Below you will find a checklist and guidelines for the required master of public health application documents. Please be aware of application and registration deadlines.
Admission to Des Moines University is competitive. Completion of required application materials does not guarantee admission to the master of public health program. Program faculty will review all applications completed by the deadline, and notify applicants of the admission decision within approximately 3 weeks of the deadline. Approximately 60 new students enroll in the public health program annually.
|Term||Application deadline||Registration Deadline||Term Start Date|
|Summer 2014||February 1, 2014||April 25, 2014||May 19, 2014|
|Fall 2014||June 1, 2014||August 22, 2014||September 8, 2014|
- Submit the online application and pay $60 application fee.
- Submit current resume
- Prepare an original personal statement to address each of the following:
- Career goals and how the DMU M.P.H. program will help you achieve your goals
- Past contributions to the field of public health (eg: service, leadership, research, volunteerism)
- Professional and personal strengths that will help you succeed in our program
- How you will deal with the expected challenges of graduate school
- What makes you a strong candidate for the M.P.H. program
- Submit at least 1 letter of recommendation
Plan to request a letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak to your performance in a professional or academic setting. Topics for letters of recommendation should include:
- Length and details regarding your employment
- Qualities you possess that make you a strong candidate for the M.P.H. program
- Future career goals
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Applicants must supply official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which are no more than five years old. Students who have earned a master’s degree or higher are not required to submit GRE scores. Results from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT) or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE. There is no minimum score required for application. The Des Moines University GRE code is: 2256.
- Official transcripts
Plan to request official transcripts from all institutions where you have enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework (including community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, etc.) Credits appearing on another institution’s transcript as transfer credit are not considered complete – you must have official transcripts submitted from the original institution where coursework was completed.
- If your degree was completed outside the U.S., please review additional requirements below under “International Students”. Please plan to submit an evaluation for U.S. equivalency, TOEFL and GRE scores.
Application materials may be submitted directly to DMU at:
DMU – MPH Admission
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Applications are accepted throughout the year, however, files are only reviewed following posted deadlines. All communication is provided via email. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure delivery and receipt of all required application documents prior to the application deadline. You are welcome to submit your application anytime; however, the admission committee does not review files or make decisions off-cycle.
Students who are accepted will be required to submit a non-refundable $250.00 tuition seat deposit securing their place in the class. Deposits are used to establish student tuition accounts and are credited toward the cost of tuition for the first term.
Professional development courses
All courses in the master of public health degree are offered online, therefore, international students applying for admission to this program are eligible for online study only. International applicants should become familiar with the guidelines for international students.
Additional required documents for international graduates:
- Foreign transcript evaluation
Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the following evaluation services, and an official copy must be sent from the service directly to Des Moines University. Your application will not be complete and cannot be verified without an official course-by-course evaluation. Evaluations are accepted from the following services only:
- TOEFL score
Applicants with degrees completed in languages other than English must submit TOEFL scores to be considered for admission. Required minimum score of: Paper exam = 600, computer exam = 250, internet exam = 100. Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement if they can submit documentation from their institution’s registrar verifying the primary language of course delivery was English. Results from the IELTS are not accepted in lieu of TOEFL.
Foreign graduates are required to submit results of the GRE per the requirements listed above. Results from the ECFMG or other certification exams are not acceptable for GRE substitution.
Accommodations in Education Policy
The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the Accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming.