As part of the School of Global Public Health’s rigorous PhD in Public Health  program, you’ll balance the theoretical and the practical through methodological preparation that is tailored specifically for your unique interests and goals.

If you’re ready to work side-by-side with an interdisciplinary network of venerated faculty and research experts from across NYU’s global sites, then we encourage you to apply to the PhD program today. Learn more about what we look for , how to apply  and more below.

Who Should Apply?

All applicants to the PhD in Public Health must hold an undergraduate or first professional degree from an accredited institution. We suggest, but do not require, that you hold either a Master of Public Health degree or equivalent graduate coursework to apply. If you do not have these credentials, you can complete the required coursework in the first year of the PhD program.

We also strongly recommend that you have some amount of applicable work and/or research experience related to public health. Although this is not a formal requirement for admission, successful applicants will usually have completed at least 2-3 years of work or research in a relevant area.

How Are Applications Reviewed?

The review process for the PhD program is holistic, taking into account all factors and experiences in a prospective student’s application and reviewing your overall potential for success in doctoral public health studies and future careers. Our review of applications examines the following characteristics:

Prior academic performance : Usually at least a cumulative 3.3 GPA in prior undergraduate and graduate programs and have received A or A- grades in quantitative courses

Work and research experience : Usually 2-3 years of relevant experience, including professional, research, publications, internships or volunteer

Statement of purpose : Evaluated for evidence that the applicant understands the program and the field, can clearly articulate professional and academic goals, and has carefully considered how the program will help them achieve those goals

Writing sample : Help the admissions committee understand the applicant’s critical and analytical skills, facility in writing, and potential as a future researcher

Recommendations : Evaluated for the extent to which recommenders indicate the applicant’s potential for advanced graduate training and career in public health

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required to apply to the PhD program.

Personal interview (if invited)

TOEFL scores from applicants for applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed a previous degree at an accredited U.S. college or university; A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based test is required.

Faculty Mentors

Doctoral applicants are encouraged to list potential faculty mentors in the application.  Please note that if you choose to identify potential mentors, they should be drawn from the  list of primary GPH faculty .

All applications are due on December 1st. The NYU PhD in Public Health only accepts applications for fall enrollment.

How To Apply

For an application to be considered complete, all of the following application materials must be received by the deadline:

The completed SOPHAS application

Personal statement

Resume or curriculum vitae

Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, with English translations if applicable

Three letters of recommendation

Writing sample of 5 to 15 pages

TOEFL scores from all applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. Applicants holding or completing only a graduate or professional degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction are still required to submit a TOEFL score unless the graduate program was four or more years in duration. When ordering test reports from ETS, you must include the proper institution code for the NYU GIPH (8752).


NOTE: Applications are due on December 1st.  Applicants should ensure that all of the above required documents are received by SOPHAS in time for them to be processed by this date. Applications will not be considered complete or reviewed for admission unless ALL required supporting documents have been received.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students who are admitted to the program will be fully funded by a fellowship or a combination of fellowship and Research Assistantship for five years. Learn more on GPH’s Financial Aid page .

For Additional Information

If you have additional questions or can't find the answer to your question here, please feel free to contact GPH Admissions directly at [email protected] .

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Doctoral program: December 1 MSPH, Human Nutrition – Dietitian: December 1 MSPH programs, except for the Registered Dietitian program: January 15  MHS: June 1. BA/MSPH program with Public Health Studies at JHU: July 1

For more updated information, please check the School’s How to Apply page . 

  • Baccalaureate-level degree in a related field
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for MSPH and PhD programs (optional, but highly recommended for the 2023/2024 academic year)
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for the MHS in Global Health Economics program (optional, but highly recommended for the 2020/2021 academic year)
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  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
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  • IELTS Academic – minimum score: 7
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  • Pearson Test for English (PTE Academic) – minimum score: 68
  • Three letters of recommendation

For all full-time master’s and doctoral programs administered by the Department of International Health, GRE scores will be optional, but highly recommended for applicants to the 2023/2024 academic year. The Department has elected to change our policy on standardized test scores in an effort to assist potential applicants who may have difficulty taking standardized tests because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you already have valid GRE scores we encourage you to include them as part of your application; however, your application will still be reviewed without them. If you do not have GRE scores but instead have MCAT scores available, we encourage you to include them in your application. If you have any questions about your application please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected].

