Frequently Asked Questions

How does the University of Florida compare to other universities?

With an enrollment of over 50,000 students, the University of Florida is the largest university in the South, and it is one of the five largest universities in the United States. The University ranks among the nation’s 51 leading research universities as categorized by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, and it holds membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, thus being ranked among the top 60 US research institutions.

Three institutions — the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, and the University of Florida — offer more academic programs on a single campus than any of the other approximately 3,000 colleges and universities. The University of Florida has 19 colleges and schools and over 60 interdisciplinary research and education centers, bureaus, and institutes. The Graduate School coordinates programs in approximately 90 academic departments leading to over 100 master’s degrees and 60 doctoral degrees.

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How long does it typically take to complete each program?

Most Masters students are able to complete their programs of study in two years.  The estimated average length of time to complete the PhD program is varied by each students area of research, but is expected to take three to four years.

How are Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Research Assistants (RAs) chosen?

Department of Environmental and Global Health students are appointed as a TA or RA as a mechanism for financial support. The department usually takes a preliminary look at course enrollment numbers before deciding how many TAs to appoint and for which courses. Students are not usually given these opportunities until after the first semester of classes.  This first semester allows each student to get the fundamental teaching they’ll need to help in these roles.  Some students are able to secure Research Assistant positions through one of our research centers or laboratories.  New students should express interest in RA or TA assignments to both their advisor and the Program Coordinator.  The department will accommodate as many requests as possible.  The availability of positions is determined by the grant funds received each year.

May I complete an online MHS or PhD?

The Department of Environmental and Global Health will provide an online MHS program starting this Fall of 2017! For our PhD program, we do not operate a distance education program.  There are a few courses that are web-based, but most courses require on-campus attendance. It is strongly encouraged that students take on-campus classes rather than online courses whenever possible.

Are certain undergraduate degrees required to obtain an MPH or PhD in Environmental Health?

Entering students have a variety of academic backgrounds. No specific undergraduate degrees are required. Undergraduate preparation, however, must include two semesters of biological sciences and mathematics.

Do I have to take the GRE exam for the MPH, MHS, or PhD programs?

Yes, the GRE exam is a requirement for admission into our MPH, MHS, and PhD programs. The GRE may be waived for applicants with previous graduate or professional degrees at the discretion of the admissions committee. Applicants with an MD or a PhD in a health-related discipline from a University in the United State do not have to take the GRE. A foreign MBBS will not exempt applicants from the GRE exam. UF will not accept the MCAT or other graduate exams as a replacement for the GRE. See the “Admissions” tab in the column on the left for more information.

If I already have a masters degree do I still have to take the GRE exam?

Yes, the UF Graduate school requires all graduate applicants to have a recent GRE exam. They will only issue a waiver for the exam if you have a US-equivalent doctoral degree or your GRE scores have not expired with ETS (5-years).

If I already took the GRE exam do I have to take it again?

If you took the exam recently, and ETS will still report your scores to our school, you will not need to retake the exam. Please check with ETS at www.ets.org for the expiration date for GRE exams.

Can I apply if I do not have my GRE results by the application deadline?

Yes, as long as the GRE results are scheduled to be delivered to UF before the end of the proceding semester of admission, your file can be processed. However, it cannot be completed until the GRE results are received by UF. See the “Admissions” tab in the column on the left for more information.

Where can I get more information about the GRE exam?

Please check the ETS website for GRE exam information at www.ets.org. You can register for the exam at their site.

What is UF’s code for the GRE?

When you take the GRE you will be asked where you want the exam results sent. You should indicate that you want the exam results to be sent to the University of Florida (code 5812).

If I have already taken the GRE, may I use the same exam results to apply?

Yes, you may use a pre-existing GRE test result for your application if it has been less than 5 years since you took the exam. If it is 5 years or more since you took the GRE, you must retake the exam as the exam results cannot be released by ETS after this time. You should go to the www.ets.org website and request that your scores be sent to UF (code 5812).

Are there waivers for the GRE or GPA?

The GRE and the undergraduate 3.0 GPA minimums may be waived for applicants with previous graduate or professional degrees at the discretion of the admissions committee. Applicants with an M.D. or a Ph.D. in a health-related discipline from a University in the U.S. do not have to take the GRE.  Please consult with the Academic Programs Coordinator if you are uncertain whether you need to take the GRE.

International students whose native language is English or who have attended a college or university in the United States for at least one year are not required to submit TOEFL scores, but must have acceptable scores on the General Test section of the GRE. For a list of countries whose citizens are exempt from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requirement that most non‐US applicants must meet, go to the Graduate School English Language Testing Exemptions.  Please consult with the Academic Programs Coordinator if you are uncertain whether you need to take an english proficiency examination.

Are there English Proficiency requirements?

For all programs, international applicants must submit one of the following:

  • Minimum TOEFL scores of: 550 paper‐based, 213 computer‐based, or 80 Internet‐based
  • Minimum IELTS  score of 6
  • Minimum MELAB score of 77

International students whose native language is English or who have attended a college or university in the United States for at least one year are not required to submit TOEFL scores, but must have acceptable scores on the General Test section of the GRE. For a list of countries whose citizens are exempt from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requirement that most non‐US applicants must meet, go to the Graduate School English Language Testing Exemptions.  Please consult with the Academic Programs Coordinator if you are uncertain whether you need to take an english proficiency examination.

Academic units may, at their discretion, conditionally admit non-US applicants who do not yet have admission exam scores and IELTS, MELAB or TOEFL scores because they need to improve their English fluency before enrolling. These applicants apply through the regular application process and submit all application materials except admission exam and English testing scores. If the academic unit accepts them, it issues an acceptance letter stating that before enrolling as graduate students, they must first complete the UF English Language Institute (ELI) program and submit satisfactory GRE/GMAT scores before their first semester; if they do not successfully exit the UF ELI program, they must also submit satisfactory IELTS, MELAB or TOEFL scores. The department must send a copy of this conditional admission letter to UF ELI, so it can handle all visa, immigration and ELI enrollment procedures for these applicants.

 

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