Visiting Student Status 

Applicants for Visiting Student Status in the Public Health 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).

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

Please note:  Accepted students may enroll in up to 12 semester units under Visiting Student Status.  Upon completion of 12 semester units, students must either apply for (and be accepted into) the full MPH program or they must withdraw from the University.  

In addition to those listed above, the following requirements apply to all applicants for all options:

Citizenship Requirement. All applicants, including graduates of foreign institutions, must hold either U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application. Candidates with pending citizenship or permanent residency will not be considered.

Degree Requirement. A Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution is required prior to the first day of mandatory orientation.

Requirement for Graduates of non-U.S. Institutions. Graduates of non-U.S. institutions must submit an official transcript evaluation from a recognized agency, clearly indicating that the foreign degree should be considered equivalent to a Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Full requirements for transcript evaluations may be found on our transcript evaluation page.

Minimum GPA. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better is required to apply to this program.

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. 

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.