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Application Requirements

To apply for this program, you must:

  • Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 2.8 or better
  • Submit official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate institutions attended; degrees from institutions earned outside of the United States or Canada must be evaluated by an agency recommended by LIU Brooklyn
  • Submit a personal statement following the guidelines provided (personal statement form). The statement has two parts: an autobiography and a descriptive explanation of what public health is and why you wish to pursue an MPH degree in general and at LIU in particular. The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than three (3) pages. (1) Tell us a little about yourself: where you are from, what and who has influenced your life, and what is important to you. (2) In your own words, what is public health and in what way is it a unique and essential profession? Why have you chosen to study public health? What event, person, or experience triggered your choice? (3) What makes you believe that you will be an effective public health professional in general and a health promotion specialist in particular? (4) Do you have a specific career goal at this point? If yes, what is it, and if not, what possibilities are you considering? What other careers have you explored or pursued recently or in the past? (5) What personal, work, and academic strengths and experiences do you bring to the program? What characteristics and life experiences increase the likelihood that you will be successful in this program? (link to form)
  • Submit at least two (2) current letters of reference (reference forms) on agency/institutional letterhead completed by individuals qualified to comment on (1) your academic background/achievements and potential and (2) your volunteer or paid community or health-related experience (specific format must be followed). Standard, outdated, “to whom it may concern” reference letters are discouraged.
  • Submit a current resume. Highlight any health, public health, medical, or community work experience, studies, or training.
  • Submit current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores. Test scores more than five years old will NOT be accepted. EXCEPTION: Applicants with official transcripts showing completed graduate degrees are NOT required to submit GRE scores, though they are strongly urged to do so.
  • If you are an international applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited US college or university, or if English is not your native language, submit official scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or accepted equivalent tests.

Application Recommendations

PUBLIC HEALTH EMPLOYMENT OR VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: If you have any experience working in an organization that provides health services, particularly disease and disability prevention services, to specific populations (e.g., children, teens, adults, seniors, men, women, pregnant women, or people with any specific disease), please make sure to mention this in your resume, work experience form, and cover letter. This is an important factor to the review committee when considering applicants.

A RECENT STATISTICS COURSE: Applicants are strongly urged to have taken and successfully completed a Statistics for Health Professionals, a basic undergraduate statistics course, OR a statistics continuing education course in the three years before applying to the program. A statistics course is important preparation for the MPH Research, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics courses. Students may choose to enroll in a credit or noncredit statistics course of their choice after they are accepted into the program but should complete this course before registering for the Research, Epidemiology, or Biostatistics courses.

Submitting an Application for Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to LIU Brooklyn. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.

Important Dates

While both the University and the MPH Program offer rolling admissions, we urge students interested in the MPH program submit their applications by the dates listed below.

  • Recommended application date for Spring 2012 Admission: November 17, 2011
  • Recommended application date for Summer 2012 Admission: March 19, 2012
  • Recommended application date for Fall 2012 Admission: June 15, 2012

These dates are specifically chosen to permit applicants sufficient time in which to apply for financial aid after being accepted and in time for the first class of each semester. Early applications also give students time to be placed on the MPH student listserv and to receive and read the student handbook, get MPH and public health professional development announcements, and receive and review course-related information and readings required before the first class meeting.