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The Vanderbilt Master of Public Health Program is a full-time 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 must be submitted with all required documents in SOPHAS on or before the the application deadline.

To allow time for the SOPHAS verification process, we recommend that all required materials be received by SOPHAS 2-4 weeks before the deadline.




Priority Round: December 15
Regular Round: March 1

Global Health

Priority Round: December 15
Regular Round: January 15

Health Policy

Priority Round: December 15
Regular Round: January 15


1. Review the eligibility criteria, list of required materials, and application deadlines

2. Choose a track (concentration): 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 the best fit for you.

3. Request required documents

  1. Contact prior institutions to order official transcripts
  2. Order official standardized test score reports
  3. Contact letter writers to request recommendations

4. Fill out your SOPHAS application, including:

  1. Personal information
  2. Academic history
  3. Supporting information
  4. Program materials

5. Submit your application in SOPHAS

6. Monitor your application in SOPHAS regularly to confirm your required documents have been received (official transcripts or WES credential evaluation, official GRE scores, and at least three recommendations) and your application has a status of “verified.

  • Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree
  • At least two years of relevant, post-undergraduate professional experience strongly preferred, but not required for admission

Epidemiology Track

Priority Round: December 15
Regular Round: March 1

Global Health Track

Priority Round: December 15
Regular Round: January 15

Health Policy Track

Priority Round: December 15
Regular Round: January 15


Each track has two admissions rounds:

  • Priority Round: ​​Applications submitted and complete with all required documents in SOPHAS on or before the Priority Round deadline will receive priority consideration for scholarships awarded by the Vanderbilt MPH Program.
  • Regular Round: All applications must be submitted and complete with all required documents in SOPHAS by the Regular Round deadline in order to be considered for admission. This is the final deadline.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow the instructions provided by SOPHAS and to ensure that all required documents are received by SOPHAS on or before the deadline.


Application Requirements

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

If you have updates to your CV or resume after submitting your application in SOPHAS, you may email an updated document to Both the original document and the new version will be made available to the Vanderbilt MPH Program admission committee.

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

The applicant is responsible for monitoring their application in SOPHAS and following up with prior institutions about missing or delayed transcripts. Neither SOPHAS nor the Vanderbilt MPH Program is responsible for notifying applicants of missing transcripts.

Because processing and delivery times vary, we recommend requesting your official transcripts as early as possible.

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 will not process your application until all official transcripts have been received. Please refer to the SOPHAS instructions for additional information.

International Institutions

Applicants 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).

For additional information, please refer to the SOPHAS instructions on Foreign and French-Canadian Transcripts.

Transcripts for Courses in Progress

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program at the time they submit their application in SOPHAS should submit official transcripts with courses in progress before the application deadline. Once a final transcript is , the student should request a second official transcript showing final course grades.

Applicants to the Vanderbilt MPH Program are required to submit the following official standardized test score reports to SOPHAS on or before the application deadline:

  • GRE or MCAT (all applicants)
    • GRE institution code: 0111
    • MCAT institution code: SOPHAS
    • GRE and MCAT score reports are valid for up to five years after the test date
    • Waivers: Applicants who have graduated from or are currently enrolled in a doctoral degree program (or equivalent) are not required to submit official GRE or MCAT scores. 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., B.D.S., etc.
  • TOEFL (international applicants only)
    • TOEFL institution code: 5688
    • TOEFL score reports are valid for up to two years after the test date
    • Waivers: U.S. permanent residents and those who have completed a degree at an institution where English was the language of instruction are not required to submit TOEFL scores.

If you qualify for a waiver, you may leave the “Standardized Tests” section of the application in SOPHAS blank. Please contact if you are unsure whether you meet the criteria for a test score waiver.

Click here for additional information about sending official test scores to SOPHAS.

Other test scores
Applicants may choose to self-report or request official score reports for other standardized tests, but official score reports for the GRE or MCAT and TOEFL (for international applicants) are required unless the applicant qualifies for a waiver. We do not accept IELTS test scores.

When to schedule standardized tests
Official score reports require time to process, deliver, and match to an application in SOPHAS. For this reason, test dates should be scheduled and score reports should be requested well before the application deadline.

In general, GRE official score reports take 12 to 18 business days from the test date (or request date) until they are posted to an application in SOPHAS, MCAT official score reports take approximately 35 business days, and TOEFL official score reports take about 16 business days.

How to request test scores
To request an official score report, contact the testing organization. The score report should be sent directly from the testing organization to SOPHAS using the standardized test codes provided.

Note: There are multiple GRE institution codes for Vanderbilt University. If a score report is requested using a code other than 0111, it will not be available to the Vanderbilt MPH Program and your application will be considered incomplete. Be sure to request official GRE score reports using institution code 0111.

As part of the SOPHAS application, you will upload 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.

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.

A minimum of THREE (3) letters of recommendation 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 recommendation 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 “Recommendations” section of the SOPHAS application, and click here for additional information.

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

If there is any additional information you would like the 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.


Vanderbilt MPH Program
Annie Smart, Program Manager