In November 2017, Dr. Elizabeth-Prom Wormley, Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, was honored as a recipient of the 2017 VCU Alumni Star award. As noted at the celebration, “Throughout the worlds of art, business, education, service and health care, Virginia Commonwealth University alumni shine in all areas of human endeavor, illuminating problems, creating solutions and strengthening the quality of our lives. VCU Alumni is honored to recognize 15 alumni for their career and humanitarian achievements and for the infinite possibilities they bring to the future.”   Congratulations, Dr. Prom-Wormley!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson

Family Medicine

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson

Family Medicine

Family Medicine Research

ACORN Practice Advocate
Research Associate

Phone: (804) 827-4124

Email: nicole.n.johnson@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
One Capitol Square:6th floor, room 624
830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Elizabeth Lowery

Elizabeth Lowery

Elizabeth Lowery

Elizabeth Lowery

Division of Epidemiology

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Tim Ford

Tim Ford

Tim Ford

Tim Ford

Division of Epidemiology

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Scott Armistead, MD

Scott Armistead, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Scott Armistead, MD

Scott Armistead, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Physician

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: scott.armistead@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Paul Bailey, MD

Paul Bailey, MD

VCU Health at Tanglewood

Paul Bailey, MD

Paul Bailey, MD

VCU Health at Tanglewood

Physician

Phone: (804) 636-6903

Email: paul.bailey@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
9782 Highway 903
Bracey, VA 23919

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Hallel Basco, FNP

Hallel Basco, FNP

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Hallel Basco, FNP

Hallel Basco, FNP

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Nurse Practitioner

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: hallelparaluma.basco@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Melissa Bradner, MD

Melissa Bradner, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Melissa Bradner, MD

Melissa Bradner, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: melissa.bradner@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Steven Crossman, MD

Steven Crossman, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Steven Crossman, MD

Steven Crossman, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: steven.crossman@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401. N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Emily Harris, LCSW

Emily Harris, LCSW

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Emily Harris, LCSW

Emily Harris, LCSW

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Social Worker

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: emily.harris@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Anna Henderson, FNP

Anna Henderson, FNP

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Anna Henderson, FNP

Anna Henderson, FNP

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Nurse Practitioner

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: anna.henderson@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Anton Kuzel, MD

Anton Kuzel, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Anton Kuzel, MD

Anton Kuzel, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: anton.kuzel@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Mark Lutterbie, MD

Mark Lutterbie, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Mark Lutterbie, MD

Mark Lutterbie, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: mark.lutterbie@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Shweta Majhi, MD

Shweta Majhi, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Shweta Majhi, MD

Shweta Majhi, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Physician

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: shweta.majhi@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Tammy Mantzouris, MD

Tammy Mantzouris, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Tammy Mantzouris, MD

Tammy Mantzouris, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: tammy.mantzouris@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Emily Mullet, MD

Emily Mullet, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Emily Mullet, MD

Emily Mullet, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Physician

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: emily.mullet@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Lauren Pamulapati, PharmD

Lauren Pamulapati, PharmD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Lauren Pamulapati, PharmD

Lauren Pamulapati, PharmD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Pharmacist

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: grecheckle@vcu.edu

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Christine Paul, MD

Christine Paul, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Christine Paul, MD

Christine Paul, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Physician

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: christine.paul@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Carolyn Peel, MD

Carolyn Peel, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Carolyn Peel, MD

Carolyn Peel, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician and Medical Director

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: carolyn.peel@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA

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Beth Phillips, FNP

Beth Phillips, FNP

VCU Health at Tanglewood

Beth Phillips, FNP

Beth Phillips, FNP

VCU Health at Tanglewood

Nurse Practitioner

Phone: (434) 636-6903

Email: beth.a.phillips@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
9782 HIghway 903
Bracey, VA 23919

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Giancarlo Pierantoni, MD

Giancarlo Pierantoni, MD

VCU Health at Mayland

Giancarlo Pierantoni, MD

Giancarlo Pierantoni, MD

VCU Health at Mayland

Physician

Phone: (804) 527-4540

Email: giancarlo.pierantoni@vcu.health.org

Address/Location:
3470 Mayland Court
Richmond, VA 23233

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Michael Pitzer, MD

Michael Pitzer, MD

VCU Health at Mayland

Michael Pitzer, MD

Michael Pitzer, MD

VCU Health at Mayland

Physician

Phone: (804) 527-4540

Email: michael.pitzer@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
3470 Mayland Court
Richmond, VA 23233

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Zahra Raza, MD

Zahra Raza, MD

VCU Health at Mayland

Zahra Raza, MD

Zahra Raza, MD

VCU Health at Mayland

Physician

Phone: (804) 527-4540

Email: zahra.raza@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
3470 Mayland Court
Richmond, VA 23233

