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SOPHAS Quick Start Guide

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What is SOPHAS? 

SOPHAS, the centralized application service for schools and programs of public health, simplifies the process of applying to public health programs. You start by selecting the programs you wish to apply to, then you submit one application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by SOPHAS, your application and materials go through a verification process before being transmitted to all of your selected programs. Click here to start your application.

How long does the application process take? 

It's important you apply as early as possible since completing your application can be a lengthy process, and since application processing times vary throughout the cycle. Below is a suggested timeline that includes key actions to keep the application process on track. This timeline may need to be adjusted based on your programs' deadlines and requirements. 

Timeline Key Actions

Prior to the Start of the Application Process

  1. Research programs you wish to apply to. Pay special attention to:

    • Deadline requirements. 
    • Reference requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including prerequisites, standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc. 
  2. Ask your schools to send you the official transcripts you'll need to enter your coursework

  3. Begin contacting potential references to confirm their participation. 

  4. Begin drafting your statement of purpose and objectives (personal essay).

  5. Review the instructions in this Help Center and the SOPHAS Professional Code of Conduct

At Least 3 Months Prior to Deadline

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete the Colleges Attended section. 
  3. Complete the Evaluations section. 

At Least 10-12 Weeks Prior to Deadline

  1. Ask your schools to send official transcripts directly to SOPHAS. If there are any holds on your account at a school, resolve them now to avoid delays in sending transcripts. 
  2. Begin entering coursework into your application. 
  3. Check in with your references to confirm that they received the reference request via e-mail.

At Least 6-8 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Submit and complete your application. Review the Verification process. Monitor your application for receipt of transcripts and letters of reference and follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application until your status is Verified. 

 

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