Carefully read through the information below before initiating your application.

1. Decide on your program of choice.

Review our Degree Programs

2. Prepare in advance the following documents

Letter of Intent

The Letter of Intent is an important component of your application. It helps us to determine how well your interests match with our program offerings.

  • Prepare a document to the attention of the Admissions Committee.
  •  Write a free-form essay of no more than 1,000 words (2 pages, single-spaced). Outline your reasons for pursuing admission into the degree program and how your background has prepared you for it.  Indicate your aspirations, learning goals, career plans, and specific research plans (if applicable).  Highlight any experience relevant to your program choice.

  • MPH in Occupational & Environmental Health applicants: Please indicate, in your essay, your interest in pursuing either the Occupational Hygiene  or Environmental Public Health emphasis.
  • MPH in Nutrition & Dietetics applicants: Instead of the free-form essay above, in up to 500 words (2 pages, double-spaced) please indicate the following:
    1. Your aspirations, learning goals and career plans.
    2. What impact you hope to have on the dietetic profession.
    3. How the MPH Nutrition and Dietetics program will allow you to achieve this.
Curriculum Vitae

Upload a document that includes at least the following information:

  • Name and contact information;
  • Education;
  • Employment;
  • Publications and presentations;
  • Teaching and research activities; and
  • Other relevant experience.
Statistics Requirement form for Master of Public Health (MPH) Epidemiology , Indigenous Health and Social & Behavioural Health Science (Health Promotion) applicants

To confirm completion of statistics course work, please download (from the on-line application) and complete the Statistics Requirement form with the following information:

  • Your name, application # and the program to which you are applying;
  • The course code and title of the statistics course(s) that satisfies this requirement;
  • The university at which you completed the course;
  • Your grade (% or letter grade); The session in which you completed the course; and
  • A URL (if available) containing the course outline.
Graduate Record Examiniation (GRE) for Master of Public Health (MPH) Epidemiology applicants

Applicants to the MPH Program in Epidemiology are required to submit an official GRE® General Test Score.  An official score report should be received by the University before the application deadline.

  • To register for the GRE, see:
  • Applicants should order results be delivered electronically to the University of Toronto (Institution code: 0982) at the time of testing to avoid additional costs.
  • GRE scores are valid for 5 years.
  • Upload a scanned copy of your GRE test results to the online application.
Scanned Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate university studies

All applications to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health are initially assessed based on scanned copies of transcripts.  If and when necessary, Official transcripts will be requested at a later phase in the application process.

  • You must indicate, in your application profile, all post-secondary institutions you have attended, even if you feel it is not relevant to the DLSPH program to which you are applying, and even if you did not complete the program.
  • Your entire transcript for each institution, including transcript legend (usually printed on the back of a paper transcript), must be uploaded as a single PDF (.pdf) file. You cannot upload individual pages. The transcript legend must appear at least once.
  • You must upload your transcript .pdf format.  A .jpg file must be converted to .pdf format to be uploaded.
  • The file size cannot exceed 4 megabytes (MB). We recommend scanning in greyscale at 72 dots per inch (DPI).
  • For Macintosh users, please note that the filename must include the appropriate 3 letter extension.
  • Do not upload a document that is password-protected or that contains macros.
  • If you have attended multiple institutions, scan each transcript individually to be uploaded to the application website. The transcripts should be uploaded in chronological order.
  • If you have attended a Canadian university, you may submit a .pdf file of your academic history from the university’s Student Web Service (ie; ROSI at U of T) in place of a transcript.

IMPORTANT: Your academic history printout must contain your name, the program completed or in progress, course codes, course titles and weights, the session in which they were taken, your grade and the university’s grading legend.  If your university’s online academic record does not contain ALL of this information, you must obtain an official copy to be scanned and uploaded into the on-line application by the application deadline.  If the admissions committee determines that your academic information file is incomplete, your application may not be reviewed.  If you have attended multiple institutions, all universities’ transcripts (with legend) must be included in your application.

Scanned documents must be clearly legible and print on standard U.S. 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper. The admissions committee will make its decision about your application based on this scanned transcript.  Please ensure that the file is complete and readable before submitting.

