Applications & Deadlines, How to Apply
- Applications to our Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) programs are accepted through SOPHAS.
- Applications to our Master of Science (MS) and doctoral (PhD) programs are submitted through Rackham Graduate School.
- The Master of Health Informatics (MHI) is accepted through a separate online process.
- The Bachelor's of the Arts (BA) in Community and Global Public Health and Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Public Health Sciences programs are submitted through an Undergraduate Admissions process.
Don't know which degree to apply for? Visit our programs and degrees page for descriptions and details, then come back here to apply.
Application instructions and deadlines for all Michigan Public Health programs are outlined below. All graduate programs, require the completion of at least a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited program prior to enrollment. Applicants in the process of completing their undergraduate degree during the admission cycle will be asked for a final copy of their transcript stating degree conferred prior to enrollment.
Persons holding master's or doctoral degrees are not eligible to apply for study in the field or specialization and level for which they already have a degree.
MPH (including online) and MHSA
For Fall 2020
The Fall 2020 application is open for all Residential Programs, and November 1st for online programs. All residental programs have a priority deadline of December 1st - Applications completed by this date will have priority consideration for scholarships and funding.
Please note that SOPHAS can take up to four weeks after applicant submission to verify grades and process documents. Applicants will know that their application has been sent to Michigan Public Health when the application status is "verified" in your SOPHAS portal. Shortly thereafter, you will receive an email confirming reciept of your application and encouraging you to create a friend account with Wolverine Access.
- SOPHAS: You can use the Schools of Public Health Common Application Services to apply for
all MPH and MHSA programs online. An additional $75 school processing fee will be required for each
UM-SPH SOPHAS application (only one $75 fee is required, regardless of the number
of designations). Students can apply to more than one program at UM-SPH (SOPHAS fees
- All Residental Applications for Fall 2020 are now OPEN.
- Population and Health Sciences Online MPH application will open November 1, 2019.
- Dual Degree Students: First-year U-M graduate students who wish to add a MPH or MHSA to their graduate experience at the University of Michigan should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a SPH Dual Degree PDF application.This option is only for current University of Michigan-Ann Arbor graduate students enrolled in their first year at any school or college on campus. SPH only admits for Fall semester and will accept your previous transcripts and letters of recommendation from your admitting school or college. Applicants are required to submit two SPH essays and an applicant fee ($75 domestic or international). Read more about our more popular dual degree programs.
In addition to your SOPHAS application fee, there will be a non-refundable school processing fee of $75 for domestic applicants and $75 for international. Payment information is found in the School instructions on SOPHAS. If you have trouble paying the fee, make sure that your pop-up blocker is turned off, copy and paste the link into your browser, and clear all cookies.
Specialized Fee Waiver Groups
Prospective students who verify their participation with one of the following groups are eligible for a fee waiver of the additional UM SPH fee of $75. Each fee waiver is subject to approval. Verification should be submitted to email@example.com This is a waiver for the additional school processing fee, not a SOPHAS waiver. Applicants will need to contact SOPHAS directly to apply for a waiver for the entire application. Please submit documentation verifying participation when contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- Active duty or veteran service member
- McNair Scholars
- Project 1000
- Leadership Alliance
- SOPHAS need-based fee waiver recipient
- Peace Corps
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- Drew Scholars
- Bonner Scholars
- University of Michigan Blavin Scholars
- U-M SPH Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) alumni
- U-M Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) alumni
- U-M Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health (CFPH) alumni or on track to complete certificate before admitting term begins
- U-M MHIRT program alumni
- In addition to participation in the above organizations, SPH may also grant a waiver for students who are experiencing financial distress. Waivers are granted on a case by case basis by the Director of Student Affairs. Please contact email@example.com with information that supports your request.
MS and PhD
For Fall 2020
MS and PhD applications should be submitted through the Rackham Graduate School online application.
Deadlines for Domestic and International Applicants:
- BIOSTAT: Dec. 1
- EHS Ph.D.: Dec. 1, *Rolling thereafter*
- EHS MS: Jan. 1, *Rolling thereafter*
- EPID: Dec. 1
- HBHE: Dec. 1
- HMP (HSOP): Dec. 15
- NUTR Ph.D.: Dec. 1
- NUTR MS: Jan. 1, *Rolling thereafter*
MS and PhD admissions are administered by the Rackham Graduate School and the Public Health department you are applying to. Please do not send any MS or PhD admissions materials to the Public Health Admissions Office. Refer to the Rackham Admissions website or the department websites for more specific admissions information and instructions.
Master of Health Informatics (MHI)
Applications for admission to the Master of Health Informatics program are submitted independently, not through SOPHAS. Please see the MHI website for more information on the application process.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
B.A. and B.S.
The bachelor's degree in public health is open to students currently enrolled University of Michigan Ann Arbor (cross-campus transfer) and students attending another U.S. institution (external transfer). Interested students must apply for admission to this program and should do so during their sophomore year and will be admitted to the SPH for their final two years.
- Will be available on October 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 admission
- Are due by February 1, 2020. However applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15, the priority deadline, to have the best chance of financial award consideration.
- Will be completed online.
- Do not require applicants to complete the Common App.
- Require two essays and copies of all transcripts for post-secondary coursework completed outside U-M Ann Arbor.
For full details, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.
Applicants can request a Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) application by contacting email@example.com NCFDs are admitted on a per term basis, can only register for a course on the first day of classes, can only take up to two courses in one semester, and can only take 10 credits as a NCFD in a lifetime.
- The application deadline for the Fall 2019 start is August 15, 2019.
- The application deadline for the Winter 2020 start is December 15, 2019.
All undocumented individuals are eligible for admission to any degree program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and consideration for merit based awards whether or not they have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). The School of Public Health is taking steps to create a clear path for prospective students to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan School of Public Health regardless of immigration status. For help navigating the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants who also meet specific criteria may also take additional steps through the Residency Office to prove Michigan residency and possibly qualify for in-state tuition.