Skip to main content
Liaison International

SOPHAS Express Quick Start Guide

What is SOPHAS Express? 

The Application Service for Schools and Programs of Public Health – Non-Degree, Certificate and Dual-Degree Programs (SOPHAS Express) 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 Express, your application and materials are 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:

    • Cycle dates and deadline requirements. 
    • Application fees.
    • Reference requirements. 
    • Minimum requirements, including standardized test scores, supplemental applications, foreign evaluations, etc. 
  2. Begin contacting potential references to confirm their participation. 

  3. Begin drafting your personal essay.

  4. Review the instructions in this Help Center and the SOPHAS Express 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

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. Monitor your application to follow up on any missing items.

At Least 4-6 Weeks Prior to Deadline

Continue monitoring your application. 


  • Was this article helpful?