Masters of Public Health

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


*Exception: MPH Dual degree seeking students, please see individual program page for details on application instructions.

 

Term

Priority Deadline*

International On Campus Deadline

Domestic On Campus

Online Programs 

Fall

February 15

April 1

June 1

June 1

Spring

No Spring Priority Deadline

August 1

October 1

October 1

*Priority deadline is for scholarship consideration.

 

Step 1 | SOPHAS Admission & Application Requirements

The Application
To apply for admission to the Master of Public Health program, applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application.*
*Exception: MPH Dual degree seeking students, please see individual program page for details    on application instructions.


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

 

Domestic or US Transcripts

Must be sent from the institutions 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 www.wes.org/sophas.

 

Graduate Record Examination

 Applicants to the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) MPH Program may request a waiver from the GRE if they have been conferred a graduate or terminal degree (for example M.S., M.A., M.D., Pharm.D., Ph.D.), from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution of higher education. In addition, applicants possessing any UNMC Public Health Certificate may request a waiver if they have earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.25 and no less than a B in any course. 
Applicants are advised that the GRE waiver is not automatic and an approved GRE Waiver application does not guarantee later acceptance into the program. Those requesting a GRE waiver are encouraged to do so prior to formally applying through SOPHAS. To apply for the GRE waiver, applicants will need to submit the following items via email to coph@unmc.edu:

 

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 single spaced, one page in length and describe the applicant’s:

 

Resume or CV

 

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.

 

Specific Concentration Requirements:
 
Epidemiology Concentration Prerequisites: 
The student must have received the equivalent of a grade of B or better in a one college level math course. 
 
Environmental and Occupational Health Prerequisites:
The student must have successfully completed the following courses: two semesters of biology, two semesters of chemistry, one semester of physics, and one semester of college level math.
 
Biostatistics Concentration Prerequisites: 
The student must have received the equivalent of a grade of B or better in a college-level statistics course, differential calculus and integral calculus.
 
 
 

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 reviews applications weekly and 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 committee decision.