Admissions

Admissions Update

The Vanderbilt MPH Program is no longer accepting applications for fall 2017.
The application for students entering in fall 2018 will be available in SOPHAS starting on August 17, 2017.

The Vanderbilt Master of Public Health Program is a full-time, two-year (5 semesters), CEPH-accredited program offered through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. All students begin the program in the fall semester. We do not offer rolling admissions.

SOPHAS

Applications are submitted online through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS), where they are processed and forwarded to Vanderbilt for review.

Additional information on using SOPHAS:

How to Apply

  1. Choose which track (concentration) to apply to: EpidemiologyGlobal Health, or Health Policy. Applicants may submit one application to the Vanderbilt MPH Program per admissions cycle. Read the track descriptions and contact us if we can help you identify which track is best for you.
  2. Review the eligibility criteria, list of required materials, and application deadlines.
  3. Prepare your application materials.
  4. Submit an application through SOPHAS.
  5. Monitor your application and required materials in SOPHAS regularly to ensure that your application has a status of "verified" by the application deadline.

Eligibility

  • Bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree
  • At least two years of relevant, post-undergraduate professional experience strongly preferred

Deadlines

Each track has two admissions rounds in the current admissions cycle:

  1. Priority Round
    • ​​All applications must be submitted, complete, and have a SOPHAS status of "verified" by this deadline will receive priority consideration for Vanderbilt MPH Program scholarships (Satcher Public Health Scholars Program and Goldberger Scholarships).
    • Applications submitted prior to the Priority Round deadline, but verified after the deadline will be reviewed as part of the Regular Round.
  2. Regular Round
    • All applications must be submitted, complete, and have a SOPHAS status of "verified" by this deadline to be considered for admission.
    • Applications submitted prior to the Regular Round deadline, but verified after the deadline will not be reviewed for admission to the Vanderbilt MPH Program.

It is the applicant's responsibility to follow the instructions provided by SOPHAS to ensure that all required materials are received by SOPHAS, and that their application has a status of "verified" by the appropriate deadline.

Application deadlines for Fall 2018 matriculation

  Priority Round Regular Round
Epidemiology Track

January 15, 2018

March 1, 2018
Global Health Track December 15, 2017 January 15, 2018
Health Policy Track December 15, 2017 January 15, 2018

Admissions Decisions

Candidates whose applications are complete and verified in SOPHAS by the application deadlines will receive an admissions decision from the Vanderbilt MPH Program by email. 

The admissions decision will be sent to the address listed on the SOPHAS application under "Preferred Email Address."

Applicants can expect to receive an admissions decision by the following dates:

SOPHAS application submitted, complete, with status of "verified" Admissions notification sent to applicant

December 15 (Global Health, Health Policy)

February 1
January 15 (Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Policy) March 15
March 1 (Epidemiology) March 15

 

All admitted applicants must confirm their decision to attend the Vanderbilt MPH Program by April 15, 2018 by sending an email to annie.smart@vanderbilt.edu.

Application Requirements (all tracks)

Upload your current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume directly to the Documents section of your application in SOPHAS.

Enter your research and work experience, community and volunteer service, relevant honors and awards, and language proficiency into the appropriate fields of your SOPHAS application.

Publications and presentations at conferences or meetings may be included under "Relevant Honors and Awards" or "Other Relevant Information."

ADMISSIONS TIPS:

  • The Experiences and Achievements sections of the application in SOPHAS is optional. You are not required to complete these sections, but you should make sure that all employment, research, and volunteer experiences and professional or academic awards, honors, and scholarships relevant to your application are included in your CV or resume.
  • SOPHAS recommends not tailoring your CV/resume to a program as the same document will be sent to all schools and programs you apply to.
  • Once you submit your application in SOPHAS, your CV/resume cannot not be edited or changed.
  • If you have updates to your CV or resume after submitting your application in SOPHAS, you may email an updated document to annie.smart@vanderbilt.edu. The new version will be made available to Vanderbilt MPH Program reviewers in addition to the original CV or resume you previously uploaded to SOPHAS.
  • Click here for additional information about the CV/resume on the SOPHAS website.

