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Admitted Applicants

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Vanderbilt Master of Public Health (MPH) Program!

Please review the information below and check back for updates throughout the spring and summer.

If you have questions or would like to talk more about the program, email Annieschedule a Zoom meeting, or contact your track director:

Assistantships and Student Employment

Assistantships are paid, part-time positions on campus that allow MPH students to build relevant experience and marketable skills while completing their degree. Students work with faculty members on public health programs or research and earn an hourly wage. The positions are open to MPH students from all tracks, and most do not require any prior experience. Assistantships could potentially lead to a practicum or culminating experience, or even a full-time job offer after graduation.

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We invite you to explore campus through this interactive map, which includes locations on campus that MPH students frequent, as well as some popular dining options within walking distance of campus.

In-person campus visits are arranged on an individual basis. Contact Annie to discuss dates this spring when you can take a campus tour, sit in on a class (click here for course dates/times), and meet with your track director.

In addition, admitted applicants are invited to the following in-person events in Spring 2023:

Tuesday, February 27 at 6 p.m.
Satcher Reception
Contact Annie for event details

Wednesday, February 28 at 12 p.m.
Satcher Lecture: “Global Health Diplomacy: Where Equity is No Longer Optional” presented by Loyce Pace, MPH
Light Hall 202 | lunch provided with RSVP

Monday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Culminating Experience Presentations (Health Policy Track)
2525 West End Avenue, 10th Floor MPH Classroom
and on Zoom

Friday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Culminating Experience Presentations (Epidemiology Track)
2525 West End Avenue, 10th Floor MPH Classroom
and on Zoom

Monday, March 25 from 8 to 10 a.m.
Culminating Experience Presentations (Global Health Track)
2525 West End Avenue, 10th Floor MPH Classroom and on Zoom
and on Zoom

Friday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Culminating Experience Presentations (all tracks)
2525 West End Avenue, 10th Floor MPH Classroom
and on Zoom

April 1 – 5
Vanderbilt National Public Health Week
» Tuesday, April 2 at 12 p.m. Public Health in Tennessee
» Thursday, April 4 at 12 p.m. Public Health Communication 101
» Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Film Screening: And the Band Played On

Get to know the Vanderbilt MPH Program! Connect with track directors and follow social media to get a glimpse at the breadth of public health activities at Vanderbilt.


Bill Heerman, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Epidemiology Track, MPH Program
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Muktar Aliyu, M.B.B.S., Dr.PH., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Epidemiology Track, MPH Program
Professor, Medicine and Health Policy
Director, VIGH

Epidemiology track students engage with faculty members with expertise in epidemiology in various departments and divisions across Vanderbilt.

VUMC Institute for Medicine and Public Health on Twitter
VUMC Epidemiology on Twitter
Epidemiology Center Grand Rounds


Marie H. Martin, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Co-Director, Global Health Track, MPH Program
Assistant Professor, Health Policy
Associate Director, Education and Training, VIGH

Elizabeth Rose, Ed. D., M.Ed., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Global Health Track, MPH Program
Assistant in Pediatrics
Training and Development Coordinator, VIGH

Students in the Global Health track work closely with faculty members affiliated with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH).

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Global Health Grand Rounds


Laura Keohane, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Health Policy Track, MPH Program
Associate Professor, Health Policy

David Stevenson, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Health Policy Track, MPH Program

Chair and Professor, Health Policy

Students in the Health Policy track work closely with faculty members in the Department of Health Policy.

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Immunization Requirements

All incoming students are required to submit immunization records and tuberculosis (TB) information. This should be completed over the spring or summer, as soon as you have activated your VU student VUnetID and before you arrive on campus.

Incoming students will receive information from Vanderbilt Student Health regarding applicable requirements and instructions for providing documentation.

An immunization hold will be placed on your student account and you will not be able to register for Fall 2024 courses until the immunization documents have been received by the Student Health Center and you are considered compliant with the immunization requirements.

It may take up to 7 days for the Student Health Center to review your documents after you have submitted them. Once you are considered compliant, you will receive an email to your VU student email account and the immunization hold will be removed from your student account within 24 hours.

