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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.

For questions, contact Annie, Rebecca, or your track director:

The Vanderbilt MPH Program is committed to supporting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and the broader Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. We are fortunate that the small size of the program gives us the flexibility to adapt and continue to provide high quality, individualized training in public health, while following the protocols in the Vanderbilt Return to Campus Plan.

Plans for the Fall 2021 term will be developed this spring based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College Health Association, and the Tennessee Department of Health. We will notify admitted applicants and incoming students of those plans by email as soon as possible.

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.

In an effort to protect students, faculty, staff, neighbors, community partners, and visitors, Vanderbilt University has made the difficult decision to limit the presence of visitors on campus for this academic year.

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VU Visitor Guidelines

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.


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
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Candace McNaughton, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Epidemiology Track, MPH Program
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

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

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Epidemiology Center Grand Rounds


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

Assistant Professor, Health Policy

Elizabeth Rose, M.Ed., M.P.H.
Assistant Director, Global Health Track, MPH Program
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


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

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Health Policy

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

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May 17, 2021 Update: COVID-19 vaccination required for students in fall 2021

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

Immunization Requirements

An immunization hold will be placed on your student account and you will not be able to register for Fall 2021 courses until the immunization form has 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.

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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 completing the Intent to Enroll form by April 15, 2021 to secure your spot in the entering class.

International Student & Scholars Services (ISSS)

In May, you will receive an email requesting you to claim your VUnetID within a few days. The VUnetID will be your username that identifies you to most computer-based 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.

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Did you know….

Our Hometown: Nashville

Housing Resources for MPH Students

There are nine top 10 metro areas within a two-hour flight from Nashville?
New York, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington, DC, Miami, Atlanta, and Boston

Nashville was ranked #15 in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report for Best Places to Live in America? Key criteria include affordability, job market, desirability and quality of life.

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?

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 Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan (Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk).

Student Health Insurance and Waiver Information

U.S. students who have other insurance that exceeds or is comparable to the Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan may submit a request to waive the insurance. The online waiver form must be submitted by August 1, 2021. 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.

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 2021 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, 2021 to ensure you can register for Fall courses. For questions, contact