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Application Deadlines for the 2018-19 Academic Year:

  • August 18 - SOPHAS application open to applicants
  • September 10 - HAMPCAS application open to MHA applicants
  • December 1- Priority deadline to be considered for Graduate School Fellowships
  • January 1 - Interdisciplinary Biostatistics PhD program application deadline
  • February 1 - Deadline for the MPH, MHA, MS and PhD programs with the following exceptions:
    • February 15 - MPH-Program for Experienced Professionals (PEP) deadline
    • May 15 -MPH-Veterinary Public Health program, MPH-Clinical Translational Science program, MPH-Biomedical Informatics program, and MS-Biomedical Informatics program deadline

Applications received after the deadlines will be considered only if space remains available.

 

The Ohio State University College of Public Health accepts applications through centralized application services for schools of public health. All applicants are required to apply through SOPHAS, except:

All application materials MUST be sent directly SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. A completed application includes the following:

  1. Completed SOPHAS or HAMPCAS application
  2. Official transcripts from any previous or current college coursework taken within the U.S.
  3. Official GRE scores - SOPHAS code: 4233, HAMPCAS code: 0705
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Resume or CV
  7. Ohio State University Supplemental Application - this will be emailed to you from The Ohio State University 1-2 weeks after your centralized application reaches "Verified" status.

Apply Now:

SOPHAS              HAMPCAS

Or learn more by reviewing our FAQ below

Application Deadlines for the 2018-19 Academic Year:

  • August 18 - SOPHAS application open to applicants
  • September 10 - HAMPCAS application open to MHA applicants
  • December 1- Priority deadline to be considered for Graduate School Fellowships
  • January 1 - Interdisciplinary Biostatistics PhD program application deadline
  • February 1 -MPH, MHA, MS and PhD programs deadline with the following exceptions:
    • February 15 - MPH-Program for Experienced Professionals (PEP) deadline
    • May 15 - MPH-Veterinary Public Health program, MPH-Clinical Translational Science program, MPH-Biomedical Informatics program, and MS-Biomedical Informatics program deadline

Applications received after the deadlines will be considered only if space remains available.

 

The Ohio State University College of Public Health accepts applications through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for schools of public health. All applicants are required to apply through SOPHAS, except:

All application materials MUST be sent directly SOPHAS or HAMPCAS A completed application includes the following:

  1. Completed SOPHAS or HAMPCAS application
  2. WES evaluations for all non-U.S. transcripts
  3. Official transcripts from any previous or current college coursework taken within the U.S.
  4. Official GRE scores - SOPHAS code: 4233, HAMPCAS code: 0705
  5. Official TOEFL scores - SOPHAS code: 5688
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Personal Statement
  8. Resume or CV
  9. Ohio State University Supplemental Application – this will be emailed to you from The Ohio State University 1-2 weeks after your centralized application reaches “Verified” status.

To learn more about enrolling as an international student at Ohio State, please visit our Office of International Affairs.

Apply Now:

SOPHAS              HAMPCAS

Or learn more by reviewing our FAQ below

The criteria for admission to the Ohio State University College of Public Health varies based on the division and program to which you are applying. Please refer to our recommended preparation fact sheet to see what each of our programs look for in a competitive candidate.

Graduate Programs Admissions Information Sessions

Join us for one of our admissions information sessions to learn more about our graduate programs and admissions process.  Sessions are typically held one Friday per month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the College of Public Health (Cunz Hall).  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with admissions staff, as well as to meet with faculty from the various divisions/specializations.  Registration is required.

Upcoming Information Session Calendar                     
Friday, October 6, 2017 Register now!
Friday, November 17, 2017 Register now!

  *registration closes one week prior to event, please call 614-292-8350 if you have questions

 

Graduate Programs Online Admissions Information Sessions

Join us for a virtual version of our popular information sessions to learn more about our graduate programs and admissions process. Registrants will participate in an interactive webinar and have the opportunity to ask questions of admissions staff. RSVP is required. 

 

SOPHAS Virtual Fairs

September 19, 2017 - Register here

November 16, 2017 - Register here

January 31, 2018 - Registration coming soon

 

Graduate Applicant FAQs

Can I apply to start in any term I want?
The College of Public Health only admits students for one term each year. All students apply to begin study the following fall semester, with the exception of the MPH-PEP program which begins classes during summer.

When is your application deadline?
On August 18 the SOPHAS (September 10 HAMPCAS) application opened to applicants.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application 3-4 weeks prior to the posted deadline to allow for processing time. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered only if space remains available.

Applicants applying to meet the College of Public Health Graduate School Fellowship deadline MUST have ALL materials submitted to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS by December 1st. 

  • August 18 – SOPHAS application open to applicants
  • September 10 - HAMPCAS application open to applicants
  • February 1 - MPH, MHA, MS and PhD programs deadline with the following exceptions:
    • February 15 - MPH-Program for Experiences Professionals (PEP) deadline
    • May 15 - MPH-Veterinary Public Health program, the MPH-Clinical Translational Science program and the MPH-Biomedical Informatics program deadline

How do I submit my application?
All applicants are required to apply through the centralized application service SOPHAS, except:

All application materials MUST be sent directly to the centralized application service.

Can I apply to more than one program or specialization?
SOPHAS will only allow applicants to apply for one program/specialization. Students interested in pursuing a dual degree may explore this option after admission is offered for their primary choice.