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Stephen Rothemich, MD

Stephen Rothemich, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Stephen Rothemich, MD

Stephen Rothemich, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: stephen.rothemich@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Mark Ryan, MD

Mark Ryan, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Mark Ryan, MD

Mark Ryan, MD

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Physician and Medical Director

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: mark.ryan@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
4730 North Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

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Jessica Tsukanov, DO

Jessica Tsukanov, DO

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Jessica Tsukanov, DO

Jessica Tsukanov, DO

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: jessica.tsukanov@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Paula Vigilante, FNP

Paula Vigilante, FNP

VCU Health at Tanglewood

Paula Vigilante, FNP

Paula Vigilante, FNP

VCU Health at Tanglewood

Nurse Practitioner

Phone: (434) 636-6903

Email: paula.vigilante@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
9782 Highway 903
Bracey, VA 23919

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Patricia Whanger, LCSW

Patricia Whanger, LCSW

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Patricia Whanger, LCSW

Patricia Whanger, LCSW

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Social Worker

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: patricia.whanger@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, MD

Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, MD

Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, MD

Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Physician

Phone: (804) 828-5883

Email: michelle.whitehurst-cook@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Rochelle

Rochelle

Class of 2019

Rochelle

Rochelle

Class of 2019

UC Irvine

Biology

John

John

Class of 2019

John

John

Class of 2019

University of California San Diego

Biology

Kathryn

Kathryn

Class of 2019

Kathryn

Kathryn

Class of 2019

Columbia University & New York Medical College

Columbia University: Political Science
New York Medical College: Master of Science

Eli

Eli

Class of 2019

Eli

Eli

Class of 2019

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Biology

Michelle

Michelle

Class of 2019

Michelle

Michelle

Class of 2019

Cornell University & Columbia University

Cornell University: Human Biology, Health & Science
Columbia University: Metabolic Biology & Human Nutrition

David

David

Class of 2019

David

David

Class of 2019

James Madison & Alcala de Henares

James Madison University: B.S. Biology and B.A. Spanish
Universidad de Alcala de Henares: Bilingual & Multicultural Education

Ifechukwude "Iffie"

Ifechukwude "Iffie"

Class of 2019

Ifechukwude "Iffie"

Ifechukwude "Iffie"

Class of 2019

Cornell University

Laura

Laura

Class of 2019

Laura

Laura

Class of 2019

Gonzaga University

Biology and Psychology

Mitchell

Mitchell

Class of 2019

Mitchell

Mitchell

Class of 2019

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Chemistry with Business Emphasis

International Students (for international students only)

GEO and Grad School Joint orientation
Tuesday, 8/14
If absense is unavoidable, alternative arrangements must be made with Global Education Office.

T. Edward Temple Building

Register here. (UPDATE LINK)

More info. (UPDATE LINK)

School of Medicine Graduate Students Orientation

Monday, 8/20
10:00a to 11:30a: SOM Advanced Degree Orientation (Sanger 1-044)
11:30a-1:00p: lunch (Sanger 1-038) and tours (t.b.a.)
1:00p-2:00p: free time or other

VCU Public Health Graduate Programs Orientation

Wednesday, 8/22
9:00a to 12:45p
6th floor, room 644, One Capitol Square 9830 East Main Street, corner of 9th and Main Streets)

VCU Honor Code Orientation for School of Medicine Graduate Students

Wednesday, 8/22
2:00p - 3:00p Honor System and Code of Conduct (Sanger 1-044)
3:30p - 4:30p: SoM Financial Aid (Sanger 6 -032)

Optional Orientation Sessions and Events

Graduate School Orientation
8/14
Each fall, the Graduate School sponsors a university-wide orientation to introduce new graduate students to VCU and the city of Richmond. The Graduate School orientation session is not mandatory, but you may find it helpful to attend to learn more about Graduate School policies as well as resources available university-wide for graduate students. Since the Graduate School orientation is optional, students with pre-existing plans (e.g., vacation, work) should not feel obligated to change those plans to attend this particular orientation. However, students should have working knowledge of the topics covered in this session. Therefore, if you are unable to attend this orientation, please visit the “New Student Resources” Web site and view University Resources here.
Questions regarding orientation should be directed to Jennifer Tennison at (804) 827-4546 or e-mail.

Technology Services Student Quickstart
VCU Technology Services is responsible for centralized academic and administrative computing at VCU. This includes academic applications such as Blackboard, eServices, and email as well as other technology support services such as eServices, VCU Help Desk, and myVCU Portal. Technology is integral to your life and education. VCU Technology Services is dedicated to providing the essential tools to support the highest caliber of instruction, research, public service, health care, and administrative activities. Let's get you started!

