Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.
Graduate Certificate in Health Policy
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
- Minimum of one year of undergraduate mathematics (e.g. algebra, statistics, or finite math).
- Competent written and oral communication skills.
- Students meeting these requirements are not guaranteed admission. Other admission factors include references, work experience, the personal statement, and personal interview (if applicable).
Fall semester deadlines
U.S. applicants: May 31
International applicants: February 15
Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy may apply directly through the SOPHAS Express application. SOPHAS Express is meant to facilitate the collection of common application materials and general information.
Upon offer of admission, applicants will need to complete the IU Graduate CAS, a secondary application, by using the coupon code and link provided with the admission offer. The IU Graduate CAS application resembles the SOPHAS application. To apply, unofficial transcripts earned at bachelor's, master's or doctorate-granting institutions must be uploaded.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE scores are not required for admission. To strengthen the application, GRE scores are strongly recommended if the cumulative GPA from all undergraduate institutions attended is below 3.0. Official GRE test scores taken within the past 5 years are acceptable. Applicants must submit GRE scores to SOPHAS Express.
The admission committee does not list expected minimum scores.
The personal statement should be up to 500 words in length and can be uploaded to the online application. In your own words, describe experiences that have shaped your interest in health administration. Indicate why you are interested in the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy.
Please also indicate why you feel our program would be an appropriate fit for your professional goals; both immediate and long term. In your personal statement, it is imperative that you cite your sources if you include any statements or quotes that are not your original thought. All personal statements will be submitted by the FSPH to turnitin.com to ensure originality and proper citation.
Applicants must submit a résumé. For each position on the résumé, provide the job title, employing
Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Your undergraduate cumulative GPA will be calculated based on all undergraduate transcripts. If you attended any Indiana University campus, you do not need to send transcripts for your IU credits.
Transcripts should be mailed to the following address:
IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Office of Student Services and Admissions
Health Sciences Building RG 6016
1050 Wishard Blvd.
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872
The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy Programs expect that at least three letters of recommendation will be submitted from professional sources that can provide an unbiased critical assessment of your abilities, skills, strengths, and weaknesses.
Examples of professional and academic sources are academic advisors, professors, preceptors, or immediate supervisors. Examples of sources that are not acceptable include coworkers, colleagues, classmates, and relatives.
At the discretion of the admissions committee, some applicants are invited for an interview.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Applicants who are not native English speakers or who received their bachelor’s degree outside the U.S. must submit official TOEFL scores or proof of English proficiency.
Scores can be sent to IUPUI School code 1325.
Applicants are required to submit official TOEFL scores from exams taken within the past two years. The following TOEFL score is expected of applicants to the MPH Program:
Internet basedTOEFL: minimum score of 106 Computer basedTOEFL: minimum score of 263 Paper basedTOEFL: minimum score of 620
- IELTS: minimum score of 7
For more information on IUPUI TOEFL requirements, review The Office of International Affairs section on English proficiency for graduate students. For more information about the TOEFL exam:
IUPUI English Placement Test
International students who reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit either TOEFL, ILETS or IUPUI EAP (English for Academic Purposes) exam scores.
International applicants who do not reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit their TOEFL or ILETS scores with their application and, if admitted to the certificate program, must also complete the EAP exam upon arrival to Indianapolis.
The USMLE and ECFMG do not fulfill the required proof of English proficiency when applying to the Certificate in Public Health program. Applicants who have passed the USMLE or ECFMG must also submit TOEFL, ILETS or EAP scores.
We'll notify you by email once your application has been received. If you have questions about the application process, contact our office of student success at (317) 274-2000.