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MPH Program FAQs

Applications are submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS, at SOPHAS will verify the information reported and send it electronically to YSPH once complete. The verification process can take 2-4 weeks to complete. We will notify you when we receive your application from SOPHAS. We encourage you to monitor your application in SOPHAS to assure that all documents have been received.

All applicants for our MPH must have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree or the foreign equivalent.  Our applicants come from backgrounds and experiences across a variety of undergraduate disciplines. 

Applicants to the Advanced Professional MPH should have one of the following: 

  1. A doctoral (or international equivalent) degree in a field related to public health (e.g., physicians, dentists, podiatrists, pharmacists, veterinarians, attorneys, and those with a doctorate in the biological, behavioral, or social sciences).
  2. A master’s degree and at least 2 years of relevant work experience.
  3. A bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of relevant work experience.
  4. Completion of the third year at an accredited medical, dental, or podiatric school in the United States.
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Official test scores – GRE, GMAT or MCAT
    • For GRE and GMAT, please use code: 3975
    • For MCAT, please use code: “SOPHAS”
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Resume/CV
International students are required to take the TOEFL if their language of instruction for their degree was not English (please use code 5688). Our minimum accepted score is 100. Additionally, course by course, degree conferral evaluations must be submitted for all international transcripts by WES. This policy does not pertain to students from Canada.

The uniqueness of Yale’s Global Health program is that it is available to all of our students.  Because we believe that global health is public health, we encourage our students to broaden their public health education in various departments with the perspectives and experiences the Global Health Concentration offers. Students complete the Global Health Concentration through course, internship and thesis requirements. 

In reviewing applications, our Admissions Committee equally considers academic ability, public health experience and a strong commitment to the field. The fit with our school and focus of your interest in public health should be clear. Experience does not have to be paid, professional work experience rather it can be any experience that has informed your decision to pursue your MPH. Please note that we do not have a minimum GPA or test score requirement.

Our Biostatistics department is the only department that requires prerequisite coursework for application. Biostatistics applicants must have completed a course in multivariate calculus (Calculus III or the equivalent) with a grade of B or better and a course in linear algebra with a grade of B or better. 

While other departments do not require specific coursework for application, strong quantitative ability as demonstrated by test scores and coursework is important for every department. Departmental reviewers will also look to coursework that is relevant to your area of study. For example, reviewers in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department may strongly consider your grades in your social science coursework, while reviewers in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases department may weigh your science coursework more heavily.

The statement of purpose and objectives is one of the most important components of your application. It is your opportunity to make the case for why we should admit you. Tell us your public health story, highlighting the formative experiences you have had in public health, what these experiences have taught you and how they are informing your decision to pursue your MPH studies at Yale. Your area of interest or the public health question you wish to explore should be clear. We also would like to know your plans for how you hope to use your degree. And, of course, anything you can tell us about what you bring to the classroom is also helpful. We do not have a word limit.

Applications close on January 15th.  All materials must be submitted to SOPHAS by this date.

You should regularly check the status of your application through the SOPHAS portal. Our office will notify you when we have received your application from SOPHAS. At this time, we will confirm if your application is complete or is missing any documents.
Our admissions process is rolling and we will begin to notify applicants of our decisions in mid-December. We will continue to notify applicants of decisions through early April.

Students may also pursue the Public Health Modeling Concentration and Regulatory Affairs Track while at YSPH.  For more information, see the links below. 

Yes, it is possible to enroll as a part-time student. Part-time student status is granted to students taking fewer than 4 course units per term. Part-time students are encouraged to take at least 2 course units per term and must complete all course requirements (including the thesis) within five years of matriculation. For the AP MPH program, all degree requirements must be completed within three years of matriculation. Those considering part-time study should be aware that YSPH does not offer evening, weekend or summer classes.
YSPH houses numerous interdisciplinary research centers and programs that afford students the opportunity to work and conduct research. Learn more about these centers on the research section of the School's website. Research and educational opportunities are also available throughout the Yale community. Community service is encouraged and our students volunteer with groups such as: HealthCore, the Haven Free Clinic and the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE). The Student Association Yale School of Public Health (SAYPH) includes a Community Service Committee that focuses on finding projects for students throughout Yale and the New Haven community.

Joint degree candidates must apply to and be admitted by each school. In addition, joint degree students must fulfill degree requirements for both programs. Advisors from the respective schools will assist students with mapping curriculum. Please contact admissions offices at both programs to learn about admissions requirements and deadlines. For a complete list of our joint degree programs, please click here

Questions or scheduling a visit may be arranged by contacting our office at or (203)785-2844.  

Detailed information including the financial aid application may be found on our website.   Please contact our Director of Financial Aid, Jennifer Farkas at: or (203) 785-5417.

