Illini Union

Community Health:

Master of Public Health

Assess community needs. Develop innovative solutions. Implement impactful programs and policies. Focus on prevention. Build stronger, healthier communities.

Application Requirements

Summary of Application requirements*

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  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores for international applicants: The Graduate College will now temporarily accept Duolingo English Test examination results for tests taken between February 1 and August 1, 2020. The Duolingo English Test will be accepted as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS for proof of English proficiency for impacted applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. See this link for more information about English proficiency requirements.

*Application requirements for the MPH portion of joint degree programs including MPH-MBA, MPH-MUP, and MPH-PhD are same as the MPH program.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0 GPA) to apply to the MPH program. GPA is calculated from the last 60 hours (approximately two years) of undergraduate coursework.

Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is administered by the Educational Testing Service. The results must arrive at the Department by the deadline mentioned above. Therefore, make sure that you make arrangements and take the test on time. The Institution Code that you must enter in the GRE application for our MPH program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is 4229. There is no minimum score required for admission.

We do not accept other exams (MCAT, GMAT, USMLE, NBDE) in place of the GRE

Applicants applying for the 5-year joint BS-MPH degree who are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students majoring in Community Health, I-Health, or Kinesiology are NOT required to complete the GRE examination.

Official Transcripts

MPH Program: Transcripts must show courses completed, grades, degree completed, and date of graduation. If you are in process of completing your degree, and expect to do so before you would enter the University of Illinois, have the current transcript sent now. After your degree is completed, you must arrange for another transcript to be sent directly to the University. Official transcripts are required to be sent directly to SOPHAS from all U.S. and English-speaking Canadian institutions. If you attended a foreign school or earned your degree outside of the United States, you must have your foreign coursework evaluated by the World Educational Services (WES). SOPHAS will only accept evaluations obtained directly from WES. For more information, please visit this page.

BS-MPH Program: You must request official transcripts from all of your undergraduate institutions (including community college credits if any) be sent by the institution directly to the Graduate Office by email ( or mail (address below).

  • MPH Program
  • 1206 S. Fourth St.
  • 2021 Khan Annex, Huff Hall
  • Champaign, IL 61820

Personal Statement

This statement is a very important part of your application. Your statement should be uploaded to your online application. Please include comments on why you are interested in the Master of Public Health program, what education and skills you expect to acquire through the degree, and how you expect to use your degree after graduation. Briefly describe any previous public health related experience including volunteer time, paid work, internships, coursework, and pertinent training. The Personal Statement is particularly important for applicants who completed their last degree five or more years ago. Applicants with professional work experience are encouraged to explain how they think their work experience has prepared them for graduate study at the University of Illinois.

The statement should be a maximum of two pages (1.5 spacing). There are no additional writing samples required.

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Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to verify that all recommendations are submitted in a timely manner in order for the application to be considered complete by the application deadline. However, applicants do not need to wait for the recommenders to submit their letter before submitting the online application. They can and should submit the online application prior to the recommenders submitting their letters.

Who to ask for a letter of recommendation

  • Choose people who you know academically or professionally; who hold you in high esteem; and who can describe your skills, accomplishments, and personality. Letters of recommendation from family members and friends are not appropriate.
  • At least two letters of recommendations MUST be obtained from those who are acquainted with your academic performance. Current or past professors would be an ideal choice. Please refrain from obtaining letters from teaching assistants.
  • A direct supervisor and/or an executive leader in the organization you work for, who has a background in public health and is familiar with your professional work, would be a good choice for your third letter. The third letter may also come from one of your professors.

Guidelines for writing letters of recommendation

(Applicants may share these guidelines with their letter writers).

Letter conventions

  • Use your institutional letterhead to write the letter. If letterhead is not available, include a heading with your contact information
  • Date and hand-sign the letter
  • Letters have no stated minimum or maximum length, but one to two pages is typical

Contents of the letter

We seek letter writers’ opinion on the following:

  • How long and in what capacity you have known the student.
  • Details of your assessment of the student’s abilities
    • Academic ability or professional skills
    • Personality traits
    • Knowledge and suitability for the field of public health
    • Special attributes and assets, illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of the student
    • Overall potential of the student
  • A summary of the strength of your recommendation (e.g., “Ms. Jones is among the top 5% or 10% or 20% of students with whom I have worked,”)

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English Language Proficiency

If you are from a non-English speaking country, you are required to show English Proficiency as measured by the TOEFL or IEFLTS exams. Our graduate college requires a minimum TOEFL iBT score >102 (IELTS > 7) for full status admission. Detailed requirements for the TOEFL/IELTS (including exemption information) are outlined here.

Statement of Financial Resources

Upon being offered admission, if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you need to provide the University Admissions Officer with visa requirement information and detailed statement of the financial resources that will enable you to live in the US for the duration of your studies at the University of Illinois. You will find the Declaration and Certification of Finances form and related information here.

See additional information regarding international applicant requirements.

Contact Information

  • MPH Program
  • Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
  • 1206 S. Fourth Street
  • Champaign, IL 61820
  • Phone: 217-300-0330
  • Email:

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