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HOW TO APPLY

Application

Graduate Programs in Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine exclusively accepts applications through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

Applicants must use their full name as it appears on their passport on all application materials. All application and supplementary materials, including transcripts from all institutions attended, test score(s), personal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation, must be submitted online through SOPHAS.

Please see SOPHAS instructions for information on submitting the required materials and contact SOPHAS directly if you have questions regarding the online application process.

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Start your application with SOPHAS to begin your journey to becoming a public health professional.

Once the application and all supplementary materials are received by SOPHAS, it may take up to four weeks for SOPHAS to verify grades, process and deliver the verified application to the University of Miami. It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor the online checklist and status directly through SOPHAS.

Applicants receive an email confirmation once the application is received by the University of Miami. Applications typically take four to six weeks to be reviewed, after completed and verified by SOPHAS. UM full-time benefitted employees receiving tuition remission are notified of their admission decision approximately one month prior to the beginning of the semester.

Applicants to dual degree programs in Latin American Studies, International Administration, Public Administration, and Law must complete a second application in addition to the SOPHAS application. Please visit the program's website for additional information.

Applicants to the joint four-year MD/MPH program apply through AMCAS and submit a secondary joint degree application through the medical school. Applicants should not submit an application through SOPHAS. Please visit the program's website for additional information.

Please review our frequently asked questions, and then let us know if we can answer any remaining ones by email.

Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a fee for use of the SOPHAS application service. The fee schedule can be found here. SOPHAS provides a limited number of application fee waivers and are granted on a first come first serve basis. Please contact SOPHAS directly if you have questions regarding application fees.


REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisites

MPH, MSPH, and MS in Prevention Science and Community Health - Applicants must have a bachelor's degree conferred before the intended program start date. While coursework and experience in public health further enhance an application, we do not have a minimum requirement of professional experience.

In addition, joint degree applicants must check with the other dual degree program regarding prerequisite course requirements.

MS in Biostatistics - Applicants must have a bachelor's degree conferred before the intended program start date. The following courses should be taken as prerequisites:

  • Introductory Calculus
  • Introductory Linear Algebra
  • Introductory Computing 

The Admissions Committee may elect to conditionally admit otherwise qualified students who do not meet these requirements and allow them to complete prerequisites during their first year.

Ph.D. in Biostatistics - Applicants must meet the requirements listed for the MS in Biostatistics plus two additional courses in statistics, biostatistics, and related fields. The Admissions Committee may elect to conditionally admit otherwise qualified students who do not meet these requirements and allow them to complete prerequisites during their first year.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology - This program is primarily designed for those who have completed a MPH degree, as well as for physicians and others who have a master or doctoral degree in a related discipline. At a minimum, students should have successfully completed a graduate-level foundation of epidemiology course, as well as two biostatistics courses. The Admissions Committee may elect to conditionally admit otherwise qualified students who do not meet these requirements and allow them to complete prerequisites during their first year. 

Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health - This program is primarily designed for those who have completed a MPH, as well as for physicians and others who have a master or doctoral degree in a related discipline. At a minimum, students should have successfully completed a graduate-level foundation of epidemiology course, as well as two biostatistics courses. 

Transcripts

U.S. and Canadian Transcript

All official academic records including degree and certificate programs, English language programs, and incomplete coursework/degrees from all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent directly to SOPHAS for verification. Applicants with Canadian transcripts from non-English institutions should follow the international transcript instructions below.

Applicants may print Official Transcript Request Form(s) through the online application. Official transcripts must be sent from the Registrar directly to SOPHAS. Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted.

U.S. Transcripts sent through FedEx, UPS, DHL, and other express couriers should be mailed to:
SOPHAS c/o Liaison International
311 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

U.S. Transcripts sent through the United States Postal Service should be mailed to:
SOPHAS
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471 

International Transcripts

All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using the ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation service. For further instructions, visit WES-SOPHAS. Non-U.S. transcripts are evaluated exclusively through WES. Please enter your SOPHAS ID on your WES evaluation request to ensure that the evaluation electronically matches to your application.

In addition to submitting transcripts to WES, all international applicants are required to mail an additional complete set of all official transcripts, mark sheets, and a photocopy of the diploma(s), with English translation when applicable, at the time of application to:|
University of Miami
Department of Public Health Sciences
Office of Admissions
1120 N.W. 14 Street
Room 905, R-669
Miami, FL 33136 


Chinese transcripts must be submitted with two original verification reports, in addition to original copies of the transcript and diploma with English translation to both WES and directly to the University of Miami. Contact the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). Both reports must be mailed directly by the CDGDC. 

Test Scores

Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores taken within the last five years.

