How to Apply

Admission to Iowa’s undergraduate public health majors is selective. Students may be admitted to the College of Public Health either through Direct Admission or Standard Admission. Admission is limited and meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission into the public health majors is for fall only. Transfer applications will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Please contact Katie McCullough ( if you are a transfer student who has already been accepted to the University of Iowa and want to study Public Health.

Direct Admission- For High School Students

Direct admission is designed for students applying to the university as first-year students for the fall semester. Applicants who meet the high school course requirements and present an ACT composite score of 26 or higher (or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1170 or higher) and a high school g.p.a. of at least 3.60 will be strongly considered for direct admission to the college.  Applicants who do not meet these criteria but present strong academic records will be carefully considered. First-year students not admitted directly to the College of Public Health may be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a public health interest student. Apply now by visiting the First-Year Student Application Process page, which also details deadlines, fees, and how to send your test scores to us.

Students granted direct admission to the college are eligible to apply for College of Public Health first-year scholarships. The scholarship application process is competitive and is based on high school record and short essay responses. More information about first-year scholarships available from the College of Public Health can be found at the Iowa Scholarship Portal.

Standard Admission-For High School, Current UI, and Transfer Students

Public health interest students and all other University of Iowa students are eligible to apply to the College of Public Health through standard admission after completing prerequisite courses and earning the required grade-point average, typically after their first year.

If you are a Public Health Interest Student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you MUST apply to the major through standard admission in order to declare a public health major.

Admission into the public health major is for fall semesters only.

In order to apply, students interested in admission to the College of Public Health must complete the online application for current UI students changing colleges by February 1.

Students should meet the following requirements by the end of the semester in which they apply. Please note that you can take CPH:1400 and CPH:1600 during the same semester in which you intend to apply:

  • completion of at least 12 s.h. at the University of Iowa;
  • completion of CPH:1400 Fundamentals of Public Health or CPH:2099 Fundamentals of Public Health with a grade of B or higher;
  • completion of CPH:1600 Public Health Science: Inquiry and Investigation in Public Health with a grade of B- or higher; and
  • a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 in all courses taken at the University of Iowa and in all college-level course work attempted.

Students who are denied direct or standard admission may file a Petition or Appeal for Denial of Admission to the College of Public Health.



Questions or comments? Contact Katie McCullough. This page was last reviewed on June 12, 2017.