Frequently Asked Questions

General School and Program Information

RSPH is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.  We are also a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), the only national organization representing the deans, faculty and students of the accredited member schools of public health.

What are the various master's and doctoral degree programs that you offer?

For a full list of degree programs by department please click here.

MPH students are required to complete 42 semester hours of coursework and a practicum.  Most students take four semesters to complete the MPH.  However there are accelerated MPH programs in the Global Health, Health Policy and Management and Epidemiology departments.  The MSPH degree consists of 46 to 48 semester hours of coursework as well as a required practicum.  The MSPH program is a four-semester program.

Students who have completed previous graduate level work must still meet all the degree requirements as described in the RSPH academic catalogue, including the full number of credit hours.

The MSPH is an academic degree designed for students who desire to specialize in methodology.  In general the MSPH programs are more research oriented and quantitatively based than the MPH programs.  As such MSPH programs tend to include extra research modules and more quantitatively based coursework.

RSPH does not offer any courses that are exclusively online. However, we do have a distance-based program called the Executive MPH program. For more information on this distance learning opportunity please click here or contact Leah Tompkins at ltompkins@emory.edu.

If you have questions related to admissions, campus visits or recruitment, please contact us at:

Phone: 404.727.3956

Email: sphadmissions@emory.edu


Financial aid and merit scholarship inquiries will be accommodated accordingly:

  • If you're a prospective applicant, current applicant, or admitted student and have general scholarship questions, contact the Office of Admissions at sphadmissions@emory.edu or 404-727-3956.
  • If you are a finalist for a merit scholarship and have questions, please contact Brittney Romanson, Assistant Director of Student Life at brittney.romanson@emory.edu or 404-712-0672.
  • If you are a merit award recipient and need info about award disbursement or financial aid, please contact Catherine Strate, director of enrollment services at cstrate@sph.edmory.edu or 404-727-3933.
  • For financial aid, FAFSA, or direct loan questions, please contact Emory University’s Office of Financial Aid at finaid@emory.edu or 404-727-6039.

Other offices that may be helpful to you include:

Enrollment Services - 404-727-8739

Career Development - 404- 727-6482 or rsphcareerdev@emory.edu

We are happy to share more information with you about RSPH! Please visit the following page and introduce yourself to us: RSPH Inquiry Form.

We would love for you to experience our community first-hand.  In order to arrange an individual visit, attend and admissions event or to see where we will be on the road please visit our website.


Application Process and Admissions

The application deadline for MPH and MSPH admission is January 5, 2017.  Applications that are completed by this deadline will receive priority consideration for merit scholarships.  The Executive MPH priority application deadline is March 15, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed after this time  on a space-available basis.

RSPH uses what is known as a centralized application service.  The particular service we use is called SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service).  In order to apply, visit www.sophas.org to complete the application process.  For a fee schedule and a list of SOPHAS frequently asked questions please click here. Once your application is complete SOPHAS will forward your file to us. You will be contacted upon receipt of your application. At that time, you will also have the opportunity to add up to two additional programs for admission consideration.

Applicants may select up to three programs for consideration.  Select your top program on the SOPHAS application.  Once your application is received by Emory, you will be given instructions for selecting up to two additional programs for consideration.

Applicants are required to provide RSPH with the following items:

  • Complete/Verified Application with SOPHAS
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (WES Evaluations required for all non-US transcripts and French Canadian transcripts)
  • Two Evaluations (SOPHAS requires at least three evaluations, but once two have been received, SOPHAS will automatically submit your application to Rollins for review (if your application and all other admission materials have been completed and verified)).
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Personal Statement (1,500 words or less, included with your application)
  • Research/Work/Volunteer/Honors/Experience (included with your application)

Individuals who are near completion of a baccalaureate (or higher) degree may apply during their final year and submit incomplete transcripts.  However, an acceptance is not final until the applicant's final transcript, which clearly documents the completion of the degree, is received before Fall registration starts.

International students are also required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores with their application. Additionally, all international transcripts must be evaluated and verified by World Education Services (www.wes.org) and an official WES ICAP evaluation must be sent to SOPHAS. Upon being admitted into a program, international students will also be required to provide additional documentation, such as a financial verification form and a visa information form.

The TOEFL Institution Code for SOPHAS is 5688.  Request that IELTS send scores electronically to the RSPH Office of Admissions.  You may self-report scores on the SOPHAS application.