Alternatively, applicants to the MPH and MSPH programs can submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. LSAT scores are acceptable from joint degree applicants to law. Applicants to the MPH and MSPH programs who hold advanced degrees (MD, JD, Ph.D., MBBS, and other doctoral degrees) are not required to submit exam scores.

All biostatistics (MS and Ph.D.) and epidemiology (Ph.D.) applicants MUST submit GRE general exam scores - no substitutions or waivers are granted.

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum score is 80 iBT, 550 PBT or 6.5 IELTS. The Admissions Committee may conditionally accept otherwise qualified applicants with the condition of completion of the University of Miami’s Intensive English Program.

This requirement is waived for international applicants who have successfully completed 30 consecutive credits at the university level where English was the language of instruction or those who have passed the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLEs).

Test

Code

Institution Recipient Name

Notes

GRE

0629

U OF MIAMI PUBLIC HLTH SOPHAS

Required

MCAT

SOPHAS

SOPHAS - Schools of Public Health Application Service

Substitute for GRE

TOEFL

5688

SOPHAS in Massachusetts

International Applicants Only

 

Joint degree law applicants should send LSAT scores via mail directly to: 

University of Miami
Department of Public Health Sciences
Office of Admissions
1120 N.W. 14 Street
Room 905, R-669
Miami, FL 33136

Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement

The Statement of Purpose is a narrative that discusses an applicant’s past education, experiences, and current professional career objectives. The statement of purpose should describe an applicant’s:

  • Motivating influences for interest in the application degree (public health, biostatistics, epidemiology)
  • Specific area(s) of research/professional experiences related to the application degree. Although an applicant is not required to have previous public health experience, it will further enhance an application
  • Career goals and objectives, including how the applicant plans to contribute to public health
  • Deficiencies in past academic or professional performance, if applicable
  • Reasons for interest in attending the University of Miami

Applicants are encouraged to compose the statement in a text-only word processor, such as Notepad or TextEdit, review the statement for errors, and then cut and paste the final version into the text box of the SOPHAS application. The limit is 1,500 words.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume/CV that includes all previous and current employment, activities, leadership positions, community service, research, education and academic or professional awards or honors. Applicants should include any experiences related to the discipline they are applying to (public health, biostatistics, epidemiology), including field experience, training, education or other related qualifications with detailed summaries. 

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation and a maximum of five (5) letters of recommendation from professionals who are best able to assess their ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, recommenders are recent professors, researcher mentors, professionals or employers in a related field. The Admissions Office highly recommends that at least one (1) of an applicant’s letters of recommendation is written by a professor with whom they have worked closely or under whom they have studied. Applicants should request that their recommenders write a letter that is personal and specific to the discipline that they are applying to (public health, biostatistics, epidemiology). Applications will not be reviewed until this requirement is met.

Applicants must list the contact information for each recommender on the SOPHAS application. Recommenders will then be sent an online form to complete via email and further instructions from SOPHAS.

Form letters and recommendations written for medical school applications contribute little to an application and are strongly discouraged. Letters from family, friends or acquaintances will not be considered.

Interviews

After the initial review of applications, select applicants to the Ph.D. in Epidemiology program will be invited to participate in an interview day.

The Admissions Committee of each program may elect to interview any applicant by phone or Skype prior to making a final admission decision. Applicants will be contacted via email if an interview will be required.


TIMELINE

MPH and MSPH applications are reviewed holistically on a rolling basis beginning in September until all seats are filled. Please note that the earlier in an admissions cycle an application is received and reviewed, the earlier the candidate will receive a decision notification. MPH and MSPH applicants who are admitted for the Fall semester may enroll early in summer courses. 

Established deadlines for the Ph.D. programs are firm and late applications will not be considered.

International students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for additional processing time of international transcripts, as well as for timely receipt and processing of immigration documents.

Applications for Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 will open August 17, 2018.

Application

Semester

Degree

Program

Priority/Scholarship

Deadline

Final

Deadline

Spring 2019

MPH/MSPH

November 1, 2018

December 15, 2018

Fall 2019

MPH/MSPH

March 1, 2019

July 15, 2019

Fall 2019

Accelerated MPH

March 1, 2019

June 15, 2019

Fall 2019

MS in Biostatistics

March 1, 2019

July 15, 2019

Fall 2019

MS in Prevention Science and Community Health

March 1, 2019

July 15, 2019

Fall 2019

Ph.D. in Epidemiology

November 15, 2018

November 27, 2018

Fall 2019

Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health

December 1, 2018

December 1, 2018

Fall 2019

Ph.D. in Biostatistics

February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019


VISIT US

Campus Tours

Tours of the University of Miami Medical Campus are offered daily during the Fall and Spring semesters.
To schedule a visit, please complete the Campus Visit Form. A confirmation email with details of the visit will be sent.
If an applicant requires special accommodations, they should contact publichealthadmissions@miami.edu.
For directions and parking information, please click here.