Parking and Transportation Issues During Orientation

Orientation Parking / Shuttle Bus Access

Parking around One Capitol Square Building can be challenging. Please allow extra time to find parking.

VCUCard

The Office of Graduate Education will provide the VCUCard Office with a list of all students whose acceptance has been communicated to the Graduate School by late July. Students will be able to obtain their VCUCard beginning in early August. Technically, students should be registered to be able to obtain their VCUCard and we understand the difficulty that this presents.

VCUCard is allowing students to submit photos online for ID cards and then pick up their cards at a later dates. Submission instructions can be found here.

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

4730 E. Southside Plaza
Richmond, VA 23224

Phone: (804) 230-7777
Fax: (804) 230-2071

Hayes E. Willis Health Center location information

Educational Coordinators

Shana Ryman, MS,  Ed.

Shana Ryman, MS, Ed.

Epidemiology

Shana Ryman, MS,  Ed.

Shana Ryman, MS, Ed.

Epidemiology

Division of Epidemiology Graduate Programs

Graduate Program Coordinator, PhD and MPH Programs

Phone: (804) 828-9785

Email: shana.ryman@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
One Capitol Square, 8th floor, room 814
830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Established in 2016, Delta Eta is VCU’s chapter of Delta Omega, Honorary Society in Public Health. Membership in the Delta Omega honorary society represents excellence in the study and practice of public health and a commitment to the field. Selected students are in the top 10% of each graduating class academically; each year, we also induct certain outstanding alumni and VCU faculty, and honor community members who contribute to the practice of public health.

Christopher “Kim” Buttery Award Contributions

Please consider donating

Award Recipients:

2019: Roso Bono, MPH

Roso Bono MPH Delta Eta Recipient

2017: Danielle Shelton, MPH

Each year, the Christopher "Kim" Buttery Award recognizes one student who displays excellence in chronic disease epidemiology, bridging research and practice within public health. The award was established in 2017 in honor of C.M.G. Buttery, M.D., M.P.H., a faculty member who has taught hundreds of public health students at VCU over the past three decades. Student awardees are recognized with a monetary award that comes from generous donations by friends of the Delta Eta Chapter. Please consider donating.

OVERVIEW

LEARN ABOUT GLOBAL HEALTH BRIGADE OPPORTUNITIES

Brigades to Pinares, Honduras

Brigades to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Brigades to Karanda, Zimbabwe

LEARN ABOUT GLOBAL HEALTH ELECTIVES

M3 Global Health Foundational Elective

M4 Global Health Advanced Elective

M4 Cross Cultural Medical Mission Elective

M4 Clinical Medicine in the Dominican Republic Elective

LEARN ABOUT THE GLOBAL M3 FAMILY MEDICINE CLERKSHIP

Torey Edmonds

Torey Edmonds

Epidemiology

Torey Edmonds

Torey Edmonds

Epidemiology

Epidemiology Research

Community Outreach Coordinator

Phone: (804) 628-0491

Email: torey.edmonds@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
One Capitol Square: 8th floor
830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Anton J. Kuzel, M.D., MHPE

Anton J. Kuzel, M.D., MHPE

Department Chair

Anton J. Kuzel, M.D., MHPE

Anton J. Kuzel, M.D., MHPE

Department Chair

Department of Family Medicine & Population Health

Harris-Mayo Chair and Professor

Phone: (804) 828-9626

Email: anton.kuzel@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, 14th Floor, North Wing, Room 14-113
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

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Steve Crossman, M.D.

Steve Crossman, M.D.

Steve Crossman, M.D.

Steve Crossman, M.D.

Department of Family Medicine & Population Health

Associate Professor,
Vice Chair for Family Medicine Education & Clinical Operations

Phone: (804) 828-9779

Email: steven.crossman@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, 14th Floor, North Wing, Room 14-109
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

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Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Department of Family Medicine & Population Health

Associate Professor
Senior Associate Dean of Admissions, School of Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-9629

Email: michelle.whitehurst-cook@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
1201 East Marshall Street
1st Floor, Room 1-200
Richmond, VA 23298-0565

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Stephen

Stephen

North Carolina

Stephen

Stephen

North Carolina

Union University

Psychology

Table of Contents

General Questions Dual Degree Program Tuition & Financial Support
Applying to the Program Program Questions
Testing Internship
Application Deadlines Class Registration
Transfer Credit Special (Non-Matriculated) Students
Distance Learning

General Questions

How long is the MPH Program?
The MPH Program requires 45 credits. Full-time students may be able to complete the program in as few as four consecutive semesters (Fall1, Spring1, Summer, Fall2), although many students choose to complete their requirements in two traditional academic years (Fall1, Spring1, (possible Summer courses) Fall2, Spring2).