The GRE is now offering a  test-at-home option  in nearly all locations where the traditional internet-based test is offered. Results are available in 10 to 14 days.

The admissions committee looks at every application holistically. We take into account previous grades, types of courses taken, GRE scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation, match to program area and faculty interests, and experience. Because public health is an applied discipline, experience in low- and middle-income country settings—such as that obtained through the Peace Corps or Fulbright—is viewed favorably by the admissions committee. We also recognize that the situation of global uncertainty and disruption in response to COVID–19 may affect test-taking ability, and we will take that into consideration in admissions decisions. We encourage you to do your best on the GRE and focus on other aspects of your application which are equally important to the admissions process.

The School's Application Instructions are available  here .

We hope that this extension will give you enough time to get your transcripts and letters of recommendation to us by the deadline. If you think it will take longer, please contact us with your concerns. T he Bloomberg School Office of Admissions allows 14 days for applicants to gather any missing documentation. 

For our master's degree progams that have reopened admissions and extended deadlines this year, we are committed to a rapid turn-around, providing an admissions decision within 7-10 days of receiving a complete application.

  • Master's applicants should have at least two academic recommendations out of three. The third can be professional.
  • Doctoral students can have a mix of academic and professional recommendations, and with permission from the academic manager, can submit a fourth letter of recommendation if appropriate.

The Department awards a limited number of full-tuition scholarships to incoming master's students each year in a competitive process. During the second year, after completing a minimum of 64 course credits and during the internship stage of the program, the Department automatically provides a 75% scholarship to all master's students; students are responsible for the remaining 25% of the tuition. Research and teaching assistantships may be available that can support students in selected areas. Financial support for internships varies depending on the sponsoring organization

All full-time PhD students will receive the following support for the first four years of the program: full tuition, individual health insurance, University Health Services clinic fee, vision insurance and dental insurance. By year 2 of their PhD, students must have identified and be assigned to a research or training grant.

The MSPH is a department-based degree program designed for students who are looking to begin a career in global public health. It provides a foundation in core public health disciplines while allowing students to develop more specialized skills in a particular area of interest by choosing from one of our  four program areas.  The MSPH includes a practicum requirement of a minimum of four months full time.

The MPH is a schoolwide degree program designed to provide students with broad-based education in the areas of population health and disease, as well as training to work with a variety of public health issues. Applicants must have a minimum two years of experience in a health field or public health prior to applying.

The two degrees are equivalent in terms of their level of recognition and respect in the field of public health.

The PhD prepares students to become independent investigators in academic and non-academic research institutions, and emphasizes contributions to theory and basic science. Applicants must apply to one of the Department's four program areas.

The DrPH degree is no longer being offered through the Department of International Health. It is being redesigned and will be offered as a schoolwide degree for a start date of June 2017. For more information, please read about  the DrPH program here . The DrPH is designed for students with experience in the practice of public health who have already earned their MPH or an equivalent degree and want to further prepare themselves for leadership positions at federal agencies, state and local health departments, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and health care institutions. 

In general, GRE scores for most students admitted average the 70 percentile in all three areas, with the average somewhat lower for MSPH students and higher for PhD and DrPH students. Undergraduate GPAs average 3.25 for MSPH students, and graduate GPAs average 3.50 for PhD and DrPH students.

It should be noted that no one factor dominates the admissions decision. The admissions committee looks at applications holistically. Factors examined include previous grades, types of courses taken, GRE scores, personal statement, letters of recommendation, match to track and faculty interests, and experience. Experience in one developing country is viewed favorably, especially for admission to the PhD program.

TOEFL scores have to be a minimum of 100 in internet-based tests.

IELTS scores must be a minimum of 7.

Visit the International Applicant Information  website  for details. Application requirements for the Department are also posted. Experience in international developing countries is viewed favorably, especially for admission to the PhD program.

