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. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents including recommendations are submitted online through SOPHAS before the application deadline. You may check the status of your application any time by logging in to SOPHAS.
Once SOPHAS has received your completed application and credentials, it may take up to four weeks to verify and deliver your application to Vanderbilt. We encourage applicants to submit their application at least two weeks prior to the stated deadlines to allow for any delays that may arise.
Additional information on using SOPHAS:
- SOPHAS Getting Started Checklist
- SOPHAS Instructions & FAQs
- SOPHAS Common Mistakes
- Checking your status in SOPHAS
- SOPHAS Help Contacts
How to Apply
- The Vanderbilt MPH Program offers three tracks: Epidemiology, Global 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.
- Review the eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
- Prepare your application materials.
- Submit an application through SOPHAS.
Eligibility (all tracks)
- Bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree
- At least two years of relevant, post-undergraduate professional experience strongly preferred
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 scores 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
- MCAT: SOPHAS (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 “Tests” section of 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, and current professional career objectives. The Statement of Purpose is limited to 1500 words.
In their statement of purpose, applicants to the Epidemiology Track should include a research plan for their MPH thesis project with specific aims, background and significance, experimental methods and procedures, and a statement on how this proposed research plan fits into your long term career goals.
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 (2) letters of reference is required for an application to be considered complete, and three (3) letters are preferable. These should be from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional abilities. Letter writers 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.
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:
- Letter from a VUMC faculty mentor committed to the candidate's career development
- 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 "References" section of the SOPHAS application.