Doctor of Public Health


Application Deadline 


February 1

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Application Materials
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Step 1 | 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.


Prerequisites for the DrPH program: 

Prerequisites for the Epidemiology concentration: 

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

Prerequisites for the Emergency Preparedness concentration: 

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

Prerequisites for the Advocacy and Leadership concentration

A minimum of 5 years of relevant public health management or leadership experience.

 Examples of work experience:

Application Materials

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 | 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, 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

Applicants must submit a personal statement. It should be no more than 1,500 words in length and answer the following questions:

Resume or CV

Applicants must submit 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.

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