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Social and Behavioral Sciences (MPH)

The Social and Behavioral Sciences MPH program is available on campus or fully online. You will train to assess and address the health-related behavioral, cultural and social factors that influence pressing public health problems. Through coursework, professional development opportunities and fieldwork experiences, students work with faculty and community agencies to plan, implement and evaluate programs designed to improve the health of all people.

To learn more about the MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences, visit temple.edu.

Admissions Information

This program is offered in-person and online. The same admissions process applies to both programs.

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for admission. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. There are no prerequisites to apply to the MPH program at Temple University, but strong grades in mathematics and/or statistics, social sciences and writing are preferred.

All applicants will be automatically considered for available merit-based scholarships at the time they are reviewed for admission. Students will be notified if they are in receipt of such scholarships either at the time of admission or very shortly thereafter.

Application Components

  1. Application: Students must apply through the SOPHAS Centralized Application Service. The documents listed below will all be submitted through SOPHAS.
  2. Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation from college or university professors who can speak to your academic abilities. If you’ve been out of school for more than five years, submit letters from professional colleagues who can discuss your relevant academic skills including critical thinking, research and writing.
  3. Goals Statement: Write a 500- to 1,000-word statement of purpose that articulates your interests in public health and this program in particular. Craft your statement to specifically address the following items:
    • What are your interests in public health and why are you planning to pursue an MPH?
    • What are your future career goals and what have you done either academically or professionally to guide your interest in public health?
    • What MPH concentration are you applying to and why?
    • Are there any exceptional circumstances related to previous academic performance that you would like the admissions committee to know about?
  4. Official transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9111
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  5. A current résumé or CV is required.
  6. Official GRE score. Official scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS using code 0151. Official GRE scores will be waived for applicants who have:
    • a B or better in an undergraduate statistics or advanced mathematics course and
    • an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.  

Check on your application status and the receipt of your materials through the SOPHAS portal.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5688.
  • A WES Evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SOPHAS.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission: March 1
NOTE: Deadline extended to June 1

Laptop Requirements for MPH Students

Laptops are integrated into the MPH curriculum and required to complete in-class activities and projects outside of class. In order to run specialized analytical software, a laptop with the minimum hardware specifications defined below will allow a smooth experience.

Required Operating System: Windows 10

A laptop running Microsoft Windows 10 is required. SAS statistical analysis software will be used for class activities and projects and only runs on Windows.

For Mac users: If a Mac laptop meets minimum hardware specifications detailed below:

Requirements for Hardware: Minimum Specifications

A laptop with the following minimum hardware specifications will ensure a smooth experience:

  • Minimum Intel Core i5 Processor Dual Core or AMD equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB SSD or larger
  • 13.3 – 14 inch 1080p display
  • 802.11 G/N Wi-Fi (or greater) compatible wireless card
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Extended warranty of at least 2-3 years preferred

Important Notes and Recommendations

  • Purchasing an accidental damage and extended warranty with your laptop is strongly recommended. Downtime will seriously impact your ability to complete required class activities and assignments.
  • A solid state drive (SSD) is not required, but SSDs offer significant performance improvements and stability. If a system without an SSD is selected, the drive speed should be 7200 RPM. Larger drives are normally 5400 RPM and will be tough to last multiple years.
  • Not all laptops include a standard size HDMI output (some are Mini-HDMI/Micro-HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, etc…) if this is the case then an HDMI adapter will be needed and is NOT provided by Temple University.
  • Temple University does not provide antivirus software for student use. It is recommended to use the integrated Windows Defender or another free application such as AVG, Avast or Bitdefender.
  • Some laptops come with a 1366x768 display resolution. This will not be sufficient for viewing datasets and multiple items on the screen at the same time. A 1080p display should be the minimum. 1080p is sometimes classified as FHD or Full High Definition. A 4k or Ultra HD display is higher resolution than 1080p and is acceptable.
  • A touchscreen is not required, but may be used.