Non-Canadian or Non-US institutions

  • If you attended a University outside of North America, scan and upload your transcripts as above.  We have reference sources that provide degree equivalencies from all over the world, so no explanatory notes should be necessary.
  • For Non-English transcripts, a notarized English translation must also be scanned and included with your uploaded document.  Be sure to keep a copy of the translation for your records.
  • If requested, you will need to provide Official Transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution to U of T in a sealed envelope, as instructed in this application.
English Language Proficiency test scores (if applicable)

English language proficiency (ELP) is required and must be established by all applicants from universities outside of Canada where the native language is not English.

  • Note that a university education in English may not be considered sufficient (e.g. TOEFL/TWE is still required for graduates from such countries as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia).  A Medical Residency in Canada does not satisfy the ELP requirement, nor does living/working in an English speaking country.
  • Your application will not be considered without proof of English language proficiency.  A satisfactory ELP test result must be available prior to the application deadline. The test score can be no more than two years old.

Please indicate your test scores on your application AND request that your original test scores be sent, electronically, directly from the testing service to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services).

The institution code for U of T is 0982. There is no need to specify a department.

1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Minimum acceptable TOEFL/TWE scores:

Paper-based test Overall score: 580 TWE: 5.0
Internet-based test Overall score: 93 Writing score: 22 Speaking score: 22

2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Minimum acceptable IELTS scores:  7.0 (Academic) with at least 6.5 for each component.

For other acceptable English language tests, go to:

3. Select and contact references

Two (2) letters of reference are required.  Select referees who are familiar with your academic and career aspirations. Your reference should be able to comment on your academic ability and potential to succeed in a graduate program and as a Public Health professional or researcher. Generally, a former professor/supervisor or employer is the most appropriate reference. The University will contact your references using the email information you have provided in your application. You must enter an institutional email address for your references into the online application; a free email address (gmail, yahoo, hotmail) will not be accepted.

NOTE: If your referee does not have an institutional email address, please leave the fields blank, proceed through the application profile and make your application payment. Then, send the personal email address of your referee to the Graduate Office at

It is recommended that you confirm your reference’s availability and email address prior to submitting their contact information.  Alert them that an email, with the appropriate link to the reference submission pages, will be arriving from: SGS Graduate Admissions Application.

It is critical that you contact your references in advance to explain this process so that they can respond appropriately. Also, it may be necessary to follow up with your references, to ensure that the reference is submitted, electronically, by the deadline.

4. Complete SGS online application

5. Upload the final version of all your supporting documents into the online application

NOTE: YOU MUST PAY the Application Fee in order to activate your application.
i.e. to send the invitation to referees and to upload your supporting documents.

Click here to open the U of T School of Graduate Studies online application.

6. Apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

The Department of Public Health Sciences strongly recommends that applicants apply to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and any other external funding for which they are eligible.  Application information and instructions will be posted here by the end of October (early November for international OGS competition).

7. Request documents

Official documents
  • If requested, by the Graduate Department or through the online application system, you will need to order Official Transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate programs to be sent directly by the issuing institution to the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences.
  • If the testing agency is unable to send your Official English Proficiency test results electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services), please request that a hard copy of your results are sent directly to the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences.
Financial support

If applicable, arrange to have official copies sent to Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences:

  • If you have received government or agency support for your studies, please ask the funding agency to send a letter directly to the Graduate Office, indicating the details of the funding which it will provide for you academic program.
  • International applicants should contact their own government or Canadian Embassy Consulate for information on sponsorship through international agencies and Canadian government programs.

Mailing address:

Dalla Lana School of Public Health Sciences
Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences
155 College Street, Room 620
Toronto, Ontario   M5T 3M7
Ph: 416-978-2058

Application deadlines:

  • PhD – Monday, November 26, 2018
  • MHSc (Bioethics) – Monday, November 26, 2019 (Please visit the Joint Centre for Bioethics website for  more information and instructions)
  • MPH, MSc and Fall start MScCH (all fields) – Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) – Thursday, January 31, 2019