Do you accept part-time students?
The PhD Program accepts only full-time students. The MPH program accepts part-time students; however, due to the variety of times that MPH program courses are offered (during the daytime as well as in the evening), some part-time students experience difficulty flexing their schedules to attend some classes, particularly if they work full-time. In addition, all students are required to complete a 180-hour internship, and this requirement can present a challenge to students who work full-time. Applicants who plan to be part-time students should carefully consider class schedules and related program requirements and their work schedule. Those with flexible work schedules have been most successful in attending MPH courses that are offered at varying times across a week. The majority of MPH students are enrolled full-time, and most work, but typically in part-time positions.

Is the program accredited?
VCU's MPH Program has been fully accredited since 1996 by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which accredits schools of public health and graduate public health programs outside schools of public health (http://www.ceph.org). The most recent accreditation was awarded in July 2014 for seven years. The PhD in Epidemiology Program is accredited through the overall University accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Do you have an open house/information session?
At least one open house event is usually held in the fall for the MPH and Epidemiology PhD programs. Prospective students may arrange one on one visits by emailing.

Applying to the Program

How Do I apply to the VCU MPH or PhD in Epidemiology program?
Applications are in two stages: a primary application through SOPHAS (sophas.org) and a secondary, supplemental application to VCU Graduate Admissions (the secondary application requires a $65 fee to VCU). Both applications must be received for an applicant to be considered by the Admissions Committee. Once an applicant submits the SOPHAS application, VCU will send instructions on how to complete the secondary supplemental application.

What sort of academic background do I need to apply to the MPH Program?
Students must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited, four-year institution. Recommended is undergraduate study that includes courses in the biological science and statistics/biostatistics.  While these are not absolutely required, applicants who have taken such courses and performed well in them (i.e., grade of B or higher) will likely be more competitive than applicants who lack this background. One or more courses in research methods or epidemiology is also beneficial, as is experience with applications used for data analysis such as SPSS, SAS, STATA, etc.

Do I need work experience?
We prefer that MPH Program applicants have a minimum of one calendar year of work or applied experience after earning the undergraduate degree. It is ideal, but not required, for this experience to be related to health in general and public health specifically. Volunteer work relevant to the health field such as for mission trips, AmeriCorps, summers abroad doing community service, or in a local organization may be included as experience.

What are the requirements for admission to the MPH Program?
All applicants must provide the following:

  • Current scores from the Graduate Record Examination [GRE]. GRE scores are current within five years of the test date. Particularly competitive applicants have scores at the 75th percentile or higher (157-158 verbal, 159 quantitative, 4.5 analytical writing), but the admissions committee will review each application as a whole, taking all elements into consideration.
  • Students who have been accepted to medical school at VCU may submit MCAT scores. For these applicants, the minimum overall score is 24. Note: The successful completion of Steps I, II, & III, of U.S.M.L.E. may be substituted for GRE test scores. Applicants holding a Doctor of Medicine or similar first professional degree from an accredited US institution may submit a written request for a waiver of GRE scores to the Admissions Committee.
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate/graduate work. Applicants must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate study to be considered.  
  • A statement of purpose for application to the program. The applicant should address the elements found in the guidelines for the statement of purpose.
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three current letters of recommendation, preferably from academic references
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must also provide:
    • Scores from a Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] or an [IELTS]: International English Language Testing System; and
    • Official transcripts with equivalency assessment completed by a credential evaluation service such as organization such as World Education Services, or WES
    • More details on requirements for international applicants are available at:

How long will it take to get an admissions decision?
Our admissions committee begins meeting in February, and decisions are sent out on a rolling basis beginning in March. No decision can be made until a complete application is received.

What are your acceptance levels?
There is only one level of acceptance, which is full acceptance. Full acceptance is unconditional acceptance and is the highest level of acceptance granted by the University.

Should I submit my application before I have all my supporting documentation, such as letters of reference and GRE scores?
Yes, you may submit your application without materials such as GRE scores or transcripts, but follow the instructions on the SOPHAS website. Submitting the application “on-line” starts the admissions process, but you should be sure to follow up as soon as possible with the rest of the application materials, since the process cannot be finalized and your application cannot be fully reviewed until we receive your application fees and all required, supporting documents.

Where do I send my supporting documents?
All supporting documents are submitted through SOPHAS, according to directions provided on the SOPHAS website.

