Public Health - Applying

Where to Apply ~ When to Apply ~ How to Apply ~ Tips and Advice ~ What Happens Next

Where to Apply

There are over 100 Schools of Public Heath/Public Health Programs in the United States. When choosing where to apply, you should:

  • Do independent research. The Association of Schools of Public Health website has useful statistics and information about every affiliate school of public health. You can also find information through SOPHAS: When looking through programs, be sure to track the following information on an excel spreadsheet:
    o Gpa requirements
    o Letters of recommendation
    o Tests required (GRE, MCAT, etc…)
    o Minimum number of clinical hours
    o Application windows; when it opens and when it closes
    o Additional required courses you might need to take
    • You should come up with a short list of programs to apply to. Usually 5-7 programs.
    • Make an appointment with Susie Fang to discuss your options.

When to Apply

Application season opens at the end of August and runs through the winter (deadlines vary from school to school). We encourage you to apply early for the best chances at admission and financial aid. (If you are applying through the centralized application service known as SOPHAS, keep in mind that it can take up to a month to process your application before it becomes available to the schools.)

How to Apply

When you apply, application materials you will send to SOPHAS include:

  • SOPHAS Web Application
  • SOPHAS Application Fee
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Evaluation (minimum three, maximum five)
  • CV or Resume (you can either create or upload one)

Materials you will send directly to the schools include:

  • GRE scores

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For Programs and Schools not affiliated with SOPHAS: you will need to request individual applications and send all of your applications materials directly to the school(s).

Tips and Advice

Coursework: All programs have different coursework requirements for admittance so be sure to check them for each school to which you apply. If you are missing any courses, you can plan to take them during your application year.

Personal Statement: Your SOPHAS application will contain a "Statement of Purpose and Objective" section. A custom essay can (and should) be submitted for each school. For tips on writing, visit our Personal Statements/Essays page.

What Happens Next

Some, but not all, schools request secondary applications. Secondary applications are not done through SOPHAS and they vary from school to school—some are comprehensive, some are short. You will also have to pay another application fee (usually $50-$100). Try to fill out and return your secondary applications as soon as possible.

After review of your file, schools may ask you for an interview. For tips on interviewing, visit our Interviews page.

Please inform us if you are interviewed or accepted to a health professions program/school. We track all of this data to better inform future applicants of where our students have had success.