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The MSPH in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control: a degree in hard sciences highly preferred

The MSPH in Health Systems: a degree in biological or health sciences or alternatively in management or social sciences

The MSPH in Social and Behavioral Interventions: a degree in the health or social sciences

The MSPH in  Human Nutrition – Dietitian track requires all students to have an undergraduate major in a hard science, health, or psychology. It also requires students to take 7 additional courses prior to applying (up to 2 of the courses can be done after submitting the application). For more information, please see the  Registered Dietitian page.

The PhD in GDEC, Health Systems, and SBI require a prior master’s degree.

The PhD in Human Nutrition requires a minimum of 1 year of post-baccalaureate such as a master's degree, a dietetic internship, medical training, or other relevant work experience.

If you received a degree from an English-speaking university, you can request a TOEFL score waiver from the Academic Program Manager by email. We will review your degree and university to determine whether you will need to submit a TOEFL score or you qualify for a waiver.

The Department does not offer these options for any degree programs. While some courses are available through the Web, the programs require that students be enrolled full-time and be in residence. However, the MPH and DrPH programs offer part-time/Internet-based options.

You can enroll in these Institutes but you will have to pay additional tuition for each course. Your regular year tuition does not cover the cost of courses in these Institutes.

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  • Bachelor's degree required for MSPH/PhD applicants
  • Master's degree in the area of health behavior health promotion or similar field required for PhD applicants
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher (3.6 is considered competitive)
  • GRE scores are waived for Fall 2024 admissions
  • Three letters of recommendation

Resume or CV

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  • Research statement
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  • Resilience statement (optional)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants

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Academic background.

Applicants to the MSPH must have a prior bachelor’s degree. Applicants to the PhD must have a prior master’s degree in the area of health behavior health promotion or a similar field.

A competitive applicant will have an outstanding academic background, as well as strong research interests and aptitude in health behavior and health promotion.

A minimum grade point average of 3.2 or above is required for the MSPH/PhD program. A GPA of 3.6 or higher is considered competitive.  The GPA is calculated based on the last 60 undergraduate units, or if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units.

Applicants should send official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended to SOPHAS (PO Box 9111; Watertown, MA 02471).

GRE Scores are waived for Fall 2024 admissions

Combined verbal and quantitative score of 310 is considered competitive. The analytical writing portion of the GRE is required when submitting scores. GRE scores may be reported directly to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, which is code #4253. For more information about the GRE, visit the  GRE website .

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants must provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation from academic advisors, professors, supervisors, mentors or anyone else familiar with their academic and/or professional ability. Letters of recommendation are submitted to SOPHAS electronically.

Applicants are asked to submit a resume or CV outlining their academic and professional experience and achievements.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

The personal statement (maximum of 1500 words) should include:

  • Why you are interested in the MSPH/PhD program
  • Specific areas of interest in health behavior health promotion
  • Reason for selection of this program
  • Academic, professional, and research background, including experience/expertise with health behavior health promotion topics
  • Future goals and objectives

Please note that some schools of public health use software to detect plagiarism in statements of purpose. It is important to ensure that an applicant’s statement is written in his/her own words and, when appropriate, that quotations and citations/references are used for a direct quote.

Research Statement

PhD applicants must provide a statement of research/practice interest (maximum of 500 words / 2500 characters). Please describe the specific content area in which you propose to focus your doctoral work; why this area is of interest to you; and identify faculty members at the College of Public Health whose research interests align with yours and with whom you would like to work.  You do not need to include hypotheses, measures, or data analysis methods, etc. It is expected that doctoral program applicants will share similar interests with at least one of the faculty members of the Health Behavior Health Promotion Section.

Writing Sample

The writing sample may be a paper, article, or report written for work or school that demonstrates the applicant's writing and research abilities. Applicants may submit their writing sample electronically via SOPHAS .

Faculty Advisor

One of the most important pieces of an application to a doctoral program at the College of Public Health is finding a faculty advisor whose research interests and areas of expertise align with your interests.  Through the admissions process, the College of Public Health seeks to ensure that we have sufficient faculty with relevant research experience to effectively mentor you through your doctoral program and your dissertation.

