Applying to the SMS DrPH program

Admissions Requirements

In the Statement of Academic Purpose, applicants to the DrPH program should clearly indicate:

  • how they understand the intersection between the social and behavioral sciences and public health,
  • how they intend to apply social or behavioral science theory or methods to answer questions vital to improving public health, and
  • the faculty member or members in SMS with whom they are interested in working.

Applicants to the DrPH program must have an MPH degree or its equivalent. Students admitted with other master’s or doctoral-level degrees in health-related fields are usually required to take a number of pre-doctoral public health courses as prerequisites to doctoral studies. 

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

Deadline for Fall Admission

December 1 (SOPHAS Application)

Deadline for Spring Admission

No spring admission



Statement of Purpose

Yes (maximum 500 words)

TOEFL for International Applicants

Yes (minimum required TOEFL IBT score is 100 or 600 paper based)

Writing Sample

Yes (no more than 10-15 pages)

GRE General


GRE Subject