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How to Apply

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. Applications and supporting documents are collected throughout the year, though admission decisions are only delivered following the posted deadlines. Approximately 60 new students enroll in the public health program annually.

Term Application Period Begins Priority Deadline Deadline
Summer 2015 November 1, 2014 February 1, 2015 March 1, 2015
Fall 2015 March 1, 2015 June 1, 2015 July 1, 2015

Application process

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 1 letter of recommendation

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

Letters of recommendation can be uploaded directly to DMU at

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

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 Email: Phone: 515-271-1538 Fax: 515-271-7083

Apply online

International students

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:

  1. 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. ECFMG certification does not waive this requirement. Evaluations are accepted from the following services only:
  2. 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 or USMLE are not accepted in lieu of TOEFL. ECFMG certification does not waive this requirement.
  3. GRE Foreign graduates are required to submit results of the GRE per the requirements listed above.

Admission Review

You will receive confirmation from the admissions office once all required documentation is received and your file is considered complete. You are welcome to contact us if you feel you have submitted all documentation. Following the posted application deadlines, all COMPLETED files will be reviewed by the admission committee.

Admission Decisions

Following the posted application deadlines, all completed files will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of a decision within 3 weeks of the deadline. If admitted, a non-refundable $250.00 tuition seat deposit is required to secure your placement in the program. Deposits are used to establish student tuition accounts and are credited toward the cost of tuition for the first term. Newly admitted students will also receive additional information regarding course registration, faculty advisors and financial aid. Applicants who are not admitted during to the program are welcome to contact admissions and submit updated information to be reconsidered for one additional cycle.

Professional development courses

Individuals may be eligible to enroll in select courses for professional development. Credit completed as professional development may be considered for degree requirements.

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