Information for New MPH Students

Welcome to the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), 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.

Getting Started

As you look to beginning your time at Yale, we strongly advise that you review the 2017-2018 academic calendar for important dates. Please be sure to check out the Current Student Resources for other important information as well.

Some important upcoming dates and deadlines include:

rev. 06.19.2017

International students who will require a visa to study at Yale must complete the appropriate Financial Certification Form according to the following deadlines:

Form Deadline
AP MPH Form May 15
MPH Form May 30

Please follow the instructions on the form carefully to avoid delays. Once your form and the appropriate documentation are submitted to YSPH, the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will prepare your immigration document. If you have any questions, please contact YSPH Admissions at ysph.admissions@yale.eduempty.

OISS serves as a resource for immigration-related matters throughout international students’ time at Yale. The office’s website is a great resource for new international students coming to Yale.  

Planning for Finances at YSPH

2017-2018 costs are outlined on our Financial Aid website.  You will also find information on searching for outside scholarships and loans here.

Student Accounts, bills, and payments are coordinated by Student Financial Services. Their website includes more detailed information on understanding your bill and making payments. 

All bills are published online through the electronic Ebill/Epay system.  The standard billing dates are as follows:

Bill Published

Bill Due by 4pm

Summer Bill (if applicable)

June 1

July 3

Fall Term Bills

July 3

August 1

Spring Term Bills

November 1

December 1

If you would like to make payments for your balance due over a longer period of time, Yale offers the Yale Payment Plan.  Please register before April 30 as the first payment for the fall and full-year payment plans are due in May.  Participation is optional and elected on an annual basis. The cost to enroll is $100 per contract.  Students enrolled in the Yale Payment Plan must monitor both their Payment Plan account and their Student Account as the Yale Payment Plan is not adjusted for miscellaneous charges. 

If your financial aid from all sources covers living expenses as well as tuition, you may be eligible for a refund once the semester begins.   Please review the Student Accounts website for more information.  

You may request your refund once you see an available credit on your bill, but please note refunds are processed the first week of classes.  Therefore you should plan on using savings for initial startup expenses (like your security deposit and first month’s rent for off campus housing) and “reimbursing” yourself out of the refund once classes begin. 

Many students at YSPH work part-time during the school year. Their jobs and hours vary greatly.  Most students wait until they arrive in New Haven to search for work, but if you’d like to begin sooner, the information below may be helpful:

  • Campus Jobs
  • Teaching Fellowships
  • Research Assistant Jobs
    • There are research projects that are in need of a research assistant. We suggest you begin your search for a research assistant position by asking your faculty advisor for suggestions. There are also many positions posted on the Student Employment website.

Academics

A mandatory orientation for new students will take place the week of August 21 through August 25. Orientation will provide new students with information and resources that will prove helpful during your time at YSPH. In addition to the orientation sessions, there will also be some social functions coordinated by second year students. 

A half-day orientation will be held for Advanced Professional MPH and Accelerated MBA/MPH students on July 3. Schedule

Students admitted to the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) are responsible for becoming familiar with the general regulations of YSPH as stated in the “Policies” sections of the Yale School of Public Health Bulletin and with the more specific requirements stated in the individual section on each department or program which may go beyond, or supplement, the general standards. Please note the updated 2017-2018 YSPH Bulletin will be available in mid-August.

Please refer to the MPH Academic Resources webpage for additional details. 

Students are strongly advised to review the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines regarding the upcoming academic year. This includes term start and end dates, holidays and breaks, and registration.

Please refer to the MPH Academic Resources webpage for more information.  

If your degree was conferred since you submitted your application to SOPHAS and therefore was not verified by SOPHAS, you must provide YSPH with your final official transcript(s) by August 15. These official transcripts must indicate the degree and date received. 

International Institutions
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.

Official final transcripts from U.S. institutions and WES evaluations should be sent to YSPH admission at the following address:

Office of Admissions 
Yale School of Public Health
47 College Street, Suite 108
New Haven, CT 06510

Students will not be allowed to begin classes without this documentation. If you have questions about this matter, please contact YSPH Admissions at ysph.admissions@yale.edu.