For questions, contact

We look forward to welcoming you to the Vanderbilt community! Below you will find the next steps for starting the process to obtain your I-20.

First, accept our offer of admission by April 15 to secure your spot in the entering class.

International Student & Scholars Services (ISSS)

This spring, you will receive an email requesting you to claim your VUnetID. The VUnetID will be the unique username that identifies you to most electronic systems at Vanderbilt.

Once you complete that process, you will receive an email from the International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS) at Vanderbilt with instructions on how to enter the International Students & Scholars Portal to start the process of applying for your I-20, the document you will need to apply for your F-1 student visa. It is in your best interest to start the process as soon as possible upon receiving the email from ISSS.

ISSS will invite you to attend a series of helpful pre-arrival sessions. You can find recordings of the most recent pre-arrival sessions here (VUnetID required).

Incoming international students are required to attend one of the mandatory in-person ISSS orientation sessions:

  • July 12, 2024
  • August 8, 2024
  • August 14, 2024

Helpful information

For all visa-related questions, contact

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Fortune Magazine has named Nashville as one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family.

There are nearly 400 health care companies that have operations in Nashville and work on a multi-state, national or international basis.

56 global health care companies headquartered in Nashville generate more than $63 billion in revenue.

Nashville-based health care companies create approximately 500,000 jobs globally.

Vanderbilt University requires all full-time, degree-seeking students to be covered by a health insurance plan that is comparable to or exceeds the Student Health Insurance Plan, commonly referred to as SHIP.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) Waiver Policies

U.S. students who have other insurance that exceeds or is comparable to the Student Health Insurance Plan may submit a request to waive the insurance. The online waiver form must be submitted by August 1. A VU student VUnetID is required. Students who wish to waive coverage are required to complete an online waiver form before the beginning of each academic year.

Vanderbilt Parking Services

Students have several options for campus parking. Please review the information provided by Vanderbilt Parking Services.

Vanderbilt students have free access to Nashville’s WeGo local buses, regional buses and WeGo Star with their Commodore Card (student ID badge). This service is available for any place and time, not only when commuting to and from campus.

Bus Schedules and Maps

The WeGo bus routes with stops closest to campus are:

Click here for additional transportation options.

The Office of the University Registrar is responsible for verifying the completion of external degrees for incoming graduate/professional students. All entering students in the School of Medicine must have their prior degrees verified in order to register for Fall courses.

If your application in SOPHAS includes your verified official transcripts or official WES credential evaluation for completed degrees, then you do not need to submit additional transcripts or documentation.

If your application in SOPHAS contains an official transcript or WES credential evaluation for a degree in progress, then you are required to submit an official transcript from your university (or required documentation for international degrees), showing that you have completed the degree. A final, official transcript should list the degree(s) awarded and the month and year of conferment. The required documentation should be sent directly from your college or university to the Vanderbilt University registrar’s office. Submit your final degree documentation by July 1 to ensure you can register for Fall courses. For questions, contact

Tuition and Fees

Cost of Attendance

Every May, the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust finalizes the tuition and student fees for the upcoming academic year, and they are published by the Office of Student Accounts.

Anticipated tuition rates for the 2024-2025 academic year:

Full-Time MPH

  • Year 1: $46,305
  • Year 2: $23,150
  • Total: $66,147

Part-time MPH:

  • Per credit hour: $1,894
  • Total: $79,548
Important Dates for Incoming Students

ASAP – Student Health Immunization Form due (choose “School of Medicine Nonclinical Student Form”)

July 1 – Submit final U.S. degree transcripts (if applicable) to the University Registrar

July 12 – ISSS orientation for international students (must attend one of three dates offered)

August 1 – Student Health Insurance Plan waiver due (form available mid-June)

August 8 – ISSS orientation for international students (must attend one of three dates offered)

August 14 – ISSS orientation for international students (must attend one of three dates offered)

August 19-20 – Orientation (required for all new students)

August 21 – First day of Fall 2024 classes

August 31 – Fall 2024 tuition and fees must be paid to the Office of Student Accounts by this date to avoid late fees