Is there a deadline for admitted students to inform the program of their decision to enroll?
For the MPH Program: Yes—Admitted students must inform the program of their intent to matriculate by April 15th and provide a $200 deposit which will go toward their tuition in the fall semester. Students who do not reply by that date will forfeit their place in the program.

For the PhD in Epidemiology Program:  Students should respond with a decision by the deadline indicated in their offer of admission letter, usually 30 days from receipt of the formal offer of admission.

Do you admit students in the spring?
Due to the sequencing of courses in our graduate curricula, we admit students only in the fall.

Should reference letters for admission to the MPH program be academic or professional?
To be effective, the letters must show that the referee can explain why your background prepares you for a career in public health and that you will be able to perform well under the rigors of graduate study. Therefore, letters of reference from current or past professors are the best choice. For the PhD program, all references should be academic references. For the MPH program, at least one letter, and preferably two should be from an academic reference . If you have asked for a reference from someone you have worked with in a job, a letter from a supervisor is more appropriate than a letter from a colleague. In addition, a letter from a health professional would be more appropriate than a letter from a business professional. However, if you do not have professional references from the general health field, a reference from a past supervisor that addresses your performance on the job and can assess qualities like responsibility, level of maturity, and other elements that will lend to success in graduate school, is entirely appropriate.

Testing

Do your graduate programs have a minimum GRE score requirement?
Both the Epidemiology PhD program and the MPH program prefer scores at the 75th percentile or higher (157-158 verbal, 159 quantitative, 4.5 analytical writing). The admissions committee will review each application as a whole, taking all elements into consideration, but applicants with scores at or above the 75th percentile will be more competitive.

What’s the average GRE for the MPH students you admit ?
The mean GRE scores of students offered admission to the MPH Program in recent years under the revised GRE scoring system were approximately 160 verbal, 153 quantitative, and 4.5 analytical writing.

Can other tests replace the GREs?

GREs are the preferred test of aptitude and are required for almost all applicants. There are a few exceptions:

  1. Applicants who have also been accepted into VCU’s School of Medicine may provide MCAT scores.  The test scores must be current; that is, results must not have expired (typically, the test will have been taken within the past 5 years).
  2. Applicants who have passed Steps, 1, 2, AND 3 of the USMLE may be waived from submitting GRE scores.  If you have passed only steps 1 & 2, you do not qualify for a waiver and must submit GRE scores.
  3. Applicants who are enrolled in VCU's PharmD program may provide PCAT scores.

I already have an MD (or PhD). Do I have to take GREs to apply to the MPH Program?
If you have a terminal or first professional US degree (such as a Ph.D. or MD), you may submit a written request for the GRE requirement to be waived.  Waiver is not automatic. Requests are submitted to the Admissions Committee with the application. Please note that this waiver does not apply to students with degrees earned outside of the United States.

I took the GREs 10 years ago. Do I have to retake them to apply?
Yes, GRE test scores are only accepted within 5 years of the test date.

What is the VCU code for the GRE scores?
Submit GRE scores through SOPHAS using the VCU SOPHAS GRE code: 7543.

If I am a foreign student. Do I need to take the TOEFL test?
Since lectures, laboratory instructions, and written and oral examinations are conducted in English, students must be proficient in the language. Guidelines for international students are available.

Application Deadlines

When may I apply to the program?
We strongly encourage applications submission by March 1st. Applications must be complete (contain all required elements) to be considered for admission.

What is the deadline for international applications?
March 1st

What is the deadline for US applications?
March 1st

Will my application be reviewed if I miss the deadlines?
Applicants who submit their materials after the deadline greatly reduce their chances for review for the ensuing fall semester. The best advice is to have all materials submitted on or before the published deadline. Screening of applicants begins in December; review of applications begins in early February, and first offers of admission are sent in mid-March. If vacancies remain after these applications are reviewed, then complete applications received after the March deadline may be considered.

Do you have a waiting list?
During the review process, some applicants may be assigned to a “wait list” according to merit and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. If students who are offered admission into the program decline the invitation, then wait-listed students may be notified as these vacancies occur. Notification of wait-listed students will occur in the latter portion of April into early May.

If I miss the application deadline or can't get all the required application elements in by the deadline, what happens?
Incomplete applications will not be considered and will receive a status of "rejected." SOPHAS offers applicants the option to conintue an incomplete application to the next academic year.

Transfer Credit

Can I transfer courses that I took at another school?
View the VCU Graduate School policy for transfer credit. Note that courses not previously applied toward another degree may be accepted for transfer credit consideration. The transfer course(s) must be of graduate level, relevant to the field of public health, and be approved by the graduate program. Students who have been accepted into the program and who wish to transfer in courses must send a written request to the Director of Educational Programs. The request must include an official copy of a transcript and a copy of the syllabus for each course being submitted for transfer consideration.

