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University of Pennsylvania — School of Medicine - Public Health

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
School of Medicine - Public Health
Degrees Awarded:
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Admissions Deadlines:

Completed applications received by the MPH office before December 20th will be considered, and a determination mailed to the applicant, by January 30th. Completed applications received before February 15th will be reviewed and a determination mailed by March 15th. The final deadline for application submission is April 30th.

Admissions Cycle:

Applications for fall term are accepted on a rolling basis up to the deadline of April 30th prior to the desired year of admission. Any applications received after April 30th will be considered for the following academic year.

Program Start:
Students admitted to the Penn MPH typically matriculate and begin course work in the fall term.
Program Founded:
February, 2009


Peace Corps Fellows will receive assistance in locating internships at local nonprofit, public, and private organizations in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Fellows receive a one-time $6,000 scholarship towards tuition. Once matriculated, students also are able to apply to the MPH Program for an additional merit/need-based scholarship.


The MPH program at Penn is CEPH accredited and offers 3 routes to the MPH degree; a generalist track, a global health track, and an environmental health track. A total of 14 course units (cu) are required for graduation in each track. There are 9 CU of PUBH core courses and 5 elective options. Two of the 5 elective options must be taken under the PUBH prefix to fulfill the residency requirement for 11 PUBH cu. Full time students must enroll in 3.0 to 4.0 cu per semester and are expected to complete the MPH in 2 years. A 3-year part-time study option is also available where students may enroll in 2 cu per semester. Enrollment in summer term is optional. A supervised fieldwork experience (125 hours) is also required.

The Penn MPH is also available in combination with other Penn graduate and professional degree programs such as, MD-MPH, MSW-MPH, MSN-MPH, MSSP-MPH, MBE-MPH, DMD-MPH, and several PhD-MPH options. See the MPH website for additional information: http://www.publichealth.med.upenn.edu/


  1. A completed Penn MPH application form
  2. Recent (within the past 5 years) scores on one of the following standardized tests:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Medical College Admissions Tests (MCAT)
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
    • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
    • Dental School Admissions Test (DSAT)
    • Note: Consideration will be given to waiving the standardized test requirement for applicants with at least a master?s degree in a relevant field
  3. Official transcripts of previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
  4. Evidence of quantitative ability (usually demonstrated by scores on the quantitative section of the GRE or successful (i.e. B or better) completion of graduate-level quantitative and science courses such as biostatistics and epidemiology)
  5. Up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae or resume
  6. Three recommendations from individuals who can attest to suitability for graduate study and to interest in public health (see application packet for standard forms). References from individuals who can attest to the applicant's academic and/or professional accomplishments are preferred.
  7. A personal statement outlining the applicant's field of interest in public health, and the academic and/or professional background that brought the applicant to wish to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of public health.
  8. Evidence of work or volunteer experience related to public health
  9. A check or money order in the amount of $70, payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania



For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Jackie McLaughlin

Master of Public Health Program
417 Anatomy-Chemistry Bldg, 3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
(215) 746-2043