Selecting Your SOPHAS Programs

Click “Manage My Programs” to select which schools you would like SOPHAS to make your application available to. You can add as many programs as you like as long as their individual deadlines have not passed.

BEFORE SELECTING A PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOOL OR PROGRAM

Deadlines: Submitted Application Required

Applicants must have a submitted application by the deadline date posted.  A submitted application requires that the application is e-submitted and all payments have been received by SOPHAS and attached to the application.  Documents like transcripts and letters of reference can be received by SOPHAS after the deadline date.

Determine Your Eligibility

Research the schools and program’s requirements and/or prerequisites and determine that you are eligible to be considered. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, contact the school or program directly. SOPHAS does not verify prerequisites and requirements; as long as your SOPHAS application is completed correctly, we will forward your application regardless as to whether or not you are eligible.

Determine the Selection Rules For Each School

Some schools allow applicants to select more than one program to apply to within their school. Other programs only allow you to select ONE designation ONLY. If you are unsure if your school allows multiple selections or not, please contact the school directly BEFORE making any selections.

Does the School or Program Still Have Seats Available?

*WARNING* Some  programs fill their classes prior to their posted deadline, even if they do not specifically state they are rolling admissions.

SOPHAS strongly encourages ALL applicants to contact the programs to which they are applying and ensure seats are still available BEFORE submitting their SOPHAS application. SOPHAS can NOT give a refund if a school you have selected has already filled its class, nor can we transfer the payment to another designation.

SOPHAS BUSINESS RULES BY SCHOOL (click to expand)

 

SCHOOL NAME BUSINESS RULE
Boston University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Brown University Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Central New York Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Charles R Drew University Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Claremont Graduate University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Colorado School of Public Health Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Columbia University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
CUNY School of Public Health Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Dartmouth College Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Des Moines University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Drexel University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
East Tennessee State University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Emory University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Florida International University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
George Mason University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
George Washington University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Georgia Southern University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Georgia State University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Harvard University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Hofstra University Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Indiana University – Bloomington Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Indiana University – Indianapolis Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Johns Hopkins University Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Loma Linda University Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Louisiana State University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Loyola University Chicago Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Mercer University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
New York Medical College Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
New York University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Northeastern University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Northwestern University Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Ohio State University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Oregon Health & Science University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Oregon State University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Pennsylvania State University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Rutgers University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Saint Louis University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
San Diego State University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
St George’s University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Stony Brook University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Temple University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Texas A&M Health Sciences Center Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Thomas Jefferson University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Touro University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Tufts University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Tulane University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
UCLA Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University at Albany Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University at Buffalo Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Alabama at Birmingham Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Arizona Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of California, Berkeley Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of California, Irvine Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Cincinnati Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Florida Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Georgia Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Illinois at Chicago Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Iowa Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Kansas Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of Kentucky Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of Louisville Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Maryland School of Medicine Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Maryland School of Public Health Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Massachusetts – Amherst Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Memphis Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Miami Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Michigan Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of Minnesota Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of Nebraska Medical Center Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of Nevada Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of New Mexico Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of North Carolina Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of North Texas Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Oklahoma Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of Pennsylvania Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Pittsburgh Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of South Carolina Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of South Florida Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
University of Texas Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Virginia Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Vanderbilt University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Virginia Commonwealth University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
Washington University in St Louis Applicant may select ONE program ONLY
West Virginia University Applicant May Apply to Multiple Programs
Yale University Applicant may select ONE program ONLY

DESIGNATING A SCHOOL OR PROGRAM TO APPLY TO

1. Click the “Add Program” tab on the Application Dashboard to add schools to apply to.

2. Begin by selecting the institution you are interested in.

3. Select the blue plus symbol (+)  to the left of a program’s name to add it to your program list. Select the “UNDO” button to the right of the school entry to remove it. Please note that the application requires you to have at least ONE program selected at all times. If you wish to remove a program and you only have one selected, you will need to select a second program before the UNDO option will appear for the first.

4. Once you have selected a program, it will appear in the “Add Program” and “Submit Application” tabs of the application. You will be required to complete the “Program Materials” section before you can submit to this program. Please see the “Program Materials” section of our instructions for information on how to complete this section.

5. Before submitting, look over your program list carefully.  Then check it again. You may edit your programs list until you e-submit your application.

WARNING: Once you submit your application, you are committed to applying to the programs you have selected and NO programs can be removed. SOPHAS can NOT give a refund if a selection was made in error, nor can we transfer the payment to another designation.

6. After you submit, you can continue to add programs to apply to as long as their deadline dates have not passed.

COMMON QUESTIONS:

Q: If the schools and programs have different deadlines, will my application go out to all of them at once?

A: SOPHAS does not mail applications. Instead, your application is visible to all programs you have submitted to on your application at all times. If you do not wish your application to be visible to certain programs just yet, you should wait and add those programs to your designation list at a later date.

Q: Can I add more programs to apply to AFTER I submit my application?

A: Yes. When you submit your application, it will only be visible to the school(s) listed at the time of submission. You may add programs to apply to at any time up until the end of the application cycle as long as their individual deadlines have not passed. Just go to the “my programs” section of your application and select “update designations” to add your additional schools.

Q: Am I able to request a deadline extension if I did not e-submit in time?

A: The SOPHAS web application will not allow you to apply to a school or program once its application deadline has passed. SOPHAS does not offer deadline extensions to applicants. Only the public health schools and programs can grant a deadline extension, regardless as to the circumstances which prevented your e-submission. Contact the individual public health schools and program directly to request a deadline extension. If your request is approved, the school or program will instruct you on how to proceed. SOPHAS will NOT contact schools or programs to inquire about deadline extensions.

Q: My application was undelivered back to me to make changes. While it’s open I would like to add more schools and programs to apply to. Why can’t I find the designations button?

A: You cannot add schools or programs to apply to while your application is in an “undelivered” status. You must make the required corrections to your application and e-submit it back to SOPHAS. Once this has been done, you may add more schools and programs to apply to.



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