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Admissions & Funding Information for M.H.S.A. and M.P.H. Degrees
We will review all admission applications received through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. Please note that review of your application cannot begin until all documentation has been received in SPH from SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. As transcripts and test scores may take several weeks to arrive, it is highly recommended that you apply early. As part of the admissions process, qualified applicants will be invited to come to the University for interviews with the faculty.
The application priority deadline for domestic students is December 15, 2012. The final deadline for international applicants is January 15, 2013. Domestic applications will continue to be accepted after the December deadline until the admissions committee decides to close admissions. Within one to two weeks following the visitation, applicants are notified of their final admission status in writing. Because of the sequencing of courses, new students are admitted for the Fall term only. Applications are accepted beginning in September of the year preceding intended enrollment. Because class size is limited, and because early applicants are more likely to receive full consideration for financial aid, students are encouraged to apply as soon as they have arranged admission tests and have completed at least three-quarters of a bachelor's degree.
To be considered for admission, you must submit:
Fees, Deposits, Estimated Tuition
Applications and letters of recommendation may be submitted online.
GRE and GMAT
The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is required of all residential masters applications - the only exception being those applying for the joint M.D./M.P.H. degree.
Accepted applicants generally exceed the 50th percentile in each category. Numerically, this percentile will translate in raw scores to approximately:
Some students find study manuals or courses to prepare for the test helpful. It is not uncommon for an applicant to take the test more than once (you may however only take the exam once per month). Students must register with the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. The GRE offers computer-delivered versions of the test through the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) program, making it available at over 250 sites all year long. Because of the delays involved in processing applications and scores for the manual GRE, the department urges students taking this test to use CBT. Information about the test content, test dates, and locations may be obtained directly from:
The TOEFL Test is required of all non-native English language speakers. The TOEFL will be waived for international students who received a previous degree from a US institution or if English is the official primary language of their native country and all of their educational instruction has been in English. The TOEFL exam results are valid for two years after the date of exam. Required TOEFL scores are as follows:
We invite applications to the M.H.S.A., M.P.H. and MS programs from prospects who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Since we are looking for students with varied backgrounds and interests, the Department welcomes applicants from all undergraduate majors, and therefore no specific undergraduate courses are required. Suggested preparation for interested students may include course work in basic statistics, microeconomics, the behavioral and social sciences, and American government. Students interested in management are also encouraged to complete at least one college level course in principles of accounting.
The faculty selection committee places greater emphases on overall sound scholarship and promise of development than on the precise focus of the baccalaureate degree. We also encourage applications from individuals with work experience in the public health system or the health care industry though no experience is required.
Each year we receive several hundred applications for placement in the residential master programs. Consequently, admission is competitive. Our Admission Committee selects those applicants who show the greatest potential for success in the program and in their future careers, based on:
Qualified applicants will be invited to come, at their own expense, to the University for a visitation day. The Visit Day is not a campus tour (though one is included in the schedule), the visitation is an important step in our admissions process! The day includes a faculty interview, opportunities to speak with current students and alumni, lunch with our students, and observation of a class. This is much like interviewing for a job and applicants are evaluated as such. Being invited to the Visit Day does not guarantee admission. It is important for an applicant to find a program that fits their needs and expectations. And it is just as important for a department to select students that will both diversify and enhance the program and the University community of scholars. Therefore, the Visit Day serves a pivotal role in assisting both applicant and department in this crucial decision. Applicants who have attended the visit day were very enthusiastic about their experience here and said it was a deciding factor in choosing Michigan.
Attending the Visit Day is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. In cases where travel to Ann Arbor for a personal interview would involve hardship, a member of the student services staff may arrange for applicants to either be interviewed by telephone by a faculty member on the admissions committee or by an HMP alum in a convenient location for both individuals.
We attempt to ensure that financial obstacles do not prevent qualified students from completing their studies. Financial aid is available to qualified students in a variety of forms from the University, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Health Management and Policy.
The University of Michigan requires applicants for any and all types of financial aid to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
In addition to the financial aid administered through the University and the School of Public Health, the Department dispenses other modest financial awards. HMP scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic merit. HMP tries to provide as many students as possible with monetary aid, with over 40% of our admitted receiving a departmental scholarship. Most of these awards are only partial scholarships of 50% or less, with few awards of 75-100%.
Contact Charlita Daniels, Student Services Coordinator
Video: Professor Rich Lichtenstein gives advise for prospective students.