About

To begin a career in epidemiology and public health, you will often need both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, which typically takes at least six years of education. Admission to the master’s program usually also requires a strong score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The HEAL program streamlines this process and gives you key advantages.

HEAL allows you to skip the GRE exam before entering into your fifth year as a master’s candidate. When accepted to the HEAL program as an undergraduate, you’re also given assurance of admission to the MS program in epidemiology offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and Dentistry (part of Rochester’s campus). The program also provides you with advising by renowned faculty mentors, extensive research and professional development opportunities, and access to premier research facilities as both an undergraduate and graduate student.

As an undergraduate, you can major in one of the following:

  • BA in Epidemiology
  • BS in Environmental Health

Applying

Applying to the HEAL Program

First-year HEAL applicants must submit through the Common Application or Universal College Application by January 5. Indicate your interest in HEAL on your application to be considered.

If you’re a transfer applicant intending to begin in the fall semester, you can also apply for HEAL. Submit your application by March 15.


HEAL Finalist Interviews

You will be notified of your finalist/non-finalist status in January. If you’re a finalist, you must interview with the School of Medicine and Dentistry. These interviews will take place February 13–14. You must be invited to interview via finalist notification. Your final HEAL decision will be sent by March 15.

If you are not offered a finalist interview, you may still have your application reviewed for general admission to the College without HEAL.

If you are admitted to the College through Early Decision, you will receive your admit letter in mid-December, but your HEAL application will follow the Regular Decision process described here. Accepting our Early Decision offer cannot be contingent upon your admission to HEAL.

Program Perks

The perks of HEAL include:

  • A conditional guarantee of admission to the MS program in epidemiology offered through the Department of Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and Dentistry (part of Rochester’s campus)  
  • Exemption from the GRE 
  • Focused early mentoring by renowned faculty
  • Extensive research and professional development opportunities
  • Access to premier research facilities as both an undergraduate and graduate student

Is HEAL for You?

You might be a good fit for HEAL if you:

  • Express an interest in, and knowledge of, public health programs at the University of Rochester
  • Take challenging classes (honors, AP, college-level, etc.).
  • Do well academically (e.g., 3.7 high school GPA, rank in the top 15 percent of their graduating class)
  • Perform well on standardized tests (SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests such as math and science)
  • Participate in extracurricular activities relevant to public health (e.g., Science Olympiad Disease Detectives, Science/Math Bowl, volunteer in community)

Public Health Sciences

Public Health Sciences (PHS)

The Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center is a dynamic group dedicated to the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations through research, learning, and community partnerships. The Master of Science in Epidemiology is uniquely positioned to provide the methodologies and skills needed to carry out research and public health programs to identify correlates of disease that may be targets of primary prevention, to evaluate the consequences of changes in health care delivery on populations, and to accommodate the growing need to integrate and analyze large-scale information. The program is focused on epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and is designed to provide students with the tools and skills needed to address future public health and information challenges.

Learn more about programs of study in Public Health Sciences.