If the primary native language of your country of citizenship is not English you will be required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score report.  However, if you have earned a degree from an institution within the United States this requirement can be waived.

RSPH welcomes applications from students from a variety of fields.  However, applicants must be able to articulate a strong interest in the area of public health. Furthermore, preference will be given to those students who have advanced training and applied experience in the field.  Each department may also have specific qualifications or course work that it prefers.

RSPH prefers references from an undergraduate/graduate advisor, faculty in the major field of study and/or a recent employer. Professional colleagues are acceptable as a third reference, although those listed above are preferred.

RSPH does require that applicants complete and submit standardized test scores.  Most students complete the general Graduate Records Exam, or GRE.  However, many departments will also accept the MCAT and two departments also accept the GMAT or the LSAT.  Please also bear in mind that GRE scores can only be reported within five years of taking the exam. Below is detailed list of which departments accept which test scores:

Department Applicant w/o Doctorate Applicant w/ Doctorate

BSHE

GRE or MCAT

GRE or MCAT (if trained outside the U.S.; otherwise none

BIOS

GRE

GRE (GRE if trained outside the U.S.; otherwise none

EH (includes Global

Environmental Health

and EH-EPI)

GRE or MCAT

GRE or MCAT (if trained outside the U.S.; otherwise none

EPI (includes

Global Epidemiology)

GRE or MCAT

GRE or MCAT (if trained outside the U.S.; otherwise none

HPM

GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT

GRE, GMAT, LSAT or MCAT (if trained outside the U.S.; otherwise none

GH

GRE or MCAT

GRE or MCAT (if trained outside the U.S.; otherwise none

EMPH

GRE or MCAT

GRE or MCAT (if trained outside the U.S.; otherwise none

DUAL DEGREE TEST REQUIREMENTS:

MBA/MPH may submit GRE or GMAT
JD/MPH may submit GRE or LSAT
MD/MPH may submit GRE or MCAT
All other dual degrees may submit GRE

Other than a minimum required TOEFL score (550 (paper); 213 (CBT); 79-80 (iBT)) and IELTS score (6-Overall) for international students, RSPH does not have standardized minimum requirements for acceptance into our programs.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred; however, it is important to note that the GRE and GPA are evaluated in the context of the overall application.  A variety of factors play into the success of an application.

The Institution Code for the Rollins School of Public Health is 4223. This code will forward your scores to SOPHAS and we will receive them as a part of your application.

RSPH will forward your application to the specified department for review upon receipt of an unofficial copy or fax of your test score report.  However, all admissions decisions will remain provisional until official scores are received directly from the administering test service.

Students who have received doctoral degrees from accredited U.S. institutions are exempt from the submission of standardized test scores. All students holding a masters level degree will be required to submit test scores. The following departments offer additional exemptions:

  • Behavioral Sciences and Health Education - Applicants who have a completed Master of Arts (MA), Master of Education (MEd), Master of Science (MS) degree or any doctoral degree from a US institution may opt to waive the standardized test score requirement; however evidence of quantitative skill and writing ability must be available in the application.
  • Applied Public Health Informatics - All applicants are exempt from the standardized test score requirement.
  • Prevention Science - All applicants are exempt from the standardized test score requirement.

Yes. Within the SOPHAS application, navigate to the "Additional Experiences" section. There is an area where applicants may write a 600-word description of any other relevant information not already expressed in other areas of the application, for the admissions committee to consider. 

In addition to applying to RSPH, MPH students interested in pursuing a dual degree must make a separate application to the respective school housing the other degree of choice. Acceptance into one degree program does not ensure acceptance into the other.  Both schools will require a separate application.  If you are admitted into RSPH and are not admitted to the other school, you may still enroll in our school.  All dual degree applicants should apply to RSPH through SOPHAS except internal MD/MPH students.  Internal MD/MPH students must apply through our RSPH web application.  All applicants who are currently pursuing professional degrees (MD, MSW, MSN, DVM, DDS, DMD, JD, MBA, Pharm.D, DO, MDiv, or MTS) in an institution external to Emory should apply through SOPHAS.

Internal MD/MPH students must apply through our RSPH web application.

All new applicants must apply for fall entry as RSPH does not accept spring applicants.

In order to defer your acceptance simply submit the Enrollment Decision Form indicating your intent to defer and pay your deposit via check or online payment.  Your seat in the next year's class cannot be held without the receipt of a tuition deposit.  RSPH allows applicants to defer for one year.  After that time, if an applicant wishes to attend RSPH, he or she must complete the application process again.

