Thomas Jefferson University
Public Health


We are pleased that you have decided to apply to the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH).  Since the courses for the graduate certificate can be applied to the Master’s degree, admission requirements and criteria are the same for both the certificate and the Master’s degree.

  • 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 Thomas Jefferson University.

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.

Admissions Considerations and Prerequisites

  • Earned baccalaureate degree with approximate GPA of 3.0
  • One of the following:
    • Competitive score on the GRE or other graduate entrance examination    
    • Graduate degree or at least 9 credits of earned graduate coursework with grade of B or higher earned at an accredited institution
    • GPA of 3.3 or higher and specified coursework with grade of “B” or higher from a Jefferson-affiliated college or university
  • Competency in basic statistics (recommended)
  • Previous professional or volunteer experience in a community or health setting (recommended)

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 or 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (if applicable) to demonstrate English language proficiency.

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

    1. Native English speaker from one of these countries (PDF)
    2. Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university
    3. U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a medical, nursing or allied health field
    4. Internet-based 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.
  6. JCPH Supplemental Information.
    1. After you have completed the SOPHAS application and obtained a SOPHAS ID number, Thomas Jefferson University will email you a link to the JCPH supplemental application, along with a login ID to access the JCPH application.
    2. You will need your SOPHAS ID number and the date you completed the SOPHAS application in order to complete the Thomas Jefferson University application.
    3. Pay the $25 supplemental application fee with a credit card.
    4. NOTE: Jefferson communicates with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email to allow mail from