Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Application Opens: August 18, 2020
Priority Deadline: December 1, 2020
Application Closes: February 1, 2021
*Admissions recommends that all applicants for the DrPH program submit applications by the doctoral priority deadline (December 1) in order to receive full/equal consideration for the available seats within each program as well as available scholarship funds. Applications will continue to be reviewed after the priority deadline on a rolling basis until March 15.
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.
Three or more years of full-time public health or relevant experience.
Standardized Test Scores
No GRE score required for applications beginning Fall 2020.
International applicants must submit an English language proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS exams are considered valid for two (2) years from the date the exam was administered.
Academic Transcripts or WES ICAP Evaluation
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all registered coursework from each college or university attended. The SOPHAS Official Transcript Request Form must be included with each transcript. 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. International applicants should submit a WES ICAP evaluation.
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 BUSPH prior to matriculation.
SPH reserves the right to reevaluate your application for admission upon receipt of the final official transcript.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
While only two letters of recommendation are needed for SOPHAS to submit your application to BUSPH for review, three letters of recommendation are required for an application 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. If possible, two of the letters of recommendation should come from faculty.
SOPHAS provides an electronic submission process for all letters of recommendation.
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
A personal statement is intended to give an applicant the opportunity to submit a narrative describing past education, experiences, 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
CV or Résumé
A current curriculum vitae or résumé is required. This document should be uploaded directly to your SOPHAS application.
Upon receipt of your application from SOPHAS, you will be provided with a link to complete our brief supplemental application. Though a credit card is required, there is no fee for this application.