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*Priority deadline is for scholarship consideration.
Step 1 | SOPHAS Admission & Application Requirements
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.*
- 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.
Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
SOPHAS | P.O. Box 9111 | Watertown, MA 02471
617-612-2090 | Email | Website
- This applies to current or former UNMC students.
- Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted.
- 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.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - GRE Institutional Code 0695
*Temporary Suspension of GRE Requirement:
The GRE requirement for the MPH program Fall 2021 application has been suspended. However, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are strongly encourage to submit GRE test scores if available.
- GRE scores should be sent by ETS directly to SOPHAS using the UNMC COPH SOPHAS GRE Code: 0695
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years are required of all applicants. Many factors are considered in evaluating an individual's application, but many successful applicants will have verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing GRE scores at or above the 40th percentile.
- GRE Waiver Policy
Applicants to the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) MPH Program may request a waiver from the GRE if they fulfill at least one of the following criteria:
- They have been conferred a graduate or terminal degree (for example M.S., M.A., MD, PharMD, Ph.D.), from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
- Completed a UNMC Public Health Certificate and earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.25 and no less than a B in any course.
- Have three years of full-time career experience post completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution of higher education with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
- GRE Waiver Application Form
- Scanned copies of all college or university transcripts (official or unofficial are acceptable)
- A current resume or CV
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.
- Recent graduates (last 1-3 years) should include faculty references among their 3 references.
- For those who may have graduated or have been employed in the workforce for several years, or who is a member
inthe armed services; recommendation letters from employers and supervisors would be appropriate.
The personal statement should be single-spaced, one page in length and describe the applicants:
- Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health
- Career objectives
- Self-assessment of personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health graduate program.
Resume or CV
An updated resume/CV that includes:
- Employment history
- Professional experiences/skills
- 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
priorthe 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.
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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 reviews applications weekly and will review your application once it is complete and verified. Following
UNMC College of Public Health
984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-4359