External Transfer Students

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If you've attended a college or university other than the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, after graduating from high school, you're considered an external transfer student. The University of Michigan School of Public Health welcomes external transfer applications from students who have attended or are currently attending a post-secondary institution within the United States*.

*International applicants must have completed two consecutive academic years at a U.S. institution before matriculating into the program.


The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science are both upper-level undergraduate degrees. This means that students apply in their sophomore year and if admitted they spend their junior and senior years in the School of Public Health. Applicants must have 54 transferable credits before beginning the program. Learn more about how your credits will transfer here. 

Several prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program. Students attending institutions that do not offer courses equivalent to the prerequisites will be given full consideration. If admitted the student will have the opportunity to take these courses in their first semester at Michigan Public Health. Visit the prerequisites page for more information. 


We want to get to know you and to learn more about your passion for public health through the application. You will be asked to provide information about your education, extracurricular and community involvement, and any employment, research or internship experience you’ve had. You will also be asked to complete two essays; a Statement of Interest and Qualifications and a Reflective Essay. The essay prompts can be found here

The application opens on October 1 of each year and can be completed online. In the application, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the high school in which granted your diploma and any post-secondary institution you have attended (including any dual enrollment courses). If admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts. 

If you receive an error message asking you to remove the password protection from the document this may be due to a digital signature in the document. To resolve this issue, we suggest you choose one of the following options then re-upload the transcript to the application. 
Option 1: Open the PDF, go to print and choose Adobe PDF as the printer. This will create a copy of the PDF without the digital signature. 
Option 2: Take a photo of the printed document, convert the .png or .jpg file to a PDF. 

Admission Criteria

The University of Michigan School of Public Health considers the following academic factors in determining admission for external transfer students:

  • Number of credit hours completed in transferable course work by proposed term of entry. See the transfer credit page for more information on how courses transfer.
  • Level of achievement in college coursework.
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses.
  • Engagement with community and/or campus organizations.
  • Demonstrated interest in Public Health. Be sure to highlight what makes the public health major right for you given your interests, goals and experiences.


Prospective external transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to set up an advising appointment with an undergraduate admissions team member (sph.inquiries@umich.edu) to discuss transferable credits, progress toward the prerequisite courses, and the application process before applying.

During your advising appointment, you can expect to go over the transferability of any college-level coursework that you have completed. While other schools and colleges at the University of Michigan may require completion of the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), this is not required for admission to the School of Public Health. Our focus is on your progress towards the prerequisite courses as well and the amount of transferable credits you would have when starting the program. Applicants should have around 54 transferable credits by the time they would begin the program.

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For more information about the undergraduate admissions process, contact our admissions team at sph-inquiries@umich.edu or 734-764-5425.

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