Master of Public Health Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply to the program?

  2. When is the application deadline?

  3. Is it absolutely necessary to attend the summer session of the program?

  4. How long does it take to complete the program?

  5. What is the minimum GPA requirement for entrance into the program?

  6. Can I attend the program part-time, and still work part-time?

  7. What's the maximum number of units I can transfer into the program?

  8. Once I enroll at UC Davis, can I take elective units that are not listed in the program materials?

  9. Do I have to take the GRE for admission?

  10. I am a UC employee. Do I get a discount?

  11. I am a UC Davis faculty member, can I enroll in the program?

  12. What is the cost of the program?

  13. Do I need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

  14. I am not a US citizen or permanent resident. Am I eligible for financial aid?

  15. I am interested in pursuing a career in academic primary care. Can I get fellowship support for the MPH program? (Program currently closed)

  16. I did not take undergraduate courses in all three prerequisite areas (Mathematics, Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences). Can I still apply?

  17. As a current UC Davis Graduate Student, can I earn an MPH degree at UC Davis?

1. How do I apply to the program?

The Master of Public Health program at UC Davis is designed for individuals with an interest in disease prevention and community health. The application deadlines are December 1 (PRIORITY deadline), January 15 (General deadline) and May 31 (Space Available Deadline). For access to the online application you can visit http://www.gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/prospective/applicationlanding.html.

The UC Davis MPH program is a member of ASPPH and accredited by CEPH, but does not use SOPHAS for admissions. Only one application is required for admissions and is submitted through the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies. Admission is for Summer II session, which begins the first week of August.  Students are expected to attend the mandatory new student orientation, which is scheduled the week before the first day of class.

 

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2. When is the application deadline?

The application deadlines are December 1 (PRIORITY deadline), January 15 (General deadline) and May 31 (Space Available Deadline).

 

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3. Is it absolutely necessary to attend the summer session of the program?

Yes. All students start the program in August during Summer Session II.

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4. How long does it take to complete the program?

 

The 56-unit program can be completed in 14 months. Most students graduate after completing summer session, three academic quarters, and a summer practicum placement.

 

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5. What is the minimum GPA requirement for entrance into the program?

 

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with at least a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average (GPA). Relevant coursework taken after the baccalaureate degree will be taken into consideration. The baccalaureate degree must be conferred before the program starts in August.

 

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6. Can I attend the program part-time, and still work part-time?

The program is designed for students wishing to enroll full time, with classes that are currently offered during the day; so it is not appropriate for persons planning to maintain a practice or other professional work schedule. A limited work schedule may be possible for some students, but will likely increase the time required to earn the MPH degree.

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7. What's the maximum number of units I can transfer into the program?

Students seeking the master’s degree may request to transfer course work to their graduate

transcript. Students seeking a doctoral degree normally will not transfer course work; programs may accept course work taken elsewhere in place of required program course work provided the student is able to demonstrate the equivalence of such courses. Course work requested for transfer must have been taken at an accredited institution. Some work taken elsewhere may be credited toward degree requirements with the consent of the graduate adviser and the dean of Graduate Studies. If the units were earned at another campus of the university, they may fulfill up to one-half of a student’s unit requirement. This may be done as long as the units have not already been used to satisfy the requirements for another degree. The Graduate Council has established a Policy on Residence and Transfer Units (GC2011-03), go to  http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/gradcouncil/policiesall.html. The Petition to Transfer Coursework must be approved by the graduate adviser and forwarded to Graduate Studies. The dean of Graduate Studies determines final approval. The Petition to Transfer Coursework can be found at http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/forms.

 

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8. Once I enroll at UC Davis, can I take elective units that are not listed in the program materials?

Yes, you may take other electives, but you must do this in consultation and with the approval of your advisor.

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9. Do I have to take the GRE for admission?

Complete and submit results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For reporting scores, use the Institution Code: 4834 and Department Code: 0616. Note: GREs are required for all applicants, with two exceptions: (1) current students in, or recent graduates of, a US or Canadian MD/DO degree program may submit MCAT scores in lieu of the GRE providing these were taken within 10 years of application, and (2) current students or recent graduates of a U.S. MBA program may submit the GMAT scores in lieu of GRE providing these were taken within 7 years of application. The GRE and other submitted test scores must be taken within 7 years of application, except as noted. There is no minimum for test scores.

