Transfer Admission Criteria & Required Documentation

Transfer Admission Criteria: To request transfer to the MPH program of the SJBSM, the applicant must come from a public health program at the graduate level of a college or university accredited by the MSCHE and licensed by the Board of Post-Secondary Institutions of PR; with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); must be fluent in the Spanish language [speak, write and read] and must have reading comprehension skills in the English language. The Program allows the transfer of a maximum of 12-course credits’, the Integrated Learning Experience and the Applied Learning Experience are not transferable, and the transferred course credits will not be included in the grade point average (GPA). The transfer credits request must meet the following criteria: (1) have been approved within five years of enrollment in the public health graduate program; (2) core course credits must have been approved with a grade of A or B and non-core courses with a grade of A, B or C; (3) courses credits must be comparable in content and number of credits; and (4) must address the same competencies as the SJBSM MPH Program course. If the applicant meets the above criteria, they must submit the following documents.

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  • Official Transcript. a copy of the university or college where the applicant was admitted as a Graduate Program in Public Health student. Must be sent from the registrar or designated school records official directly to SJBSM Admissions Office (e-transcripts are accepted and can be sent to Official transcripts from the applicant, photocopies, or unofficial records will not be accepted.
  • Transfer Credit Request Form. For each course listed on the Form, you must submit: (1) a course description according to the institutional catalog or course syllabus; and (2) a document certifying that the course addresses the same competencies as the SJBSM MPH Program course.
  • Statement of Purpose. Must address the following questions: (1) What is your motivation to study and work in the field of public health? (2) Why do you want to study at the SJBSM? 3) How will your professional, academic, and personal experiences enable you to contribute to the SJBSM MPH program? (4) What are your career goals, and how do they relate to the public health field? (5) What are your research and community service interests, and how do they relate to the public health field? No more than 3 pages at 1.5 or double space, and 12pt. and Times New Roman font.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae. Include all previous and current work experience (if any), educational background, and any other relevant information (e.g., research experience, community service/volunteer activities, professional associations, awards, publications, licenses and certifications, computer and technology skills, languages proficiency, interests, etc.). Experience is not required for admission; however, the admissions committee values professional and/or educational experience in public health or other health-related fields.
  • Letter of Recommendation. Three individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional skills include former professors, employment supervisors, research mentors, and/or volunteer/community service preceptors. At least one must be from a former professor. If the applicant has been out of school for over five years, they may submit three letters from employers, research mentors, or volunteer/community service preceptors. Recommenders must provide information using the Letter of Recommendation Form. The recommenders themselves must submit letters; they cannot be completed or submitted by the applicant or another party on behalf of the recommender.
  • Good Standing Certificate [Certificado de Antecedentes Penales] can be requested online at the following link:


All applicants who meet the minimum criteria and have submitted all required documentation will be invited for an interview. The interview will be conducted remotely through the Google Meet or Zoom platform. The applicant will be notified of the day and time of the interview by phone call and/or email.