SOPHAS

How to Apply

Congratulations on taking the next step in your career in public health!

Public Health Graduate Programs at the University of Miami exclusively accepts applications through SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). Be sure to thoroughly read our directions below as well as all directions in the SOPHAS application.

Please contact SOPHAS directly if you have questions regarding their online application. Should you have any questions about our programs, specific University of Miami application instructions or your complete SOPHAS application, please contact Matthew Brandon, Director of Admissions

Requirement Description
Pre-requisites MPH/MSPH - A bachelor's degree must be conferred before your intended start date. While coursework and experience in public health contribute to your application, we do not have a minimum requirement of professional experience. Joint degree applicants must check with their other application major regarding their pre-requisites.

MS in Biostatistics - A minimum of:
  • 3 courses in calculus, including partial derivatives and techniques for multiple integrals
  • 1 course in linear algebra
  • 1 course in probability theory
  • 4 additional courses in statistics or biostatistics to include a general introduction, linear regression, introductory mathematical statistics and an additional course in survey sampling, multivariate, time series, nonparametrics, etc.
The admissions committee may elect to conditionally admit otherwise qualified students who do not meet these requirements and allow them to complete pre-requisites during their first year.

PhD 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 pre-requisites during their first year.

PhD 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 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 pre-requisites during their first year.
Application Deadlines MPH/MSPH applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from September to the below deadline or until all seats are filled. MPH/MSPH applicants who are admitted for the fall semester may enroll early in summer courses. Please note that PhD deadlines are firm and late applications are not considered.

International students are encouraged to apply a month early to allow for additional processing time for international transcripts as well as the immigration process for admitted students.

We are now accepting applications for spring and fall 2015.

Application Semester Degree Program US Deadline International Deadline
January 2015 MPH/MSPH

Nov 1st Oct 1st
January 2015 MS in Biostatistics Nov 1st Oct 1st
August 2015 MPH/MSPH (Scholarship Review) Feb 1st Jan 5th
August 2015 MPH/MSPH May 1st April 1st
August 2015 MS in Biostatistics Jan 15th Dec 15th
August 2015 PhD in Biostatistics Jan 15th Dec 15th
August 2015 PhD in Epidemiology Jan 15th Dec 15th
SOPHAS Online Central Application Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). All application materials, including transcripts, test scores, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation, must be submitted online through SOPHAS.

Applicants must use their full name as it appears on their passport on all application materials.

Allow up to four weeks for SOPHAS to verify grades and process and deliver your application to the University of Miami after your documents have been received. You will receive email confirmation once your application is delivered. It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor their online checklist and status through SOPHAS. Applications typically take 4-6 weeks to review, after completed and verified by SOPHAS. UM employees are notified of their admission decision approximately one month prior to the beginning of the semester.

If you have previously applied for spring or fall of 2014: Follow these instructions to re-use some portions of your prior application.

Applicants to joint degrees in latin american studies, international administration, law and public administration must complete a second application in addition to their SOPHAS application. Please visit the program's websites 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. Do not submit an application through SOPHAS. Click here for application deadlines and instructions.
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 they are granted on a first come first serve basis. For additional information please click here. Please contact SOPHAS directly if you have questions regarding application fees.
US & Canadian Transcripts 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. Note that applicants with Canadian transcripts from non-English institutions should follow the international transcript instructions below.

You can print Official Transcript Request Form(s) from your online application. Official transcripts must be sent from the registrar directly to SOPHAS. Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted.

US Transcripts mailed by FedEx, UPS, DHL and other express couriers:
SOPHAS c/o Liaison International, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

US Transcripts mailed by United States Postal Service:
SOPHAS, PO Box 9111, Watertown, MA 02471-9111
International Transcripts All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP Course-by-course evaluation service. For further instructions, visit the WES-SOPHAS website at www.wes.org/sophas/. Non-US transcripts are evaluated exclusively through WES. Make sure to enter your SOPHAS ID on your WES evaluation request so that your evaluation electronically matches to your application.

In addition to submitting your transcripts to WES, all international applicants are required to submit an additional set of all official transcripts, mark sheets and a photocopy of their diploma(s) (with English translation when applicable) at the time of their application to:

University of Miami, Public Health Graduate Programs
1120 NW 14th street, R-669, Room 905, Miami, FL 33136

Chinese transcripts must be submitted with a verification report 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) at cqv.chinadegrees.cn/cn/. The report must be mailed directly by the CDGDC.
Test Scores Applicants are required to submit GRE general exam scores taken within the last five years.

Alternatively, applicants to the MPH/MSPH program can submit MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. LSAT or GMAT scores are acceptable from joint degree applicants to law or business. Applicants to the MPH/MSPH program who hold advanced degrees (MBBS, MD, JD, PharmD, PhD and other doctoral degrees) are not required to submit exam scores.

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

International students whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL Or IELTS scores. This requirement is waived for 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 USMLEs. 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 our 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 Applications Only
Submit LSAT or GMAT scores via mail directly to: University of Miami - Graduate Programs in Public Health; 1120 NW 14th street, R-669, Room 905; Miami, FL 33136.
Statement of Purpose and Objectives Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative discussing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Your statement of purpose should describe your:
  • Reasons for interest in your application degree (public health, biostatistics, epidemiology)
  • Your specific area(s) of research/professional interest in your application degree
  • Career goals including how you hope to contribute to public health
  • Reasons for interest in the University of Miami
You are encouraged to compose your statement in a text-only word processor such as Notepad or TextEdit, review your statement for errors, then cut and paste the final version into the text box on your SOPHAS application. The word limit is 1,500 words.
Resume / Curriculum Vitae All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume / CV that includes all employment, activities, community service, education and academic or professional honors. Be sure to detail all experience related to the discipline you are applying to (public health, biostatistics, epidemiology), including field experience, training, education or other related qualifications with bulleted summaries.
Recommendations All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers in a related field. Applicants should request that their recommender write a letter that is specific to the discipline that they are applying to (public health, biostatistics, epidemiology). Form letters and recommendations written for medical school applications contribute little to your application and are strongly discouraged.

You will be asked for your recommenders’ contact information on the online application. They will be sent an online form to complete via email. Applicants must submit a minimum of three to a maximum of five recommendations. Applications are not reviewed until this requirement is met.
Interviews After the initial review of applications select applicants to the PhD in Epidemiology program will be invited to interview day. Our admissions committees may elect to interview any applicant by phone or Skype prior to making an admission decision.