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10. I am a UC employee. Do I get a discount?

Reduced fees are available to UC career employees and certain UC retirees who are qualified for admission to the university. Once admitted, the employee-student must file a petition for the reduction in fees before each quarter of enrollment. Employee-students pay one-third of the full-time Registration Fee and one-third of the full-time Education Fee. Employee-students also pay the Memorial Union Fee and the Student Facilities Safety Fee. Employee students may enroll for up to nine units or three courses per quarter or semester, whichever is greater. [From the UC Davis General Catalog, also see the UC System-wide Policy and UCD Specific Policy.] Students need to work directly with their hiring departments to complete and process the necessary paperwork by the fee deadline.

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11. I am a UC Davis faculty member, can I enroll in the program?

Yes UC Davis faculty can enroll in the program. “No voting member of the Senate shall be recommended for a post-baccalaureate degree by a department or program in which he or she has an appointment unless, prior to the date of final action on the member's appointment to a rank carrying the voting privilege, the dean of the member's Graduate Division shall have certified to the appropriate authority that the member has met all the requirements for that degree. Such appointments may be retroactive. In addition, degree candidates who are voting members of the Senate may not be members of committees or be in positions of administrative authority that have influence or control over the resources, funding, degree granting, and academic personnel actions of the degree granting department or program unless they are able to recuse themselves from any decisions/actions involving the said department or program. Faculty should refer to Senate Regulation 600 A and B to determine if the qualify.” You can find more information at this link: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/senate/manual/rpart3.html#rpart3-I.

 

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12. What is the cost of the program?

Detailed cost information can be found at: http://budget.ucdavis.edu/studentfees/current/index.html

California Residence for Tuition Purposes
The facts and information you will be providing after admission on a Statement of Legal residence are used by the campus Residence Deputy to determine if you meet the University of California’s definition of a California resident for the purpose of assessing tuition. Any indication of resident status for tuition purposes that you may have received during admission is provisional until a determination has been made by the residence deputy. For information about the resident determination process, and to read about who is considered a resident, please visit the University Registrar’s Web site section on residency.

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13. Do I need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

 

Yes, annually, all graduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or immigrants are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Although the FAFSA can be filed at any time, it is strongly suggested that you file by the priority filing date of March 2. This form, submitted directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Iowa City, Iowa, is used to determine financial need.

The FAFSA is used for consideration for awards and loans, and work-study funds that pay some of the program fees. The FAFSA is available at the UC Davis Financial Aid Office in Dutton Hall or online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Include the UC Davis School Code (001313) on the FAFSA.

 

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14. I am not a US citizen or permanent resident. Am I eligible for financial aid?

In general only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for financial aid. Further information for international students is available though SISS (http://siss.ucdavis.edu/).

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15. I am interested in pursuing a career in academic primary care. Can I get fellowship support for the MPH program?

This program is currently closed. UC Davis offers a 2-year, multidisciplinary faculty development program for primary care physicians, called the Primary Care Outcomes Research (PCOR) fellowship program. Fellows accepted into this program, which is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, receive a fellowship stipend plus all MPH fees. The PCOR program is open to board-eligible general internists, general pediatricians, and family physicians who are citizens or permanent residents of the US. More information on PCOR fellowships.

 

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16. I did not take undergraduate courses in all three prerequisite areas (Mathematics, Biological Sciences, and Social Sciences). Can I still apply?

Take all the courses. The UC Davis MPH admissions committee feels that the three prerequisite areas are reasonable, customary, and sufficiently flexible. By "reasonable," we mean that the MPH faculty agrees that these three areas are important for MPH candidates to understand prior to their matriculation.

 

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17. As a current UC Davis Graduate Student, can I earn an MPH degree at UC Davis?

Yes you can get an MPH degree, but  students cannot earn an academic graduate degree and an MPH degree at the same time. The MPH program has a separate Professional Fee that prohibits students from other UCD academic programs to double major. Students can choose an appropriate year to change their degree objective over for one year (or longer) to complete the MPH. Students still need to go through an admissions review before completing the Change of Degree Objective Form. Once you earn your MPH degree then you will be switched back to your academic graduate program.

Please refer to this handout for more information. Handout

 

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