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Graduate Admissions - College of Public Health

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is home to outstanding research faculty, a multicultural student body, and robust programs of student in the public health sciences. Choose from online professional certificate programs at the graduate level, or master's degrees.

Certificate Programs

The UNMC College of Public Health non-degree online professional certificate programs are designed to meet the needs of developing or practicing public health professionals.

Application Checklist

  1. Complete the College of Public Health application and submit your application fee.
  2. Submit official transcripts reflecting an earned bachelor's degree, with a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.
    • Foreign Transcripts: Official transcripts or mark sheets of college-level work not in English or in the standard U.S. grading scale must be sent to a credential evaluation service for translation. Transcripts must carry the signature of a responsible official in which the work was done and the seal of that institution, or must be certified true copies of the original records. If transcripts do not show the degree earned and the date on which it was conferred, official degree statements must also be provided.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references (letters must be on professional/institutional letterhead and signed).
  4. Provide a one page personal statement describing your:
    • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health
    • Career objectives
    • Self-assessment of computer, quantitative analysis, and personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a public health certificate program.
  5. All applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States are required to submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

 

Master of Public Health Degrees 

 Application Checklist

  1. Apply online using the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)

    Note: The SOPHAS application may take several hours to complete. It is best to prepare your information in advance and set aside time to complete the process. You will be required to complete the following information, or submit the following items:
      • Applicant information
      • Additional information
      • Academic history - i.e. tests (UNMC College of Public Health GRE Code is 0695), colleges and universities attended, coursework, curriculum vitae/resume
      • Personal statement
      • References (three letters of recommendation)
      • School designation (see below)
      • SOPHAS application fee
      • Applicants whose native language is not English, or who have not earned a degree in the United States must submit official TOEFL scores earned within the two years preceding the desired term of entry

Paper-based TOEFL 500 or higher Computer-based 213 or higher Internet-based 80 or higher

SOPHAS School Designation

SOPHAS contains a section "School Designations". You will use this section to declare the program and area of concentration you wish to apply to, as well as your second choice.

Click on "Update Designations" in the top left hand corner of the screen. Choose "University of Nebraska, College of Public Health" from the first drop down menu.

Next, choose the program and concentration you would like to elect for your first choice from the second drop down menu.

Click the "search" button. Select the program and click "submit".

You will repeat this process to indicate your second choice program and concentration. You will have the opportunity to rank concentrations on SOPHAS.


Master of Science Degree

Master of Science students must apply to the UNMC Graduate Studies Office.

Application Checklist

  1. Complete the UNMC Graduate Studies application and submit your application fee.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above in previous course work for the last 60 undergraduate or the last 18 graduate/post-baccalaureate credit hours completed.
    • Foreign Transcripts: Official transcripts or mark sheets of college-level work not in English or in the standard U.S. grading scale must be sent to a credential evaluation service for translation. Transcripts must carry the signature of a responsible official in which the work was done and the seal of that institution, or must be certified true copies of the original records. If transcripts do not show the degree earned and the date on which it was conferred, official degree statements must also be provided.
  3. Provide official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years. Many factors are considered in evaluating an individual's application, but many successful applicants will have verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing GRE scores at or above the 40th percentile.
  4. Provide three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
  5. Submit a one page personal statement which supports interest areas and career goals.
  6. Submit a resume or curriculum vitae.
  7. All applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States are required to submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Minimum scores of 550 (paper), 213 (Computer), and 80 (Internet) are required.