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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Northwestern Master of Public Health (MPH) program in Chicago. Instructions for completing the online application process are outlined in the drop-down menus below.  

Application Deadlines 

  • March 1
    Deadline for Summer start (full-time and part-time MPH)
  • June 1 
    Deadline for Fall start (part-time MPH)
  • January 15
    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.

 MPH

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


  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives (personal statement)

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

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

  • Standardized test scores are optional 

    • GRE: have ETS send scores to SOPHAS using GRE SOPHAS code 6981 
    • MCAT: have AAMC send scores to SOPHAS

 

After your SOPHAS application is submitted to Northwestern, you will receive an email from  “The Graduate School Admission (tgsadmission@northwestern.edu)” with the subject line, “Northwestern University (TGS) Application - Action Required”.  The email will contained a unique link to use to verify your personal information with CollegeNET, our graduate school admissions portal. Please respond to that email as soon as possible to facilitate Northwestern’s communications with you. Please add tgsadmissions@northwestern.edu to your list of “safe senders” and monitor  your email account frequently to avoid missing important messages from Northwestern.

 PhD/MPH

Driskill Graduate Program in the Life Sciences PhD/MPH 
https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/dgp/prospective-students/dual-degree-options.html

Medical Anthropology PhD/MPH
https://www.tgs.northwestern.edu/admission/academic-programs/explore-programs/medical-anthropology.html

 MD/MPH

Applications are due May 15th, for Summer start (recommended for those planning international work) and July 1st for fall 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 programthrough 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) These may be the same professionals who submitted letters of recommendation to the medical school
    • 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. A holistic review is made of the application and the same standards apply as for the degree-seeking appicants. Deadlines are:

  • Winter: November 1st
  • Spring: February. 1st,
  • Summer: April 1st
  • Fall: July 1st

 

After your SOPHAS application is submitted to Northwestern, you will receive an email from  “The Graduate School Admission (tgsadmission@northwestern.edu)” with the subject line, “Northwestern University (TGS) Application - Action Required”.  The email will contained a unique link to use to verify your personal information with CollegeNET, our graduate school admissions portal. Please respond to that email as soon as possible to facilitate Northwestern’s communications with you. Please add tgsadmissions@northwestern.edu to your list of “safe senders” and monitor  your email account frequently to avoid missing important messages from Northwestern.

 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 highly desirable.

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 
  • 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 must 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 the first day of graduate classes. (See Academic Calendar for more information).
  • 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 ORthree 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. 
  • GPA in math/statistics and humanities demonstrating verbal and quantitative reasoning ability. GRE Scores may be submitted for review by applicants who have concerns about the strength of their academic record as a measure of their verbal and quantitative reasoning abilities. 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 to the DPT/MPH program must first be admitted to the Feinberg School of Medicine Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Applicants for the PhD/MPH must first be admitted to their doctoral program (Anthropology or Driscoll Graduate Program in the Life Sciences) before being considered for the MPH program.

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