Applicants to the DrPH degree are initially
required to complete a SOPHAS application. Once that application is verified by
SOPHAS, we will invite the applicant to submit a shortened USF Office of
Graduate Studies application. Applicants must meet the University requirements
(see Graduate Admissions) as well as the requirements listed below. However,
these criteria are not the only basis for admission.
Admission and Documentation Requirements
- Applicants must have an MPH, MHA, MSPH, or other relevant Masters degree from
an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must submit
transcripts for all college-level coursework, with a transcript evaluation for
coursework from foreign institutions.
- Applicants must submit a GRE test score taken within five (5) years preceding
application, or results from an equivalent exam (GMAT, MCAT, DAT, or PCAT, but
not LSAT). The GRE score will be compared to the applicant pool and national
GRE norms when admission is considered. This requirement can be waived if the
student has at least a 3.5 GPA, or has a terminal degree (PhD, ScD, or EdD)
from an accredited institution, or an advanced professional degree (MD, DDS,
DVM, JD, PharmD, DPT) with licensure in the United States. Any student seeking
a waiver must submit a GRE waiver request with supporting documentation.
- Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree
in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years
of the desired term of entry. A minimum total of 79 on the internet-based test,
213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test is required.
Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum
requirements will be denied with no exceptions.
- Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, three letters of
recommendation, and a personal statement of less than five pages that describes
why the applicant wishes to obtain a DrPH degree in Public Health. This
document should explain the applicant's public health background, current
public health practice interests, and how the DrPH is expected to affect the
applicant's current practice.
- To be admitted, applicants must have a minimum of two years advanced work
experience in public health, and must demonstrate public health leadership
potential in their statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
Admission also depends on the availability of a Faculty Advisor who can advise
the student in their area of interest. The final decision on admission is made
by the faculty of the College.
- Applicants must also be fully prepared to attend three DrPH Institutes on-campus.