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University of Colorado Denver


Doctor of Public Health  

Admissions Requirements 

Application Deadline: January 15
Admissions Process and Instructions

To apply for admission to the Colorado School of Public Health doctor of public health program, applicants are required to complete the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application in addition to the requirements listed below.

The 2015 - 2016 SOPHAS Application is now open.

Admissions Requi​rements

  • An MPH or Master’s or higher degree from an accredited institution in a related field (additional core coursework will be required for individuals who do not meet this requirement).
  • Previous Work in public health. At least two years of work in public health or related field is preferred.
  • A minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in previous graduate level studies. If the GPA is below a 3.5, applicant should include an explanation of why and how the applicant plans to address any prior academic deficiencies as a DrPH student.
  • GRE scores - GRE Code: 7844 - The MCAT may be substituted for the GRE.
  • An essay that addresses career goals and purpose for study, approximately two pages, single spaced in length. The essay should describe past experience as it relates to the applicant’s interest in public health, career goals, skills that you will bring to this program, purpose for applying to the program, and how the program will serve future goals. Please also identify a faculty mentor whose research interests align with your own.
  • Current Resume or CV which includes the following information: professional work experience, volunteer experience, academic credentials, professional affiliations and any awards, honors, scholarships or other recognitions received.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - ​while not required, it is recommended that at least one letter come from a faculty member who can attest to your academic performance.

The three DrPH program concentrations have additional prerequisites specific to the following areas:

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