MS and PhD Program FAQs

The MS and PhD programs are administered through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Applicants must apply at: The deadline for application is December 15th. GRE and/or TOEFL scores must be sent to institution code 3987. The Graduate School only accepts the General GRE tests (no GMAT, MCAT scores are accepted). TOEFL scores are required for all applicants whose native language is not English. This requirement is waived only for applicants who will have received a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction. Applicants must have studied in residence at the baccalaureate institution for at least three (3) years to receive the waiver. A waiver will not be granted on the basis of an advanced degree (M.A./M.S. or Ph.D) from any institution. Scores from this examination must be "released" to Yale University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (code 3987). Paper copies are not acceptable and scores released to other schools of Yale University cannot be transferred or used.

For more information, please contact Melanie Elliot at

No, we currently do not have a DrPH degree program; we only offer a PhD in Public Health.  The five academic programs within our department that offer a PhD are: Biostatistics, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Health Policy Management, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases.  

The TOEFL is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. This requirement is waived only for applicants who will have received a baccalaureate degree, or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. Applicants must have studied in residence at the baccalaureate institution for at least three (3) years to receive the waiver.  The test should be taken as early as possible to ensure that your scores are received in time to be incorporated in your file. Normally TOEFL scores will not be released if they are older then two years. If you took the TOEFL before and ETS will release those scores then you should not have to retake the examination.

Test of Spoken English (TSE). All applicants who accept offers of admission to Ph.D. programs and whose native language is not English are strongly encouraged to present TSE scores by the time of enrollment in the fall. Students who do not demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English may be retested and/or asked to take English courses. A high level of proficiency is required for students to serve as teaching fellows.

Please have the TOEFL scores sent Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences using the code 3987. If required on the TOEFL Standardized Test, please use code 99 (Undecided) as your department and/or major field code.

At the time of your GRE test, you should indicate Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences using the code 3987. We do not require Department or Program codes. If required on the GRE Standardized Test, please use code 0000 (Undecided) as your department and/or major field code.

The only program that allows MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores is the MS in Chronic Disease Epidemiology. MCAT scores submitted by those applicants must be able to be verified with MCAT.
The deadline is December 15th.
A writing sample is not required. However, if you choose to upload one, you may do so.
Unofficial transcripts may be submitted on line when applying. If you are admitted to the program and choose to attend Yale, you will be required to have an official transcript sent to the Graduate School before you matriculate.
You can apply to the MPH program and the PhD program. Please note that we do not share credentials, therefore you must send everything to both programs. You cannot apply to multiple PhD programs at Yale. Nor can you apply to the PhD program in Public Health and the MS program. Additionally, if you are not admitted to the PhD program, you will NOT automatically be considered for the MS program.
All students accepted into the PhD program will receive funding that consists of a stipend, full tuition and health insurance. MS students accepted into the program do not receive this financial package.
No, we do not host any events for prospective applicants. If you are in the area or plan to be in the area, you can contact us at 203-785-6383 to schedule an appointment. 
Prospective PhD applicants may be invited to campus in February for an interview once the applications are reviewed.
We do not offer on-line courses. All classes are traditional classroom setting. PhD students are not allowed to attend on a part-time basis. MS students are permitted to be part-time students. Part-time students must complete all degree requirements within 5 years of matriculation.
Yes, please log into your on line application to review which materials have been received. Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for submitted materials to appear on-line as received.
The deadline is December 15th each year. We review all applications at the same time; hence we do not have rolling admissions.
All students admitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are offered a financial aid package that includes: full tuition, basic individual health coverage and a stipend. This package is guaranteed for 4 years for all Ph.D. students in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Some of the funding sources available for incoming students are from N.I.H. Training Grants, therefore only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for these funding sources. However, there are alternative funding sources for international students.
You do not need to secure a commitment from a mentor prior to submitting an application. You are welcome to contact faculty members prior to applying, but since it is hard for them to commit without seeing the entire applicant pool that may not always respond.
Each track within Public Health has several faculty that review all the applications for that track. The strongest candidates are then reviewed by all faculty in that track.
It is appropriate to mention the research interest and the faculty members you would like to work with in your personal statement.
The top candidates will be invited to campus to interview. This interview date is usually in February. Alternate arrangements will be made for applicants that cannot attend on the specific date or that cannot attend at all.

Please visit the website for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for the on line application.  This website can be found at: On this website there is a link for Frequently Asked Questions. Many topics are covered here.

MPH Applications


January 15 - SOPHAS application deadline

March 1 - financial aid application deadline

April 15 - deposit due

MPH Applications Codes

GRE and GMAT please use code: 3975

MCAT please use code: “SOPHAS

TOEFL please use code: 5688


The centralized application for Schools of Public Health .

PhD and MS applicants
PhD and MS applicants must apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.