SOPHAS and Vanderbilt University require official documentation of applicants' prior academic degrees.

U.S. Institutions

Official transcripts must be sent directly to SOPHAS from all U.S. and English-speaking Canadian institutions you have reported in the “Colleges Attended” section of your application. SOPHAS can not process your application without receiving all of your transcripts.

An additional set of final transcripts is required by the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Registrar prior to matriculation. For this reason, when you request transcripts for SOPHAS, we suggest you ask for an extra set of sealed official transcripts for yourself. 

Transcripts should be ordered at least 2 weeks before deadlines to ensure that they arrive at SOPHAS in a timely manner.

International Institutions

Students who have received academic degrees from international colleges and universities (including Caribbean and French Canadian) must use World Education Services (WES) to submit their transcript information to SOPHAS. SOPHAS will not accept transcripts from international universities or other agency evaluations (i.e. ECE). See "International Applicants" for additional information about using WES.

Applicants whose degree is in process at the time the WES evaluation is completed will be required to submit a final WES evaluation documenting the receipt of the degree.

Applicants who attended English-speaking post-secondary institutions in Canada are not required to seek WES credential evaluation. They may enter their coursework to the SOPHAS application and submit official transcripts directly to SOPHAS.

Study Abroad

U.S. applicants who have studied abroad as part of their U.S. program/degree are not required to use WES for a credential evaluation as long as their international coursework is included on their U.S. institution transcript.

ADMISSIONS TIPS

  • You may e-submit your application in SOPHAS before your official transcripts have been received. As your transcripts are received by SOPHAS, they will be posted to your application.
  • An application submitted in SOPHAS cannot move forward in the verification process until all official transcripts have been received. 
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program at the time they submit their application in SOPHAS should request an official transcript showing the completed course work for that degree in progress.
  • It is your responsibility as an applicant to monitor your application in SOPHAS for transcript receipt, even after you have submitted your application. Neither SOPHAS nor the Vanderbilt MPH Program is responsible for notifying applicants of missing transcripts.
  • Neither SOPHAS nor the Vanderbilt MPH Program will make exceptions for applicants missing official transcripts due to holds on their school account or university processing delays. The applicant is responsible for resolving any holds on their school account and for taking university and mail holidays and processing delays into account when requesting transcripts.
  • Because processing and delivery times vary, we recommend requesting your official transcripts as early as possible. 
  • Review the instructions provided by SOPHAS about transcripts from U.S. and English Canadian institutions.
  • To request official transcripts, contact your institution's Registrar's office.

  • You may view the status of your transcripts in SOPHAS at any time after submitting in the “Program Status” section of the “Manage my Programs” section . You also will receive email notifications from SOPHAS when each transcript posts to your application.
  • If it has been longer than 10 business days since you requested your transcript and it has not posted to your application in SOPHAS:
    • Contact your institution's Registrar's office to submit a second transcript request.
    • You may also need to contact SOPHAS for help tracking down your transcript if you are certain it was delivered to the correct address with the correct identifying information.
  • Because transcripts are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Vanderbilt MPH Program cannot request transcripts on an applicant's behalf, nor can we intervene if you have trouble requesting transcripts from your university of institution.

Applicants are required to submit official GRE or MCAT test score reports to SOPHAS using the standardized test codes provided, by the application deadline.

The GRE or MCAT standardized test score requirement is waived for applicants who have graduated from or are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program (or equivalent). Examples of doctoral degrees and equivalents include: Ph.D., M.D., D.O., Pharm.D., D.V.M., M.B.Ch.B., M.B.B.S., etc.

International applicants are required to submit current valid TOEFL scores electronically to SOPHAS using the designation code below. 

