Frequently Asked Questions

Students enrolled in the three-course sequence (2-year degree plan) are usually eligible to defer their student loans. Students enrolled in the two-course sequence (3-year degree plan) are unlikely to be able to defer their student loans. Please check with your lender about minimum enrollment requirements needed in order to be eligible for student loan deferral.

Yes, if you have completed a graduate level degree, that degree experience may count toward the professional experience requirement. However, that experience should be relevant to public health.

There are a variety of ways that students fund their MPH degree. Students are automatically considered for scholarship awards with the submission of a completed SOPHAS application by the priority deadline of March 15 of each year. No additional paperwork is required.

Federal Financial Aid is also available to Executive MPH students, usually in the form of low-interest loans. All EMPH students on the three-course sequence (2-year degree plan) will automatically qualify for federal financial aid. Students seeking financial aid who are enrolled in the two-course sequence (3-year plan) should contact their ADAP for additional information. Please contact the Emory University Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Some students in the EMPH program receive financial support through their employers. 

The Emory University Office of Student Financial Services offers semester payment plans (offered fall, spring, and summer). Please note: Credit cards are not accepted for payment of tuition/fees.

Eligible Emory University employees may use the Courtesy Scholarship. Emory University Hospital employees may use their tuition reimbursement benefit. Veterans may use their education benefit to help pay for tuition and fees. 

GRE scores are only required for the Applied Epidemiology track. Because the Executive program has been developed with the professional in mind, we look at the total package: test scores, undergraduate grade point average, graduate grade point average (if applicable) professional experience, recommendations, and statement of purpose when assessing our candidates.

GRE scores are not required for the Prevention Science or Applied Public Health Informatics tracks.

For those applying to the Applied Epidemiology track, the Executive MPH admissions committee looks for a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum GRE score of 156 Verbal, 148 Quantitative (3.5 + in Analytical). The standardized test requirement is waived for applicants with a terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DC, DDS, DMV, DVM, JD, PA, PharmD, or PT) from a U.S. educational institution. The Executive MPH program will not accept standardized test scores over 5 years old.

The Executive MPH program has been particularly crafted for the working professional. Students in our program must have a minimum of three years of full-time professional experience. Public health experience is preferable. 

Please keep in mind, Executive MPH is the name of the program and not the degree. Students will receive a Master of Public Health degree upon completion of the program.

Students enrolling in the three-course sequence will graduate in six semesters (2 years). Students enrolling in the three-course sequence will attend a total of two fall, two spring, and two summer semesters.

Students enrolling in the two-course sequence will graduate in nine semesters (3 years). Students taking a two-course sequence will attend a total of three fall, three spring, and three summer semesters. 

The summer semester is a required semester in the Executive MPH program for all students. 

A total of 12 trips to the Rollins School of Public Health campus are required over the course of the program (based on a 2-year program).

The on-campus sessions begin and end each semester. Each on-campus session runs Friday through Sunday, although the program reserves the right to add additional days, if necessary, with future cohorts. The on-campus sessions through Summer 2019 are listed below:

2017-2018 On-Campus Sessions

Fall 2017: Orientation- August 24, August 25-27, November 17-19
Spring 2018: January 5-7, April 6-8
Summer 2018: May 18-20, August 3-5

2018-2019 On-Campus Sessions

Fall 2018: Orientation- August 23, August 24-26, November 16-18 
Spring 2019: January 11-13, April 12-14
Summer 2019: May 17-19, August 2-4

Yes, we are very receptive to working with prospective students one-on-one and would be happy to schedule a time to speak with you either on campus or via telephone. Please contact the EMPH ADAP, Allyson Bianchi, at or at 404-727-3358.

Additionally, there is a school-wide open house each fall (usually in October) called Destination Public Health for all prospective students and a spring event called Visit Emory (usually in March). See the Rollins Admission calendar for details.

Please note: interviews are not required as part of the admissions process.

Tuition varies based on the schedule students choose. There is a flat-rate tuition for the three-course sequence (2-year degree plan). Students pay per credit hour for the two-course sequence (3-year degree plan). Please refer to the Admission section of our website for current tuition and fees information.

EMPH students enjoy the same benefits and access to university resources as all other Emory University students. A few of these resources include: the Student Health Center, the Student Recreation Center, and Emory University's numerous libraries. Rollins also offers an Academic Writing Center available to all enrolled students. 

Students may enroll in three courses per semester or two courses per semester. All students have a maximum of five years to complete their degree. If students want to finish in 2 years, they must take three courses per semester (six or more credit hours per semester).

Applicants to the program should be familiar with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and should be able to perform routine computer operations such as downloading and installing software, accessing resources, and managing files and folders. All Executive MPH students are required to participate in a 14-day online orientation course, PRS 500D: Strategies and Resources for Online Learning, prior to starting their first fall semester. This zero-credit course will allow students to practice using the Blackboard course management system and to understand what will be expected in their online courses.