Please research the faculty in the Health Promotion Sciences Department and outline which faculty members you hope to work with in your Research Statement (see above).  Given that faculty commitments change from year to year, we strongly recommend that you list at least two faculty with whom you would like to work.  Although you are welcome to contact specific faculty to discuss our program and your goals, it is not necessary for you to communicate with faculty before or during the application process.

Mission and Values Statement

In 250 words or less (1,250 characters), please describe how you would embrace and support the Mission and the Values of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

  • Our Mission:  The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting the health of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in education, research, and service.
  • Our Values:  The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health acts with respect and integrity to continuously advance health and well-being for all through knowledge, collaboration, empowerment, advocacy and sustainability. Our core values are: Fairness, Trust, Equity, Social Justice, Excellence, Innovation, Commitment, Collegiality, Diversity, Open Communication, Participation, Consensus, and Enhancement.

Resilience Statement (Optional)

If you have not addressed this elsewhere in your application, please describe any obstacles you have had to overcome or failures you have experienced; how you showed resilience; and what you learned from the experience. 250 words or less (1250 characters).

TOEFL/IELTS Scores for International Applicants

All international applicants are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. A TOEFL iBT score of 90 or higher is required. Please see more information, including when the TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived, for international applicants .

Other Factors

Other factors considered in the determination of a candidate's potential for success in the MSPH/PhD Program are:

  • Long range goals and commitment to health behavior health promotion research
  • Experience in health-related research strengthens all applications
  • Experience and/or commitment to underserved areas and populations strengthens all applications

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For more information about the PhD program, please visit the PhD Health Behavior Health Promotion page . If you have additional questions, please contact our Director of Admissions at [email protected] or (520) 626-3201.

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Public Health PhD Admission Requirements

The Zilber College of Public Health is now accepting applications for doctoral training in public health, including epidemiology, environmental health sciences, community and behavioral health promotion, and related areas.

We will only review applications submitted via SOPHAS – the centralized application service for public health.

Competitive multi-year fellowships are available. Please apply by December 1, 2023. 

Deadlines for Fall 2024 Enrollment

  • For scholarship and fellowship consideration : Dec 1, 2023. Competitive multi-year fellowships available!
  • Final deadline: March 15, 2024.

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  • GRE: Use GRE code 1780. Request a substitution or waiver by emailing [email protected] .
  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic experience and potential for graduate work in public health.
  • Official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended sent directly to SOPHAS. For information on how to send your transcripts to SOPHAS, follow this  link .
  • Exceptions can be made. Visit the Graduate School admissions page for additional information.

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Ph.d. in public health, admissions criteria.

Due to the highly competitive nature of our doctoral program, meeting the following minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

  • Applicants to the Ph.D. in Public Health program must meet the following admission criteria:
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent* from an accredited college or university, or in the case of foreign students, an accredited institution recognized in its own country as preparing students for further study at the graduate level.
  • Must have a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. This GPA is calculated using the last 60 credits of undergraduate upper-division hours.
  • Must have GRE** scores that are less than five years old.

**All public health doctoral programs require GRE scores except for the Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Toxicology, or Brain, Behavior and the Environment concentrations.

*Students interested in the Biostatistics & Data Analytics concentration are required to have coursework completed in Calculus and Linear or matrix algebra. This concentration also prefers applicants with a master’s degree in applied math, statistics, biostatistics, data science, or computer science. Additional backgrounds or experience in computing language, upper-division statistics, and upper-division mathematical logic are preferred.

How to Apply

The application process requires time. Be sure to start this process early since several steps take time to complete including the mandatory verification process. Please review our guide below to prevent any application delays and to avoid missing a deadline.

For questions about the Ph.D. in Public Health admissions process or application procedures, please contact Fiorella Suyon, Public Health Admissions Coordinator at [email protected] .

* Not all Ph.D. in Public Health concentrations admit for Spring terms. You may contact Fiorella Suyon for further information on your program of interest if you are not already in communication with your respective program’s department.

Domestic Applicants

U.s. passport holders or permanent u.s. residents.

If you are a United States citizen or resident, but you studied outside of the U.S, you are required to submit proof of English language proficiency.

