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Dr.P.H. Admissions

Dr.P.H. Program

Admission Requirements

Admission into the graduate program is competitive and based upon academic background, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), professional experience, interest in the field, a history of service, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. All applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

Applications for the Dr.P.H. in Biostatistics, Community Health, Epidemiology, and Public Health Leadership are accepted for Fall admission only. Please view the JPHCOPH Application Deadlines page.

Regular Admission1:

To complete an application to the Dr.P.H. Program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Completion of an application in SOPHAS.
  • Official transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university showing courses completed, grades earned, dates, and degree(s) awarded. Transcript(s) should show completion of at least one (1) graduate-level course in each of the following five (5) areas:
    • biostatistics
    • epidemiology
    • health behavior/health education
    • health management/policy
    • environmental health sciences
  • Courses must have been completed in the last five (5) years, and each must have been passed with a grade of “B” or better. Applicants who have not completed these courses, but whose applications show exceptional potential for success in the Dr.P.H. program, may be admitted to the Dr.P.H. program, but will be required to complete the courses (as presented in the JPHCOPH M.P.H. core course requirements) with grades of “B” or better before progressing to the Public Health Practice Core and Concentration Courses of the Dr.P.H. program. If the applicant has completed a Master’s degree in a field other than public health, professional public health work experience in one or more of the five core areas may be substituted for the corresponding M.P.H. level courses at the discretion of the College. Requests for this waiver must be submitted in writing;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Two must be from graduate faculty members and the third from a work supervisor;
  • Official scores from the GRE (General Test) taken in the last five (5) years. An original copy of the test score, sent by the testing agency to the Office of Admissions, is required before any action is taken on an application. A copy of the score provided to the student and subsequently forwarded is not acceptable. The requirement for completion of a standardized test will be waived for those applicants who hold a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • All international applicants, including resident and non-resident aliens, whose native language is not English and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, are required to submit official TOEFL scores taken within the year immediately proceeding the requested semester of admission. A minimum total score of 83, and minimum scores of 20 for each of the skills evaluated by the TOEFL: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing. An original copy of the test score, sent by the testing agency to the Office of Admissions is required before any action is taken on an application. The copy of the score provided to the student and subsequently forwarded is not acceptable;
  • Personal statement/letter of interest emphasizing reasons for pursuing Dr.P.H. (700-1000 words);
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume;

1 Applicants may be required to take prerequisite coursework prior to taking program concentration courses. Conditions of admission will be presented in the letter of acceptance to each student.

Non-degree Admission:

An applicant may be admitted as a non-degree student to earn academic credit in Public Health graduate courses. Interested applicants should follow the link to SOPHAS Express to create an account and complete the non-degree application.  Questions regarding admission requirements should be sent to .

Review of Applications:

Applications for admission to the Dr.P.H. program will be reviewed on a revolving basis. In order to be eligible, all application materials must be submitted through SOPHAS prior to the application deadline. In addition to a review of the applicant’s Graduate Record Examination scores, recommendations for successful graduate study, and previous academic training, the college considers the compatibility of the student’s interest areas with those of the faculty and curriculum emphasis. The Dr.P.H. Admissions Committee will consider the totality of the applicant’s work, educational experience, recommendations, and other application data. A single application criterion will not be used to outweigh other criteria in making recommendations for admission.

Admission to the Dr.P.H. program requires a master’s degree in public health (MPH) or an acceptable equivalent. Students should have master’s level grade point averages and Graduate Record Examination scores that are acceptable as determined by the faculty. Students who have not completed the public health core as part of their master’s degree must do so by taking an approved course in each of the following areas: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences.

Admission to the Dr.P.H. program is highly selective to ensure that all accepted have the potential to become effective practitioners and applied researchers.

Last updated: 7/22/2016