Admissions Prerequisites

 

 

To be ranked as a competitive applicant the following criteria are important to meet.  However, each applicant is evaluated on their total record of achievement.
Degree

Baccalaureate degree in science or engineering with coursework in the areas specified below. Applicants with non-science degrees may also be considered if the prerequisite course requirements have largely been satisfied.

An MD, DO, or PhD degree is required for admission to the Occupational and Environmental Medicine MPH program

Coursework

For All Degree Options Except MPH:

  • Physics: One year of physics, covering mechanics, electromagnetism, oscillatory motion, and waves.
  • Chemistry: One year of general chemistry and two quarters (one semester) of organic chemistry. One quarter of physical chemistry or quantitative chemistry is desirable.
  • Mathematics: One quarter of differential and integral calculus. Additional calculus is desirable.
  • Biology: One year of biology.

Applicants who lack specific pre-requisites can fill in gaps by taking courses either at a university or community college. Any applicant who self-identifies deficiencies can enroll in additional courses at a university or community college to strengthen their application.  An applicant deficient in one or more of the above areas, if accepted, may be required to remedy the deficiency before entering.

For MPH Degree Options:

  • Quantitative Analysis: : Course work covering basic concepts from elementary statistics including data description, study design, screening, estimation hypothesis testing, categorical data analysis, and regression.
  • Chemistry: Course work covering basic concepts from general and organic chemistry including chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, organic compounds, functional groups, and stereochemistry. 
  • Biology: Coursework covering basic concepts from general biology including biodiversity of life forms, ecology, structure and function of biomolecules, cell structure, animal development and physiology. 

Successful applicants will be prepared to take required courses in environmental toxicology and exposure science, which assume a strong knowledge of the topics listed above.  Any applicant who self-identifies deficiencies can enroll in additional courses at a university or community college to strengthen their application. An applicant deficient in one or more of the above areas, if accepted, may be required to remedy the deficiency before entering.

GPA

The University of Washington Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years (90 credits) of study. Applicants with exceptional strengths in other areas with a GPA below 3.0 may still be considered if their overall application is extremely strong.

GRE

Competitive applicants usually have Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above the 65th percentile.  Application review is holistic, however, and the complete record of accomplishments will be considered.

All applicants are required to submit official GRE scores with the exception of applicants holding a doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution, who are exempted from the GRE requirement.

TOEFL

International Students and Permanent Residents Only*. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFLibt) scores of 92 (or 580 paper or 237 computer) or above. The test must be taken within two years of the date that the applicant will begin the program.

* This requirement cannot not waived unless applicant can demonstrate English proficiency with an alternative method described by Graduate School Memorandum 8.

 
Applicants to the Residency in Occupational & Environmental Medicine must also satisfy the following requirements:
Degree

Graduation from a Class A medical school (United States, Canada, or equivalent)

Internship

Completion of one year of approved internship; three years training in primary care specialty is encouraged.

WA License Eligibility

Eligibility for a full Washington State Medical License.

Do not apply to the Graduate School MPH program until you have been accepted into the Residency/Fellowship program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

For application materials and further information, write or phone:

Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Residency/Fellowship Program
Harborview Medical Center, Box 359739
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 744-9397
E-mail: oemp@u.washington.edu

Special Instructions for Applicants from Madigan Army Medical Center to Occupational & Environmental Medicine