Public Health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of
communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals work in both the public and private sectors, and often focus in one of five core areas: epidemiology; behavioral science/health education; biostatistics; environmental health; and health services administration. (Learn more from the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health, ASPPH).
Prerequisites: Requirements vary widely based on type of program and career focus, but may include:
- Natural sciences
- Social sciences
- Professional or research experience in a public health setting
- Apply in the late summer/fall, about 12 months before intended entry.
- The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required by some programs. The GRE comprises three sections: Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Reasoning; and Analytical Writing.
- Most programs participate in the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).
- Schools do not require a committee letter of recommendation. Program requirements vary, but expect to have at least three letters of recommendation. HPA can store copies of letters of recommendation, but recommenders will ultimately send references electronically through SOPHAS.
Find a program: ASPPH Academic Program Finder
Schools where recent Princeton alums matriculated:
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
- University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD/MPH)
- The University of Pennsylvania
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine MPH program
Alums – contact us if you’d like us to add your program!
For more information:
- HPA Career of the Month: Public Health (pdf, April 2017)
- HPA Career of the Month: Health and Health Disparities (pdf, March 2021)
- HPA Career of the Month: Epidemiology (pdf, November 2017)
- Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health
- Overview of Public Health
- Profiles of public health professionals
Princeton University does not have a public health graduate program. We share this information for Princeton students and alumni who may be interested in careers in public health.