Frequently Asked Questions

Below are questions frequently asked by prospective students to the Public Health program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai about admission and programs offered.

We accept applications to our MPH program using SOPHAS, the centralized application service for public health schools and programs. Applications for our Advanced Certificate and non-degree programs are accepted through SOPHAS Express.

You may review application requirements on our How to Apply page. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; once a completed application has been verified in SOPHAS, a decision is typically rendered within a few weeks. Applicants will be notified via email.

Students may apply for enrollment for the Fall, Spring I, or Spring II terms.


Application Deadline
Fall June 1
Spring I November 1
Spring II February 1

The Graduate Program in Public Health requires GRE or MCAT scores. In some cases, other test scores may be accepted. For questions about test scores e-mail

GRE scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS using code 0571.

In general, the GRE standardized test requirement cannot be waived. We have no minimum GRE score requirement. Applicants may submit MCAT, GMAT, or LSAT scores in lieu of the GRE. 

Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Applicants who received their first university degree in an English-speaking institution may be exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS.

Students may transfer up to 10 credits from courses taken at other institutions as long as they were not counted toward another degree. Transfer credits are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and must be approved by the program director. Transfer credits will not be considered until a student has enrolled in the program.

We have three, 12-week terms throughout the academic year: Fall, Spring I, and Spring II. Courses are offered Monday through Thursday in the evening, beginning at 4 pm.

Our MPH degree is designed to be completed in two years with full-time study. Once admitted into the program, students may choose to attend part-time.

Note: Students in the Epidemiology or Biostatistics track who enroll in Spring I or Spring II should allow more than two years to complete the MPH degree. Students in these tracks are strongly encouraged to begin in the Fall term. For more details, please contact the program office.

Yes. Non-matriculating students are welcome. Non-matriculating students must submit an application to SOPHAS Express. Tuition is per credit, and coursework taken as a non-matriculated student can be applied toward the degree if you later decide to apply for degree completion. Non-matriculating students may take up to 12 credits, after which they must apply for the MPH degree

What is the current tuition cost?

Tuition for incoming students in the 2017-2018 Academic Year will be $1,200.00 per credit.

Does your program offer financial aid and work study?

Yes. Our Office of Financial Aid is available to assist applicants with questions regarding financial aid. For information concerning financial aid contact Dale Fuller at 212-241-5245 or Additional information on financial aid can be found by visiting the Office of Financial Aid and Bursar web site.

Who are the students?

Our students are drawn from diverse ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds that serve to enrich the educational experience. Our recent graduates have included:

  • College graduates
  • Professionals seeking to change careers
  • Professionals from law, medicine, nursing, social work, and business
  • Medical students
  • Resident and fellow physicians

Where do your MPH graduates work after completing their degree?

Our graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, departments of health, and industry. They work in public health practice, management, and research. 

Some of our recent graduates are employed by:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • City Harvest
  • Doctors of the World
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • The Earth Institute
  • Epic
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Icahn School of Medicine
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • New Jersey Department of Health
  • New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Pfizer, Inc.
    • Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
    • Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School