Accelerated BSPH–MPH


You will be expected to follow the set curriculum of the MPH program if admitted. As a part of this curriculum, you will complete the public health core courses during year four. In year five, you have the option to continue with the interdisciplinary public health studies concentration or declare a specific concentration: Epidemiology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, or Health Policy & Management.

Please note: Year four and year five require part-time enrollment (nine credits per semester). 21st Century Scholars and Honors College applicants should consult FSPH academic advising to discuss full-time enrollment options.


The accelerated program is a competitive opportunity for outstanding public health students. To be eligible, you must have a minimum cumulative IU GPA of 3.5 at the time of your application to the MPH program.

Prior to the start of your senior year, you must have all, but the following five classes (15 credits) completed for your BSPH degree. The classes below will be replaced with MPH courses taken the first year of the MPH program/last year of the BSPH program.

  • Public Health major elective (3 cr)
  • Public Health major elective (3 cr)
  • Public Health major elective (3 cr)
  • Public Health major elective (3 cr)
  • PBHL-P 491 Public Health Capstone (3 cr)

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee admission. All elements of the application including letters of recommendation, scores, GPA, résumé, interview, and personal statement will be taken into consideration.

You are strongly encouraged to meet with your academic advisor early to begin planning. Please visit our advising page for complete instructions on how to schedule an appointment with your advisor.

How to apply

You should complete the application in the spring semester of your junior year by the application deadline.

Accelerated application form

Accelerated application form example

Personal statement

Your personal statement should answer the following five questions in a concise and well-written short answer format. Responses to each question should not exceed 100 words (500 words total for all five questions).

  • Where did your interest in public health originate?
  • Why are you interested in the Fairbanks School of Public Health?
  • Which MPH concentrations are you pursuing and why?
  • What do you think you might be doing professionally five years from now? Please list two possibilities.
  • What do you think are the most pressing public health issues at this time?


Please include your résumé with your application.

Letters of recommendation

You are required to submit three letters of recommendation. These letters should come from a professional source. The letter should provide an unbiased assessment of your abilities, skills, strengths, and weaknesses.

Examples of acceptable letter writers include internship supervisors, part-time or full-time job supervisors, or faculty for whom you've served as a teaching assistant or research assistant.

All letters will need to be submitted by the writer to Ms. Cher Pearcy at by the application deadline.


Interviewees are invited at the discretion of the admission committee.

International applicants

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health requires applicants whose native language is not English or whose academic study was done exclusively at non-English speaking institutions to prove English proficiency by providing either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Scores must be under two years old.

The preferred minimum English language test scores for admission to the Fairbanks School of Public Health are:

  • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 92
  • Computer-based TOEFL: minimum score of 263
  • Paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 620
  • IELTS (total band score): minimum score of 7


Application deadline: March 1