Independent Master of Public Health (IMPH)

Application Submission

Applicants for the Independent Master of Public Health degree program are required to submit an application through the Schools and Programs of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS).  As noted on the SOPHAS website, the following materials will be required to submit your SOPHAS application:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • If you attended a college or university outside of the United States, you will need to submit an official transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).
  • Designation of at least three references.  One reference must be from a professor/instructor who taught you in a course for which you received a grade.  The two remaining references may be from any source, excluding family members. References should address your ability to succeed as a student in the Public Health Program and as a future public health professional, as well as any traits/characteristics we should consider.  Additional letters of recommendation may be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions to augment the SOPHAS application if desired.
  • Letters of recommendation are used for admissions purposes only and do not become part of the official academic record.

Please note:  the items listed above are specifically required by Touro University California.  SOPHAS may require additional items before you submit your application.

Application Review

Applicants for whom all application materials are received will be notified via email that their application is complete.  Once complete, applications are reviewed by the Admissions and Standards Committee based, in part, on the following criteria:

  • Academic Performance
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Relevant Experience/Exposure
  • Fit to Mission

Candidates are not required to attend a formal interview. 

Citizenship Requirement

All applicants, including graduates of foreign institutions, must hold either U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application.  DACA recipients and candidates with pending citizenship or permanent residency cannot be considered.

Degree Requirement - Students from U.S. Schools

A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. School is required prior to the first day of mandatory orientation.

Degree Requirement - Students from non-U.S. Schools

Graduates of non-U.S. schools must submit an official transcript evaluation from World Education Service (WES) clearly indicating the degree should be considered equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. school.  Graduates for whom the transcript evaluation indicates their degree should be considered equivalent to a doctoral/professional level degree will also be considered.

NOTE: Applicants to all other TUC degree programs are required to earn a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent.  Candidates accepted into the MPH program without a Bachelor's degree or equivalent will not be eligible to apply to any other TUC degree program.

Minimum GPA Requirement

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required to apply to this program.  Competitive candidates will typically have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Course Requirements

The Public Health program does not require any specific coursework prior to matriculation.  A background in the social sciences and experience with statistical methods, however, may be useful.  The GRE is not required.

Notification of Decision 

Decisions are typically rendered within two to three weeks of the receipt of all application materials. Notifications are then sent via U.S. Mail and/or email shortly thereafter. Accepted candidates are required to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit which is typically due no more than two weeks from the date on the letter of acceptance. Upon matriculation, the deposit is credited towards the first semester tuition. 

Multiple Deposit Policy 

Applicants to Touro University California (TUC) may also choose to apply to and submit seat deposits for other programs located within TUC or the greater Touro College and University System (TCUS).  TUC applicants who have deposits at one or more TUC or other TCUS programs will be given until April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) to decide which program they wish to attend and will be required to withdraw from all other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited.  TUC applicants who are accepted and who submit seat deposits after April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) will be required to immediately withdraw from any other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited. 

Background Checks 

Incoming and current students may be required to submit to a background check either prior to or during their enrollment at Touro University California. Facts uncovered as a result of a background check which could preclude licensure and/or practice in the profession may impact the students ability to begin or continue their education and the University. Details are provided with the letter of acceptance. 

Admissions Office Correspondence with Candidates 

Unless otherwise noted, all correspondence is conducted via email. Please be certain that you are able to receive emails from addresses and be sure to monitor your junk mail folder.