MPH Degree Application

Our flagship degree, the Master of Public Health (MPH), prepares students to be well-rounded public health professionals, ready to assume responsible positions in state or local health departments, health care organizations, or health-related non-profit agencies in the US or overseas. The interdisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to concentrate in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy & management, social behavior and community health, environmental health, biomedical sciences, or the online public health practice.

Required Application Materials

  • Official transcripts (submitted directly to SOPHAS from the institution attended)
  • GRE (institution code: 4216), MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GMAT or LSAT scores.
    • Official GRE and MCAT scores must be sent directly to SOPHAS. All other official scores must be sent directly to the School of Public Health Admissions Office.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

*Applicants requesting a waiver of the standardized test must submit the GRE Waiver Request Form.

International Requirements

  • WES evaluations for international transcripts.  Evaluations are not required for Canadian transcripts if the language of instruction is English.  
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 98 (institution code: 5688), two semesters of full-time study at a US college or university, or completion of an undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language and language of instruction

Application Requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Grade point average of 3.00 or better
  • One semester of social sciences required for all concentrations
  • One college level course in mathematics or statistics with a grade of B or higher required for all concentrations
  • Health Policy & Management and Social Behavior & Community Health require college math (algebra or pre-calculus) or statistics (High School AP courses do not count towards this prerequisite)
  • Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Biomedical Sciences require Calculus I
  • Biostatistics requires Calculus I, Calculus II, and linear algebra
  • Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health require two semesters of biology
  • Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health require two semesters of chemistry
  • Epidemiology requires one semester of chemistry and one semester of biology
  • Average GRE scores: 159 Verbal; 161 Quantitative; 4.0 Writing

For application specific questions or to schedule a visit to the School of Public Health, contact us at sphadmissions@albany.edu.

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Transcripts

  • Official transcripts sent directly from the schools attended to SOPHAS from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school. 
  • Applicants who use the transcript entry service provided by SOPHAS should note that the entry process adds TWO FULL WEEKS to the time it takes for an application to be verified and considered complete by the admissions committee.

Three Letters of Recommendation

  • A minimum of two letters must be from academic sources  
  • At least one letter must be from a former university faculty member in the major field of study

Personal Statement

  • Why do you wish to pursue a career in public health and why are you interested in your chosen area of concentration?
  • 1500 word limit

SOPHAS

All MPH degree applications to the School of Public Health must be submitted through SOPHAS.

The following criteria must be met, otherwise SOPHAS will not verify your application:

  • Personal statement has been submitted
  • All coursework has been recorded on the application
  • All supplemental questions have been answered
  • All official transcripts have been received
  • Two out of three recommendations have been received

The following items are required by the School of Public Health for your application to be considered complete.  Applications will NOT be reviewed if these items are not received.

  • Standardized test scores
  • International transcript evaluations 

*Please note that once SOPHAS has received all of your application materials, it may take up to 4 full weeks for your transcripts to be verified by SOPHAS.  Be sure to request all transcripts, references, and standardized test scores in advance so that your application can be completed and verified by the specified application deadline.