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Physical Activity in Public Health

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The sedentary lifestyle and its consequent metabolic and cardiovascular complications now assumes a considerable public health burden in the United States. Indeed, the promotion of physical activity for people of all ages has become a top priority on public health agenda around the world.

Master's Degree

The mission of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Department of Exercise Science is to develop and train graduate students to integrate physical activity into the core of public health practice.

The program encompasses an ecological perspective to the role of physical activity in the etiology, prevention and treatment of chronic disease at the community, national, and global levels. Further, this program is designed to train students as public health scientists and practitioners in order to assist public and private agencies with program development and evaluation with regard to physical activity, health promotion and disease prevention.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall -April 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.); January 15 (International applicants)

Spring - October 1

Summer – January 15

Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for Schools of Public Health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5268).

Applicants may also submit the LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT instead of the GRE.  Applicants who already have a conferred graduate degree (i.e. M.A., M.S., J.D.) are exempt.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of approximately 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:
  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.
  • PTE Academic: 68.


 

 

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
2nd Floor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for questions:
asksphhs@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
http://publichealth.gwu.edu/admissions
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday