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Applying for any graduate program in the UAB School of Public Health is simple — just follow the steps below. Our Graduate Admissions team is here to help guide you through the process.

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 How to Apply to Our Graduate Programs

Step 1

Review Our Admission Requirements

Step 2

Know Your Deadline

Step 3

Apply Online

STEP 1: Review Our Admission Requirements

Applying for a Master’s degree? Please be prepared to submit all of the following:

  • Online application(s)
  • Official transcripts from every college-level institution attended.
    • Applicants with coursework earned from institutions outside the United States must provide a course-by-course foreign college transcript evaluation of all attended non-U.S. institutions. We will accept a transcript evaluation from any NACES accredited evaluation company. To determine academic eligibility for admissions, academic credentials must be:
      • Translated to English;
      • Evaluated course-by-course;
      • Include the overall academic GPA; and
      • From an approved third-party company. We will accept a transcript evaluation from any NACES accredited evaluation company. A list of approved current members can be found here.
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants (80 or above for TOEFL; 6.5 or above for IELTS; 120 for Duolingo)
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references:
    • MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health applicants are highly recommended to submit at least one academic letter among the three recommendation letters required.
    • MSPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences applicants are required to submit at least one academic letter among the three recommendation letters required. Please note that friends and family members should not be writing letters.
    • MSPH in Industrial Hygiene applicants are required to submit at least one academic letter among the three recommendation letters required. If they have been working in the field for more than five years, professional letters are acceptable in place of academic letters. If applicants cannot provide an academic letter, please provide a justification (one paragraph) in the statement of purpose.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • Standardized test scores (GRE or other accepted tests):
    • Note: The GRE is waived for all master’s degree programs. However, if an applicant has fewer than five years of full-time professional health care/ public health practice experience AND a GPA below 3.0, we strongly encourage that applicant to take and include a GRE score with their application in an effort to improve the overall strength of the application.

For doctoral programs:

  • Note: The GRE is required for all doctoral programs, EXCEPT for the following programs: PhD in Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences and Biostatistics and the DrPH in Biostatistics. Competitive applicants typically submit scores in the 70th percentile. For PhD in Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences applicants: if an applicant has fewer than five years of full-time professional health care/ public health practice experience AND a GPA below 3.0, we strongly encourage that applicant to take and include a GRE score with their application in an effort to improve the overall strength of the application.

For MPH and DrPH applicants:

  • To ensure we are taking the necessary precautions to protect our community partners, the School of Public Health requires students enrolled in the MPH and DrPH programs that require an internship or practicum to consent to and complete a criminal background check. Students are responsible for completing the background check at least one term before registering for their internship or practicum. Failure to do so could prevent the completion of their internship or practicum degree requirement. Learn more about background checks.

STEP 2: Know Your Deadline

Application deadlines vary by department, degree program, and degree track. Click on the degree program buttons in the table below to see your deadline.

Note: International students are admitted to in-person programs in Fall and Spring only. International students may be admitted to online-only programs in Summer.

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    MPH with a concentration in
    Environmental Health

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Health Behavior

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Organization

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in
    Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Population Health

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    MPH with a concentration in
    Environmental Health

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Health Behavior

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Organization

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in
    Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in
    Population Health

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    MS in Biostatistics

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: May 1

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    MSPH with a concentration in Biostatistics

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: May 1

    MSPH with a concentration in
    Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MSPH with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MSPH with a concentration in Applied Epidemiology

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: July 1

    MSPH with a concentration in Outcomes Research (Online)

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    DrPH with a concentration in Biostatistics1

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: May 1

    DrPH with a concentration in
    Health Policy and Organization2

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: April 1

    DrPH with a concentration in
    Maternal and Child Health Policy3

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: April 1

    DrPH in with a concentration in Outcomes Research4

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: April 1

    DrPH in with a concentration in Preparedness Leadership

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: April 1

    Deadline to apply for funding consideration:

    1 February 1

    2 January 15

    3 January 15

    4 January 15

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    PhD in Biostatistics1

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: May 1

    PhD in Environmental Health Sciences 2

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: June 1

    PhD in Epidemiology 3

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: May 15

    PhD in Health Behavior 4

    Fall: February 15

    Fall: February 15

    Deadline to apply for funding consideration:

    1 February 1

    2 March 15

    3 January 10

    4 February 15

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    Certificate in Global Health Studies

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Certificate in Public Health

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Certificate in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Certificate in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing: Undergraduate

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Certificate in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing: Graduate

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1


For information about additional SOPH scholarship eligibility and requirements, please see our scholarship page.

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

STEP 3: Apply Online

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If you’re applying to a stand-alone MPH, MSPH, or DrPH program, you will submit your primary application via sophas.org. If admitted, you will then complete a supplemental application to the UAB Graduate School. Instructions will be provided upon admission.

If you’re applying to any of our coordinated degree programs, Certificates, the MS in Biostatistics, an accelerated Master’s program (offered to current UAB undergraduate students only) or the PhD programs, submit your application via the UAB Graduate School.

Now that you have familiarized yourself with the admission requirements and deadlines for your intended program, you are ready to begin!

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