Admission is the initial step for applicants who want to begin a career in health care. They must learn about and comply with admission requirements established by the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine for selected academic program, and subsequently been accepted by the corresponding Admissions Committee.
The Admissions Committee, comprising of faculty members, evaluates all applications taking into consideration applicants’ academic and personal qualifications. The analysis includes academic achievements, academic record, admission test scores that apply to the selected program, basic studies required to enter the program, ability to relate to other people and resolve problems, participation in community and scientific activities, and motivations to become a health care professional.
In keeping with official policies, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and veteran, marital or parental status.
The MPH Program at SJBSM requires from all applicants to the Masters in Public Health a bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary educational college or university accredited by the Puerto Rico Council of Education with a General Point Average (GPA) no less than 2.50. To begin with the admissions process all applicants must submit the following documents:
- MPH Application Form (Download, fill all blanks and print)
- Official results of the Admission Test for Post Graduate Studies (EXADEP), Graduate Record of Examination or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Application fee of $100.00 (non- refundable certified check or money order payable to San Juan Bautista School of Medicine).
- Bachelor's degree with a 2.50 GPA or higher. Applicant must submit official transcripts
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- 500 word personal statement
- Certification of Non-Penalty
- Curriculum vitae or Resume
A significant component of the admission process is the applicant’s interview; only qualified applicants are invited for a personal interview. The Associate Dean of Allied Health Programs and the Masters in Public Health Program Coordinator conduct a thorough assessment of applicant's nonacademic attributes, including participation in community activities and membership in community forums. The Admissions Committee significantly considers interview evaluations when making admissions decisions.
On the day of the interview the applicant should have a clear understanding of the admissions process, financial aid options, housing, and other matters. Appointment for an interview does not guarantee admission; it is a part of the overall process.
The MPH Admissions Committee will evaluate and make the final decision guided by the admissions criteria. The Admissions officer will send a letter via e-mail informing the applicants about the decision. If the applicant is accepted, he/she must submit the following documents:
- MPH Application Form (Download, fill all the blanks and print)
- Copy of birth certificate
- Health Certificate
- Evidence immunization status must be submitted using the official Puerto Rico Department of Health PVAC-3 formulary or the International Certificate of Vaccination (also known as “Yellow Card”). The PVAC-3 or the Yellow Card needs to show evidence of tetanus toxoid in the last five years; two doses of the MMR vaccine; three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine; and evidence of a tuberculin test (PPD) result. Students must also demonstrate evidence of at least two doses of the Varicella vaccine if there is no clear history of the infection, accompanied by positive titers. Certificate which must include the vaccines of Hepatitis B and Chicken – pox vaccine or release of responsibility
- Physician’s Report
- One “ 2 x 2 “ photo
The mailing address to which the applicants must send the required documents is:
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Admissions Office (Att: MPH Program)
PO BOX 4968
Caguas, PR 00726
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (SJBSM) welcomes applications from prior students. Students interested in returning to the SJB MPH program will be permitted to pre-register for the trimester for which they will register provided that their withdrawal was due to a medical or other approved leave of absence.
Students seeking readmission after academic dismissal are not eligible to apply for readmission for at least one trimester.
A request for readmission shall be initiated by a written application to the Associate Dean for Students Affairs. The request will then be referred to both the Admissions Committee and the Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee. The latter Committees will review the request with the Academic Dean and the Associate Dean of Allied Health Programs, and render a decision based on the academic achievement level of the student during prior enrolment and other relevant factors.
All readmission documents must be accompanied by a money order or certified check for $100.00 payable to the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. This amount is non-refundable.