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Students admitted to the MPH or Certificate programs are expected to start classes in the semester in which they were admitted.  The official start date for the program of study is significant because students have a limit of seven years to complete studies, calculated from the start date of the semester in which they were admitted through seven complete academic year cycles.

Students admitted to the MPH or Certificate programs who elect to defer admission, and thus the start date of classes, must request approval in writing from the Office of Educational Services before the semester begins. A request for more than two semesters will not be granted and the student will need to reapply if she/he wishes to participate in the program. 

Any student who is admitted to the MPH or Certificate program but does not enroll in classes or complete an official deferral of admission will be considered withdrawn prior to matriculation and will need to reapply if she/he wishes to participate in the program.