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A separate application must be submitted to be considered for acceptance into the health science majors. Application information, qualifications, deadlines, and advisors are listed in the specific program sections of the catalog and on the web site. Acceptance to the University does not constitute or guarantee acceptance into a health science major. Students are notified by the program director of their acceptanced and any other program specific requirements such as physicals, immunizations, technical standards, etc.

Continuance in the health science majors requires strong academic achievement, including successful demonstration of knowledge and use of practical and critical thinking skills in laboratory and in clinical rotations. Criminal background checks may be required as specified in course syllabi. Any student deemed unacceptable for clinical rotation due to results from a criminal background check will not be allowed to complete the program of study.

This page provides information on the admission process. To advance to a specific section, please click on the words underlined.

With the program director's approval applicants may take up to nine (9) credit hours or 3 classes prior to being officially admitted into the program.

The completed application and non-refundable fee should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

International Students

International students should contact the Office of International Studies at (757) 683-3685 for information on immigration, application and financial concerns.

Application Process and Requirements

To qualify for admission, an applicant must meet the general University admission requirements at the graduate level.

Additional requirements include:

  • Two letters of recommendation from instructors, supervisors and/or employers;
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 from an accredited institution;
  • Evidence of a basic foundation in the life sciences, behavioral sciences, and social sciences. A student may be required to take additional course work if it is determined he/she is deficient in one of these general foundation areas;
  • A satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude score;
  • A career/personal goals paper. This paper is used by the admission committee to evaluate the applicant's ability to present a clear sense of professional and personal purpose as well as his/her ability to write a concise and grammatically acceptable paper; and
  • Work experience or voluntary participation in a health related agency or program will be evaluated as part of the students admission package. Students can be admitted who do not have work or volunteer experience, however. Students without experience will be required to produce a portfolio of health related volunteer or work experiences that they have acquired during their time in the program.

Transcripts and recommendation letters usually take time to prepare. Applicants should allow adequate time for these documents to arrive in the Admissions Office. Please remember, partial applications will not be processed until all papers are received.

Specific requirements of different programs can be found here

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (B.S.H.S.)

Master's Degree Programs

Master of Science-Community Health

Master of Public Health

Ph.D. - Health Services Research

Certificate Programs

Admission Checklist

  • Application
  • Letters of reference/recommendation (2)
  • Official transcript from all undergraduate schools attended.
  • Career Goals Paper
  • GRE scores

Application Contact Information

Send completed applications to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0500
(757) 683-3685

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, only completed applications are reviewed for admission.