School of Health Sciences


Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) Program
Admission, Transfer of Credit and Curriculum Information

CSU MPH Program Coordinator/Academic Advisor
Don Allensworth-Davies, PhD, MSc
Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences
Cleveland State University


Admission to the Program
Applications may be obtained from the CEOMPH program office or from any one of the other partner universities.  The students are admitted to a home university—this is the university that handles your official student information including transcripts, course registration information, and graduation documents.  The applicant will indicate her/his first, second, third, fourth, and fifth preference for the home university on the application.  Efforts will be made to accommodate student preference. The CEOMPH Admissions Committee, composed of members from The University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Ohio University, and Youngstown State University, meet regularly to decide who will be admitted into the program. Enrollment is limited.

The online application may be accessed from the web site at:

Application materials may also be sent to the following address:
Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
4209 State Route 44
PO Box 95
Rootstown, OH 44272-0095

Applications and all accompanying materials are due beginning January 15 of the year the applicant wishes to enter in the fall; applications will then be reviewed on a rolling basis through the Spring.  International students must also complete an International Student Documentation Packet.

For admission consideration into CEOMPH, the following materials should be sent to the Rootstown, OH address (see above):

1.  Official academic records from each institution of higher education that you have attended. Have them sent directly to the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health office.  If the official record is not in English, an official translation must accompany the original language document.
2.  Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background, preferably someone from a previous or current academic program or current place of employment. Individuals who have not been involved in an academic institution for two years or more may submit letters of recommendation by supervisors from his/her place of employment. The letters should include an assessment of your current work quality and ability to successfully complete graduate training. Letters should be addressed to the CEOMPH Admissions Committee.
3.  A cover letter (no more than two pages) explaining your educational history; professional history; area of interest in public health; interest and motivation for seeking a MPH degree; experience in public health or other activities related to public health; and professional or academic career plans upon completion of the program. If appropriate, also indicate whether you are applying to or are currently enrolled in another degree program (and indicate which university).
4.  GRE scores taken within the last five years (you may be exempt if you have a professional or academic master’s or doctoral degree). Use code #1903 to indicate the institution that should receive your scores.  Check with the program office to see if other standardized tests may be accepted.
5.  TOEFL scores taken within the last two years from graduates of institutions outside of the United States who are non-native English speakers. The minimum score must be 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79-80 (read/speak/listen=17, write=14, Internet-based).  Use code #1903 to indicate the institution that should receive your scores.
6.  The completed application form with both signatures on the second page. It must be typewritten or legibly printed in ink.
7.  A nonrefundable $45 application fee.  Students with international credentials must pay a total of $90.  Make checks payable to CEOMPH.
8.  Financial information worksheet from applicants who are non-immigrants of the U.S.
Criteria used by the Admissions Committee include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, minimum graduate GPA of 3.00 out of a 4.00 scale, successful completion of a college level mathematics or statistics course and college level social or natural science course, and acceptable GRE score (if appropriate). Two years of work experience in a relevant field is highly recommended, but not required.

Any questions regarding the application process may be answered by writing the address above, calling (330) 325-6179, fax (330) 325-5907, or e-mailing


Graduate credit earned in graduate schools at other institutions may be transferred to the CEOMPH program under the following conditions:

1.  Transferred graduate credit must be approved via application.  The student must provide a course description (e.g. syllabus or photocopy of the course description from the graduate school catalog or web site of the institution where the course was taken) and official transcript. Transfer credit must be earned at an accredited institution.
2.  The student must have regular graduate student status and be in good standing.  Credits will be transferred only after the student has completed 12 semester hours or 16 quarter hours in the program with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
3.  Up to nine semester or twelve quarter credit hours (up to three semester or four quarter credits for core courses and six semester or eight quarter credits for electives; or nine semester or twelve quarter credits for electives) of the total credits required for the MPH may be transferred from an accredited college or university, including one of the partnering institutions.
4.  All transfer credit must be at the A or B level in graduate courses.  No transfer of graduate credit will be permitted for courses in which a grade less than B was earned or courses graded S or U.
5.  Grades earned in courses accepted for transfer will not be computed in the GPA issued by the CEOMPH program.
6.  The credits must be relevant to the student’s program as determined by the CEOMPH Curriculum Committee, and must fall within the six-year time limit to complete degree requirements.  Requests for an extension of the six-year limit must be approved by the CEOMPH Curriculum Committee and approved by the appropriate Dean of the student’s home university.
7.  Transfer credit for core courses must come from Council on Education for Public Health accredited programs or as approved by the Curriculum Committee.


Students are expected to take the following core courses and electives.  In addition, the successful completion of a capstone project, portfolio, and exit presentation will be required.

Course requirements (minimum GPA=3.00)


Semester Hours

Core courses:


   Public Health Concepts


   Biostatistics in Public Health


   Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health


   Epidemiology in Public Health


   Health Services Administration in Public Health


   Environmental Health Sciences in Public Health


Core course credits total



Generalist track courses:
   Public Health Practice and Issues
   Grant Writing in Public Health Practice



Generalist track credits total

Capstone Project I
Capstone Project II





Total credits


Please email Dr. Allensworth-Davies with any additional questions or visit the main CEOMPH website for more detailed information at