The TOEFL score requirement is waived for U.S. permanent residents and those who have completed a degree at an institution where English was the language of instruction.

MCAT and GRE scores are valid five (5) years after the test date. TOEFL scores are valid two (2) years after the test date.

Please note that only the scores you request using the specific Vanderbilt and SOPHAS codes below will post to your Vanderbilt MPH application in SOPHAS. Using any other Vanderbilt University ETS code will not post your scores to your SOPHAS Vanderbilt MPH application and your application will be considered incomplete.

Standardized Test Codes

  • GRE: #0111, Vanderbilt MPH Program SOPHAS
  • MCATSOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service)
  • TOEFL#5688, SOPHAS in Massachusetts

To add official MCAT scores to your SOPHAS application, make sure that your date of birth and AAMC ID# are filled out properly on your application. You can find your AAMC ID# under “My Profile” on the left hand side of your application. You must then request to have your MCAT scores released to SOPHAS by contacting AAMC.

Self-Reporting Scores and Official Scores

The SOPHAS application allows you to self-report your scores from standardized tests you have taken or to report tests you plan on taking in the future. This information is helpful, but not required. 

The Vanderbilt MPH Program requires official scores submitted electronically through SOPHAS using the standardized test codes provided in this section. While official GRE scores from ETS can be received by SOPHAS at any point during the application cycle, even after your application has been e-submitted, verified, or mailed, the Vanderbilt MPH Program asks that your official scores be posted to your SOPHAS application by the application deadline.

As part of the SOPHAS application, candidates are required to submit a written narrative describing past education, experience, professional career objectives, and how the Vanderbilt MPH Program will help you achieve your professional goals.The statement of purpose (or personal statement) is limited to 1,000 words. It should be uploaded to the "Documents" section of the SOPHAS application under "Statement of Purpose and Objectives."

Epidemiology Track

Epidemiology track applicants should include in their statement of purpose any relevant experience. While prior professional experience is not required, relevant work, service, research, or internship experience is valued in the review process.

Global Health Track

Applicants to the Global Health Track should address any previous international experience or work with international or underserved populations as well as a statement on how the Vanderbilt MPH will fit into your long term career goals. While prior global health experience is not required, relevant work, service, research, or internship experience is valued in the review process.

Health Policy Track

Health Policy track applicants should include in their statement of purpose any relevant experience in the areas of health care, health services research, economics, public policy, or government. While prior professional experience is not required, relevant work, service, research, or internship experience is valued in the review process.

minimum of three letters of reference (or evaluations) is required for an application to be considered complete. These should be from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional abilities. Letter writers (or evaluators) could include an undergraduate or graduate advisor, faculty in the field of study, and/or a recent supervisor. Reference letters from a peer or colleague, friend, or relative are not suitable.

Once you have chosen your references, be certain to inform them of the process and that they will be filling out the reference electronically. Obtain their preferred e-mail address and make sure they are monitoring their e-mail inbox for your reference request e-mail.

You may e-submit your application in SOPHAS before your references have submitted their evaluations. As your evaluations are completed and received by SOPHAS, they will be matched with your application. You can log in to SOPHAS at any time to check if your evaluations have been completed.

VUMC Support

Applicants to the Vanderbilt MPH Program who are pursuing the MPH degree as part of a VUMC-affiliated training grant, residency program, or fellowship program should ensure that their letters of reference include:

  1. Letter from a VUMC faculty mentor committed to the candidate's career development 
  2. Letter from a VUMC division director or department chair assuring approximately 80% protected time for research and that the applicant will be free from clinical duties during MPH classes

Please follow the instructions found in the "Evaluations" section of the SOPHAS application.

The Vanderbilt MPH Program does not require that applicants submit a writing sample.

If there is any additional information you would like to admissions committee to know, please upload it to the "Documents" section of the SOPHAS application under "Writing Sample." This is not an application requirement; it is optional.