The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree option is designed for students with an interest in program administration who are considering careers in industry, health services, or the insurance industry. Students are admitted to the School of Public Health’s Environmental Health major for a two-year program of full-time study.

The program provides coursework in core public health and occupational health sciences, research methods and statistics, management, public health nursing, and occupational and environmental health nursing. The curriculum is designed to provide a unique and rewarding opportunity to experience learning and working in a multidisciplinary team environment and exposure to real life practice settings and problems.

Detailed MPH OEHN Curriculum Information (PDF)

Students must have earned a baccalaureate degree and hold a current nursing license prior to admission. Additionally, at least one year of professional nursing experience is highly recommended before seeking admission.

The admissions committee reviews applicants according to their personal statements, background and experience, record of academic achievement, demonstrated academic potential, letters of recommendation, compatibility of interests with program faculty, and other factors. Test scores and GPAs provide competitive points of reference for admission but are not alone decisive in the admissions review.  

Preferred Performance Levels

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00

GRE Test Scores

  • Pre-August 2011 test – A combination of 1000 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the test and a score of 3.5 on the analytical writing assessment.
  • Post August 2011 test – A combination of 300 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the test and a score of 3.5 on the analytical writing assessment.

Also Acceptable:

  • DAT, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT. (The test is not required for applicants with a doctoral-level degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian school.)
  • TOEFL score of at least 600/250 (for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • GRE can be waived by completion of the Public Health Certificate Program with a minimum GPA of 3.25

The University of Minnesota offers affordable and competitive graduate tuition while also being situated in one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country. See SPH Tuition & Finances for full details.


See a full list of scholarships available to Public Health students

Applicants who meet our priority deadline (December 1) are given first consideration for all school-awarded funds.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides funding for tuition and fees for eligible full- and part-time MPH students and a partial stipend for eligible full-time students through the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety(MCOHS). Students have been funded through the MCOHS for more than three decades; however, awards are dependent on annual funding approval from NIOSH.

Student funding may also be available through research and teaching assistantships across campus.

Other Costs to Consider

  • Average cost of living in Minneapolis for a one-bedroom apartment is $899
  • Minnesota offers no tax on clothing
  • Minnesota students may receive an unlimited bus pass for $100/semester
  • Free use of the light rail train and shuttles between Twin Cities campuses
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