Student Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred)
  • A completed online application to the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies at Appalachian State University
  • Payment of an application processing fee
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended since high school
  • International students need to supply TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Resume and Contact information for three references

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Personal Statement/Essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Volunteer/work experience in a public health-related organization/agency or other service experience

Prerequisite Coursework 

Minimum of a “B” on required prerequisite courses:

  • English
  • Statistics

Program Location

Online (with the exception of field-based and research-based practicums)

Degree Costs

 Cost of Study: Tuition & Fees site

Academic Standards

In order to maintain enrollment status, students must:

  • Abide by the Appalachian State University Code of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
  • Earn no more than two final course grades of “C” or lower in required coursework
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher


As part of the course of study for the Master of Public Health, students will take part in a

  • Field Practicum and
  • Practice-Based Research/Scholarly Practicum

Field Practicum Experience

Students find placement in a variety of health-related agencies to gain experience working in public health on various projects.

Research/Scholarly Practicum: 

Building on the Field Practicum Experience, students will conduct an independent research or scholarly project under the direction of a practicum site supervisor.
Students also have the option to prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal under the direction of a member of the App State Public Health faculty.