FAQs

Here you will find the top most frequently asked questions.

What types of individuals seek a degree at TDI?

Students are seeking leadership roles in the health care and public health arenas. Typically, one third of the students are recent college graduates, one-third are mid-career professionals (i.e. nurses, administrators, consultants, physical therapists, etc), and one-third are practicing physicians. Students in the PhD and post-doctoral programs are typically interested in a career as independent researchers or academics in health services research and policy with an emphasis on the evaluation and improvement of health care.

What are the admissions GPA, GRE, MCAT, GMAT, & TOEFL standards?

There are no minimum scores required, but competitive applicants to the graduate degree programs typically have:

  • GRE Scores:  64th percentile or higher
  • MCAT scores: 29 or higher
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GMAT:  550 or higher

For international applicants, TOEFL scores of 103 or higher

If admitted, can I defer my start date?

Yes, though only a one-year deferral is allowed. The late July start date is the only start time for the degree programs.

To request a deferral, please submit a written request (max 500 words) to the admissions committee explaining what changed in your plans and why you want to defer your enrollment.

If granted, a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit is still required to hold the admitted applicant's space.

How many students are enrolled in the program?

TDI typically has 70 new students every year in its master's programs (MPH & MS combined).

Will I have a MPH and MS advisor during the program?

MPH and MS students will work closely with faculty and their capstone and internship supervisors throughout the year, but there is not an official advisor. PhD students are required to have an advisor upon admissions to the program and keep an advisor throughout the program.

Can TDI students take classes at other schools within Dartmouth College?

TDI residential students who are enrolled in the MPH or MS programs and are in good academic standing may enroll in up to two non-TDI Dartmouth courses during their time as a student. Enrollment in courses offered by other programs, such as at Tuck School of Business, Thayer School of Engineering, Geisel School of Medicine, or Dartmouth College, may be limited due to space issues, faculty preferences, program priorities, or other limiting factors. There is no guarantee that TDI students may enroll in courses outside of TDI. Online MPH students are not eligible to take non-TDI Dartmouth courses.

What grades are assigned for graduate courses?

The program is based on a High Pass (HP), Pass (P), Low Pass (LP), and No Credit (NC) system. Some courses are also offered as Credit/No Credit course (similar to Pass/Fail).

Are there special admissions requirements for the online MPH?

The online MPH is designed for working professionals who plan to continue to work full time whie enrolled in the program. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of work experience in a health-related field to qualify for the program.

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