DrPH in Global Health Leadership

We strongly recommend completion of these courses prior to beginning the DrPH program, though it is also feasible to complete the MPH core courses concurrently with the doctoral coursework.

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and scholars regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.

Application criteria and requirements

In addition to completing the SOPHAS application, you are also required to submit the following supporting documentation directly to SOPHAS.

This program does not require the GRE. 

Each applicant needs to submit a written personal statement. The personal statement will be weighted heavily in the application process.  

While there are no set guidelines for the length or format of the personal statement, we encourage applicants to submit statements no greater than five single-spaced pages in length. Responses, however, should be detailed enough to give the admissions committee a thorough understanding of the applicant's background and motivations for pursuing this particular program. 

Personal statements should address the following questions: 

  • Why are you interested in this particular DrPH program?
  • Why do you care about the public’s health?
  • Students in this program will learn as much from each other as they will from faculty and guests. What will other students learn from you?
  • What are your career goals? Be as specific as possible.
  • What has been your most significant professional leadership accomplishment to date? Please explain.
  • What are some risks you've taken in your career?
  • What is the biggest disappointment or failure you've had in your career? What did you learn from this experience?
  • Anything else you would like to tell us about your background, personality, work style, or other points?

For each position on the résumé or CV, provide the job title, employing agency, dates employed, and responsibilities held. Indicate any additional strengths or skills such as fluency in foreign languages, research experience, teaching experience, community service, and demonstration of leadership skills. Include professional certifications, honors, and awards.

Official post-secondary transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended must be sent directly from the institutions to SOPHAS. This includes previous study at Indiana University.

It is strongly recommended that all transcripts be submitted no later than 15 days before the application deadline to allow SOPHAS adequate time to verify transcripts. Please note it can take up to four weeks for transcripts to be verified. Transcripts must be sent from institution in the institutions sealed envelope directly to SOPHAS.

World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation for all post-secondary foreign institutions attended. 

Please note: U.S. applicants who studied at foreign institutions as part of a study abroad experience at their U.S. college or university, do not need to provide a WES evaluation of their study abroad coursework.

International applicants

Applicants who have attended post-secondary institutions outside of the U.S. are also required to submit the following supporting documentation to SOPHAS with their application:

World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluation of foreign academic credentials

The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health requires all applicants with foreign academic credentials to provide a World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation of those credentials. Applicants should submit their transcripts to WES at least one month in advance of the application deadline to ensure that the evaluation is completed in time.

Through special arrangements with SOPHAS, WES will deliver its credential evaluation report directly to SOPHAS by secure electronic transmission. This expedites the delivery of the evaluation report—as well as images of the applicant’s verified transcripts—to SOPHAS and allows SOPHAS to process the report most efficiently.

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U.S. applicants who have attended post-secondary institutions outside of the U.S. as part of a study-abroad program at a U.S. college or university, do not need to provide a WES evaluation of their foreign coursework as long as it is noted on their U.S. transcript.

Please note: Upon admission to IU Indianapolis, international students will be required to provide the Indiana University Office of International Affairs with original transcripts from all universities attended in the U.S. and abroad.

Applicants will need to submit three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from qualified individuals who can comment on the applicant's leadership abilities. Qualified individuals include supervisors and colleagues who can provide a critical assessment of the applicant's abilities. It is preferred that letters of recommendation come from professional sources rather than academic references.

All finalists for admission to the DrPH program will be interviewed via distance by representatives of the admissions committee. At the point in time when finalists have been identified, they will be contacted by the program to find a convenient date and time for the interview.

The Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health requires applicants whose native language is not English or whose academic study was done exclusively at non-English speaking institutions to prove English proficiency by providing either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Scores must be under two years old.

Applicants who reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit TOEFL, ILETS, or IU Indianapolis EAP (English for Academic Purposes) exam scores.

Applicants who are admitted with TOEFL score of 100 and IELTS score of 7.5 will not require any additional English test or courses.

Applicants who are admitted and do not meet TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.5, must also enroll and successfully complete ENG-G 513 Academic Writing Grad Students through IU Indianapolis during Summer Session II. This course is completely online and designed to meet the academic writing needs of ESL graduate students.

The USMLE and ECFMG do not fulfill the required proof of English proficiency when applying to this program. Applicants who have passed the USMLE or ECFMG must also submit TOEFL, IELTS or EAP Scores.

SOPHAS applicants

SOPHAS applicants should use the following designations:

  • TOEFL scores to SOPHAS using the following designation DI Code 5688.
  • IELTS scores can be uploaded electronically to SOPHAS and official copy sent to IU Indianapolis School Code 1325.

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