Can I transfer in courses that I took at VCU ?
Yes, VCU coursework completed prior to matriculation may be considered for transfer. The curriculum of each graduate program has a specific sequence and students should not take numerous courses prior to matriculation as courses taken out of sequence may negatively impact their progression of learning once in the program.  Courses taken in other disciplines at VCU may be considered for transfer, as well.  All courses considered for transfer credit may not have been part of the requirements for a previously awarded degree. All transfer course(s) must be of graduate level, relevant to the field of public health, and must be approved by the graduate program.

Distance Learning

Do you offer on-line courses?
Currently our offering of on-line courses is very limited. No student could expect to complete the degree requirements on line. Classroom attendance is necessary for almost all courses.

Dual Degree Programs-MPH Program

I want to apply to a dual degree program. Where do I apply to first?
For the MSW/MPH program, apply to both programs at the same time. Note that MSW/MPH students do not enter the MPH curriculum fully until the second year of study. Therefore, it is possible for applicants to apply to both programs simultaneously or apply to the MHP Program during the first semester of the MSW Program.

For the MD/MPH and PharmD/MPH programs, students should already be enrolled in either medical or pharmacy school. For these programs, students do not enter the MPH curriculum until after their third year of clinical study. Students therefore wait to apply to the MPH program until their third year in medical or second year in pharmacy school. Administrators in each school will notify students of dual degree program options and when they should apply to these programs.

How does the MD/MPH dual degree program application process work?
Students enrolled in VCU's MD program apply during the M3 year. After 3 years of medical school, the student transitions to the MPH Program for one year and returns to medical school in the fifth year. Students are awarded both degrees after successfully completing the fifth year.

Tuition and Financial Support

What are the tuition rates?
Tuition and fees depend on individual needs for housing, meals, etc. Please go to the VCU Enrollment Services web site for more information.

Do you provide any funding for graduate student tuition or expenses?
The PhD Program fuly funds students (tuition, fees, and stipends) contingent on satisfactory academic progress. The MPH Program rarely has funding to provide for students. If it is available, it is usually limited and highly competitive. The MPH  Program will help students find part-time assistantships by connecting students seeking such positions to potential employers at VCU and professional public health organizations in the area. The majority of full-time MPH students work part-time, primarily in positions they have found through the MPH Program.

MPH Program requirements:

What type of a thesis will I need to prepare for the MPH Program?
The MPH Program is a professional degree program, so students do not complete a thesis, but a final project that is an integrated learning experience known as the MPH Capstone Project. Students are required to synthesize the literature, apply theory, evaluate data, and integrate knowledge gained and principles in situations that approximate some aspect of professional practice.  With this mentored experience, students are able to both broaden their skills and hone their proficiency in a specific area of public health. The major product of this culminating experience is expected to vary depending on the educational goals of the student, but could include one of the following:

    • Manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
    • Comprehensive disease-related report
    • Policy analysis report
    • Needs assessment for a specific population
    • Development, implementation, and analysis of target population surveys
    • Program evaluation
    • Organization, development, and assessment of content of public health training or informational conferences

Where do VCU MPH alumni work?

VCU MPH program graduates are highly successful in finding work or further education. More than 90% of MPH graduates in the last 5 years either were employed within 6 months of graduation or pursuing further study. More than half of our students find positions in a university or government setting. Usually around one-fifth pursue further education. The remainder find jobs in non-profit organizations, health systems, or private companies. Job placements include:

  • State or local health department offices (e.g. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana) in positions such as district epidemiologist, HIV specialist, or program analyst.
  • University or healthcare systems, as members of research teams, including Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia
  • Non-profit organizations—ranging from national organizations such as the American Heart Association to local ones such as the Virginia Healthcare Foundation
  • Other governmental organizations such as the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
  • Private companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, The EI Group, or the Lewin group
  • Fellowships with the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Some alumni pursue doctoral degrees in epidemiology, psychology, nursing, and more, while others pursue clinical study in medicine, nursing, therapy, or social work.

Internship

What kind of internships are required?
All students in the MPH Program must complete an applied experience known as the Public Health Internship (PHI), which is a 3-credit-hour experience in a professional public health setting.  Students work a minimum of 180 contact hours in a setting such as a local or state health department office, a non-profit organization such as the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, or an appropriate private enterprise. Through the internship, students gain valuable practical experience in the professional public health work environment.

Are the internships paid?
Since the purpose of the PHI is to expose students to everyday experience in a professional setting, pay is neither required nor expected. However, some internship sites are willing to pay student interns.

