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Arnold School of Public Health

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

If you would like to apply to the Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, you will need to submit your application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).  Master of Public Health Professional Online program, Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH), Aging Certificate, Global Health Certificate, and Health Communication Certificate applicants will need to apply through the USC Graduate School. 

In Fall 2019, the Arnold School of Public Health launched our redesigned MPH programs to meet new accreditation criteria from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

MPH and Ph.D. applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Please visit SOPHAS for further details.  MPH Professional Online Program, MSW/MPH, Aging Certificate, Global Health Certificate, and Health Communication Certificate prospective students will apply through the USC Graduate School.  

 

Admissions Information by Degree

Special Note: Contact the program director in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at 803-777-6013 or email Katherine Leith for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives (relevant to the Certificate program)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School: 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Applicants currently enrolled in a USC graduate program may use the Update Request Form for Concurrent Enrollment to apply

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at 803-777-7096 or watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives (relevant to the Certificate program)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School: 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Applicants currently enrolled in a USC graduate program may use the Update Request Form for Concurrent Enrollment to apply

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at 803-777-7096 or watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives (relevant to the Certificate program)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores 
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Applicants currently enrolled in a USC graduate program may use the Update Request Form for Concurrent Enrollment to apply

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at 803-777-7096 or watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Minimum Criteria

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores 
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at 803-777-7096 or watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Minimum Criteria

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Minimum of two years post-baccalaureate health-related professional experience is required
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores 
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
    • Waiver: Applicants may request that significant prior professional experience beyond the two-year minimum be considered in lieu of the GRE. Such requests must be made in a document separate from the Statement of Purpose and Objectives, providing detailed description of the relevant professional experience indicative of potential for success in the MPH program. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at 803-777-7096 or watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives (relevant to the MPH program) 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores 
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Dual Degree - administered jointly by the Arnold School of Public Health Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and the USC College of Social Work.

Applications must be made prior to completion of first year of study in USC’s MSW program.

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at 803-777-7096 or watkinsk@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • The majority of doctoral applicants have a masters degree. In some cases, a four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution, with additional research experience, may be considered for admission review.
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based - or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam - minimum overall band score of 6.5.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives. State the specific HPEB faculty member/s with whom you wish to work with, and how that work will advance your career goals
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • We require that potential applicants contact faculty members in the student's interest area prior to applying. Doctoral applicants should be supported by at least two HPEB faculty members willing to serve as mentors in order to be admitted into the program.  You can obtain a list of our faculty at: http://sph.sc.edu/people. (Use the dropdown filter for HPEB.)
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School: 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

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