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Doctor of Public Health  

Application Deadline: January 15

Admissions Pr​ocess & Instructions

To apply for admission to the Colorado School of Public Health doctor of public health programs, applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application.* International applicants must also complete the requirements outlined in our International Admissions process​.

As of October 1, 2019, the GRE test will no longer be required for admission to the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Programs at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Admissions Requirements

 Official Transcripts

​You have received an MPH, equivalent 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. You must submit applications from all academic institutions attended. 


You should plan on having all transcripts from any non-US colleges or universities evaluated by World Education Services.​​


 Minimum GPA

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 out of a 4.00 scale in previous graduate-level studies is required. If your GPA is below a 3.50, you should include an explanation of why it is below the requirement and how you plan to address any prior academic deficiencies.​​​​


 Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be 2 pages in length, single spaced, and should address your career goals and purpose for applying to the program. Please make sure to include any past work/internship/volunteer experience and reasoning for how this program will serve your future goals.​​​​​​​


 Resume or CV

Please submit a recent copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (CV).​​​​​​​


 Public Health Experience

​​At least 2 years of work in public health or a related field is preferred.​​​


 Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

While not requir​ed, it is highly encouraged that at least one letter of recommendation come from a faculty member who can attest to your academic performance.​​​​​​​​


 Optional GRE Scores

GRE Code: 7844

If you choose to submit GRE scores with your SOPHAS application, please use the code above.


​​​The three DrPH program concentrations have additional, specific prerequisite admissions requirements:

Program Requirements


 Community & Behavioral Health


In addition to the general admission requirement listed above, the Focus Area in Community & Behavioral Health (CBH) requires the following:

  • An MPH in behavioral sciences, social sciences, health education, or equivalent. If you do not meet this requirement, you will need to take four CBH core courses (CBHS 6611, 6612, 6613, 6624) udring the first year of the program​​


 Environmental & Occupational Health

In addition to the general admission requirements for the DrPH program, the Focus Area in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) requires the following:

  • An MPH or MS in environmental or occupational health or a related discipline. If you not meet this requirement, you must take EHOH 6618 and 6619 and two of the following three courses: EHOH 6616, 6617 and 6620, or the equivalent during the first year of the program as co-requisites. 

  • Additionally, you must have prior graduate-level coursework in the five core areas of public health (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, EOH, Health Systems, Management and Policy, Community and Behavioral Health). Co-requisite credits are in addition to the 67 credits required for the DrPH degree. 

To determine if previous coursework meets the co-requisite requirements, you are strongly advised to meet with the Director of the EOH DrPH program.​



In addition to the general admissions requirements for the DrPH program, the Focus Area in Epidemiology requires the following:

  • An MPH or MSPH in Epidemiology or equivalent. Students admitted without an equivalent degree must take course in the five core areas of public health, Analytic Epidemiology (EPID 6631), and at least six credits of graduate level work in specific epidemiological content areas (e.g. chronic disease, communicable disease, injury, etc.)

  • 2 semesters of calculus (differential and integral) each with a grade of B or better

  • A previous upper level statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of B or better

  • Previous coursework or experience with some statistical software, e.g. SAS, R, etc.

  • Successfully pass the preliminary exam. The purpose of the written preliminary exam is to demonstrate competence in epidemiology and biostatistics methods.​


​​​​SOPHAS Mailing & Contact Information

P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471



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13001 E. 17th Place​
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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