Apply

When applying to the MPH program, applicants may apply to one designation/concentration only. In doing so, the should choose the one that is most appropriate for their career goals as well as the format (campus or online) for which they wish to be considered before applying. Please note that our campus and online programs are exclusive of one another and candidates for one may not meet eligibility requirements of the other. Program staff will be happy to assist or provide guidance on which designation or format is most appropriate for a given applicant’s interests and experience.

Application Deadlines

Campus (fall admission only)

  • U.S. applicants for scholarships – February 15
    • Domestic (U.S.) students who submit complete applications for the traditional, campus-based MPH program by February 15th for the following fall semester will be automatically considered for a limited number of one-time merit-based Dean’s Scholarships. Applicants who meet this priority deadline will receive a decision of accepted, denied, or waitlist by April 3.
  • Priority Deadline – February 15
    • Admissions recommends that all applicants for the MPH program submit their applications by the priority deadline in order to receive equal consideration for the available seats within each concentration as well as available scholarship funds. Applicants who meet this priority deadline will receive a decision of accepted, denied, or waitlist by April 3. Waitlisted applicants will receive a final decision no later than June 15.
  • International applicants – March 1
    • Admissions decisions will be released by April 3.
  • U.S. applicants final – June 1
    • Admissions decisions will be released by June 30.

Online (fall and spring admission)

  • Fall Admission
    • Priority Deadline – April 15
      • Admissions recommends that all applicants for the MPH program submit their applications by the priority deadline in order to receive early consideration for the available seats. Online applicants who meet this priority deadline will receive a decision of accepted, denied, or waitlist within 6 weeks of their completed application. Waitlisted applicants will receive a final decision no later than June 30.
    • Final Deadline – June 1
      • Admissions decisions will be released by June 30.
  • Spring Admission – October 1
    • Admissions decisions will be released by November 15.

If you are currently enrolled in a UF professional or graduate degree program, you do not need to complete the SOPHAS application (step 1). Please contact Aubrey Bonsal for further instructions on how to apply as a current UF student. Please also let Aubrey know once your UF application has been submitted.

Application Steps

STEP 1: Complete SOPHAS application

1. SOPHAS Application *

  • Complete the SOPHAS online application and pay the non-refundable application fee. (Please note that the fee will vary according to the number of school designations)
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)
  • Arrange to have one set of official transcripts from each institution attended sent to SOPHAS (the address is listed below)
    • International applicants must submit a World Education Services (WES) evaluation, http://wes.org in lieu of official transcripts
  • Arrange to have three Letters of Recommendation submitted. At least two should be from former professors. If you have been out of school for over five years, three letters from employers are acceptable.
  • Submit your professional Statement of Purpose (no more than 2 pages at 1.5 or double-spacing) outlining:
    • your motivation to study and work in the field of public health;
    • how a public health degree relates to your professional goals;
    • why you want to study at the University of Florida;
    • why you have chosen your specified concentration;
    • how your personal or academic background and experiences allow you to bring unique perspectives to the program, and contribute to an inclusive public health community.
  • Submit a Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    *Applicants should familiarize themselves with checking their SOPHAS Notifications and Status. While applications should be submitted by the above deadlines, our program will not review them until they are in the Verified status.

SOPHAS mailing address

SOPHAS, P.O. Box 9111, Watertown, MA 02471

SOPHAS overnight delivery

SOPHAS, c/o Liaison International, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

STEP 2: Complete UF Graduate application

2. University of Florida Application for Graduate Admission

  • Complete the University of Florida Application for Graduate Admissions online and pay the non-refundable $30 U.S. application fee. You may pay online by credit card or send the application fee and other required materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions (the address is listed below). Please note that the $30 U.S. application fee is required from all students applying to a graduate program including current and former University of Florida students.
  • When completing the application:
    • For Location: Choose either Main Campus-Gainesville  for campus concentrations, or Distance Education for online concentrations
    • For Program of Study: Choose College of Public Health and Health Professions and then pick the Public Health…Degree Name–Master of Public Health option
    • Select term
    • Select your concentration from the drop-down menu
  • Note: If you submitted a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation in SOPHAS, you do not need to duplicate these in the UF application. In the UF application, you can write “Submitted in SOPHAS” in the box or attach a blank page in these sections.
    • If you did not submit a statement of purpose in SOPHAS, you should submit one with your UF application. Your professional statement of purpose should be no more than 2 pages (1.5- or double-spacing) and cover:
      • your motivation to study and work in the field of public health;
      • how your degree will help your professional goals;
      • why you want to study at the University of Florida;
      • why you have chosen your specified concentration;
      • and, lastly, how your personal or academic background and experiences allow you to bring unique perspectives to the program while contributing to an inclusive public health community.
  • Arrange to have official transcripts from each previous institution attended (other than University of Florida) sent to the address listed below.
    • International students must provide an official literal (exact) English translation for the native language transcripts and diploma/degree certificates, if the language of instruction at the institutions attended was not English
    • International students must also submit official degree certificate
  • Arrange to have official TOEFL (code 5812) or IELTS scores sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions (International students only).
  • Note: Do NOT leave your self-reported GPA blank when you submit your UF application. This will delay processing of your application by multiple weeks. To calculate your upper-division GPA, please use our provided GPA Calculator. You should calculate the GPA for undergraduate coursework taken after the first 60 hours. Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Enrollment credit that appears on your undergraduate transcript should count toward the first 60 credit hours.
  • You MUST select the Concentration to which you are applying for. Do not leave this section blank.
  • If you are applying to the Online MPH program, please select “Distance Learning” as the program location when completing your UF application.

UF Graduate School mailing address

UF Office of Admission, P.O. Box 114000 (201 Criser Hall), Gainesville, FL 32611-4000 USA