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Master's of Public Health Application

Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to Oakwood University’s Master in Public Health (MPH) degree Application for Admission. The degree program, as planned, provides advanced professional preparation to students pursuing health and wellness careers. The integrated curriculum is consistent with the mission of the University to provide an education that transforms students for service to God and humanity
The primary target audience for the MPH program is graduates of Oakwood University’s undergraduate programs: (1) the BS in Dietetics program (2) other health science programs offered through the School of Nursing and Health Professions, and (3) graduates with degrees in biological sciences and chemistry. Members of the clergy and health ministry leaders are also potential candidates. Furthermore, the proposed change addresses a new requirement from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (effective 2024) that those seeking enrollment in Dietetic Internship Programs must have at least a master’s degree.
Admissions Requirements
Students may be accepted into the MPH program in one of two categories: regular admission or provisional admission:

Regular Admission

To be eligible for regular admissions to the MPH program, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria:

•Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent that is earned from a regionally accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)

Provisional Admission 

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree who do not meet the GPA requirement for regular admission may be admitted on a provisional basis under the following conditions:

•Overall GPA 2.5- 2.9  (Must complete the GRE prior to acceptance. Minimum GRE scores: 150-Verbal, 150-Quantitative, 3.5-Analytical)   

•If admitted, students are required to earn a GPA of 3.0 or better during the first term of matriculation to obtain regular standing and continue in the program

Completion of Prerequisite Courses:

Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses before registering for courses in the program.  The prerequisite courses for the MPH are:

•One year of Biology with a lab or Physiology with a lab or Anatomy and Physiology with a lab, with a grade of C or better 
•Two courses in nutrition (one introductory nutrition course similar to ND 131-Nutrition or equivalent and one intermediate level nutrition course similar to ND 321-Life Span Nutrition or equivalent) with a grade of C or better 

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer into the Oakwood University MPH program from another college or university must follow the same application procedure as other new students.  Transfer students must also submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.  Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to Oakwood University Graduate Education Office.  If an applicant holds a Master’s degree or has graduate credits from an accredited institution, they may transfer a maximum of nine (9) credit hours that are relevant to the MPH degree. The graduate faculty of the MPH degree in Nutrition and Wellness will evaluate all requests for transfer credit and make the final determination about the courses and credits that will be accepted. 

Supporting Documents for Admission

All applicants will be required to submit the following supporting documents: 

•Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken 
•Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives
•Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Information about a candidate’s employment, research, or special projects

•Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay, including a statement regarding the purpose for seeking the degree, future goals, unique qualities that can contribute to the program and desire to be a part of and be committed to a biblically-based education 


Applications from Potential students will be evaluated by the MPH admissions committee comprised of:

•Associate Provost or designee  

•Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions  

•Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics  

•MPH Program Director

•One faculty member from the School of Nursing and Health Professions  

Applicants will receive an acceptance letter indicating regular or provisional acceptance. This information will be communicated to the university’s Registrar’s Office.  

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the program, students are required to:

•Complete the didactic portion of the program with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or above 

•Pass the comprehensive examination with a score of 75% or above 

•Successfully complete the capstone research project, practicum and portfolio with a minimum grade of B for each one