Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Application Deadline

Fall 2015 Admission: December 1st, 2014.


Education: MPH or other master’s degree in a field of study pertinent to public health. A master’s-level degree must be conferred before beginning classes at SPH. Applicants without an MPH must have a comparable degree—or relevant academic experience—and must complete appropriate MPH courses prior to or within the first year of matriculation.

Experience: Three or more years of public health or relevant experience.

Test Scores Accepted

GRE or GMAT. Please review our test-specific reporting codes.

    Official valid test scores must have been taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may not waive this requirement.

    International applicants must also submit an English language proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

      Statement of Purpose and Objectives

      A personal statement is intended to give an applicant the opportunity to submit a narrative describing past education, experience, and current professional career objectives.

      Applicants are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following:

      • plans that the applicant has to use the education and training acquired at SPH
      • the needs and/or challenges the applicant perceives as important in the relevant field of study
      • any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills the applicant believes will enable him or her to be successful in the chosen field of study

      Official Transcripts

      Applicants must have official transcripts for all registered coursework sent from each institution directly to SOPHAS using their Official Transcript Request Form. This documentation must be sent from the registrar or designated school records official directly to SOPHAS. Official transcripts will not be accepted from the applicant. Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted. International transcripts, including study abroad transcripts, may have additional requirements.

      If you are currently in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript showing completed coursework and all work in progress. If you are accepted for admission, a final official transcript after degree conferral must be submitted directly to Boston University prior to matriculation.

      SPH reserves the right to reevaluate your application upon receipt of the final official transcript.

      Letters of Recommendation

      Three letters of recommendation are required for the applicant portfolio to be considered complete. Recommenders should be able to evaluate academic or professional work, applicant abilities to undertake graduate study, and applicant potential as a public health professional.

      SOPHAS provides an electronic submission process for all letters of recommendation.

      CV or Résumé

      A current curriculum vitae or résumé is required. This document should be uploaded directly to your SOPHAS application.


      Sebastian T. Bach
      Program Director