University of Nebraska Medical Center

Certificate in Maternal & Child Health Admissions

How to Apply

Applicants are required to complete Schools of Public Health SOPHAS Express Application.

To be considered for admission, all materials must be received by the deadline. 

  • Fall: July 1
*Notice to international students:  On-campus Visa sponsorship will not be provided for this program.


Completed bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.


Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities are required.

Domestic or US Transcripts

Official transcripts must be sent from the institution’s Registrar’s Office directly to the UNMC College of Public Health at the below address or electronically:

UNMC, College of Public Health
Office of Educational Services
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4359

  • Send electronic transcripts by email 

International Transcripts

All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service using their International Credential Advantage Package course-by course evaluation service. The evaluation should be submitted directly to: 

UNMC, College of Public Health
Office of Educational Services
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4359

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.

Statement of Intent

A one-page personal statement describing the applicant’s:

  • Interest in and potential for contributing to the fields of public health and maternal and child health
  • Career objectives
  • Self-assessment of personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health certificate program including ability to communicate with peers and work within a team

Resume or CV

A resume or curriculum vitae.

English Proficiency Requirement 

Test of English as a Foreign Language, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required of all applicants who have not received a previous degree from a US institution or a country where the only official language is English, such as U.K., Australia, or Canada (excluding Quebec).  

Minimum Requirements: 

  • TOEFL: 550-Paper, 213-computer, 80-internet 
  • IELTS: 6.5 
  • Duolingo: 120 

Scores must have been earned within two years prior to the desired term of entry. 

Submitting your official scores: 

Test of English as a Foreign Language 

Educational Testing Services send official scores to the SOPHAS TOEFL code: 5688. 



  • An institution code is not required 
  • IELTS Taken in a Test Center: Inform your IELTS test center that you wish to send your results to SOPHAS. You can do this during the test booking process by selecting SOPHAS or asking your test center to select SOPHAS after you receive your results. IELTS results are sent to SOPHAS electronically. 
  • IELTS Online: Send your results to SOPHAS using the IELTS test taker portal. You can send your IELTS results to as many organizations as you wish with no additional fee. IELTS Online results are provided in an electronic format. 



You will receive the certified test results a few days after taking the exam. When you receive them, log on to your account, click the “send results” button next to your test results, and select the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. This will send your results to us. For additional information, please review Duolingo’s frequently asked questions. 

Information on Preparing for the Exam 

Take the Exam or Practice Exam 


UNMC, College of Public Health
Office of Educational Services
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4359