Applicants to the Master of Public Health Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) come from diverse ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds that enrich the educational experience. Our recent graduates have included:

  • Students just out of undergraduate programs
  • Professionals seeking to change careers
  • Professionals from law, medicine, nursing, social work, and business
  • Medical students
  • Resident and fellow physicians

Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. While most of the specialty tracks have no specific course requirements, we review official transcripts for demonstration of satisfactory performance in quantitative and qualitative methods and in social and biological sciences. We select students based on demonstrated past academic achievement.

Students must submit applications through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for public health schools and programs. The Program reviews applications on a rolling basis, and considers students for matriculation for three academic terms: fall, spring I and spring II. An applicant must submit a complete application by the deadline to be eligible for review. The required application materials include: 

  • Completed SOPHAS application, including fee
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • GRE or MCAT scores
  • Scores from the TOEFL exam if English is your second language

Application Deadlines are:

  • Fall – June 1
  • Spring I – November 1
  • Spring II – February 1

Admission to Other Public Health Programs

Advanced Certification

We’ve designed this program specifically for professionals already working in public health who feel the need to acquire an additional academic credential. The application procedures are somewhat different than for the MPH program.

Non-Matriculating Students

An option for those not prepared to enter a degree program but who are interested in learning about certain public health topics. Students can take individual courses in public health without matriculating toward a degree. To apply, students submit:

  • Completed SOPHAS Express
  • Application fee
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or CV

International Students

Please note that SOPHAS requires all transcripts issued by college and universities outside the United States be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Address all official transcripts and other application documents to

P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111

We do not consider applications until we have received ALL supporting documents.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The SOPHAS application prompts you to select which specialty track you are interested in pursuing. We use this information only to gauge student interest; it is not final. You can elect to switch tracks or finalize your track once you are admitted to the program. If you are unsure of your specialty track interest, please select General Public Health.

Affirmative Action

The Public Health Programs comply with ISMMS’s affirmative action policy by considering all applicants based on overall merit. The program does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status, in accordance with institutional policy and in compliance with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act, the Education Amendments, the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.