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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.

  • DrPH applicants: Please highlight previous education, relevant work and volunteer experiences, as well as future career goals that align with a DrPH, and subject-matter interests. Any external obligations during the doctoral program should be communicated through the letter of intent, as well.
  • MPH in Occupational & Environmental Health applicants: Please indicate 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 your experiences reflect the values of the MPH Nutrition and Dietetics Program.
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
  • Other relevant experience

DrPH applicants: At least five years of mid-level management experience in a relevant field/organization is required for admission. Please ensure that this is included in your curriculum vitae.

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 and application number;
  • The session in which you completed each statistics course that satisfies this requirement;
  • The course code and title of each course;
  • Your final grade (% or letter grade) in each course; and
  • A URL (if available) containing the course outline. If an active and accessible URL is not available, please upload a scanned copy of the course outline (syllabus) with the form (in a single document).
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.

IMPORTANT: You may submit a .pdf file of your academic history obtained from your university’s online student portal (i.e.; ACORN at U of T) in place of a university-issued transcript. 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, if possible, 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 is incomplete, your application may not be able to be properly assessed.

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 complete 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.
  • If requested, you will need to provide official Transcripts, and an official English translation, sent directly from the issuing institution (university and translator), to this office in a sealed envelope.
English Language Proficiency (ELP) test scores

English Language Proficiency (ELP) is required and must be established by all applicants who completed their admitting degree at 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.
  • If in doubt, take a test of English Language Proficiency.

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

The University of Toronto requires at least two (2) letters of reference for each application.  These references are provided through the online application electronically and directly to the graduate unit to which you are applying.  They are not shared among graduate units or programs.

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. Referees will be asked to comment on the applicant in such areas as leadership, organization and problem solving.  Generally, a former professor/supervisor or employer is the most appropriate reference. At least one academic reference is recommended.

DrPH applicants: Please provide two letters that indicate to the admissions committee your aptitude and suitability to the DrPH program, and how it will support the advancement of your contributions to the public health workforce. At minimum, one letter should attest to your academic aptitude and potential, while one letter should describe your skills, leadership potential, and suitability from a public health policy or practice perspective.

Referees will receive a system-generate email to the email address you 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:

At this time, electronic documentation is best and should be emailed to If electronic transcripts are not available and hard copies must me provided, mail is temporarily being received at:

Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
223 College Street
Toronto, ON   M5T 1R4

Application deadlines:

  • DrPH: Friday, November 27, 2020
  • PhD: Friday, November 27, 2020
  • MPH Nutrition and Dietetics-Advanced Standing: Friday, November 27, 2020
  • MPH, MSc and Fall start MScCH: Monday, January 18, 2021
  • MHSc (Bioethics): Monday, January 18, 2021 (Please visit the Joint Centre for Bioethics website for  more information and instructions)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for PHS applicants – Mid-March, 2021

Please direct questions to