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Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the dual degree programs must apply and be accepted into each program separately. Applicants are evaluated by each degree program in separate admissions processes. The College of Public Health application requirements include the following:

MPH Program Requirements for Admission:

  • Completion of the SOPHAS Express Public Health application and submission of the application fee.
  • Official transcripts with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for a minimum of 45 undergraduate hours completed at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Transcripts must demonstrate sophomore standing and at least 45 hours of completed course work in their undergraduate degree program may apply for admission to the Collaborative BSES and MPH in EOH.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references (letters must be on professional/institutional letterhead and signed).
  • A resume reflecting one or more years of work/volunteer history related to health and/or human services
  • A one-page personal statement describing the applicant's interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health and career objectives
  • EOH Concentration Prerequisites:
    • Successful completion of at least one semester of biology, one semesters of chemistry, and one semester of college-level math. Students may apply for admission prior to completion of a physics course. All other prerequisites must be met prior to applying.
    • Note: The personal statement should reflect interest in the Environmental and Occupational Health Concentration, including relevant work-related or educational training background information.


The program of study is guided by the curriculum standards established by the UNL Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and the UNMC MPH Program (accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health). The collaborative program is a 147-153 credit hour undergraduate/professional option that allows eligible students to work toward the Environmental and Occupational Health concentration in the MPH program requirements while completing their undergraduate degree. 

A minimum of 120 credit hours required for BSES degree (Bachelor of Science in Environmental  and Sustainability Studies)

A minimum of 42 graduate credit hours required for MPH degree (Master of Public Health)

  • *Concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health

A maximum of 18 graduate credit hours from the MPH degree program will be applied towards the BSES degree.