SPH Class Profile

Students, faculty, and staff benefit from the School of Public Health’s rich, complex mix of backgrounds and perspectives. Diversity is essential to our educational programs and invaluable to our health as a community. Our students hail from 49 countries and speak more than 60 different languages, among them: Zulu, Russian, Khmer, Italian, Arabic, Bengali, Haitian Creole, and Punjabi. Earning a degree at the School of Public Health gives students the chance to form relationships with peers from around the globe and further enrich the practice of public health through a cross-cultural experience. Grounded in equity and diversity, our students graduate equipped with the openness and cross-cultural understanding that is essential to effective public health in the twenty-first century.

Our 1,285 Students

Our Fall 2018 class is comprised of students from a wide range of personal experience and academic backgrounds. This diversity enriches the overall academic experience for our students at SPH and enables them to tackle challenges through different lenses. This leads to a truly interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving essential to successful public health initiatives.


Median Age25

Master’s Level Students GRE and GPA Average

Average Incoming GPA3.38

Average GRE Verbal65%
Average GRE Quantitative50%

Average GRE Writing66%

Doctoral Level Students GRE and GPA Average

Average Incoming GPA (graduate)3.53

Average GRE Verbal77%
Average GRE Quantitative57%

Average GRE Writing82%

Meet Our Students

Tiffany Rodriguez, MPH

“I’ve learned about the necessity of the upstream approach, addressing health inequities and problems before they even occur. The MPH program has given me a special type of lens that helps me think about how to create a world where health is attainable and accessible by all.”

Allen Koshy, MS in Applied Biostatistics

“I like that the program has faculty that support you every step of the way while you’re taking their classes. Also, all of the work you’re given its geared towards improving your statistical programming skills, as well as your analysis skills. Those two things make a great statistician and the faculty here really try to nurture you into being the best biostatistician you can be.”

Samuel Golenbock, MS in Epidemiology

“I like that all of the classes feel integrated, they build off each other directly without overlapping. The skills you learn in your StatComp class can be put to use in the Applications class, where you’re applying theory learned in the core Epi class, and so on. The professors also seem genuinely committed to helping students learn, which makes it more engaging and easier to do well without getting overstressed about scores and such.”

Hong-An Nguyen, MS in Epidemiology

“I am a pediatrician with an interest in reducing health disparities among low-income children and their families. I felt that the MS in Epidemiology was a good fit with my desire to obtain a strong knowledge base in study design and analytic skills, which would eventually help me design stronger community and clinic-based studies in a future clinician-investigator job.”

Tsega Meshesha, MS in Health Services and Systems Research

“Before I even started classes I met with two different professors I was going to have classes with in the Fall and together we came up with a plan for the coming year. We started exploring topics that I was passionate about and my aspirations after and expectations during the MS program. They were fantastic and productive conversations that I am so grateful to have had. What is even better is that both of these professors have helped me plan for the spring semester, and I really look up to both of them.”

A Diverse Student Body for Diverse Public Health Education

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