Admissions - US Citizen


The UAB School of Public Health uses SOPHAS, the Centralized Application Service for Public Health for some of its programs.  The Application Fee is $135.00 for the first school that the student applies to. See SOPHAS Application Fee for further information.

The University of Birmingham's Graduate School uses ApplyYourself as its centralized application management solution.  The Application Fee for Apply Yourself  for Domestic Students is $60.00.


Degree/Program Application for Program Admission
Master of Public Health (MPH) SOPHAS
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
  • Environmental Health Toxicology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Applied Epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness Research

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

  • Outcomes Research
  • Clinical and Translational Science
Apply Yourself
Master of Science (MS) Apply Yourself
Dual Degrees Apply Yourself
Fast Track (MPH) 5th Year Apply Yourself
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) SOPHAS
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Apply Yourself
  • Students completing the SOPHAS Application must send all required documents listed above to SOPHAS.  Please visit  SOPHAS Application FAQ for further information.
  • Students completing the Apply Yourself Application should send all required document except their official transcripts to the Apply Yourself.  Official transcripts should be sent to the UAB Graduate School at:
    LHL G03
    1720 2nd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL  35294-0013. 

    Please visit the UAB Graduate School's Applying for Graduate Study site for futher information.

For questions related to admissions, contact the School of Public Health's Office of Student & Academic Services at (205) 934-4993 or


UAB is making every effort to gain authorization for all of our online programs from all states.  We have secured authorization for most programs in most states.  Check our STATE AUTHORIZATION MAP to be sure the online program you want to apply for is approved in your state.  Students from countries other than the United States can enroll in UAB’s online courses and programs. 

Deadlines for Spring 2017, Summer 2017, and Fall 2017:

Application Deadlines - U.S. Citizens

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

Summer Term: MPH admission deadline is April 1 (with the exception of Biostatistics, which only admits in the Fall).

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

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

* For consideration for masters scholarships, applicants should submit completed admission applications by January 1. 
All new incoming fall semester students with at least a 3.0 gpa who are US citizens or permanent residents are considered for scholarships. New students do not submit a scholarship application.



US Citizen-Permanent Resident Test Requirements


 Master's & Fast Track programs

Verbal                         147

Quantitative                150

 Doctoral programs

Verbal                         70th% rank

Quantitative                70th% rank

SOPHAS GRE CODE--4232               UAB GRE CODE--1856

  • 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 students 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.  Potential students 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 scores expire after 5 years.

There are several dual program options through the SOPH.  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

Verbal                         35th% rank

Quantitative                40th% rank

Master of Public Health/Medical Doctor

Master of Public Health/Juris Doctor
37th percentile

Master of Public Health/PharmD
37th percentile

Master of Public Health/Doctor of Optometry


Master’s Degree Required Documents

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution                                                                                                                                     
  • Official Transcripts - Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • GRE
  • Other - Clarity of career goals are helpful in determining admissibility.  Generally admissions decisions are based on an overall assessment of the adequacy of an applicant’s preparation and desire for the successful completion of graduate study in the degree track selected.  Each department may request to consider exceptions or set additional requirements for admission. 

Doctoral Degree Required Documents

  • Same as above, plus
  • MPH or equivalent degree from an accredited institution