It is important that we have your current address. This is true for both students within the United States and International students.  Once you activate your NetID, you can use it to update your address in Student Information Systems, www.yale.edu/sis.

Students at YSPH register for classes once they arrive on campus in August. Students will have the opportunity to “shop” for courses at the beginning of the fall term. This course shopping period allows students to attend a variety of classes before finalizing their fall schedule. During orientation students will receive details about using the online registration system.

Students can review course descriptions in the YSPH Bulletin. The fall 2017 course schedule will be available in early summer.

Please note that Advanced Professional MPH and Accelerated MBA/MPH students will be pre-registered for their summer 2017 courses.

Academic advisors are vital partners in students' success at YSPH. Students are assigned faculty advisors within their departments. Students will receive information about their advisor assignment prior to arriving in August. Students will be expected to meet with their advisor during the first week of classes to finalize their course selections.

Yale University requires that all students be issued an official Yale University photo identification card. You will need this card to gain access to transportation facilities, the YSPH buildings, dormitories, and other facilities and services.

In order to have your University ID card ready for you at orientation, you will be requested to electronically submit a color PASSPORT PHOTO.  If a Passport Photo is not possible, you may submit a color snapshot showing a full front view of your head and shoulders. You will also have the option of mailing a photo in lieu of an electronic upload.  Please submit all photos no later than May 31, 2017 by going to www.yale.edu/idphotoupload.
Textbook information is available on the Yale Bookstore website. Faculty will also post textbook and reading information on the course management website (Canvas) at the beginning of the term.

The Resource Office on Disabilities works with all students at the University. Registering with the Resource Office on Disabilities is a required first step for students who wish to request a disability related accommodation or service. Students must contact the Resource Office and meet with the Director to discuss accommodation(s). Appropriate documentation is required and will be discussed with the student.

Student Life

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). You will be redirected to a page where you will enter your NetID and password. Please note you will receive an email with your NetID once your Notice of Intention form and seat deposit have been processed.

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.

On-Campus Housing
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 YSPH. The Graduate Housing Office has a wealth of information about on campus housing options. 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. The application opens on April 17.

Off-Campus Housing
It is impossible to capture the full breadth of rental housing available in New Haven. However, Yale Off Campus Living, is a key resource for your housing and apartment search and has been designed to help ease your move into the exciting and diverse City of New Haven and its surrounding areas.

Links for computing resources on campus, as well as information on where to obtain support for your personal computer can be found at https://its.yale.edu/audience/new-students.

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 on Yale Health’s new graduate and professional student website. Some of these documents need to be completed and submitted by May 31, so please review them in a timely manner. Students will not be allowed to register for classes or reside in the dormitories unless they have completed all the proper forms.

Students in the Advanced Professional MPH and Accelerated MBA/MPH in Health Care Management programs will not automatically have Yale Health coverage during their summer term. Students interested in summer coverage should contact Yale Health for more information.

Whether you’re looking for ways to get around New Haven or travel beyond the city, there are numerous transportation options will help you get to your destination.

There are a variety of ways to stay physically active and enjoy sports and recreation at Yale. The Yale Student Life website has helpful information on the many resources available.

As a reminder, you can connect with other newly admitted and current students on the Class of 2019 Facebook group. Admission staff will also be on the page answering questions and posting information. You will be added to the YSPH Class of 2019 email listserv prior to the start of the fall term as well.

We also encourage you to download the Yale iPhone or Android app to stay connected to everything going on around campus with news, events, photos, videos and more.

And for the latest news and research from the Yale School of Public Health, follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram


More information about life at Yale and living in New Haven is available at studentlife.yale.edu/live-work-travel

MPH Contacts

MS and PhD Students

Department orientation at the School of Public Health will be held in late August prior to the start of the fall term. Details will be sent this summer. Please plan to attend this event. If you have questions about the MS and PhD orientation program, please contact Melanie Elliot.

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