External Transfer Students


If you've attended a college or university other than U-M Ann Arbor, after graduating from high school, you're considered an external transfer student. The U-M School of Public Health welcomes external transfer applications from students who have attended or are currently attending a post-secondary institution within the United States*.

*International applicants must have completed two consecutive academic years at a U.S. institution before matriculating into the program.

Admission Requirements

The Bachelor's degree program is an upper-level degree program. This means that students apply in their sophomore year and if admitted they spend their junior and senior years in the School of Public Health. Applicants must have 54 transferable credits before beginning the program.

Prerequisites courses (or equivalents):
  • Health and Society: Introduction to Public Health (PUBHLTH 200)
  • One course (of at least 3 credits each) in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities OR Creative Expression (as defined by UM LSA)
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (STATS 250)
  • Fulfill the First Year Writing Requirement

Students must complete the admission requirements before beginning the program, not before submitting their application. Admission requirements must be fulfilled by college credit (no AP courses) and a letter grade must be earned (no pass/fail).


The online application requires:

  • Two short essays (prompts are provided in the application)
  • Official Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts from the high school in which granted your diploma AND all post-secondary institutions, including any dual enrollment courses.
    • Official paper transcripts can be mailed to SPH Admissions, Office of Student Engagement and Practice, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor MI, 48109. Official electronic transcripts can be emailed to sph.inquiries@umich.edu.
    • Transcripts for coursework completed outside U-M Ann Arbor must be received by February 1.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required at the time of application submission (credit cards only) 


The U-M School of Public Health accepts external transfer applications for FALL only. Applications are due on February 1. However, applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15, the priority deadline, to receive a prompt admission decision.

Admission Criteria

The U-M School of Public Health considers the following academic factors in determining admission for external transfer students:

  • Number of credit hours completed in transferable course work (please refer to the U-M Transfer Credit Equivalency Search page) by proposed term of entry. Students can transfer up to 60 semester credits (62 credits if you have completed an associate's degree). 
  • Level of achievement in college coursework.
  • Successful completion of admission requirements.
  • Engagement with community and/or campus organizations.
  • Demonstrated interest in Public Health. Be sure to highlight what makes the public health major right for you given your interests, goals and experiences.


Prospective external transfer applicants are encouraged to attend one of our information sessions to learn more about the academic majors and transfer process. Visit our events calendar for dates and times. To schedule an individual advising appointment, please email sph.inquiries@umich.edu.