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Thank you for your interest in applying to our Master of Public Health. Instructions for completing the online application process are outlined in the drop-down menus below.  

**New Application Policy for Fall 2020 MPH Applicants**

Given the extraordinary circumstances upon us due the corona pandemic, MPH applicants for Fall 2020 may apply without GRE scores.  Applicants who have taken the GRE may choose to submit scores using GRE code 6981. The application deadline, June 1, is unchanged.

Application Deadlines 

  • March 1, 2020
    Deadline for Summer 2020 start (full-time and part-time MPH)
  • June 1, 2020
    Deadline for Fall 2020 start (part-time MPH)
  • January 15, 2020
    Deadline for international applicants, domestic applicants seeking early decision

Verification of your application in SOPHAS take time; please plan to submit your application three to four weeks before the application deadline. Some applicants may be invited to interview in person or by telephone as part of the application process.


Students applying for the MPH program (part-time and full-time) use the Public Health Common Application (SOPHAS). This common application for most accredited public health schools/programs requires:

  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives (personal statement)

  • Letters of recommendation from three faculty members, instructors, employers, or supervisors or others who can address your interest in public health and/or your ability to do graduate level work.

  • World Education Services (WES, ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada

  • Standardized test scores (one of the following) 

    • GRE: have ETS send scores to SOPHAS using GRE SOPHAS code 6981 
    • MCAT: have AAMC send scores to SOPHAS 
    • Waiver: granted to holders of doctoral or professional degrees (PhD, MD, etc) from institutions within the U.S. and English-speaking Canada. 


  • English proficiency test scores for those applicants who attended post-secondary institutions where the primary language of instruction is not English 
    • TOEFL: have ETS send scores to SOPHAS using code 5688
    • IELTS: have scores submitted directly to Maureen Moran, Program in Public Health, 633 N St Clair, 20th Floor, Chicago IL 60611 USA. In addition, please scan and upload a copy of your score report (if you have it available) while submitting your SOPHAS application. This uploaded version is not considered "official" and will only be used for preliminary review purposes, until your official scores have been received from ETS or IELTS.


  • Life Sciences PhD/MPH [DGP/MPH]: Accepting applications for the 2018–2019 academic year.
  • Medical Anthropology PhD/MPH: Accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.

For more information, please contact PPH admissions.


Applications are due May 15, 2020 , for summer 2020  start (recommended for those planning international work) and July 1, 2020 , for fall 2020 start.

Students applying to join the MD/MPH program should do the following:

  • Apply and receive an offer of admission to Feinberg School of Medicine’s MD Program.
  • After accepting the offer, apply to the MD/MPH program through The Graduate School. This application requires:
    • Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended
    • Two letters of recommendation from former instructors and/or employers, including their names, titles, telephone numbers and email addresses)
    • A one-to-two-page statement of purpose describing reasons for seeking a degree in public health

 Non-Degree Special Students

Non-degree special students apply using SOPHAS Express. This option is for those wishing to take one or more classes for enrichment or as continuing education but who are not planning on pursuing a degree. Deadlines are:

  • Winter 2020: Nov. 1, 2019
  • Spring 2020: Feb. 1, 2020
  • Summer 2020: April 1, 2020
  • Fall 2020: July 1, 2020

 International Applicants

For foreign medical graduates, a minimum of one year of residency or fellowship training in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation is preferred.

If your native language is not English, you must certify your proficiency in the English language in one of the following ways:

  • Provide official scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The test must be taken no more than two years before the desired quarter of entry. For the TOEFL, you must score 600 or higher on the paper-based test, 250 or higher on the computer-based test or 100 or higher on the internet-based test. For the IELTS, you must receive a score of 7.0 or higher. Visit the TOEFL site to request your scores be sent to SOPHAS in Massachusetts, code 5688. Your scores will take 10 to 12 business days from the date you make the request to post on your SOPHAS application.
  • Provide official transcripts verifying an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution or equivalent, where the language of instruction is English.
  • Provide official transcripts verifying a graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.

SOPHAS applicants who will be submitting documentation from post-secondary institutions outside of the United States and/or English-language institutions in Canada need to have their documents evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please note that evaluations from WES will allow our reviewers to better understand the educational system in which you studied, which may be beneficial for your application review.

If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you can apply for either an F-1 or a J-1 visa. All full-time, admitted students are eligible for the F-1 visa, as long as they are proficient in English and can show proof of funding for at least the first year of study. Most Northwestern University international students have this visa status. However, some students may also be eligible for a J-1 student visa. You can learn more from the Northwestern International Office.

Applicant Backgrounds

The Northwestern Program in Public Health is a professional program with students coming from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds. The Program in Public Health makes a holistic review of every application. Strong applicants have the following attributes:

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree awarded no later than June 21, 2020.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • A minimum of two years full-time, professional work experience in health care, public health, or medically related research OR three years of medical or dental school in the US or Canada. A GPA of 3.5 or higher may be substituted for professional work experience. 

  • GRE Scores at or above the 50th Percentile in Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning. Test results should not be more than five years old.

  • For foreign medical graduates, a minimum of one year of residency or fellowship training in the US or Canada prior to matriculation is preferred.

Dual-Degree Program Requirements

Applicants for the MD/MPH program must first be admitted to the Feinberg School of Medicine’s MD program.

Applicants for the PhD/MPH and DPT/MPH programs must first be admitted to their doctoral program before being considered for the MPH program.

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