Note to Global Health and Health Policy applicants

The application deadline for candidates to the Global Health and Health Policy tracks who wish to receive priority consideration for scholarships is December 15, 2015.

Applications must be complete and verified by SOPHAS by the deadline to be considered for admission. Once you have submitted your application materials, it can take SOPHAS several weeks to process and verify your application during peak admissions months (October - February).

To ensure that your application is complete and verified by the deadline, we recommend submitting your materials to SOPHAS as soon as possible to allow for timely processing.

You may check your application's status anytime by logging in to SOPHAS.

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.


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. The Vanderbilt MPH Program offers three tracks: EpidemiologyGlobal Health, and Health Policy. Read the track descriptions and contact us if we can provide more information to help you identify which one to pursue.
  2. Review the eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
  3. Prepare your application materials.
  4. Submit an application through SOPHAS.

Click here to view an application timeline and checklist


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


An application must have a SOPHAS status of “verified” before it can be reviewed by the Vanderbilt MPH Program. All materials should arrive at SOPHAS at least four weeks prior to your earliest deadline to allow for timely processing.

Application deadlines for Fall 2016 matriculation

  Scholarship Consideration Deadline Regular Admission Deadline
Epidemiology Track

March 1, 2016

Global Health Track December 15, 2015 January 15, 2016
Health Policy Track December 15, 2015 January 15, 2016


Admissions notifications will be sent to the email address provided by the candidate under "Preferred Email Address" in the SOPHAS application following this schedule:

SOPHAS application received with status of "verified" Admissions notification sent to applicant
December 15 February 1
January 15 March 15
March 1 March 15

Application Requirements (all tracks)

Upload your current curriculum vitae or resume directly to the SOPHAS application.

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."

SOPHAS requires official transcripts directly from each post-secondary academic institution's Registrar or Institution Official. In SOPHAS, print the Transcript Request Form(s) to send to your Registrar or Institution Official for immediate delivery to SOPHAS.

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 1-2 weeks before deadlines to ensure that they arrive at SOPHAS in a timely manner.

Students who have attended non-US colleges and universities 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.

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.

Applicants who attended 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.

Applicants are required to submit official GRE or MCAT test score reports to SOPHAS using the standardized test codes provided, by the application deadline. This requirement is waived for those who have graduated from or are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program (Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., etc.).

International applicants are required to submit current valid TOEFL scores electronically to SOPHAS using the designation code below. This 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 SOPHAS application. 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, current 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 500 words. It should be uploaded to the "Documents" section of the SOPHAS application under "Personal Statement."

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.

In addition to the statement of purpose, VUMC-affiliated applicants to the Epidemiology Track should upload a research plan for their MPH thesis project with specific aims, background and significance, experimental methods and procedures. This should be uploaded as a separate document to the "Documents" section of the SOPHAS application under "Writing Sample."

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.

A minimum of two letters of reference (or evaluations) is required for an application to be considered complete, and three letters are preferable. 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.

Epidemiology Track

Applicants to the Epidemiology track who are pursuing the MPH degree as part of a VUMC-affiliated training grant 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.