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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 Period Registration Deadline Term Start Date
Fall 2014 March 1, 2014 - June 1, 2014 August 22, 2014 September 8, 2014
Spring 2015 July 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014 December 19, 2014 January 5, 2015
Summer 2015 November 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015 April 24, 2015 May 18, 2015

Application process

  1. Submit the online application and pay $60 application fee.
  2. Submit current resume
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

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

Applications are accepted during the application period for the term in which you are seeking admission; 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 materials at anytime during the application period; however, the admission committee does not review files or make decisions off-cycle.

Admission Decisions

Following the posted 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, securing a seat in the program. Deposits are used to establish student tuition accounts and are credited toward the cost of tuition for the first term.

All students admitted to DMU are also subject to completion of a criminal background check through a preferred vendor.  Students are responsible for the cost associated with completing the criminal background check.  If you have a pending misdemeanor or felony which results in a conviction, it is your responsibility to immediately inform the university. You are required to inform the university of any charges or convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check.

Details regarding these requirements will be delivered at the time of acceptance. Newly accepted students will also receive additional information regarding course registration, faculty advisors and financial aid.

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.

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.

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