Why USC

Overview

The USC Master of Public Health program is a product of the University of Southern California’s commitment to the health and well-being of its surrounding communities, as well as nationally and internationally.

Application Deadlines

Fall

Priority: December 1st
Final: May 1st

Spring

October 1st

Summer

March 1st

Dates and Deadlines

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Financial Aid for Graduate Programs

Financial assistance for graduate study at USC is available from several sources:

USC Financial Aid Office

The USC Financial Aid Office administers federal aid programs and provides information about private financing programs. The Graduate School administers several fellowship programs and provides information about funding from sources outside the university. Several federal agencies and private foundations offer support for students engaged in research in specific fields of study. In addition, many corporations provide fellowships or tuition reimbursement for their employees.

USC Graduate School

The USC Graduate School administers several fellowship programs and provides information about funding from sources outside the university. Several federal agencies and private foundations offer support for students engaged in research in specific fields of study. In addition, many corporations provide fellowships or tuition reimbursement for their employees.

Public Health Connection

USC Public Health Career Services curates opportunities specifically for Department of Population and Public Health Sciences students and recent alumni in Public Health Connection, a private employment database. In addition to job postings, the listings include scholarships, fellowships and internships.

Master’s Program Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship, fellowship and financial assistance information for students in the public health and population sciences. Beginning in Fall 2020, scholarship opportunities will be made available to Keck School of Medicine of USC MS programs to help reduce the financial burden of the tuition cost for students and incentivize the recruitment of students.

USC Awards and Fellowships Database

The USC Awards and Fellowships Database is a searchable resource for opportunities available at USC.

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students.

USC degree financial breakdown

2021-2022 Estimated Cost of Attendance

The USC estimated cost of attendance is a figure used to determine your financial aid eligibility. Keep in mind that your actual costs may differ. More information can be found at USC Financial Aid.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Checklists, dates and deadlines, and other information on applying to USC as a first-year or transfer student can be found on the Undergraduate Admission website.

Progressive and Dual Degree Admission Requirements

Progressive and Dual Degree Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

Graduate program applicants should satisfy all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Applicants not meeting Graduate School requirements for regular standing may, with approval of the Graduate School, be conditionally admitted to select programs.

A Bachelor’s degree and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; official transcripts from each accredited college or university attended

A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation. (ALL letters must be less than a year old and on department letterhead. At least one letter must be academic. We do not accept letters from peer colleagues or friends.)

A Statement of Purpose of approximately 2-3 pages

A Curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume

Additional requirements for international applicants »

Additional requirements by program
Master of Science in Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students.

Master of Science in Biostatistics

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students.

Master of Science in Molecular Epidemiology

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students.

Progressive and Dual Degree Admission

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students.

Master of Science in Public Health Data Science

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students.

Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology
The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health offers a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities and search resources for public health students.

How to Apply

Undergraduate Programs

Checklists, dates and deadlines, and other information on applying to USC as a first-year or transfer student can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website. This includes information for prospective international undergraduate students.

Master’s Programs

Master’s-level programs in the department utilize the SOPHAS application with the exception of the Master of Public Health Online program. Please use the Apply Now links to reach the applicable application page.

Doctoral Programs

Those applying to a doctoral program should apply via the USC Graduate School application.​

How to apply to Master’s programs via SOPHAS

Prepare to apply by gathering all materials and information to complete your online application. These materials include personal statement, resume/CV, recommender’s information, personal, financial and education information.

Create a SOPHAS account and complete all parts of the online application.

Pay application fee.

Send official transcripts to SOPHAS.

More detailed instructions on transcript submission can be found at this link.

Apply Now

Applications differ by program. Follow the links to submit to your program of choice.

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Contact Information

We are available to help you navigate the application and admissions process. Reach our admissions and program staff at phs@usc.edu.

Student Ambassadors

Master of Public Health student ambassadors serve as peer resources and advisors to students interested in the program and in the field of public health. Please feel free to contact our ambassadors; their information can be found below.

Samantha Barragan,

Samantha Barragan,

Community Health Promotion

Samantha Barragan is a second-year MPH student in the Community Health Promotion track. She completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Fullerton in Health Science in 2019.

sb52550@usc.edu

Gilbert Orta Portillo,

Gilbert Orta Portillo,

Community Health Promotion

Gilbert Orta Portillo is a second-year MPH student in the Community Health Promotion track driven to assess social and environmental conditions that can influence an individual’s health behavior.

ortaport@usc.edu

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Need help deciding which program is right for you?

We are available to help you navigate the application and admissions process. Reach our admissions and program staff at phs@usc.edu.