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USC Master of Public Health Program (MPH)
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Is it possible to transfer any credits toward the MPH?

The maximum number of transfer credits which may be applied toward the MPH degree is 12 units or approximately 25 percent of the minimum degree requirements (42 units minimum for MPH degree). The USC Department of Degree Progress in the Office of Academic Records and Registrar determines whether course work taken elsewhere is applicable for transfer credit. Faculty of the student´s degree program also determine whether such credit is applicable toward a specific graduate degree, which is subject to approval by the dean of the degree-conferring unit. Transfer credit cannot be applied to MPH core coursework. Transfer credit will only be allowed for elective courses (1) from an accredited graduate school, (2) of a quality of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, (3) constituting a fair and reasonable equivalent to current USC course work at the graduate level and (4) logically fitting into the program for the degree. Transfer course work is applied as credit (CR) toward the degree and is not included in the calculation of a minimum grade point average for graduation.
Graduate transfer credit will not be granted for life experience, credit by examination, non-credit extension courses, correspondence courses or thesis supervision. Graduate transfer credit will not be granted for course work taken elsewhere after a student has been admitted and enrolled at USC unless the student receives prior written approval from the department. Students may not take courses elsewhere as a substitute for courses in which they have received grades which fail to meet departmental or university requirements. Transfer work must have been completed within seven years of admission to a USC master´s degree program.

Is an advanced degree necessary to be considered for the MPH? What type of undergraduate degree do I need in order to apply?

Advanced degrees are not required for application to the program and there is no requirement that applicants must have a bachelor´s degree in a particular field; however, a background in psychology, epidemiology, heath education or other social or behavioral sciences is useful.

Can I waive the GRE?

Applicants with a medical degree from an accredited (LCME) medical school, foreign medical school graduates who have passed all three steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), and those with a post-graduate degree in another health profession or health-related profession may request an exemption of the GRE requirement.

Is it possible to complete the program within one year?

The program is intended to be a 2-year program encompassing two fall and two spring semesters for full-time students. However, a few courses core courses and track electives are offered each summer semester which may allow some students to complete the program within a shorter time period. Please consult the graduate degree advisor if you are interested in completing the program in one year. A one-year study plan may require continuous registration in fall, spring and summer semesters (in that order). Note: Due to class scheduling and course prerequisites, the requirements for some tracks may not lend themselves to a one-year plan.

Do you hold information sessions at your campus?

Our program offers two information sessions per year (dates will vary). The presentations are held at the Soto Street Building (SSB). Exact dates are announced on the home page of our website. Hors d` oeurves and refreshments are provided.

Is USC a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)?

Yes. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (www.aspph.org) is the voice of accredited public health education, representing member schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). ASPPH the successor to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), established in 1953. In 2013, membership was expanded to include CEPH-accredited programs of public health. The USC MPH program became one of the founding members.

What is the difference between a program in public health and a school of public health?

A program in public health is usually found in a department that may be part of a school of medicine, school of allied health sciences, or some other type of school. A school of public health is a self-contained unit within a university. Most schools of public health are larger in size than most programs in public health. However, both schools and programs are accredited by the same organization, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The USC Master of Public Health Program received full accreditation from the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) on June 2, 2003 and was re-accredited by CEPH for a maximum term of seven years as of November 2015.



How many students enroll in your program each year?

60-100 students per year (spring, summer, and fall semesters combined)

Can I work part-time and still attend class? How successful are people who work and attend class at the same time?

Yes, students may work part-time while attending classes. Most courses are offered once a week for 3-4 hours. Many courses are offered in the morning and late afternoons and some are held in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Many people who work part-time or even full-time can successfully accommodate 1-2 classes each semester.

While attending the program, where should I live? Are there services on campus that can help me with housing?

Most students elect to live close to campus. Popular locations include Pasadena, and the greater Los Angeles area. Many students who relocate to the Los Angeles area have been successful at finding housing on and off campus. Click Housing Info for MPH Students for information on and off campus housing services. Visit our housing bulletin board at http://mph.usc.edu/housing

Is the MPH program offered online?

Yes, the MPH program is offered in an online format. For more information about the online MPH, click here.

Can students in the on-campus MPH Program take courses from the online MPH?

At this time, students can only take courses in the program in which they are officially enrolled (i.e., either the on-campus MPH or Online MPH program, but not both).

APPLICATION DEADLINES

SPRING
Campus Program:

SUMMER
Campus Program: 3/1/2018

FALL
Campus Program
(Priority Deadline): 12/1/2017
(Final Deadline): 5/1/2018

MPH INFORMATION SESSION

The MPH program offers two information sessions each year. Information sessions take place once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester.

To view a copy of the PowerPoint slides presented at recent Information Session, click here.

Master of Public Health Program
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

The USC Master of Public Health Program received full accreditation from
the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) on June 2, 2003
and re-accreditation on June 2008.
More information regarding MPH Program Accreditation...

USC Master of Public Health Program
Institute for Prevention Research
Keck School of Medicine
Soto Street Building
2001 N Soto Street,
Suite 201-D
Los Angeles, CA 90032-3628

Campus Mail:
USC MPH Program
SSB 201-D, MC 9234

Phone: 323.442.7257
Fax: 323.442.8297
Email: mphusc@usc.edu