Admission to the School of Public Health and Information Sciences

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Public Health Undergraduate Affairs
Strickler Hall, Room 126A
Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-5559
Email: publichealth@louisville.edu
Web:  louisville.edu/sphis
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Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted to the School of Public Health and Information Sciences on either a degree seeking or non-degree seeking basis. High school visitors, visiting students from other institutions, auditors, post baccalaureate students, and continuing studies students are considered non-degree seeking. All other students are considered degree seeking. Applicants will be notified by the University’s Office of Admissions of their status and of the conditions of their enrollment at the time they are accepted. Students planning to earn degrees from the School of Public Health and Information Sciences must be degree-seeking in order for the credits they have earned to apply toward their degrees. Students remain in a degree-seeking status until they graduate, transfer to another college or university, or are suspended/dismissed.

Freshman Students

Admission is granted to students meeting the following requirements:

Good Standing

One of:

  • Graduation from accredited high school
  • Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests

High school GPA of 2.5 or higher

Pre-college curriculum (PCC) GPA of 2.5 or higher (Note: pre-college curriculum (PCC) criterion are waived for applicants who are non-resident, 21 years of age or older, or international. PCC is described in Undergraduate Catalog, Admission to the University of Louisville.)

One of:

  • ACT/SAT score of 21/980 or higher
  • ACT/SAT score of 19/940 or higher AND PCC GPA of 3.0 or higher (Note: Criterion is not available to applicants who are non-resident, 21 years of age or older, or international.)

Conditional Admission

University minimum academic standards (Note see Undergraduate Catalog, Admission to the University of Louisville). Conditionally-admitted students have post-matriculation requirements and restrictions discussed below under Conditionally Admitted Students.

Transfer Students with fewer than 24 credit hours

Good Standing

College GPA of 2.0 or higher

One of:

  • Graduation from accredited high school
  • Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests

High school GPA of 2.5 or higher

Pre-college curriculum (PCC) GPA of 2.5 or higher (Note: pre-college curriculum (PCC) criterion are waived for applicants who are non-resident, 21 years of age or older, or international. PCC is described in Undergraduate Catalog, Admission to the University of Louisville.)

One of:

  • ACT/SAT score of 21/980 or higher
  • ACT/SAT score of 19/940 or higher AND PCC GPA of 3.0 or higher (Note: Criterion is not available to applicants who are non-resident, 21 years of age or older, or international.)

Conditional Admission

Conditionally-admitted students have post-matriculation requirements and restrictions discussed below under Conditionally Admitted Students.

Above but with college GPA under 2.0 and one of:

  • Only one college term taken
  • Approved petition to Public Health Appeals Committee

Transfer Students with 24 credit hours or more

Good Standing

College GPA of 2.0 or higher

Conditional Admission

Conditionally-admitted students have post-matriculation requirements and restrictions discussed below under Conditionally Admitted Students.

Petition approved by Public Health Appeals Committee.

Post-Baccalaureate Students

Good standing

Degree posted

Kentucky Public Health Worker (not meeting criteria for any of above categories)


Conditional Admission

Conditionally-admitted students have post-matriculation requirements and restrictions discussed below under Conditionally Admitted Students.

One of:

  • Graduation from accredited high school
  • Successful completion of General Education Development (GED) tests.
  • Salaried public health position with continuous employment for previous three or more years
  • Approval of Public Health Appeals Committee.

Conditionally Admitted Students


A student who was conditionally admitted is required to:

  • Register for no more than 13 credit hours of coursework in the first semester and each semester thereafter until removed from conditional status.
  • Obtain approval of the student’s academic advisor regarding courses for which they are eligible to enroll prior to registration.

A student is removed from conditional status after meeting each of the following:

  • Successful completion of PHPH 100 Majoring in Public Health
  • Successful completion of any required developmental courses
  • University GPA of 2.0 or higher