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How to Apply to The University of Oklahoma College of Public Health


All applicants who wish to apply for admission to degree programs at the OU College of Public Health must apply through Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).  SOPHAS is the centralized application service used by accredited schools of public health.  SOPHAS will collect information and supplemental materials and make the application available to the OU College of Public Health as well as other schools designated. 

The College will review applications online using a website maintained by SOPHAS. Therefore, all application materials should be sent to SOPHAS, not to the College of Public Health. Materials sent to the College rather than to SOPHAS will not be available to the Admissions Committee for consideration through the SOPHAS review website.

A complete application to the OU College of Public Health will include:

1. Completed SOPHAS application (www.sophas.org) and payment of required fee. 
 Fee amount varies based on number of designated schools.

2. The University of Oklahoma College of Public Health supplemental application and fee.
All applicants to the OU College of Public Health are required to submit a supplemental application and fee ($100.00 for MPH, MHA and DrPH applications; $ 75.00 for MS and PhD applications).  The supplemental application is available at:

3. Transcripts

U.S. applicants:
SOPHAS requires a separate official transcript from every U.S. and Canadian institution attended. You must arrange for official transcripts from all prior undergraduate, graduate, and professional study to be sent to SOPHAS. (Address below.)

The application process also requires you to complete a section detailing all degrees earned and institutions attended. You are required to list and give information concerning all coursework you have taken (undergraduate, graduate and professional programs). You will need to have a copy of your transcripts in hand so that you will be able to complete the coursework section of the application. Do not enter foreign courses taken at Universities outside the U.S. or Canada.

International applicants:International applicants to the OU College of Public Health are required to submit transcripts/mark sheets to the World Education Services (www.wes.org ) for a course-by-course evaluation. Applicants should designate SOPHAS to receive the evaluation. 

SOPHAS mailing address:

P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471

4. International applicants’ English language proficiency
International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores to SOPHAS using the designation code #5688. Minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are 570 paper test; 230 computerized version; 88 IBT version.

5. References

Three letters of recommendation are required.  Applicants will list recommenders’ contact information and SOPHAS will send the recommenders instructions concerning how to submit their recommendations electronically through an online SOPHAS recommenders’ portal. Recommendations must be submitted electronically. Further Instructions are available within the SOPHAS application. Paper-based recommendation letters will not be accepted.

6. Career goal statement
This personal essay should be created in a word processing program and pasted into the online SOPHAS application.  Complete instructions are within the SOPHAS application.

7. Current CV/ Résumé:
The SOPHAS application allows you to upload your CV or resume before electronically submitting the application.  It is not possible to upload the resume to the SOPHAS application after e-submission of the application.

 It is important to upload the resume into the SOPHAS application.  Any document not received by SOPHAS will not be visible to the Admissions Committee when they review application files.

8. GRE scores

Applicants to Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree programs, the Certificate of Public Health program and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program as well as to Master of Science (MS) degree programs in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health promotion sciences are not required to submit GRE scores.

The programs below require GRE scores. SOPHAS should be designated to receive the scores using the designation code #4244.

• Master of Science (MS) degree in environmental management/industrial hygiene

• Master of Health Administration (MHA) only if the grade point average of the last 60 credit hours of coursework is less than 3.5. (GMAT may also fulfill this requirement for MHA applicants whose GPA is less than 3.5 in the last 60 credit hours.)

• All PhD programs


Helpful Contact Information

College of Public Health, Office of Student Services

(405) 271-2308 or Toll Free (877) 805-6901
FAX (405) 271-3299
 E-mail: coph@ouhsc.edu

OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records (405) 271-2359

OUHSC Office of Financial Aid (405) 271-2118