How to apply to the College of Public Health

Thank you for your interest in applying to the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University. Based on the program you are interested in applying, you will apply using one of three application systems (SOPHAS, HAMPCAS or directly to Ohio State). Make sure to pay close attention to the application and deadlines associated with the program you will apply. Not all programs have the same deadline or application.

Doctoral and Master’s applicants use the SOPHAS application.

Applicants to the Interdisciplinary PhD in Biostatistics, PhD in Environmental Public Health and MS in Environmental Public Health apply through Ohio State Office of Graduate Admissions.

Master of Health Administration applicants can use the SOPHAS or HAMPCAS applications.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health is a competitive program. Applicants must first be accepted for admission to The Ohio State University, then apply to the major after fulfilling major prerequisites.

All certificate applicants should use the non-degree application through Ohio State’s Office of Graduate Admissions.

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Admissions Requirements

The following documents are needed as a part of applying to graduate programs in the College of Public Health. Get details for applying to undergraduate programs or non-degree options.

Apply to PhD and Master’s programs through SOPHAS. A supplemental Ohio State application is also required.

Apply to the Interdisciplinary PhD in Biostatistics or PhD in Environmental Public Health and MS in Environmental Public Health through the Ohio State Office of Graduate Admissions.

Master of Health Administration applicants can use either SOPHAS or HAMPCAS to apply.

All certificate applicants apply as non-degree students through the Ohio State Office of Graduate Admissions.

All application must include an official transcript of all post-secondary course work where college credit was awarded. Transcripts must be sent by the institution where credit was received.

Ohio State students applying to an Ohio State Public Health program SOPHAS must submit their Ohio State transcript through SOPHAS. Request a transcript.

Learn more about transcripts and the submission process.

The GRE is optional for all graduate degree programs in the College of Public Health. If you include official GRE scores as a part of your application, the codes for Ohio State are: SOPHAS – 4233; HAMPCAS - 0705

The personal statement is your opportunity to share more about your public health passions, research interests or additional relevant information not included in the application.

Letters of recommendation should come from professional or academic references, or a mix of both. For applications submitted through the Office of Graduate Admissions, you will provide names and contact information. After submitting your application, an email will be sent to each reference inviting them to submit recommendation through an online form. Applications through SOPHAS will require letters uploaded as a part of the application.

Prepare and submit a current resume or curriculum vitae as a part of the application process.

All applications for programs submitted through SOPHAS require a supplemental application ($60 domestic fee). This is emailed to you from The Ohio State University within a week after your centralized SOPHAS application reaches “verified” status. SOPHAS requires four to six weeks to verify an application.

Official TOEFL scores must be submitted in your application; the SOPHAS code for Ohio State is 5688. The university also accepts IELTS and DuoLingo as proof of English Proficiency.

All coursework earned outside of the United States must reflect the equivalent of a U.S. 4-year bachelor’s degree. The World Education Services, Inc. (WES) is the preferred agency to evaluate education credentials from outside the United States.



Pay close attention to the deadline for the academic program you are applying. Deadlines do vary by program.

Apply early. SOPHAS requires four to six weeks to verify the application. Then a supplemental Ohio State application is sent within one week after the application is verified. You are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible and include supporting documents to ensure you meet the program’s deadline. Some programs may reach capacity prior to their deadline.

Graduate deadlines

  • Aug. 16 - SOPHAS application opens
  • Sept. 6 - HAMPCAS application opens
  • Dec. 1 - PhD and MHA priority deadline for funding consideration
  • Dec. 15 - Interdisciplinary Biostatistics PhD deadline
  • Feb. 1 - PhD and MHA regular deadline
  • Feb. 1 - MPH and MS priority deadline for GRA/GTA consideration
  • May 15 - MPH and MS regular deadline

Undergraduate deadlines

  • Aug. 1 - Common Application opens to apply to The Ohio State University
  • Nov. 1 - Early action deadline to apply to The Ohio State University
  • Dec. 15 - Application to BSPH major opens for current Ohio State students
  • Feb. 1 - Priority date for financial aid consideration when applying to The Ohio State University
  • Feb. 15 - BSPH major deadline

Applying to interdisciplinary programs

The interdisciplinary PhD in Biostatistics and the PhD and Master of Science programs in environmental public health are collaborations between other departments at Ohio State and may have different application requirements.

A partnership between the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Admissions requirements and application procedures are available on the interdisciplinary program website.

Applicants to the PhD or MS specializations in Environmental Public Health can find admissions requirements and applications instructions from the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program.


For BSPH applicants

Admission to the public health major is competitive. Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic record, leadership, work and volunteer experiences and potential for success. They must have a cumulative 2.8 GPA, 30 credit hours earned and have all prerequisite courses completed by autumn semester.

Future Buckeyes must first apply and be accepted to The Ohio State University. Choose public health as your intended major on your application. A separate application to the major is required after completing all prerequisites. Students chosen for the honors program are directly admitted to the public health major.

English 1110, Sociology 1101 and Math 1116 or higher.

English 1110, Biology 1113 and Math 1151 or higher.


Non-degree applicants

Graduate certificate programs in the College of Public Health are non-degree programs. Apply to the Global One Health or Environmental Public Health Risk Assessment certificate programs through Ohio State Graduate Admissions.


Helpful resources

For additional questions about the application process, take a look at our frequently asked questions.