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How do I apply to the program?
How many students do you accept each year?
What are the tuition costs for the MPH Program in Urban Health?   What kind of financial assistance is available?
Can I take a class a class without being admitted to the MPH Program in Urban Health?
Is the MPH Program in Urban Health accredited?
What employment opportunities are there for a graduate of the MPH Program in Urban Health?
Whom should I contact for more information?

How do I apply to the program?

Visit Apply Yourself for the online application.

Requirements for admission to the MPH program include:

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcript(s) of all college-level study
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (B) or higher.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal goal statement
  • Interview (in person or via phone)
  • Official*GRE scores (Within the last 5 years) While we do not have a specific cutoff for GRE scores, the admissions committee looks for GRE scores in the 50th percentile or higher.

*The MPH Program in Urban Health Admission Committee requests all applicants complete the GRE. In very rare circumstances this requirement has been waived. If an applicant wishes to submit a petition to have the GRE waived, the GRE Waiver form should be sent to the MPH Program Director with supporting materials. The petition will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

International students:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be taken by students whose native language is not English (recommended scores: 600 written, 250 computer, and 100 internet with 22 spoken
  • The ETS code for Bouve College of Health Science Graduate Office is R3629.
  • Exemptions to the TOEFL requirement policy are reviewed by the program director. To request a petition to waive the TOEFL, the TOEFL Waiver form should be sent to the MPH program director.
  • Applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree from outside the US must request an evaluation of the international credential/diploma/degree held. It must be determined by a recognized international transcript service that the international coursework is equivalent to a US baccalaureate degree. See the  National Associate of Credential Evaluation Services website for more information.

How many students do you accept each year?
The MPH Program in Urban Health admits 25 students per year. We value small class sizes so that students are able to receive personal attention and have opportunities to learn in interactive, rigorous and supportive learning environments.

The Admissions Committee meets monthly to review applications from February through May to review completed online applications. Typically, a decision will be made within 4 weeks of the Admissions Committee receiving a completed application.

What are the tuition costs for the MPH Program in Urban Health?
The program is 42 semester credits. For up-to-date information regarding Northeastern University tuition per credit please refer to the Universities tuition page.

What kind of financial assistance is available?
Federal financial aid and institutional scholarships may be available to qualified students. The Office of Student Financial Services provides the most up-to-date information. You may also call 617.373.5899 or email sfs@neu.edu.

Dean's Scholarship - Tuition scholarship subject to the following guidelines:

  • Full-time students in graduate degree and certificate programs are eligible for a graduate tuition scholarship of up to 1/3 of their tuition to a maximum dollar amount not to exceed the tuition charged for 4 semester hour in each term of full-time registration.
  • Part-time students in graduate degree and certificate programs are eligible for a graduate tuition scholarship of up to 1/4 of their tuition to a maximum dollar amount not to exceed the tuition charged for 2 semester hour in each term of part-time registration.
  • Provisional, special and other students are not eligible for scholarships.

Graduate Fellowships in Urban Health Research -The Student Research Fellowship The Northeastern Tuition Waiver Program offers outstanding educational benefits to active eligible faculty and staff and to their qualified dependents. Tuition benefits are available to full and part time employees.

This fellowship provides graduate students with valuable opportunities to gain hands-on experience working on urban health research studies, learn about preparation of grant applications, attend research seminars, receive mentoring from experienced researchers, and meet local and national experts in the field. To date, the Institute on Urban Health Research (IUHR) has funded 25 fellowships (2 undergraduates and 23 graduate students) in its Student Research Fellowship Program. Some of these student fellows have had multiple year awards. Student Fellows are assigned to an ongoing research project at the IUHR through which they receive training in: data management, coding and analyses; conducting critical literature reviews; grant writing; preparation of manuscripts and presentations; and field data collection. For further information please visit the Institute on Urban Health Research.

Martin Luther King Fellowship Scholarship
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship Program provides up to nine graduate student scholarships each year, covering full tuition and general fees for the student's graduate program. The Program is administered by the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an accomplished scholar who exemplified the utmost qualities of leadership. In keeping with the high standards exemplified by Dr. King, recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Graduate Fellowship should be of African origin, demonstrate high standards of leadership, and have a record of community service.

Can I take a class a class without being admitted to the MPH Program in Urban Health?
If you would like to take a class in the MPH Program without officially enrolling in the MPH Program you may register as a Special Student at Bouve College of Health Sciences. You may complete up to 12 credits of MPH core courses and then apply to the program.

Is the MPH Program in Urban Health accredited?
Yes, the The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has accredited the MPH Program in Urban Health.  Students who graduate from the MPH Program in Urban Health are eligible for the Certification in Public Health Exam.

What employment opportunities are there for a graduate of the MPH Program in Urban Health?
A graduate from MPH in Urban Health program has both the technical expertise to address specific urban health issues as well as the strategic and cultural competency needed to interact effectively with, and be an advocate for diverse urban populations. Completing your public health training at Northeastern University affords the opportunity to learn from and work with urban public health professionals working to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in the Greater Boston area.

Graduates with an MPH degree are employed in number of varied professional settings including: federal, state and local health agencies, universities and colleges, hospitals, ambulatory medical centers, nonprofit organizations, community-based agencies, insurance and pharmaceutical industries, health maintenance organizations, and private foundations.

There are a number of online resources with open positions for individuals beginning or continuing their careers in public health. A few are listed below:
PublicHealthJobs.net
Public Health Employment Connection
American Public Health Association
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
Public Health Jobs Worldwide
Medical and Public Health Jobs in the Federal Government

Whom should I contact for more information?
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Our Coordinator of Community Initiatives, Laura Desrochers is available at l.desrochers@neu.edu.

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