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M.H.A. and M.P.H. New Student Guide

Congratulations on your recent acceptance to Des Moines University. To become eligible to register for courses, you must plan to complete the following actions promptly:

1. Seat Deposit

Please submit the non-refundable $250.00 deposit to secure your seat in the program by the deadline indicated. Your deposit is used to open your student account and is credited to your tuition when you register for your first course. Failure to submit the seat deposit by the deadline will result in the cancellation of your acceptance offer. If you wish to be reconsidered, you will need to reapply.

Submit your seat deposit at

2. Outstanding Requirements Form

A copy of your Outstanding Requirements form is emailed to you following your acceptance. Please read and return a signed copy to the admission office by the deadline indicated. If we have listed requirements for your admission, please be certain you have a plan for meeting these requirements by the deadline as your enrollment is contingent upon them. Contact or if you need an additional copy of your Outstanding Requirements form.

3. Access to DMU Email, Pulse and D2L

  • MPH – Prior to registration for the term to which you have been admitted, your accounts will be activated and login instructions will be emailed to you regarding your DMU email account and the Pulse and D2L systems.
  • MHA – Within one week of submitting the seat deposit, your accounts will be activated and login instruction will be emailed to you regarding your DMU email account and the Pulse and D2L systems

Pulse is the university’s intranet system which provides much of the necessary information for your success as a DMU student, including program announcements, policy information and the student handbook. D2L is the learning management system used for all courses.

4. Background Check

All incoming students are required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation through the DMU approved vendor. Please visit Certiphi Screening to create an account to begin your background check 60 days prior to the start of your term:

Please be sure to enter the correct Application Station Code for your program:

  • MHA – Masters of Health Care Administration: Use code ‘DMU-MHA-ADM’ to get started
  • MPH – Masters of Public Health: Use code ‘DMU-MPH-ADM’ to get started

If you have technical issues visiting the Application Station site, please contact Application Station Support at: 888-291-1369 x2006. Background checks must be completed by the deadline indicated in your Outstanding Requirements  form.

5. Faculty Advisor

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor to assist as a resource for degree planning, registration, career guidance and policy questions. Within several weeks of receiving your personal DMU email address, your advisor will contact you via your DMU email account to begin discussing registration planning. It is important to monitor your DMU email account for correspondence regarding registration. You must review your educational plans with your advisor before you are eligible to register for courses.

6. Registration

You will receive information regarding course registration when you consult with your faculty advisor.

Additional Information

MHA student info

MPH student info (via student Pulse, login info to access will be provided shortly before registration for your term of acceptance)

Additional information will be distributed to students prior to registration and leading up to the beginning of the term including:

  • Technology requirements
  • Online learning platform
  • Tuition and Financial Aid
  • Textbooks
  • Course calendar
  • Executive Residency travel/lodging planning (MHA only; Fall & Spring terms only)

Be sure to check your DMU email address for announcements and information.