Step 1 | SOPHAS Admission & Application Requirements
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:
- MPH or MSPH from a CEPH accredited institution. Additional foundational coursework will be required for individuals who do not meet this requirement.
- A minimum of 3 years of relevant public health practice. See concentration prerequisites below for additional detail.
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:
- Designing, implementing, and evaluating a public health surveillance system
- Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating public health data
- Analyzing health trends and patterns in a population to assist in the development of interventions or needs assessments
- Creating data visualizations and reports based on analysis results
- Conducting data automation and linkages between systems
- Responding to and advising on public health data requests, including data sharing and research agreements
- Conducting outbreak investigations
- Designing and preparing surveillance and field investigation protocols, survey instruments, and surveillance forms
- Responding to public inquiries on epidemiologic issues
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:
- Conducting a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA)
- Gathering community stakeholders to discuss vulnerabilities and planning strategies
- Coordinating and writing an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
- Conduct workshops to review the EOP
- Design, develop and execute Tabletop, Functional and Full-Scale Exercises to test the EOP
- Update the EOP on a regular basis
- Conduct community or organization Emergency Preparedness educational programs
- Participate in community planning meetings
- Actively contribute to the Incident Command (IC) process in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
- Coordinate (recruit, train, retain) community volunteers to assist in disaster response operations
- Work closely with community response organizations (Emergency Management, Volunteer Organizations, Law Enforcement, EMS)
- Write and submit periodic reports on community/organization ongoing operations
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:
- This applies to current or former UNMC students.
- Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted.
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
Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to academic, practice and/or research abilities.
Guidelines and Suggestions:
- Ideally, your recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers.
- For those who may have graduated or have been employed in the workforce for several years, or who is a member in the armed services; recommendation letters from employers and supervisors would be appropriate.
The personal statement should be no more than 1500 words in length and answer the following questions:
- Why are you interested in pursuing a DrPH degree?
- What are your specific areas of interest related to the concentration area you are applying?
- How has your public health practice experience prepared you for the DrPH concentration to which you are applying?
- How will obtaining a DrPH in the selected concentration area will help you meet your career objectives?
- What are your personal skills and general preparation that will help you succeed in this DrPH program?
Resume or CV
An updated resume/CV that includes:
- Employment history
- Relevant public health practice experience.
- Volunteer/service experience
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
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.
- 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
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.
UNMC College of Public Health
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-4359