Admission Information

Interested in applying to the Penn MPH program? Please submit all application materials through the public health common application portal, SOPHAS. Applications are reviewed by the Penn MPH Admission Committee on a rolling basis and assessed holistically, considering applicants’ coursework, transcript, references, personal statements, and previous public health or relevant experiences including jobs, fellowships, or internships.

Application Deadlines

The 2023 Admission Cycle is now open! The priority deadline for applications is February 1, 2023. Applicants who submit by the priority deadline are guaranteed a response by April 1, 2023. Our rolling admission policy encourages early submission of applications, but applicants can submit applications through April 15, 2023.

Required Application Materials

1. Verified SOPHAS Application:

Complete the SOPHAS application for the Penn MPH Program track of your choosing. The Admission Committee evaluates all tracks with the same criteria, so please apply under one track only. Matriculating students have the flexibility to finalize their track at a later time. Please note, this includes an application fee charged directly by SOPHAS, not the Penn MPH Program. For questions about a fee waiver, please reach out directly to SOPHAS support. Once SOPHAS verifies the application, the Admission Committee proceeds with review.

2. English Language Proficiency:

For applicants whose first language is not English or do not have a degree conferred by an English language institution, please submit a TOEFL or IELTS. The Admission Committee will only review applicants with a TOEFL score of 100+ or an IELTS score of 7.0+. The code for the TOEFL exam is 5688. Submit the IELTS as an additional SOPHAS document.

3. Transcripts:

Submit official transcripts of previously-completed degrees. For degrees conferred by non-US institutions, please also submit WES transcript evaluations.

4. Resume:

Submit an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae.

5. Personal Statement:

Submit a brief personal statement that demonstrates an understanding of public health and explains the nature of your interest in the field. The statement should address how Penn’s MPH program will prepare you for a successful career in public health.

6. Three Letters of Recommendation:

Submit at least three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to some combination of your suitability for graduate study, interest in public health, and/or goals for an MPH. These references will receive a request from SOPHAS to submit their recommendation directly.

The Penn MPH Program does not require the submission of standardized test scores, such as the GRE, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT, DMAT or any equivalent.

Admission Policies

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