Thomas Jefferson University
Public Health
Master of Public Health (MPH) &
Graduate Certificate

How to Apply


  • We are pleased that you have decided to apply to the Jefferson College of Population Health!
  • JCPH has partnered with SOPHAS, the national centralized application service for Public Health, to collect and manage applications for the Public Health program.
  • Once you have completed and submitted the SOPHAS application, you will be asked to provide some supplemental information directly to Jefferson.

Admissions Review

  • JCPH accepts applications on a continuing basis.  You may apply at any time throughout the year, but it is best to submit your completed application as early as possible, especially if you wish to be considered for a merit-based scholarship.  
  • The latest date to submit an online application for fall (September) admission is July 1.  The last date to submit an online application for the spring (January) is November 1.  The latest dates to receive the supporting documentation are July 15 and November 15 respectively.
  • Applications are reviewed once the complete application - online application and supporting documentation - is received. You can expect to receive a response within 3-4 weeks after your completed application has been verified by SOPHAS.

To apply:

  • Visit SOPHAS, complete the online application, and follow the instructions regarding the submission of documentation.
  • Submit the following information and documents to SOPHAS.
    1. Official transcripts, including international transcripts, for all undergraduate and graduate accredited institutions you have attended.  If your courses were completed outside of the United States, you must also submit a course-by-course evaluation from WES.
    2. Three letters of recommendation. Please be sure that the letters are from at least two different sources (i.e., faculty member, employer, volunteer coordinator/supervisor).
    3. Personal statement/essay. This should include your personal experiences and how they relate to your goals and expectations for the MPH program.
    4. GRE scores or other graduate entrance examination, such as GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT.

      NOTE: You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have already received a graduate degree or have earned at least 9 credits of graduate coursework with a grade of “B” or higher from an accredited institution.
      • If you are submitting GRE (GRE code = 0628) or other scores, an official, original copy should be sent by the examination organization directly to SOPHAS.
      • ETS will not issue GRE scores that are more than 5 years old. If scores have expired, you will need to retake the test.
    5. TOEFL scores (if applicable) to demonstrate English language proficiency.

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency.  JSPH accepts any one of the following to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

  • Native English speaker from one of these countries: click here.
  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a medical, nursing or allied health field.
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing – 21, Speaking – 23, Reading – 21 and Listening – 22.   Send official scores to SOPHAS using code 5688.
  • NOTE:  Jefferson communicates with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email to allow mail from Jefferson.edu.