To be considered for admission, all applicants must submit the following required application materials:

SOPHAS application – /.

Review the SOPHAS Quick Start Guide

Statement of purpose – uploaded in SOPHAS

This should address the following:

  • Why you have chosen this degree?
  • What interests you about the concentration you’ve chosen?
  • How will our program help you achieve your academic and career goals?
  • What specific line of inquiry or areas of research would you like to pursue as a doctoral candidate/future scholar?
  • What faculty member do you see your research interest aligning with and why (the why part is optional).

Three letters of recommendation – uploaded to SOPHAS

Resume/CV – uploaded to SOPHAS

Writing sample – uploaded to SOPHAS

This can be a master’s thesis or published manuscript. Note : If you are unable to provide these types of writing samples, be sure to contact Fiorella Suyon or the Graduate Program Director from your department of interest.

GRE scores* * – sent directly to FIU SOPHAS code 7293 (must be less than 5 years old)

A course-by-course WES evaluation of your transcripts if you studied outside of the United States– sent directly to SOPHAS. See additional instructions .

Important : if you submit a WES evaluation, you are not required to submit official transcripts to the university . If you are a previous or current FIU student, you must send your official transcript to SOPHAS . View transcript instructions .

Direct link to the application:

Proof of English language proficiency – if you earned your degree from any country on our list here , you are automatically waived from this requirement.

We accept the following exams:

  • TOEFL (minimum scores are: 550 or higher paper-based, and 80 or higher internet-based) scores must be sent to FIU SOPHAS code 5688 and must be less than 2 years old.
  • IELTS (minimum score is 6.5 or higher) scores must be sent to FIU code 5206 and must be less than 2 years old.
  • Duolingo English Test – minimum score is 110.
  • Applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.
  • For updated information regarding English language proficiency requirements, please visit the FIU International Admissions page .

International Applicants

Individuals who are in the u.s. on a visa or inquiring a visa.

To be considered for admission, all applicants must submit the following required application materials: Materials

SOPHAS application -

Click here to review the SOPHAS Quick Start Guide

This can be a master’s thesis or published manuscript. Note : If you are unable to provide these types of writing samples, be sure to contact Ms. Fiorella Suyon or the Graduate Program Director from your department of interest.

GRE scores** – sent directly to FIU SOPHAS code 7293 (must be less than 5 years old)

A course-by-course WES evaluation of your transcripts if you studied outside of the United States – sent directly to SOPHAS. Please click here for additional instructions.

Important : if you submit a WES evaluation, you are not required to submit official transcripts to the university.

If you are a previous or current FIU student, you must send your official transcript to SOPHAS. Please click here for transcript instructions.

FIU Graduate Admissions supplemental application – please click here to access.

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We recommend that all prospective applicants THOROUGHLY read all FAQs below. Starting in September we will have live Q&A sessions, come back in the Fall to join us.

Please note: Due to the hundreds of applicant questions that we receive, any questions regarding specific content for an individual application will not receive a response. We recommend that all applicants do their best to provide the exact information requested and submit it as soon as possible. If we require additional information, we will contact you.

The Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Griffin GSAS) Admissions website via the following web link may also help you:

What is the deadline for applying to the PhD in Population Health Sciences (PHS)?

The application for fall 2024 admissions will be available by September 2023, and the application is due by applicants by 5:00 PM ET on December 1, 2023 – no exceptions.

Am I required to take the GRE?  Can I substitute another test for the GRE?

The GRE remains an optional component of our formal, holistic application to the PHS PhD.  However, it is still recommended that the applicant take the GRE and submit their scores along with the application.

If you should choose not to submit GRE scores, the faculty will still consider your application; however, it is incumbent upon the applicant to provide support of higher-level statistical capability either in prior coursework or in a research/employment capacity.

Can I apply to the program if I am an international student? Are there any special requirements?

Yes, international students can apply to this program with the same application and funding parameters of U.S. students.

Am I required to have a TOEFL or IELTS score if I am a non-native English speaker?

Yes. Our program, like all Griffin GSAS doctoral programs, accepts TOEFL scores and/or IELTS scores if an applicant’s native language is not English and if they do not hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an institution at which English is the primary language of instruction.

