The application for the 2016-17 academic year is closed and GHS is currently conducting interviews. Decision notifications usually occur within two weeks of the interview date.
||Application opens for 2017-18 academic year
||Applicants are interviewed and notified of admission
||Admitted students begin courses
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Qualified candidates must have the following:
- Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) or the equivalent from an accredited institution.
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (B average). Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 will be considered if the circumstances are thoroughly explained in the Statement of Purpose.
- Completion of at least one college-level course in each of the following areas, with at least a B grade: 1) mathematics (e.g., calculus, algebra, statistics), 2) general biology, 3) health-related science (e.g., nutrition, microbiology, anatomy or physiology), OR another biology course.
- English proficiency demonstrated by TOEFL or IELTS minimum scores or at least one year of study at a US college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0 (details below).
- GRE scores are not required, but should be submitted by applicants who have taken the test. See the online application for complete instructions.
Applicants must submit the following materials:
- Résumé (< 3 pages) summarizing education, professional experience, publications, languages spoken, honors and awards, local and international experience, extracurricular interests, and special skills.
- Personal statement (< 750 words) addressing reasons for applying, prior global health experience in underserved populations (local and international), expectations from the program, and global health career goals.
- Three letters of recommendation assessing the applicant's academic strengths, personal qualities, and accomplishments. Letters should address how the MS degree will contribute to the applicant's career growth. Two of the letters should be from academic referees. All letters must be on letterhead and signed. Requests and instructions for letters are sent directly to the referees after the applicants list their names and contact information in the online application.
- Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools from which a degree was granted must be uploaded to your application. You may initially upload either an official or an unofficial transcript; transcripts not in English or from non-US institutions must be evaluated through an official service.* If you are selected to interview, you will need to order an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) that must arrive before your interview day. Instructions for submission are on the online application. *All transcripts from institutions outside of the United States must be sent first to World Education Services (WES) for an evaluation to verify degree equivalency.
- Application fee payable to the UCSF Graduate Division.
- TOEFL or IELTS scores for non-native English speakers, or English proficiency demonstrated by completing one year of study with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at an accredited college or university in the United States. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should be taken within the last two years prior to the date of application, and scores should be sent to UCSF with the code 4840.
|TEST TYPE||MINIMUM SCORE|
|paper based TOEFL
|computer based TOEFL
|internet based TOEFL iBT
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply
During and after the program
Contact Anna Cross by email or call 415-476-5551.