your best professional writing and at the minimum
it should include the following information:
Which of the four MPH Tracks (Community Health, Environmental Health, Health Care
Management, or Nutrition) you intend to pursue
How your academic and/or professional background prepares you to study within your
chosen MPH Track
Why you are choosing this particular MPH Track and how you hope it will help you reach
your professional goals
Two letters of recommendation from persons who know you in a professional capacity.
In the online application, you will be asked about your academic and employment history
The applicant is responsible for assuring that all necessary materials are received
by the Office of Graduate Studies by the recommended application deadlines. While
the Department of Health accepts applications at any time, a student's ability to
schedule desired courses may be impacted by the timing of application processing.
All application materials become the property of West Chester University and may not
be returned or forwarded to another institution.
collects application materials as they are received. When a student's file is complete,
and not before, the application is sent to the Department of Health. Departmental
faculty evaluate the application then recommend either full or provisional matriculation
or denial, as appropriate, to the Graduate Dean. A student is admitted to graduate
study at West Chester University only after final action by the Graduate Dean.
For more information regarding the status of an application under review please contact:
Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education McKelvie Hall, 102 Rosedale Avenue West Chester University West Chester, PA 19383-2600 Phone: 610-436-2943 Fax: 610-436-2763 E-mail:
The Office of Graduate Studies