Class Registration

I’m a new student. When can I register for classes?
The Division of Epidemiology posts an orientation web page in late spring that provides information to get students started on registration and preparation for the fall semester. If you are unsure of which courses you should take, it is acceptable to wait to register until you have attended the Program’s Orientation session, which is scheduled in August, before classes begin. Our graduate programs typically give registration priority to our students, so seats are almost always available for incoming students.

Non-matriculated [Special] Students

Requesting Registration in Courses
How do I take courses as a non-degree-seeking student?
To take a course in a graduate public health program, you must apply to VCU to become a non-degree-seeking student. Prospective students may find instructions for becoming a non-degree-seeking student.

Julia Rozman

Julia Rozman

Family Medicine

Julia Rozman

Julia Rozman

Family Medicine

Family Medicine Research

Research Associate

Phone: (804) 827-4130

Email: julia.rozman@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
One Capitol Square, 6th Floor, Room 622
830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Campus Night
After presenting his research to the Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology

I2CRP Student Austin Oberlin Wins Young Investigator Award

October 19, 2018 Read more
I2CRP Student Jessica Li Named 2019 STFM Student Scholar
“Motivators, barriers, and ways to improve engagement in Alcoholics Anonymous among the Hispanic/Latino Richmond community: a qualitative study.”

I2CRP Student Jessica Li Named 2019 STFM Student Scholar

October 5, 2018 Read more
Remembering Dr. Paul Munson
contributions may be made to the Munson Faculty Development Endowment Fund/Paul J by visiting www.support.vcu.edu/give/familymedicine or (804) 828-480

Remembering Dr. Paul Munson

October 1, 2018 Read more

Psychiatric Epidemiology

Image of Dr. Mezuk

The psychiatric epidemiology research program in the Division of Epidemiology is focused on examining the determinants of psychiatric and behavioral health conditions in the population and how those determinants change over the life span. This research aims to understand the interface between behavior and physiology to integrate social, psychological, and biological approaches to understanding mental health and illness over the life course. Active collaborations with the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG) and the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (RCGD) and Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities (CIAHD) contribute to this effort.
Current projects in this research area include

  1. Stress, Coping, and Mental Health Disparities: This project is a partnership with investigators at the University of Michigan CIAHD to examine the role of stress-coping behaviors on racial disparities in mental and physical health. Other studies in this vein include the Stress and Sugar Study, an ongoing pilot investigation of the role of stress reactivity and glucose metabolism among African Americans with pre-diabetes funded by the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR). Dr. Jeanne Concha is expanding on this work to investigate how cultural factors influence the relationship between stress and diabetes risk.
  2. Depression, Inflammation, and Diabetes: Exploring Shared Etiopathology: This project leverages genetically-informed data (e.g., twin and family studies) to examine the interplay of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the comorbidity between depression and type 2 diabetes. This work is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (MH093642-A1). As part of this project we are examining the relationship between depressive symptoms and expression of immune-related genes in collaboration with Dr. Steve Cole at UCLA.
  3. Neighborhood context, depression, and type 2 diabetes: This project aims to understand how contextual environmental characteristics (e.g., neighborhood deprivation, social capital, walkability, access to goods and services) influences the risk of depression, type 2 diabetes, and their comorbidity. This work is a partnership with Dr. Kristina Sundquist of the Centre for Primary Care Research at Lund University in Malmo, Sweden, and is funded by the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (DK8356430-A1).

Other areas of research in this program include:

  1. Depression and Frailty in Later Life: An exploration of the interrelationship between depression and frailty among older adults originally sponsored by the VCU Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program. Work in this area is continuing through support by the National Institute of Aging (PI: Matthew Lohman). Related projects include investigations of the predictors and consequences of mobility for health and functioning in later life, a collaboration led by Dr. Moon Choi.
  2. Suicide Risk in Senior Living Facilities: Although older adults have the highest suicide risk, little is known about the epidemiology of suicide risk in senior living facilities (assisted living, nursing homes). This project uses data from the Virginia Violent Death Reporting System (VDRS), in partnership with the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, to explore the incidence and risk factors for suicide among older adults in senior living communities.

The goal of this line of research is to inform interventions which reflect an integrative approach to health to effectively reduce the burden of mental disorders in mid and late-life.

Additional information on this research is posted at the website for the Group for Research on the Epidemiology of Mobility, Aging, and Psychiatry (GREMAP).