What qualities beyond academic performance and standardized tests, do admissions committees look for in a qualified applicant?
Grades from previous college/universities attended, strong letters of recommendation, a quality statement of intent, and relevant volunteer/work experience are all considered.

Will I be interviewed as part of the application process?
The MHA program invites selected applicants to participate in an on-site interview with program faculty prior to making a final admissions decision. The VPH program also conducts inteviews with potential candidates either in person or over the phone.

When can I expect to receive a decision about my application?
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year. Decisions usually take up to 4-6 weeks once all your application materials are received. For MHA students, the timeline for admissions may be a bit longer to accommodate in-person interviews. Students will be notified of their status at any given point in the process.  

How will I be notified of my admission decision?
You will receive notification that you were recommended for admission by the College of Public Health via email. The Ohio State Graduate School will mail your official admission letter once the decision is finalized. 

 

By what date must I make a decision to accept my admission to the College of Public Health?
April 15 is the priority date to accept your admission for a guaranteed position in the class. After that date, enrollment is on a space-available basis.

How do I accept my admission?
You accept your admission by logging into your Buckeye Link account and officially making your enrollment decision. Once you have accepted, you will receive further information about your next steps as a student.

Is there a deposit to hold my spot in the class?
MHA students are required to pay a $350 deposit to accept and hold their spot. At this time, no other program in the College of Public Health requires a deposit.

Are there any prerequisites required for your programs?
Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by program, so please refer to our recommended preparation fact sheet for more information.

Are there required entrance exams?
All applicants must have taken the GRE or the GMAT (MHA) within five years of application to the program.

The GRE and GMAT are more than a formality. Each test is a computer-based standardized test that is an indicator of your verbal, quantitative, and analytical abilities. Along with your academic record, purpose and goals statement, and other application materials, the exam provides faculty with a measure of your aptitude for graduate work. Therefore, it is important to prepare for the GRE or GMAT.

The GRE is mandatory when applying for the MPH, MS or PhD programs. The MHA program accepts the GRE or GMAT scores.

What is a competitive GRE scores for my application?
Competitive GRE scores should be in the 50th percentile in both verbal and quantitative areas and a 4.0 in the writing section.

How do I submit my GRE/GMAT scores?
To submit your scores input the following code, which corresponds to the appropriate application system:

  • GRE – 4233 (Designation code for the GRE for SOPHAS applicants)
  • GRE – 0705 (Designation code for the GRE for MHA students using the HAMPCAS application system)
  • GMAT – ZLJDL91 for HSMP and Institution Code is: 1592 (we prefer GRE)

Are there any resources available to help me prepare for the GRE or GMAT?
Many resources are available to help you prepare for the GRE or GMAT. Check with your local library or bookstore for preparation manuals. There are also fee-based courses that combine classroom, computer, and at-home preparation. Review the following websites that offer free practice exams, sample questions, and information about signing up for a course:

www.gre.org
www.mba.com
www.review.com/graduate/
www.kaptest.com/gmat

When will I know the results of my entrance exam?
You will be able to see the results of the computer-based verbal and quantitative reasoning sections immediately after completing the test. The analytical writing portion scores will be available in 2-3 weeks at which time your GRE scores or GMAT scores will be sent to your designated schools.

I am an international student, is the TOEFL (English proficiency) exam required?
The Ohio State University College of Public Health follows the English proficiency requirements and procedures established by Ohio State Unviersity Graduate and Professional Admissions. Please refer to the English Proficiency Requirements webpage for more details on eligibility and exceptions.

What are the minimum scores required for admission?
The College of Public Health adheres to The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions minimum requirements for English proficiency.

How do I submit my TOEFL scores?
To submit your scores input the following code, which corresponds to the appropriate application system:

  • SOPHAS TOEFL Code: 5688 (Code for scores to be sent directly to SOPHAS)

What is a WES Evaluation?

World Education Services (WES) is an international credential evaluation service. This is the method by which you can submit your official non-US/Canadian transcripts to Ohio State through SOPHAS. 

Is financial support available for international students?
The Ohio State Office of International Affairs provides some scholarships and grants for graduate students. Additional grant and scholarship opportunities are available from the East Asian Studies Center. Students are also encouraged to check with their country of citizenship to see if any funding is available.

What funding opportunities does the College offer?
There are a number of different types of funding opportunities available to College of Public Health students. Potential students should apply by the posted fellowship deadlines to be considered for the most aid:

  • Graduate Fellowships: There are competitive university fellowships that students may receive if they meet certain criteria. University Fellowship information can be found here. Please note: Students do not apply for fellowship support, they are nominated for consideration during the application process if they complete applications prior to the posted deadlines.
  • CPH Graduate Assistantships: The College of Public Health offers a limited number of graduate student positions, most of which go to PhD students.
  • MHA Specific Scholarships and Jobs: Opportunities that are available only to OSU MHA students. More information can be found here.

There are also funding opportunities offered by Ohio State University that are available to College of Public Health students:

  • Other OSU Graduate Assistantships: Students also secure funding outside the College in other departments or programs at Ohio State. Some of our students have held Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA's) in Chemistry, or Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA's) in the Student Wellness Center.
  • General Funding Opportunities: Applicants are encouraged to visit the Graduate School's funding website for information about general funding opportunities available at Ohio State. 

For more information, please review the information sheet that the College has put together with information regarding ways to seek funding for admitted graduate students.