Frequently Asked Questions

Which Nebraska schools participate in PHEAST?
The current participants are Chadron State, Peru State, Wayne State and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Who should apply and when?
Students who are enrolled at one of the eligible schools should apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year.

How many students will be accepted?
Three students from each school will be accepted for a total of 12 students per year.

What are the requirements for admission?

Eligibility is determined by Nebraska residency and a minimum grade point average of 3.3.  The selection committee recommends an ACT score of 24 or better or an SAT score of 1680 or better.  Students will also be asked to include three letters of recommendation and a personal statement on the importance of public health.

What are the benefits of early admission to the MPH program at UNMC?

Once a student is accepted to the PHEAST program, their home school will provide a tuition waiver for the student’s junior and senior year.  The College of Public Health will offer a scholarship to accepted students to take the “Foundations of Public Health” during the student’s senior year.  The credits earned from this class will count toward the 45 total required for the Master of Public Health degree.  Students will have a mentor relationship with assigned College of Public health staff, faculty and alumni.

What is expected of me if I get accepted to the PHEAST program?

If you are accepted to PHEAST, you will be expected to:

  • Visit UNMC in the Fall of your junior and senior year.
  • Complete "Foundations of Public Health"
  • Declare a concentration and meet the requirements of the chosen concentration
  • Complete an entry level statistics course
  • obtain a recommended score of 1,000 or higher on the GRE