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Application Timeline Centralized ApplicationAugust-May* Applications submitted through SOPHAS (all programs) or HAMPCAS (MHA only) *Application deadline varies by programSupplemental ApplicationAugust-May* All applicants are required to submit an Ohio State University Supplemental Application after submitting  an  application through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS.

Application Deadlines for the 2022-23 Academic Year:

  • August 24 - SOPHAS application open to applicants
  • September 6 - HAMPCAS application open to MHA applicants
  • December 1- Priority deadline to be considered for Graduate School Fellowships (all materials should be submitted by this date to guarantee consideration).
  • December 15 - 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 to 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. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Personal Statement
  5. Resume or CV
  6. Official GRE scores - SOPHAS code: 4233, HAMPCAS code: 0705
    • GRE is required for MS and PhD applicants.
    • ALL MPH programs and the MHA program no longer require the GRE.
  7. Ohio State University Supplemental Application ($60 domestic fee) - this will be emailed to you from The Ohio State University 1-2 weeks after your centralized application reaches "Verified" status.

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Application Deadlines for the 2022-23 Academic Year:

  • August 24 - SOPHAS application open to applicants
  • September 16 - HAMPCAS application open to MHA applicants
  • December 1- Priority deadline to be considered for Graduate School Fellowships (all materials should be submitted by this date to guarantee consideration).
  • December 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 to 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 TOEFL scores - SOPHAS code: 5688 (OSU also accepts IELTS and DuoLingo).
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. Personal Statement
  7. Resume or CV
  8. Official GRE scores - SOPHAS code: 4233, HAMPCAS code: 0705
    • GRE is required for MS and PhD applicants.
    • ALL MPH programs and the MHA program no longer require the GRE.
  9. Ohio State University Supplemental Application ($70 international fee) – 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.

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SOPHAS HAMPCAS

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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.

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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?
In August the SOPHAS (September 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 24 – SOPHAS application open to applicants
  • September 16 - 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 interview with program faculty prior to making a final admissions decision. The VPH program also conducts inteviews with potential candidates.

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 2-4 weeks once all your application materials are received. For MHA and VPH students, the timeline for admissions may be a bit longer to accommodate for 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 email 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.

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 MS/PhD applicants must have taken the GRE within five years of application to the program. Will accept scores older than five years if applicant has a previously earned Masters or Doctoral degree.

The GRE 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.

The GRE is mandatory when applying for the MS or PhD programs.

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 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)

Are there any resources available to help me prepare for the GRE?
Many resources are available to help you prepare for the GRE. 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:

gre.org
www.review.com/graduate/

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 will be sent to your designated schools.

I am an international student, is an English proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, DuoLingo) required?
The Ohio State University College of Public Health follows the English proficiency requirements and procedures established by Ohio State University 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 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)
  • IELTS - please upload to your application or email to cphatosu [dot] edu
  • DuoLingo - Be sure to select Ohio State University as an institution you wish to send your scores to.

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 that are available to College of Public Health students:

  • 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.
  • The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) website provides resources for students to pursue external sources of funding. This list is not exhaustive, nor it is associated with the College of Public Health.