One-Year Accelerated MPH

For highly qualified applicants, we offer an accelerated 12-month course of study that culminates with an MPH degree.

Applicants must have a terminal degree (MD, PhD, JD, etc.) or significant post-baccalaureate public health work experience to be considered for the accelerated program.

Applicants who do not possess a terminal degree, or who have no prior post-baccalaureate experience working in a healthcare organization qualify for the standard MPH only.

Our rigorous program is geared towards those applicants who can devote 12 consecutive months to intensive public health course work and related field placement and integrative project requirements. This means students need to take courses during summer and/or winter sessions, as well as traditional fall & spring semesters. Given this rigorous program condenses two years of study into one, students should devote themselves to this program full time.

For admission to the Accelerated One-Year MPH Degree Program, additional factors will be evaluated on an individual basis on the following criteria:

  • Relevant public health work experience. 
  • GRE scores dated within 5 years from date of application, with preferred scores in the 50th percentile for each category.
  • Academic performance in health sciences, e.g. medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, therapeutic sciences, as evidenced by college/university transcripts.
  • Contact information for 3 references.
  • Succinct 600-800 word personal statement about how the applicant became interested in public health and describing public health professional career goals related to community health and health behavior. Be sure to indicate your interest in the one-year accelerated program in the personal statement.

GRE Exceptions

While GRE scores are required for admission to the MPH program in most cases, you may not need to provide GRE scores if:

  • You are a student in UB's Advanced Graduate Public Health Certificate program and obtain grades of 3.0 (B) or better in all certificate courses. 
  • You have an MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited university in the United States.
  • You are an applicant for the combined MPH/JD program and you are approved for a GRE waiver.
  • You submit satisfactory MCAT, GMAT or PCAT scores for qualifying MPH concentrations. 
  • You are a student in the University at Buffalo bachelor's program in public health, psychology or exercise science and meet required GPA criteria.
  • You are currently a student in the University at Buffalo pharmacy early assurance program and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences waived your PCATs.
  • You are applying to the MPH in Biostatistics and previously completed three semesters of calculus. 

If the admissions committee can not determine your ability to be successful in the MPH program based on MCAT, GMAT, or PCAT scores, or based on prior course work, you may still be required to submit GRE scores.

Contact Us

Heather M. Ochs-Balcom.

268D Farber Hall

Phone: (716) 829-5338

Fax: (716) 829-2979

hmochs2@buffalo.edu

Director of Graduate Studies, MPH Program
Director, MPH Concentration in Epidemiology
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
School of Public Health and Health Professions

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