undergraduate school should I attend in order to get
accepted to a graduate school of public health?
Our advice is simply to attend the best
undergraduate school that you can get accepted to.
major should I choose?
It depends on what area of public health you are
interested in studying. Students of public health
come from a variety of educational backgrounds; a
quality undergraduate education will be a plus for
However, there are some undergraduate majors that
can be beneficial when applying to a school of
public health. For example, if you are interested in
epidemiology or biostatistics, a math major or basic
science major is ideal. For Behavioral Sciences or
Health Education, you might want to consider
sociology, psychology or anthropology as a major.
For studying Health Services Administration, you
might want to consider a business background. To
study Global Health, a social science degree is
helpful. For those who want to study Environmental
Health, you might want to study either a
biology/chemistry. Maternal and Child Health lends
itself to both biology or social sciences.
All schools of public health require competence
in effective communication (both verbal and
written); therefore, students should try to take
advantage of undergraduate opportunities to hone
How can I get
experience in public health before I apply to a school?
There are many options for individuals who are
looking to get experience before applying to a
school of public health.
- Working part-time or full-time at a hospital
or health clinic, such as working on an
immunization program, a reproductive health
clinic or a health promotion program.
- Volunteering for a non-profit direct
services organization such as a Whitman-Walker
clinic or a local chapter of the American Red
- Working at a non-profit organization that is
directly involved in public health advocacy and
- Working or volunteering for a local health
- Taking an internship at a U.S. federal
agency via the
Student Educational Employment Program
- Exploring options provided by public service
organizations such as
Some schools have programs for future students
that offer opportuntities to get experience before
applying to graduate school, so it is advisable to
also contact schools of public health directly to
inquire about such programs.
Which schools of public
Health have Master s International programs with the
SUNY Albany School of Public Health
Boston University School of Public Health
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
George Washington University School of Public Health
and Health Services
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public
Loma Linda University School of Public Health
Tulane University School of Public Health and
University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Public
University of Illinois, Chicago School of Public
University of South Florida College of Public Health
University of Washington School of Public Health and
For more information about the Peace Corps
Master's International programs in public health,
Does ASPH rate or
recommend schools of public health?
ASPH does not rate or recommend the schools of
public health or provide any type of ranking. There
are private rankings (such as US News & World
Report Best Graduate Schools edition) but ASPH
does not endorse them. The schools of public health
are all accredited based on high standards,
therefore, all accredited schools offer strong
public health curricula.
What is the
accrediting body for schools of public health?
The accrediting body for schools of public health is
the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the US
Department of Education to accredit schools of
public health. These schools prepare students for
entry into careers in public health. For more
information, visit CEPH's web site at at
Why should I attend a CEPH
accredited school of public health?
Accredited schools of public health periodically
undergo a rigorous accreditation process and are all
held to very high standards, which means students
can be assured of a quality education. Attendance at
an accredited school of public health offers
benefits that may not be present at other
institutions. For example, accredited schools of
public health must offer a doctoral degree, a degree
in each of the core areas of public health, and be
an independent academic institution, rather than a
department within a medical or other health