Campus Night
M3 Hannah Rak and M'17 Jackie Britz elected as student representatives

VCU Represented on Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Board

November 30, 2018 Read more
School of Medicine Campus
M4 Michelle Baer aims to use communication to help patients lead healthier lives

Lessons learned from Dr. Oz internship

November 28, 2018 Read more
Egyptian Building
Randy Merrick, M’85, Mitchell B. Miller, M.D., H’82, & Rebecca O. Sinclair, M’98 are honored for their service to Virginians

A Trio of MCV trained doctors were honored for their dedication to the underserved

November 28, 2018 Read more
Dr. Krist Elected to the National Academy of Medicine
“I have long looked to the National Academy of Medicine for guidance on helping my patients improve their health and well-being,” Krist said.

Dr. Krist Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

October 19, 2018 Read more
MPH Alumna Celebrates the Connection between Art and History in Jackson Ward
MPH Alumna Starts Her Own Business

MPH Alumna Celebrates the Connection between Art and History in Jackson Ward

November 30, 2018 Read more
Dr. Michelle Whitehurst-Cook honored by Virginia Academy of Family Physicians
“For years she has worked with underserved populations throughout the state to decrease health disparity and increase health equity,” - Matt Schulte

Dr. Michelle Whitehurst-Cook honored by Virginia Academy of Family Physicians

July 29, 2019 Read more
VCU Research Team highlighted by AHRQ for work on patient engagement
Alex Krist, H ’99, and a VCU research team were the subject of a recent profile by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

VCU Research Team highlighted by AHRQ for work on patient engagement

August 7, 2019 Read more
I2CRP student strives to improve care for underserved populations
"I knew I wanted to become a doctor and provide care to all people, regardless of their background or insurance status."

I2CRP student strives to improve care for underserved populations

August 12, 2019 Read more

Student and Alumni Achievements and Milestones

Alumni News

Bukola Usidame, M.P.A., M.P.P., Ph.D.

Bukola Usidame, M.P.A., M.P.P., Ph.D.

Epidemiology

Bukola Usidame, M.P.A., M.P.P., Ph.D.

Bukola Usidame, M.P.A., M.P.P., Ph.D.

Epidemiology

Division of Epidemiololgy

School of Nursing
Postdoctoral Fellow

Phone: (804) 628-0635

Email: busidame@vcu.edu

Address/Location:
One Capitol Square, 8th Floor
830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Alison Molitor, M.P.H.

Alison Molitor, M.P.H.

Alison Molitor, M.P.H.

Alison Molitor, M.P.H.

Division of Epidemiology

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Allison DeLaney, M.P.H., PT, BCC

Allison DeLaney, M.P.H., PT, BCC

Allison DeLaney, M.P.H., PT, BCC

Allison DeLaney, M.P.H., PT, BCC

Division of Epidemiology

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Hannah Ming, M.P.H., B.S., CHES

Hannah Ming, M.P.H., B.S., CHES

Hannah Ming, M.P.H., B.S., CHES

Hannah Ming, M.P.H., B.S., CHES

Division of Epidemiology

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Patrick F. Godette Jr., M.P.H.

Patrick F. Godette Jr., M.P.H.

Patrick F. Godette Jr., M.P.H.

Patrick F. Godette Jr., M.P.H.

Division of Epidemiology

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J. Daniel Markley, D.O., M.P.H.

J. Daniel Markley, D.O., M.P.H.

J. Daniel Markley, D.O., M.P.H.

J. Daniel Markley, D.O., M.P.H.

Division of Epidemiology

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Michael

Michael

California

Michael

Michael

California

University of Virginia

Email: crowgeymd@mymail.vcu.edu

Paula

Paula

California

Paula

Paula

California

UCLA

Molecular Biology

Email: nguyenpa@vcu.edu

Justin

Justin

Colorado

Justin

Justin

Colorado

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Biology

Email: riedererjw@mymail.vcu.edu

Danielle

Danielle

Virginia

Danielle

Danielle

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Biology

Hannah

Hannah

Virginia

Hannah

Hannah

Virginia

Washington and Lee University

Neuroscience

Email: rakhp@vcu.edu

Soumya

Soumya

Washington

Soumya

Soumya

Washington

Occidental College

Cognitive Science

Email: choudhurys2@mymail.vcu.edu

Patrick

Patrick

Washington

Patrick

Patrick

Washington

University of Washington

Ecenomics, Biology

Email: ufkesp@vcu.edu

Molly

Molly

Wisconsin

Molly

Molly

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Email: favourmc@vcu.edu

Meet our fmScholars

Class of 2020

DC

Daniel

Daniel

Washington, DC

Daniel

Daniel

Washington, DC

Bates College

Biology

Email: jordand3@vcu.edu

Paulius

Paulius

Massachusetts

Paulius

Paulius

Massachusetts

Boston University

Economics

Email: muip@mymail.vcu.edu