Please view the Griffin GSAS webpage on English Language Proficiency for more detailed information on test score eligibility and timelines.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08541. When requesting official score reports, indicate the receiving institution as Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Code 3451.

Can I indicate more than one Field of Study on my application?

Upon starting the application, you will indicate your desired Field of Study as your major area of academic work. At a later point in the application, you will be asked to indicate an interest in another Field of Study, if relevant.

How do my references provide their letters of recommendation?

For all information re: letters of recommendation, please visit the following web link:

Please note: At least one letter should be from a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student unless you have been out of school for more than five years. Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work.

How do I send my official GRE scores?

For all information re: submitting GRE scores, please visit the following web link:

How do I send my official transcripts?

For all information re: submitting official transcripts, please visit the following web link:

What kinds of backgrounds do entering students typically have?

The majority of PHS students have a distinguished undergraduate record and excellent performance record in any graduate work undertaken. Although a previous graduate degree is not required, students in any of our Fields of Study have successfully completed coursework in introductory statistics or quantitative methods.

It is preferable that all students entering the program have taken introduction to biostatistics coursework prior to the time of admission. Such background information will be considered upon application review.

In general, applicants must demonstrate strong enthusiasm and ability for rigorous pursuit of scientific knowledge in public health. Preference will be given to applicants who have either some relevant work experience or graduate work in the chosen Field of Study after completion of a bachelor’s degree.

If I have a master’s degree, will that help me get into the program?

Although it is not required for the admission, a master’s degree in public health or a related field may give your application a stronger standing.

What prior coursework, experience, or other qualifications are important?

Typical successful applicants have taken graduate-level coursework related to quantitative methods, introductory statistics, biostatistics, and epidemiology, or have some relevant work experience in the chosen Field of Study.

Do I need to have published a peer-reviewed research article to be accepted into the program?

No. You do not have to have published a peer-reviewed article to be accepted into this program.

Is work experience required for admission?

Work experience is not required to be accepted into the program.

Should I contact PHS Field of Study faculty to discuss my interest in the program? Am I supposed to find my academic adviser before applying for the admission?

You are not required to contact faculty or to find an academic advisor as part of your application to this program. However, if you have questions about faculty members’ current research projects, it is acceptable for prospective students to reach out to faculty directly to ask about research interests and the faculty member’s availability to be a mentor in upcoming years.

We encourage you to review faculty members’ websites and publication listings, and to contact the individual academic administrator for the department affiliated with the Field of Study in which you are interested as they might also have further information about specific faculty.

Is there a minimum GRE score for PHS acceptance? What is the minimum GPA required? What is the average GRE score and/or GPA you expect for your entering cohort?

There is no minimum GRE score or GPA formally required to enter the program. The program is competitive, and applicants usually have scores on the higher end if submitted. Each applicant, however, is considered based on their holistic credentials, which are not limited to just GRE scores and grades.

Average entering PHS student GRE scores:

GRE – Verbal: 162

GRE-Quantitative: 163

GRE – Analytic: 4.5

Is admission based on an entry test and/or interview or based on academic history?

Applications are reviewed based on academic credentials (coursework), GPA, GRE, TOEFL, prior research and work experience, statement of purpose, recommendations, and a writing sample. No other entry test or interview is required.

Are there any specific Field of Study prerequisites to be accepted into the program?

No. The application requirements are the same for all Fields of Study.

If I apply for the PhD in Population Health this fall, would it also be possible for my application to be considered for the Harvard 65 credit MPH program?

No. The PHS application must go through Griffin GSAS. The application to MPH program must be submitted separately according to the MPH Admissions requirements of Harvard Chan. The PhD application cannot be used for application to any master’s program at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

May I apply jointly to this program and to another program at Griffin GSAS?

The Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences does not recommend submission of more than one application. However, if you choose to submit multiple applications (up to a limit of three total in your lifetime), the applications may not share any item. Each application must be unique, containing a separate statement of purpose for each program applied to, as well as separate uploads to each application of transcripts, recommendations, and test scores through the Griffin GSAS Admissions portal.

