MPH Students by the Numbers
Approximately 160 students from more than 20 states and five nations
Less than three years typically required to complete the degree
Students range in age from 21 to 64
Average age is 34
Average GPA of incoming students: 3.4
314 DMU M.P.H. alumni live and work in 42 states

Bachelor's Degree

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Public Health program at DMU, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution from within the United States or equivalent evaluation from a DMU approved International evaluation service.


For admission requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or those with degrees completed outside the U.S., please review the information for international students.

Technology and Computer Use

Technology is incorporated throughout the program to support your education. It is a key component of the curriculum in both on-campus and online learning. All coursework is delivered through an online learning management system and applicants should be prepared for a significant amount of computer based coursework. Applicants should be familiar with the technology requirements.

Background Checks

All Accepted students are required to complete a criminal background check, which may include a drug screen, through the DMU preferred vendor. Results must be released to DMU prior to matriculation, and the cost of this process will be paid by the student. Students are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony. They are also obligated to disclose any additional charges and convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Admission to the program may be revoked if misrepresentations or omissions from the application are noted in the background check. DMU students are required to complete annual criminal background checks, which may include drug screening, while enrolled at DMU.

States Authorizing DMU Online Programs

Institutions of higher education are obligated to comply with all state requirements for registration, licensure or authorization to deliver online or distance education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. Applicants who reside outside of the State of Iowa are eligible for admission only if Des Moines University has secured formal approval or is exempt from the requirements in the applicant’s state of residence.   

Learn more about state authorization and view the list of ineligible states. 

Technical Standards

Please see technical standards section of the catalog for more information.

TOEFL Requirement for International Students

TOEFL is required of all international applicants unless the applicant has earned a degree from an accredited University in any country whose sole national language is English.

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.

View the Accommodations in Education Policy

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