Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program)

The Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program) provides an exceptional educational experience to undergraduate students. It is our goal to educate high quality graduates who will excel not only in traditional didactic training but also in skills that are gained through problem solving, hypothesis testing, technical skills development, data analysis, data interpretation, and professional writing. This University-wide program will allow students to receive exceptional training in Public Health from our trained faculty.

Course of Study

Undergraduate students will complete the core requirements prior to their undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, students will complete their departmental requirements, electives, PUH 697: Internship, and PUH 695: Public Health Integrative Experience. 

Junior Year:

Fall: Core Class (BST 601ENH 600 onlineHCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online, ENH 600HB 600, HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600, EPI 600, HB 600, HCO 600)
Senior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 601,ENH 600 online, HCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online,ENH 600, HB 600HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600EPI 600HB 600HCO 600)
5th Year Graduate School
Fall: Departmental Courses: 12 hours
Spring: Departmental Courses: 12 hours 
Summer: Internship: 3 hours and PUH 695: 1 Hour



The Process

  • Students must have a minimum of 60 hours and a maximum of 90 hours.
  • Applications are completed through the Graduate School's Apply Yourself application portal.
  • Individual departments will review the completed application and interview the applicant. 
  • Admission decisions are determined by the departments.

If you have questions regarding the Fast Track MPH Program, please contact the School of Public Health at 205-934-4993 or at


Please note: We do not offer the Fast Track MPH program in the Department of Biostatistics.


Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Fast Track Program, a student typically must have:

  • A 3.25 GPA.
  • Between 60 and 90 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Recommended GRE Scores - Verbal: 147, Quantitative: 150, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing.
    • Applicants with a 3.5 GPA or higher are waived of taking the GRE 
  • Completed admission application through the UAB Graduate School website.
  • An official copy of current UAB undergraduate transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the current academic advisor and the remaining two from current or previous college course instructors. Electronic submission is preferred; however, referees can mail a letter in a sealed envelope.
  • An interview with the Departmental Program Director (at the discretion of the department).
  • A career statement describing their interests and goals and a one-page academic resume of academic activities including awards and community service.
If you receive financial aid assistance or scholarships, please speak with the UAB Financial Aid Office at 934-8223 prior to submitting an application to discuss financial coverage of graduate coursework.

Interested students can apply by going to the UAB Graduate School website and clicking on the Apply to Graduate School Online link. The Program that you are applying to is Public Health Fast Track (MPH). Please include your department of interest in the application essay section.