Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

How to Apply to the Public Health Program

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.

To Apply

  • Visit SOPHAS, complete the online application.  Click "submit" and pay the fee.
  • Submit the following information and documents to SOPHAS.
    1. Official transcripts.  Submit an official transcript for all undergraduate and graduate accredited institutions you have attended even if the courses were transferred to another program.  If your courses were completed outside the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). 
    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 of 300-500 words describing your interest in the program. Include your personal experiences and how they relate to your goals and expectations for the program. 
    4. GRE scores or other graduate entrance examination, such as GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT.
      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.
      3. 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
    5. Demonstration of English Language Proficiency (if applicable)
      All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to JCPH.  JCPH accepts any 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. institution
      3. U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a medical, nursing or allied health field
      4. 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.
      5. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are valid for two years with an overall score of 6.5 and individual scores as follows:  Listening - 6.5, Reading - 7, Writing - 6 and Speaking - 7.  Thomas Jefferson University requires that official scores be sent directly to JCPH.
    6. CV/Resume

NOTE:  Jefferson communicates with applicants via email, so please provide a valid email address and adjust your email to allow mail from

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 three to four weeks after your completed application has been verified by SOPHAS.