All candidates must present clear evidence of a commitment to improving the health of the public as well as quantitative skills. In addition, a year of college-level mathematics and a year of science and social science are strongly preferred, though some of these expectations can be completed after applying to the program. Additional expectations may apply to particular departments or programs. Applicants must complete application forms and must submit transcripts, SAT scores, two letters of recommendation (at least one from an instructor in a Yale course), and two short essays. Approval by the Dean of the student's residential college is also required.
A total of 18 course units is required for the MPH degree. In their four years of Yale College enrollment, students complete a standard Yale College major and six course units applicable toward the MPH degree. Typically, four courses, including the MPH core courses in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, will be taken at the School of Public Health during the student's senior year, with the precise sequence of courses determined by department requirements and the student's undergraduate requirements. Two additional Yale College courses from a list of approved courses may be counted as MPH program electives.
Students in the B.A.-B.S./M.P.H. Program affiliate with one of seven departments or programs at the School of Public Health. Their primary advisor comes from this department/program and their specific requirements within the five-year program are defined by this affiliation.
Students complete a public health internship between the fourth and fifth years of the BA-BS/MPH Program. They are in full-time residence at the School of Public Health during their fifth year in the program, during which time they complete their remaining ten courses and the master's thesis (2 course units).