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School of Public Health admissions information

1. Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited university. PhD admission requires a 3.2 GPA minimum.

Applicants for the PhD program are most competitive when a Master’s degree has been completed.

2. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended

    • WES ICAP evaluation required for overseas transcripts.
      • If applying through SOPHAS, WES will need your SOPHAS ID in order to properly route your evaluation.  If you ordered your WES evaluation without a SOPHAS ID, click here to learn how to proceed (select “SOPHAS” from the drop-down and scroll down to “Additional Information”).

3. Statement of Purpose

    • Your statement is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a tailored narrative which will describe your education, experience and professional career objectives. It should include:
      • Why are you interested in pursuing your chosen degree and concentration?
      • What are your career goals and how will this program prepare you for your career?
      • Highlight your relevant experience in prior coursework, professional or volunteer work.
      • Reasons for interest in UNTHSC at Fort Worth.
      • Address any areas of weakness in your application.
      • MS and PhD applicants should identify their intended area of research and methodology
    • Two pages or less
    • Your statement should be original and unique to each program you are applying to. Furnishing false or incomplete information, including plagiarism on any part of your statement or in any related application materials, will result in an automatic rejection of your application. (Brief quotes are permissible if accompanied by quotation marks and a reference to the source of the quote.)

4. Three Letters of Recommendation

    • Ideal sources include academic professors, academic advisors, and employment/internship supervisors.
    • Physician shadowing letters are not recommended.
    • Letters from friends or relatives are never appropriate.

5. Resume/CV

6. Official GRE Score Report is only required for the MS and PhD programs. There are no GRE waivers for these programs. (UNTHSC code 6565)

7. Work Experience for select programs

    • MPH 42-Hour Online requires at least 3 years of work experience in public health or medical professions
    • MHA Online requires at least 2 years of health-related work experience in a clinical or management position & current full-time employment in healthcare
Degree/Program Application Site Spring Summer Fall
MPH- In Person/Cohort SOPHAS Priority March 15/ Final June 1
MPH Online SOPHAS December 1/ February 15 May 1 July 15 / September 15
MHA – In Person/ Cohort SOPHAS or HAMPCAS Priority March 15 / Final June 1
MHA Online SOPHAS or HAMPCAS December 1 July 15
MPH/MHA International Applicants SOPHAS Final March 15
MS SOPHAS Priority Jan 15/ Final March 15
PhD SOPHAS Priority Dec 1/ Final January 15
MPH Dual Degrees (Current HSC Students) SOPHAS Express December 1/ February 15 May 1 July 15/ September 15
MPH Anthropology Dual Degree SOPHAS Express March 15
Graduate Certificate in Public Health SOPHAS Express December 1/ February 15 May 1 July 15/ September 15
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management SOPHAS Express December 1 July 15

Please note all applications close at 11pm CST on dates indicated above.


Deadlines on the 1st require all documents to arrive to the appropriate CAS by the 15th.

Deadlines on the 15th require all documents to arrive to the appropriate CAS by the 1st.

Applicants who have degree coursework from institutions outside the U.S. must submit a credential evaluation directly from World Education Services (WES) to SOPHAS. We require the WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP). WES will need your SOPHAS ID in order to properly route your ICAP.  If you ordered your WES ICAP before you had a SOPHAS ID, click here to learn how to proceed (select “SOPHAS ” from the drop-down and scroll down to “Additional Information”). 

International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being considered for admission. Minimum requirements: TOEFL internet based = 85. Meeting minimum scores does not guarantee admission.

  • TOEFL: ETS must send scores to SOPHAS using code #5688

International applicants should submit their application 6 weeks prior to the international applicant deadline. This will allow sufficient time for WES to process the transcript evaluation report and adequate time for visa processing. Visit our International Student Office site to learn more about the I-20 process, estimated Cost of Attendance and other key factors.

HSC Public Health programs have a limited number of seats each year. The Admissions Committee takes a broad range of factors into consideration as we select candidates, including:

  • Academic background
  • Understanding of the role of the public health workers & specific concentrations
  • Enthusiastic letters of reference
  • Community service experience
  • Evidence of service and leadership, including honors, achievements and awards
  • Other life experiences and extracurricular activities
  • A mature, insightful essay

Although an applicant’s entire academic record is considered, strong academic performance alone does not ensure acceptance.

While prior experience in community service, leadership experience, public health or a medical related field is not required, this experience is considered a beneficial attribute and viewed positively by the Admissions Committee.

Letters of reference from an academic source are strongly encouraged and professional references from work supervisors are certainly appropriate, especially for those who have been out of academia for some time.

Evidence of personal integrity, maturity, motivation, communication skills, interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, quantitative skills, writing ability, dedication and the ability to work with others are additional factors that will be considered.

The above qualities are evaluated by several means, including letters of reference, the scope and nature of extracurricular activities (including work and volunteer experience), the scope and breadth of prior education and your statement of purpose.

Students applying for research programs (MS and PhD) should reflect any prior research experience in their materials, indicate their future research goals in their statement or purpose and a letter from a research supervising faculty is very beneficial.

  • HSC Public Health programs are competitive. This is especially true for Epidemiology, Biostatistics and PhD/Research track programs. Competitive academics alone does not guarantee candidates will receive an admission offer.
  • Admission to programs at HSC is holistic. Candidates are evaluated based on all application material submitted.
  • Applicants are reviewed only once each cycle, be sure to submit your application with the strongest material and scores you plan to submit this cycle.
  • MPH/MHA Admission committees review applications as they become complete and verified. Decisions are made 2-4 weeks after an application becomes verified. Applicants are encouraged to submit early in order to receive a timely decision with the most potential for securing a seat in the program.
  • PhD/MS Admission committees review applications are reviewed during specific windows so the most competitive applicants from the entire applicant pool may be considered.