Doctor of Public Health


Application Deadline 


February 1

Step 1 | SOPHAS Admission & Application Requirements

The Application

To apply for admission to the Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) program, applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application.*

DrPH Program Prerequisite: 

Concentration Prerequisites:

Epidemiology Concentration Prerequisites: 

A minimum of 3 years of relevant public health practice experience with emphasis on epidemiology. Examples of such experience include but not limited to:

Emergency Preparedness Concentration Prerequisites: 

A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant emergency preparedness experience. Examples of such experience include but are not limited to:

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. 

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

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

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to academic, practice and/or research abilities.

              Guidelines and Suggestions:

Personal Statement

The personal statement should be no more than 1500 words in length and answer the following questions:

Resume or CV

An updated resume/CV that includes:


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.


Step 2 | Check Your Application Status on SOPHAS 

You should check the SOPHAS portal to ensure that all required documents have been received by SOPHAS and that your completed application has been sent to UNMC College of Public Health. Please note that it may take SOPHAS up to 3-4 weeks to process and send your SOPHAS application to UNMC. It is recommended that you begin the application process well in advance of the application deadline.

Upon receiving your completed application and supporting documents, your application will be considered ready for review. The UNMC College of Public Health Admissions Committee will review your application once it is complete and verified. Following review, a decision will be made regarding your application status. You will receive notification of the decision via e-mail within 7 days of the committee decision.

Contact Information

UNMC College of Public Health
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-4359
Phone: 402-552-9867