Does the program accept students who are also in medical school or another professional program?

Applications are allowed from students already enrolled in medical school/rotations, but applicants must be aware that PHS is a full-time residency program, which will necessitate negotiate by any student with their prior program. The first two years of the program, especially, must be completed in-person at the University.

The Fields of Study appear similar, if not identical, to those listed for MPH degrees. Are there differences in the courses/content/ emphasis between the Fields of Study for a PhD student versus an MPH student?

There will be some intersection in course requirements. However, students in PHS will be required to take some doctoral-level courses that are only offered for Population Health Sciences students and which are geared towards more rigorous research training.

If I completed a master’s in one area at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and then I want to do a PhD with a different Field of Study, will I be able to waive any courses?

Waivers of the courses completed during a master’s program will be considered individually on a case-by-case basis following admission to the program.

If I’m admitted, can I defer my admission?

Deferrals are handled by Griffin GSAS on a case-by-case basis, and the final decision lies with the program.

The Griffin  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences urges programs not to defer admitted students except under the most unusual circumstances.

Will I have a chance to talk with someone before I decide on to accept an offer of admission?

Certainly. After you receive a letter of acceptance, there will plenty of opportunities for contact with current PHS students and alumni, PHS and Field of Study administration teams, and Harvard faculty.

Can the program be done on a part-time basis?

No. This is a full time residential doctoral program.

If I am admitted, is there a certain grade that I must attain to continue in the program?

Yes. All students are expected to maintain a grade of ‘B’ or better, although, a ‘B+’ average is expected.

Would I be allowed to switch my Field of Study after starting the program?

No. After enrolling in the program, students are not allowed to change their Field of Study.

How much of the coursework is required class time as compared to viewing it online?

Most of the courses currently offered at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Griffin GSAS, and at Harvard University overall are face-to-face courses. Therefore, PHS students are required to be present in class.

How interdisciplinary is this program? Is there substantial collaboration between Fields of Study or do students mainly stay within their own Field of Study?

There are PHS program-wide courses that all students, regardless of Field of Study, are required to take. These courses involve significant interaction among PHS students. In addition, students can do research with faculty affiliated with departments across all five fields, as well as choose faculty members from across the five Fields of Study, other Harvard schools, and other departments to participate on dissertation committees.

The program-wide required c ourses and credits are described here .

Are program-wide courses taught by faculty from the Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Public Health, or both?

PHS required courses are mostly taught by faculty from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, but all PHS students have the option of taking courses at no extra expense at all thirteen of Harvard’s schools – as well as MIT, Tufts, and Brown Universities.

What is the annual cost of attending your program?

All students (both U.S. and international) receive a multi-year funding package, which includes full tuition, fees, health insurance, and a stipend. The stipend is competitive with the amount offered by most other schools of public health. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to apply for external grants and fellowships, particularly for years three and beyond. Students are also required to complete a 12.5 credit (total) teaching fellowship/research assistant requirement in any Field and at any point of their four years in the program. Any TF/RA work beyond the 12.5 credits can also be paid on top of the stipend rate, according to all work-related laws/requirements.

What are my other funding opportunities?

  • Griffin GSAS Funding and Aid Info
  • Public Health Online Financial Aid Info.

Are there healthcare benefits offered to admitted PHS students?

Yes. Every graduate student at Harvard receives health insurance. You can learn more about these health care benefits via this weblink:

As an international student, will I be funded?

Yes. All admitted PHS students who remain in solid academic standing, regardless of country of origin, are guaranteed four years of funding, which includes a monthly stipend, tuition, fees, and health coverage.

What is the difference between the PhD program and the DrPH program?

The PhD in Population Health Sciences offers training that is more geared towards an academic career track, while the DrPH program is more oriented towards public health practice and policy careers.

How many students will be in each cohort?

There are about 40 new PHS students each year across all five Fields of Study.

How will the program create a sense of cohesiveness across a cohort?

