Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Application information for international students

Application Deadline: December 15th (Please note that your application must be complete by this deadline; a complete application means that all required materials must be received, posted, and verified by SOPHAS.)

Application Requirements:

  • SOPHAS application and fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Test Scores (Official Scores in SOPHAS)
  • Official transcripts (should include undergraduate and graduate degree conferral)

Academic Requirements:

This is a post-Master's doctoral program best suited to applicants who already hold a Master in Public Health (MPH). Students who do not have a MPH but have a Master's degree in a related discipline must complete the core public health courses that are the requirement for all accredited MPH programs prior to or early in their doctoral studies.

Deposit: $500 (if admitted)

Expand categories below for detailed instructions.

SOPHAS Application and Fee

Personal Statement

In 1500 words, your personal statement should include the following:

  • Your career goals
  • How obtaining a DrPH degree will further your career goals
  • Why the DrPH program at Tufts University is a good fit for your interests
  • Faculty members in the Tufts Public Health program with whom you have had contact (if any)
Curriculum Vitae
A full curriculum vitae (not resume) is required. Once you have composed your CV it must be uploaded to your SOPHAS application electronically. Do not mail paper copies of your CV to SOPHAS, as they will be discarded.
Letters of Recommendation
All Letters of Recommendation are submitted to SOPHAS electronically.  Letters should be primarily academic in nature and should mention the relationship of the applicant to the recommender so that their observations can be put into the proper context. PHPD requires three letters of recommendation.

An electronic request from will be sent immediately once the applicant saves the references’ information into the SOPHAS system.  Please advise your references to monitor their junk e-mail and spam folders for messages from “SOPHAS Messenger,” subject heading “SOPHAS Reference Request,” as these e-mails are automated and therefore sometimes filtered as spam. Candidates will be able to check on the status of electronic letters via WebADMIT (SOPHAS applicant portal). 
Official Test Scores

Please see the SOPHAS FAQ instructions for submitting Official Test Scores.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL.

Applicants who have already earned an advanced degree or who have significant accomplishments in their personal and academic background may request a waiver of the GRE requirement. While rarely given, GRE waivers may be granted to applicants who have two or more US-based Masters degrees or equivalent professional qualifications, or experience that would testify to the candidate’s mathematical and writing skills. Applicants who are enrolled in or have completed the Tufts MPH program are generally granted GRE waivers.



How to submit


Official GRE scores must be sent directly to the PHPD Admissions Office. Please note, there are multiple GRE ETS Codes for Tufts University School of Medicine, be sure to use the correct code. We cannot retrieve scores sent to the incorrect school.

Submit electronically to SOPHAS/Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 6997.

Do not use codes 0438, 3889, or 3891, which are codes for other Tufts programs.


TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers. Applicants must possess a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based exam.

TOEFL Exam Policy »
Submit electronically to Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 5688.
Official Transcripts

All U.S. official transcripts must be sent to SOPHAS directlyInternational transcripts must be evaluated by WES.  In turn, the WES evaluation MUST be sent to SOPHAS directly.  International transcripts will not be verified by SOPHAS.

  • If your bachelor's degree was in progress when you sent your transcript to SOPHAS and you matriculate here at Tufts, official transcripts are required from your undergraduate institution showing your Bachelor's degree conferral. This must be sent directly to Tufts. NO COPIES or faxes will be accepted.
Application Status and Notifications


SOPHAS will NOT notify you that your application is incomplete or that documents are missing
. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor the status of their application and application materials on a regular basis, and to follow up with SOPHAS on any incomplete or undelivered statues, and on any incomplete or missing documents. To aid you in this process, you have several tools provided on your application.


For more information on how to update your application, please visit the SOPHAS website.


On your account homepage, the column on the right is your Status Menu. This menu is “read-only” and no section can be edited. Here you can view the receipt of documents and other information, which are updated in real time. Use the information on this menu to determine to your application’s overall status. The status titles are listed below:

In-Progress:  Your application has not yet been e-submitted to SOPHAS.

Submitted/Not Complete:  Your application has been e-submitted but is still missing a required item to become complete. Required items include payment, transcripts, and at least two letters of recommendation.

Complete/Not Verified:  Your application is complete and in line for verification.

Complete Date: The date your application was completed and went in line for verification.  Applications are placed in line in chronological order based on their complete date.  Please note, PHPD requires your 3rd Letter of Recommendation to be received by SOPHAS before you are fully complete.

Undelivered:  An error has been found and your application has been returned to you for correction. It must be re-submitted to SOPHAS in order to be processed.

Verified: Your application has been processed and your GPA has been calculated.

Mailed: Your application has been placed in a mailing batch to be downloaded by your schools and programs.