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IMPORTANT COVID-19 ADMISSIONS UPDATE

The University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences is dedicated to supporting both current and future students. As COVID-19 causes uncertainties and disruptions to our daily lives, we understand it’s affecting you, our applicants. We are here to help alleviate those concerns as best we can.

Because of ongoing disruptions to ETS testing centers around the world, we are issuing a temporary waiver of the GRE requirement to our master's programs. Therefore, the GRE is not required for application to any of our master's programs for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. Joint degree applicants should check with programs regarding changes in their admissions requirements.

Due to the unavailability of the TOEFL and IELTS in certain markets, the University of Miami will, effective immediately, accept the Duolingo English Test to fulfill the English proficiency exam requirement for admission. Duolingo English Test scores will be accepted for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 admissions only. The minimum score required is 105. Exams taken from July 15, 2019, onward are acceptable. Applicants have the opportunity to send their scores after completing the Duolingo English Test to the University of Miami by selecting our institution by name when sharing certified results.

Our holistic application review process has not been interrupted and we continue to process applications and issue admissions decisions within our standard timeline. We are currently accepting Summer and Fall 2020 applications to our master's programs and the final deadline for domestic applicants for Summer 2020 applications is June 15 and for Fall 2020 applications is July 15. International applicants should submit their applications as soon as possible, but no later than June 15 to allow for timely I-20 processing.

Our admissions staff are working diligently and are available to engage and assist you during this time.

  • Email us at publichealthadmissions@miami.edu or call 305.243.0291 to connect with an admissions officer.
  • Click here to schedule a virtual appointment with an admissions officer.
  • We are also hosting numerous virtual sessions to help answer any questions you may have. Click here for our upcoming calendar of events.
  • Follow us on social media @UMPublicHealth.

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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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.

Applicants to dual degree programs in Latin American Studies, International Administration, Public Administration, and Law must complete a separate application to these programs 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 questions 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.

The Department of Public Health Sciences will reimburse the $50 application fee to applicants who are accepted and matriculate in the program.


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.

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

  • One year of college calculus and physics courses
  • One biology course

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.

All applicants will be reviewed and considered by the Admissions Committee. There are no established minimum requirements, but the recommended minimum cumulative GPA of all college coursework is 3.0 for MPH and MSPH applicants and 3.3 for Accelerated MPH applicants. Academic performance in specific courses may also predict success in required MPH and MSPH courses. Applicants may be admitted with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0 if the Admissions Committee determines that there is strong evidence of scholarly excellence from other aspects of the application to recommend acceptance (e.g., public health focus, community service, research experience, publication record, advanced degree, reputation of the training program, strong GRE performance). The average GPA of accepted applicants is 3.3.

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 

Accepted applicants will also need to send all official academic records including degree and certificate programs, English language programs, and incomplete coursework/degrees from all previously attended colleges and universities to the University of Miami. If you are currently in a degree program and are accepted to one of our Graduate Programs, you must send a final transcript from your current program once your degree has been conferred. Electronic transcripts are accepted and should be sent to publichealthadmissions@miami.edu. Transcript(s) can be mailed to:

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

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 . For more information please visit the WES Help Center, the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC), and the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC).

Test Scores

Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores taken within the last five years. This requirement may be waived for MPH and MSPH applicants under certain circumstances upon review by the Admissions Committee. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

All applicants will be reviewed and considered by the Admissions Committee. There are no established minimum requirements, but the recommended minimum percentile for each of the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE is the 50th percentile. Applicants may be admitted with a GRE score below the listed criteria if the Admissions Committee determines that there is strong evidence of scholarly excellence from other aspects of the application. The average GRE of accepted applicants is 308.

Alternatively, applicants to the MPH and MSPH programs can submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. The recommended minimum score of the MCAT is 24 (43rd percentile) or greater for exams administered between January 2012 and September 2014, and 496 (39th percentile) or greater for exams administered after April 2015. Applicants with an MCAT score of 500 (53rd percentile) and above are considered competitive. Applicants may be admitted with an MCAT score below the listed criteria if there is strong evidence of scholarly excellence from other aspects of the application. The average MCAT of accepted applicants is 502.

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.

For the 2020-2021 application cycle, the MS in biostatistics and the MS and Ph.D. in prevention science and community health programs will no longer require a GRE general exam score.

The MS in climate and health, Ph.D. in biostatistics, and Ph.D. in epidemiology 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 TOEFL/IELTS requirements may be waived if an applicant holds an undergraduate or graduate degree from an academic institution within the United States or from one of the English-speaking countries listed here. The Admissions Committee may conditionally accept otherwise qualified applicants with the condition of completion of the University of Miami’s Intensive English Program.

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.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date CV/resume 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 and Prevention Science and Community Health programs will be invited to participate in an interview day.

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


TIMELINE

Applications are reviewed holistically on a rolling basis 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.

Application

Semester

Degree

Program

Priority/Scholarship

Deadline

Final

Deadline

Fall 2020

MPH/MSPH

March 1, 2020

July 15, 2020

Fall 2020

Accelerated MPH

March 1, 2020

June 15, 2020

Fall 2020

BSPH/MPH

February 15, 2020

February 15, 2020

Fall 2020

BSPH/MSPH

February 15, 2020

February 15, 2020

Fall 2020

MS in Biostatistics

March 1, 2020

July 15, 2020

Fall 2020

MS in Climate and Health

March 1, 2020

July 15, 2020

Fall 2020

MS in Prevention Science and Community Health

March 1, 2020

July 15, 2020

Fall 2021

Ph.D. in Epidemiology

November 15, 2020

December 1, 2020

Fall 2021

Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health

December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

Fall 2021

Ph.D. in Biostatistics

January 31, 2021

January 31, 2021

Spring 2021

MPH/MSPH

November 1, 2020

December 15, 2020


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Thank you for your interest in visiting the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences.

We are closely monitoring the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and following CDC guidelines. In an abundance of caution and guided by the University priority to safeguard the health and welfare of our community and potential visitors and to reduce the potential for the spread of the coronavirus, we have cancelled all in-person campus visits. This continues to be a fluid situation, and University guidelines may evolve further. We will continue to provide regular updates and notify you when we are able to resume on-campus visits. You may also visit the University’s dedicated COVID-19 site for complete, up-to-date guidance on campus events and meetings.

We understand this is disappointing. We share in this disappointment, as meeting potential students and their families is one of the highlights of our department’s outreach efforts. In lieu of in-person gatherings, we will be hosting “virtual visits” beginning on Monday, March 23. We can arrange for you to speak to faculty, staff, and current students who will help to answer your questions at a time that is convenient for you. Our team is ready to help you get the information you need about the University of Miami.

Please click here to schedule your virtual visit. You may also email publichealthadmissions@miami.edu for more information and connect with us on social media @UMPublicHealth.