New MPH Students
Welcome to the Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, and New Haven. We are excited about having you join us this year and hope to help make your transition to Yale a smooth one. With that in mind, this webpage will provide information on some of the key topics new students are faced with as they prepare to arrive on campus. Please visit this page throughout the coming months, as it will be updated regularly with important information and “to dos” for new students.
- Important Dates
As you look to beginning your time at Yale, we strongly advise that you review the academic calendar for important dates. Don’t book that ticket home for winter break before taking a peek. Some important upcoming dates and deadlines:
- April 5: Admitted Students Open House
- April 15: Notice of Intent Form and seat deposit due
- May 31: Photo due for Yale ID card
- June 21: Required healthcare forms due to Yale Health
- June 30: Final official transcript(s) due
- July 1: Summer term tuition payment due for students in Advanced Professional MPH program
- July 1: Summer session classes begin for Advanced Professional MPH students
- August 1: Tuition payment due for fall term
- August 16: Summer session classes end
- August 26 – 27: Orientation for incoming students
- August 28: Fall classes begin
Incoming students must provide YSPH with their final official transcript(s) by June 30. These official transcripts must indicate the degree conferral for all degrees conferred. The official transcript(s) should be sent to:
Yale School of Public Health
47 College Street, Suite 108
New Haven, CT 06510
Students will not be allowed to matriculate and begin classes without this documentation. If you have questions about this matter, please contact YSPH Admissions at email@example.com.
If you earned your degree from an international institution, we do require a WES course-by-course evaluation and translation in lieu of the official transcript. If the WES evaluation you provided through the SOPHAS application already confirmed your degree conferral, you do not have to submit a new WES. However, if you completed/will complete your degree after submitting your WES evaluation to SOPHAS, you must provide a new WES evaluation indicating your degree conferral.
Students at YSPH register for classes once they arrive on campus. Students can begin registering on August 28, but will have the opportunity to “shop” for courses for nearly two weeks before needing to finalize their course registration. This course shopping period allows students to attend a wide variety of classes and register for courses once they have a better sense for class content. Students will need to meet with their academic advisor and receive approval for their planned courses prior to registering. Advanced Professional MPH students should note that they are pre-registered for their summer coursework. During Orientation students will receive details about using the online registration system.
Though students will not be registering for classes over the summer, we do encourage you to take a look at course descriptions. The schedule of courses for the Fall 2013 term will be available in mid-summer.
Academic advisors are vital partners in students' success at YSPH. Students are assigned advisors according to their departments and the academic interests they stated in their applications. Students will receive information about their advisor just prior to arriving on campus in August. Students will be expected to meet with their advisor during the first week of classes.
AP Summer Schedule
Biostatistics: M/Tu/W/Th 9:00-10:30am (lecture) and Friday 9:00-10:45am (computer lab)
Epidemiology: M/W/F 11:00am-12:30pm
SBS: M/W 1:30-3:30pm (extra session on Tues, July 2, 11:00am-12:30pm; extra hour on Monday, July 29, 1:30-4:30pm; class canceled on Wednesday, July 31)collapse
Orientation for new students will take place on Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27. This mandatory program provides new MPH students with information and resources that will prove helpful during your time at YSPH. In addition to the Orientation session on August 26 and 27, there will also be some social functions coordinated by second year students the weekend prior to Orientation. The Orientation schedule will be available in early August.collapse
There is no lack of housing opportunities for new students coming to Yale. Though the “best” living choice is completely dependent on personal preferences, we encourage you to consider a variety of options. There are lots of great areas in New Haven to choose from, so take a look at what the city has to offer and learn more about some of the neighborhoods. And don’t forget to review the google doc current students set up for YSPH students to look for housing/roommates.
There are a number of on-campus housing options available to graduate and professional school students. Most MPH students that choose to live on campus select Harkness Hall for its proximity to the LEPH building, where most MPH classes take place. The Graduate and Professional School Housing Office has a wealth of information about on campus housing options on their website. There is an application process for on campus housing and rooms are limited, so if you are considering living on campus we encourage you to complete an application early.
It is impossible to capture the full breadth of rental housing available in New Haven. However, University Properties, which manages Yale’s commercial properties, offers several rental opportunities for graduate students. The University also provides general rental information and a housing database to assist students with this process. If you’d like a more personal touch, hop onto the Class of 2015 Facebook page and ask current students for opinions.
Yale Health is Yale University’s full service health center. This summer you’ll need to communicate with Yale Health to provide immunization records and to register for—or request a waiver of—student health insurance. Once the fall semester begins, the Yale Health facility serves as a resource for the Yale community to access medical care and coverage.
There are a number of forms and documents that require your attention at Yale Health’s new graduate and professional student website. Some of these documents need to be completed and submitted by June 21, so please review them in a timely manner. Students will not be allowed to register for classes or reside in the dormitories unless the have completed all the proper forms. Students in the Advanced Professional MPH program will not be automatically enrolled in Yale Health during their summer term. If AP students are interested in summer coverage, they should contact Yale Health.collapse
- Financial Issues
Tuition, Bills, and Student Accounts
Student accounts and bill payments are coordinated by Student Financial Services. Students receive monthly emails from Student Financial Services informing them that their student account statement is available in the University’s eBill-ePay website.
Advanced Professional MPH students, please note that your summer term tuition and, if applicable, room and board, will be due July 1. Fall term tuition, room, and board for all MPH students is due August 1. Please read the new student letter (linked on the right side bar of this page) from Student Financial Services, which includes important information on payment processes, student accounts, and other financial issues. More information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.collapse
Many students at YSPH work during the school year. Their jobs vary greatly, from lab research to babysitting, but we suggest students not work more than 10 to 15 hours per week during their first semester, allowing for a transition and acclimation period. Most students wait until they arrive in New Haven to search for work, but if you desire to get started sooner, make use of the Yale Student Employment and Human Resources’ job site.collapse
- Yale ID Card
In order to obtain your Yale ID card, you must first upload a passport-style photo using the website www.yale.edu/idphotoupload/. You will need this card to gain access to transportation facilities, the YSPH building at 60 College Street, the 47 College Street building, dormitories, and other facilities and services. Please submit your photo no later than May 31st.collapse
- Yale E-mail
As a Yale student you are provided with an email account that University offices will use to send you important information. This email account becomes available when you activate your NetID and it is important that you check it frequently.
As a student at YSPH, you will have an EliApps email account. Your email can be accessed at www.yale.edu/its/eliapps (click on the EliApps link).collapse
- International Students
Internationals students obtain their immigration paperwork from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). In order to begin the process of obtaining immigration documents, international students must first submit a financial certification form and provide proof of finances to YSPH. The financial certification document and more information about this process can be found on the international student financial aid webpage.
OISS serves as a resource for immigration-related matters throughout international students’ time at Yale. The office’s website has some incredibly useful information for new international students coming to Yale, from banking in the US to purchasing a car. Once in New Haven, it is very important for international students to report to OISS (it’s an U.S. Immigration requirement) promptly.collapse
In mid-summer we'll be posting a list of the textbooks new students will need for their core classes at YSPH.collapse