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DrPH Public Health Policy & Management Admissions Criteria


  • The DrPH program is designed for students who have a previously awarded Master's degree, preferably a Master of Public Health, and at least two years of public health experience
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample
  • Mission and values statement
  • GRE scores (combined verbal and quantitative score of 1200 on the old test or 310 on the new test are considered competitive)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

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Academic Background

The program is designed for students who have a previously awarded Master's degree, preferably a Master of Public Health, and at least two years of public health experience. Admitted students who do not have a previous MPH degree will be required to complete the 5 core MPH courses once admitted to the DrPH program.

A grade point average of 3.2 is considered competitive for the DrPH program. The GPA is calculated based on the last 60 undergraduate units, or if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units.

Applicants should send official transcripts from any college or university attended to SOPHAS at PO Box 9111; Watertown, MA 02471.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation from academic advisors, professors, supervisors, mentors or anyone else familiar with his or her academic and/or professional ability. Letters should be submitted to SOPHAS electronically.

Resume or CV

Applicants are asked to submit a resume or CV outlining his or her academic and professional experience and achievements.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

The personal statement (maximum of 1500 words) should include:

  • Why you are interested in the DrPH program
  • Specific areas of interest in public health related to either public health policy and management or maternal and child health
  • Reason for selection of this program
  • Academic and professional background, including experience/expertise with public health related topics
  • Future goals and objectives

Please note that some schools of public health use software to detect plagiarism in statements of purpose. It is important to ensure that an applicant’s statement is written in his/her own words and, when appropriate, that quotations and citations/references are used for a direct quote.

Research Statement

DrPH applicants must provide a statement of research/practice interest (maximum of 2500 characters). Please describe the specific content area in which you propose to focus your doctoral work; why this area is of interest to you; and identify faculty members in Public Health Policy and Management whose research interests align with yours and with whom you would like to work.  You do not need to include hypotheses, measures, or data analysis methods, etc. 

Writing Sample

The writing sample may be a paper, article, or report written within the last two years that demonstrates the applicant's analytical and writing skills. Applicants may submit their writing sample electronically via SOPHAS.

Faculty Advisor

One of the most important pieces of an application to a doctoral program at the College of Public Health is finding a faculty advisor whose research interests and areas of expertise align with your interests.  Through the admissions process, the College of Public Health seeks to ensure that we have sufficient faculty with relevant research experience to effectively mentor you through your doctoral program and your dissertation.

Please research the faculty in this program and outline which faculty members you hope to work with in your Research Statement (see above).  Given that faculty commitments change from year to year, we strongly recommend that you list at least two faculty with whom you would like to work.  Although you are welcome to contact specific faculty to discuss our program and your goals, it is not necessary for you to communicate with faculty before or during the application process.

Mission and Values Statement

In 500 words or less (2500 characters), applicants will submit a statement regarding how s/he would embrace and support the Mission and the Values of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

  • Our Mission: The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting the health of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in education, research, and service.
  • Our Values: The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health acts with respect and integrity to continuously advance health and well-being for all through knowledge, collaboration, empowerment, advocacy and sustainability. Our core values are: Fairness, Trust, Equity, Social Justice, Excellence, Innovation, Commitment, Collegiality, Diversity, Open Communication, Participation, Consensus, and Enhancement.

GRE Scores

Applicants must submit official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Combined verbal and quantitative score of 310 is considered competitive. The analytical writing portion of the GRE is required. GRE scores may be reported directly to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, which is code #4253. For more information about the GRE, visit the GRE website.

GRE Exceptions

GRE scores are not required for applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • MPH or MS graduates from the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health
  • MPH or MS graduates from another CEPH accredited program, school, or college of public health in North America
  • Applicants with a master's degree in a related field with 5 years of work experience in a health field


All international applicants are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. A TOEFL iBT score of 90 or above is required. Please see more information, including when the TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived, for international applicants.

Other Factors

Other factors considered in the determination of a candidate's potential for success in the DrPH Program are:

  • Long range goals and commitment to public health
  • Successful leadership experience or potential
  • Work and volunteer experience related to the track area of choice
  • Demonstrated community service
  • Public health experience
  • Documented experience and/or commitment to underserved areas and populations

Further Information

For more information about the DrPH program, please visit the DrPH Page. If you have additional questions, please contact Amy Glicken, Director of Admissions, at or (520) 626-3201.

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