Admissions and Tuition
The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program is a nontraditional program that is geared toward the working professional who would like to broaden his or her role in improving community health, especially in this changing health care environment.
You can apply now through SOPHAS (the common application system for public health schools and programs) for spring, summer, and fall of each year. Admissions requirements and deadlines are lower on this page.
Current university enrollment options are Cleveland State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Youngstown State University. Search for Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health in the drop-down menu if you are looking for Cleveland State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, or Youngstown State University to apply for the M.P.H. degree.
For undergraduate students interested in 4+1 programs at Cleveland State University and Youngstown State University, check with your program directors on the application process.
For Youngstown State University Dietetics M.P.H. (RDN/M.P.H.) students, apply through Youngstown State University’s website. Read about the Dietetics M.P.H. program.
Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. accredited college or university upon entry into the program. Academically, students must have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.00 graduate GPA. Students with an undergraduate GPA <3.00 must take the GRE.
All admission application materials are collected and processed through the CEOMPH program office at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). The selection and review process for admission into the CEOMPH program for 2022-2023 requires the following:
- Complete online application–apply through our online application through SOPHAS.
- Application fee–$145 for the first program and $55 for each additional program. A fee assistance program is available–a limited number of fee waivers are provided to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, so APPLY EARLY if you want to apply for a fee waiver. Each fee waiver covers only the initial application fee, so if you wish to apply to additional programs, you are responsible for the remaining balance. If you received a fee waiver during a previous cycle, you may still apply for another in the next cycle. You may request a fee waiver as soon as you create an application, but keep in mind that fee waiver funds are quickly depleted (usually in the spring). Contact customer service at 617-612-2090 before you submit a fee waiver request to determine if waivers are still available. Three types of fee waivers are financial based, service-based, and international-based. For more, see SOPHAS fees and fee waivers
- Official academic record from each institution of higher learning attended. If the official record is not in English, an official translation must accompany the original language document.
- A personal statement (no more than two pages) explaining your educational history; professional history; area of interest in public health; interest and motivation for seeking a MPH degree; experience in public health or other activities related to public health; and professional or academic career plans upon completion of the program. If appropriate, also indicate whether or not you are applying to or are currently enrolled in another degree program (indicate which university).
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background, preferably someone from a previous or current academic program or current place of employment. The applicant must provide contact information and a valid email address for these two individuals.
- GRE scores taken within the last five years. The GRE requirements may be waived if the applicant has either 1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher or 2) a professional degree (masters or doctorate) in a related area. Official results from other equivalent standardized tests used for graduate admissions, also taken within the last five years, may be substituted. These accepted tests are the following: DAT, GMAT, MCAT, and PDAT. The minimum score that is desired are verbal and quantitative (or equivalent components) scores in the 40th percentile or above. Other documents including transcripts, cover letter, and recommendations will also be carefully considered, in addition to the scores. Please use institutional code [Northeast Ohio Medical University – CEOMPH SOPHAS – 4753] in the designated area on your GRE application to assure that the CEOMPH office receives your official scores.
- TOEFL scores taken within the last two years from graduates of institutions outside of the United States who are non-native English speakers. The minimum score must be 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79-80 (read/speak/listen=17, write=14, internet-based). Please use institutional code #5688–SOPHAS in the designated area on your TOEFL application to assure that the CEOMPH office receives your official scores.
Criteria used by the Admissions Committee include the following:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
- Minimum graduate GPA of 3.00 out of a 4.00 scale
- Successful completion of a college level mathematics or statistics course and college level social or natural science course
- Acceptable GRE score (if appropriate)
- Two years of work experience in a relevant field is highly recommended, but not required
The CEOMPH program offers courses during fall and spring semesters. Students are admitted to the program for study commencing each fall and summer. The deadlines for the application process are the following:
- Domestic student summer admission deadline: May 1 of the same year
- Domestic student fall admission deadline: August 1 of the same year
- Domestic student spring admission deadline: December 1 of the prior year
International students: the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health is a webinar/online-based curriculum. Because classes are no longer on campus, we are NOT able to issue student visas so that you can study in the U.S. We can still accept students with international credentials if you have an immigrant-type visa (including permanent resident alien, conditional permanent resident, temporary resident, refugees and asylees, temporary protected status, and parolees) as well as certain non-immigrant statuses, including H, K, N, T, U, and V. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Effective fall of 2022-summer 2023, tuition costs for Ohio residents is $644 per semester credit hour plus university fees (to be paid to your home university). Some fees vary by university—see details below.
- Cleveland State University tuition and fees
- Northeast Ohio Medical University tuition and fees
- The University of Akron tuition and fees
- Youngstown State University student fees and charges
There are no scholarships generally available; applicants and students are contacted if opportunities arise.
For graduate assistantships, please contact the university program coordinators for availability. Assistantships maybe available periodically, but not on a regular basis.
Financial aid opportunities may be available through your “home” campus. Please contact the applicable financial aid office for more information.
You must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) examination if you do not have a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 or U.S. equivalent masters or doctoral degree with a GPA. The GRE is offered at several testing sites. You can find details on the Education Testing Service (ETS) website at www.ets.org. Select “GRE” then select “Register for the test” and find details under the “General Test” link.
Please use institution code #4753 (Northeast Ohio Medical University–CEOMPH SOPHAS) in the designated area on your GRE application form. This number ensures that the CEOMPH office will receive your test scores.
The Admissions Committee specifies that “acceptable” scores are used as criteria for admission; there is no set minimum score. Your scores are compared with other applicants and considered with your GPA and other application materials.
If you have international credentials, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The TOEFL is offered as a computer-based, paper-based, or Internet-based test in countries around the world. For more information about the TOEFL examination, please visit www.toefl.org.
Please use the institution code #5688–SOPHAS in the designated area on your TOEFL application form. This number ensures that the CEOMPH office will receive your test scores. The minimum score must be 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 (read/speak/listen=17, write=14, Internet-based).