Step One: Pick Your Program

With so many degrees and opportunities, it can be confusing. It's critical you know which program you're applying to and where to apply.

Before you apply to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, carefully review each department to find the one that’s best for you.

Step Two: Know Which Application System to Use

With so many degrees and opportunities, it can be confusing. It’s critical you know which program you’re applying to and where to apply.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BS) Applicants

Admission to the undergraduate program is processed fully through UAB Undergraduate Admissions, which includes step-by-step instructions for its process. 

Master of Public Health (MPH) Applicants

Applications to the MPH are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). MPH applicants should carefully review application instructions specific to SOPHAS.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (MSPH) APPLICANTS

Applications to the MSPH program are processed through Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) or Apply Yourself.

Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Applied Epidemiology, and Pharmocoepidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness Research are processed through SOPHAS.

Outcomes Research and Clinical and Translational Sciences are processed through Apply Yourself.

DOCTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH APPLICANTS (DrPH)

Applications to the DrPH program are processed through Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

MASTER OF SCIENCE, DUAL DEGREES, FAST TRACK AND PHD AND ALL OTHER APPLICANTS

All other degree and certificate applications (those for MS, Dual Degrees, Fast Track, PhD) are processed through Apply Yourself.

Still have questions about how to apply? Please contact:
Hannah VanSlambrouck
Coordinator, Graduate Admissions and Records
hannahv@uab.edu
(205) 975-8688

 

Step Three: Know Your Deadline
Application deadlines vary by department, degree program and sometimes degree track. Know which one applies to you!

Spring Term: MPH admission deadline is November 1 (with the exception of Biostatistics, which only admits in the fall).

Summer Term: For U.S. students, MPH admission deadline is April 1 (with the exception of Biostatistics, which only admits in the fall). International students applying to in-person programs can only apply to Fall and Spring semesters; otherwise, the deadline to apply to online MPH programs is April 1.

Fall Term: The soft deadline for applications is April 1st; the school requests that all applications be started by this date. The hard deadlines, which vary by department, are listed below.

Program U.S. International
PhD Programs    
Biostatistics May 1 April 1
Environmental Health Sciences July 1 April 1
Epidemiology May 15 April 1
Health Behavior July 1 April 1
DrPh Degree Programs April 1 April 1
MS Degree Programs May 1 April 1
MPH Degree Programs    
Biostatistics May 1 April 1
All other MPH programs July 1 April 1
Dual Degree Programs July 1 April 1
MSPH Degree Programs    
Biostatistics MSPH May 1 April 1
All other MSPH programs July 1 April 1
Fast-Track 5th Year Program July 1 July 1

 

School of Public Health policy requires you to submit the online application and all supporting materials by the application deadline. Allow plenty of time for transcripts, letters of recommendation and other documents to reach their destination.

 

Step Four: Know Your Requirements
Application requirements also vary by department, degree program and sometimes degree track. MPH applicants should see the instructions specific to them.
 
 
Master's Degree applicants will need to submit the following:
  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution you attended (transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. or Canada must undergo a course-by-course evaluation through WES or ECE)
  • Standardized test score (GRE or other accepted)
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS) for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references 
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  GRE TOEFL (International Only) IELTS (International Only)
All Master's Programs Verbal: 147
Quantitative: 150
Internet-Based: 80
Computer-Based: 213
Paper-Based: 550
Overall: 6.5
All Doctoral Programs Verbal: 70% Rank
Quantitative: 70% Rank
Internet-Based: 80
Computer-based: 213
Paper-based: 550
Overall: 6.5

 

SOPHAS GRE CODE SOPHAS TOEFL CODE
4232 5688
UAB GRE CODE UAB TOEFL CODE
1856 1856

 

GRE scores expire after five years. Alternatively, there are special circumstances in which the GRE requirement may be waived.

DrPH and PhD applicants will need to submit the same as above, plus have a Master's-level or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.

Non-degree seeking applicants should review the instructions through the Office of Student Accounts and Business Services.

 

Step Five: Apply Online

By this step, you've chosen a department and/or program. You know your deadline and have gathered all required application materials.

It's time to apply!

MPH applicants apply through SOPHAS.

MSPH applicants for Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Applied Epidemiology, and Pharmocoepidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness Research apply through Apply Yourself.

MSPH applicants for Outcomes Research and Clinical and Translational Science apply through Apply Yourself.

DrPH applicants apply through SOPHAS.

PhD and all other applicants apply using Apply Yourself .

 

Still have questions? Send an email to soph@uab.edu or contact us by phone, (205) 934-4993.

 
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GRE Waiver Options

A GRE waiver may be considered for MPH or MSPH applicants with any of the following terminal degrees from an accredited U.S. institution (MD, PhD, JD, PharmD, DO, DVM, DDS, DPT, EdD, or DMD). The GRE may be waived for applicants applying to an MPH degree program, at the discretion of the Department, if the applicant has five years of full-time health care or public health professional/practice experience. Applicants that would like to be considered for a GRE waiver should submit a justification along with their resume to the department program coordinators. The program coordinator will submit those documents to their program director for GRE waiver determination.

Foreign-trained medical graduates can request a GRE waiver if the applicant is enrolled in or has been admitted to a US residency program and has passed steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE.

GRE Waivers for Dual Degrees

There are several dual degree program options through the School of Public Health. We will accept the following tests in lieu of the GRE for the following dual degree programs:

Master of Public Health/Master of Business Administration GMAT
Verbal: 35% Rank
Quantitative: 40% Rank
Master of Public Health/Medical Doctor MCAT
492
Master of Public Health/Juris Doctor LSAT
37% Rank
Master of Public Health/PharmD PCAT
37% Rank
Master of Public Health/Doctor of Optometry OAT
TBD
 
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International Students - Tests

TOEFL: The TOEFL® test measures the ability of non-native English speakers to use and understand the English language as it is heard, spoken, read and written in the university classroom. International applicants who have not completed a Bachelors degree at an English-speaking institution must complete the TOEFL exam. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) can be substituted as an alternative to the TOEFL, with TOEFL being preferred.

Applicants submitting the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should have those sent to the UAB Graduate School. SOPHAS will not accept this test.

TOEFL scores expire after 2 years.