Applicants wishing to apply for another term must complete the full application process with SOPHAS. SOPHAS does have a re-applicant process that carries some data from your past application into your new application. You can read about this process in the SOPHAS application instructions and FAQs. There will be no re-activation of student applications by RSPH.

In order to keep track of your application status you will need to sign into OPUS.  If you have not already obtained your Emory network ID and password please visit this website in order to do so.  If you experience problems obtaining your log in credentials, please contact the RSPH Office of Admission at sphadmissions@emory.edu or 404-727-3956.

After you have obtained your login information, please visit www.opus.emory.edu and login.  Once in OPUS you will be able to view any outstanding items required for your Emory application under the 'To Do List' link.  Please log in periodically to check for required items and updates from offices such as admissions and financial aid.

Your decision status will also be updated in OPUS.  Only final 'admit' and 'decline' decisions can be viewed on this portal. If your file is waitlisted or redirected to your second or third choice department, you will receive an email from us notifying you of this action.

To access the online decision area:

Click on "View your Decision" located in the Admissions section.

To find your student ID number simply login to OPUS. Your student ID number will be displayed at the top of the page next to your name in parentheses.

The PhD programs in Public Health are administratively housed in the Laney Graduate School.  RSPH Admission does not manage the PhD admissions process.  You may contact the Graduate School by phone at 404.727.0184 or via email at gradschool-l@listserv.cc.emory.edu.

Yes.  In order to take courses at RSPH without being admitted into a degree program you must complete the Special Standing Student application process.  To complete this process simply submit the online application which can be found on this website and submit it along with official transcripts documenting the receipt of a Bachelor's degree.  Tuition for Special Standing Students will is $1900.00 per credit for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Enrollment and Course Information

Up to six semester hours of transfer credit may be allowed for relevant graduate-level courses taken at other academic institutions within the three previous years, provided that these credits were not used toward another degree.  The transcript must reflect a grade of an A or B for transfer credit to be granted.  You may transfer up to nine credits if the coursework was completed  a non-degree seeking student (Special Standing) at Rollins.  The request for transfer credit must be approved by the department chair where the course is taught as well as  the executive associate dean for academic affairs.

In order to be considered full-time, a student must be registered for at least nine semester hours. Domestic students are permitted to attend part time.  If you are a student who will attend under part-time status, please indicate this in the supplemental questions portion of the SOPHAS application.  Part-time status does impact tuition/fees and financial aid. Please review the following page for tuition costs for part-time students: RSPH Tuition and Fees. International students are required to attend full time due to visa stipulations.

Yes, as a degree-seeking student, you may take courses at other schools within the university with permission from the instructor at no additional cost  You should also check with your department advisor to verify whether or not the course will apply toward your degree requirements.


Finances and Housing

RSPH offers several scholarships on a competitive basis to incoming students.  Need based financial assistance is coordinated in collaboration with Emory University's Office of Financial Aid. .   We invite you to visit the following pages to learn more funding your education:

The cost of attendance at RSPH varies program you pursue. The following figures represent the tuition costs for the 2016-17 school year and is subject to change for 2017-18. Other fees are further explained on our website: RSPH Tuition and Fees.

Degree Program Length of Degree Program Full Time Semester Rate [1-2]
Master of Public Health (excludes Executive MPH) 4 Semesters $15,900
Master of Public Health 3 Semesters $21,300
Master of Science in Public Health 4 Semesters $18,300
Dual Degree Program 2 Semesters in Public Health $24,500
Executive MPH, Master of Public Health

6 Semesters (3 course schedule)

9 Semesters (2 course schedule)

$10,600

$1,700/per credit hour

Part-time students (enrolled in less than 9
credit hours) - Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Public Health
Based on the number of credit hours completed
per semester
$1,900/credit hour
Graduate in Residence See note [3] $1,000

During summer semesters, the hourly rate goes into effect when students sign up for coursework above the three or four semester-program plans, or if they enroll in eight credit hours or less.

These costs are variable and depend largely on your choices. We strongly encourage you to review our Cost of Living Guide to review budgets and worksheets that will help you in planning: Cost of Living Guide.

While there is no on-campus housing for graduate students, there are a number of apartment communities in the area surrounding Emory where many of our students live. Some student live at Campus Crossings at Briarcliff, a complex of furnished apartments designed for graduate students.  The Office of Residential Services hosts an off-campus housing finder at offcampushousing.emory.edu.