University of Nebraska Medical Center


Any applicant desiring admission into the PhD program must submit a fully completed application by April 1. Applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application. All application materials need to be submitted through SOPHAS.


Must hold a Master’s degree or other advanced degrees in a field related to health promotion and disease prevention from a recognized college or university. Exceptional students with a Bachelor's degree will also be considered.


Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale GPA for all graduate coursework.

Domestic or US Transcripts

Must be sent from the institution's Registrar’s Office directly to SOPHAS at the following address:

SOPHAS Mailing and Contact Information
SOPHAS | P.O. Box 9111 | Watertown, MA 02471
617-612-2090 | Email | Website

  • This applies to current or former UNMC students.
  • Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted.

International Transcripts

All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service. For further instructions, you may visit www.wes.org/sophas.

  • WES reports should be sent directly from WES to SOPHAS.
  • Please ensure that you enter your SOPHAS ID number on your WES evaluation request to ensure your evaluation can be matched to your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation. At least two letters should be from faculty members in the applicant's previous academic program. The remaining letter can be from an academic or professional reference.

Statement of Intent

A 500-700 word statement of intent which describes:

  1. Your research interest areas
  2. Your career goals
  3. How you will contribute to a diverse campus environment at UNMC (e.g., due to your background, cultural experiences, volunteer/work experience, and/or special talents)  
  • Your preferred faculty sponsor (note: please confirm with the preferred sponsor that they are willing to mentor you prior to including their name in the statement of intent)

Resume or CV

A resume or curriculum vitae.


Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States. There is no waiver of the TOEFL.

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550-paper; 213-computer; 80-Internet.
  • TOEFL scores must have been earned within two years prior the desired term of entry.
  • Educational Testing Services (ETS) send official scores to the SOPHAS TOEFL code: 5688.
  • Official IELTS scores should be sent directly to the UNMC College of Public Health. The minimum score requirement is 7.

UNMC College of Public Health Admissions
984355 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4359

Members of the Graduate Program Committee

The Graduate Program Committee proposes policies, addresses student issues, and reviews admission applications. Members include: