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How to Apply to SPHTM

It's as easy as 1-2-3. 

At Tulane we want to get you from thinking about a public health degree to preparing for your first day of class, so we've made the application process as easy as we can. Once you’ve selected your master’s or doctoral degree program, here’s what you will need.

1. Select Your Public Health Path

Public health is a very broad field which enables you to make your impact on the world in many different ways. Achieve your career goals through one of our 16 professional master's and seven doctoral degrees.

If you’re not quite ready to apply yet, and you’re still figuring out which program is right for you, contact our admissions staff or the program manager in your department of interest.

2. Apply Through SOPHAS or Tulane's Fastlane Application depending on your program

Most students will apply through SOPHAS, the centralized system for schools and programs of public health. Through SOPHAS, you will submit:

  1. Official transcripts from all universities you have attended.
  2. Due to COVID-19, we will waive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores Test Requirement for master's and doctoral programs with entry terms in 2021. MCAT scores are still acceptable for all master's programs. Learn more about how to submit test scores
  3. A personal statement that clearly and directly address the following:
    1. Why are you applying to Tulane SPHTM, and the specific program/option/concentration you chose?
    2. How will earning this degree help you achieve your professional goals?
    3. What have you learned from successes and/or challenges in your past educational, professional, and/or personal experiences? Please use specific examples, as applicable.
  4. At least two letters of recommendation indicating characteristics for success in public health graduate study
  5. Resumé

You must complete the application in full, with all submissions, before it can be reviewed.

All Online Degree Programs, and Online Certificate students can apply using a simplified process, the Fastlane Application. Current Tulane BSPH students may also apply to the combined degree program using the same the Fastlane Application

A Note for International Students 

International students make up 17% of the student body at Tulane SPHTM. If you're an international applicant or a graduate of a non-US institution, there are just a few supplementary requirements to complete your application:

All of your application materials will be submitted through the SOPHAS site, unless otherwise noted above. 

3. We Review Your Application

You will receive an email when your application has been received by Tulane. From that point, questions about the status of your application can be best answered by your Admissions Department

The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. SPHTM is a highly ranked school of public health according to the US News & World Report 2015.