All first year PHS students are required to take a year-long methods course that encourages interaction and builds a common methodological and analytical vocabulary across the cohort. Additionally, we offer a regular (every three weeks or so) seminar at which students are expected to attend. Students in different Fields of Study will have many intra-Field opportunities for collaboration with each other as well. We also offer numerous regularly scheduled cohort- and program-wide events and social hours to build camaraderie, (ex. social hours, Red Sox game, canoeing, movies, theatre, etc.)

Are students in this program encouraged to be involved on campus, such as participating in symposiums, seminars, or graduate student organizations?

Our PHS students are definitely encouraged and choose to be involved on campus, engage in interdisciplinary opportunities with mentors and colleagues outside of the PhD program, and participate in a variety of organizations, workshops, conferences, etc.

Can the dissertation-writing phase be done remotely?

Generally, most students remain in residence for the duration of the PhD program. Petitions can be made, however, for special circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

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Fall 2024 application deadline is january 10, no gre required.

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We continue to review applications submitted after January ​ 10 until the Fall class is complete.

However, for best consideration applications should be completed before January 10.

Completing applications before January 10 is especially important for applicants who want to be considered for assistantships, or fellowship opportunities.

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  • A strong academic background and public health or research relevant experience.
  • Interest in the social and behavioral sciences and their influence on health and health outcomes.
  • A master’s degree in public health or related field (such as psychology, sociology, gerontology, nursing, social work, allied health professions, and others)

For fullest consideration, all materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 10 for admission to the Fall semester.

  • This deadline is especially important for applicants who want to be considered for assistantships or fellowship opportunities.
  • Admissions occurs only once per academic year.

For further information, please consult the Student Handbook .

Admission Requirements

All applicants must complete an online application to the Graduate School. The minimum admission requirements for the program are as follows:

  • A master’s degree in public health or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate work. Students who have not completed a master’s degree in public health may be required to take additional courses as determined by the Ph.D. Review Committee upon review of current CEPH requirements. Such courses will be specified at the time of admission into the program.
  • GRE scores are optional. GRE scores, if submitted, are one of many factors considered when evaluating applications. GRE scores are highly recommended for applicants who do not have a strong record of relevant quantitative coursework.
  • Non-native speakers of English that do not hold a degree from a US university must demonstrate English language proficiency. Please visit the Graduate School website for accepted standardized tests and minimum scores.
  • All applicants are required to submit a personal statement explaining why they want to pursue the Ph.D. in their specific area of research at UNC Charlotte.
  • In addition to the personal statement, a writing sample is required for all applicants applying to the Ph.D. program.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least two letters from former professors familiar with the applicant’s graduate work. Exceptions should be discussed with the program director.
  • A copy of transcripts from all prior universities or colleges. (note: official transcripts will be needed at the time of matriculation).

We look at an application in its entirety to determine a person’s strengths and relative fit to our program; availability of advisors, areas of research interest, and academic history are important considerations, as is research and public health practice work experience

The University Catalog, application forms and materials can be obtained from:

Graduate Admissions UNC Charlotte Cato 210

9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte NC 28223-0001 704‑687‑5503 (Phone) 704‑687‑3279 (Fax)

Ahmed A. Arif, PhD Professor, Director of PhD Programs in Health Services Research and Public Health Sciences Department of Public Health Sciences College of Health and Human Services University of North Carolina at Charlotte 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223 Phone: 704-687-8742

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Thank you for your interest in our MS and PhD graduate degrees offered through the Department of Population Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Please be sure to review the variety of  classes we offer  students seeking our degrees.  We also encourage you to learn more about our faculty and their research interests. You are more than welcome to contact faculty members with whom you share interests.

Graduate admission is a shared process between academic degree programs and the Graduate School. Be sure to visit the Graduate Program FAQ  for answers to your Application Questions!

Please see the tabs below for further information on Admissions Eligibility & Requirements and How to Apply.

The Admissions deadline for Fall 2024 applications is December 1, 2023. Applications will be accepted from early September, 2023 to December 1, 2023.

Tuition and fees

Students can find tuition and fee information by term, student career, and credit load through the Bursar’s Office .

Please see the tabs below for further information on Assistantships and Fellowships, Scholarships, and Financial Aid.

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Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0.  Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), although successful applicants generally have G.P.A.s above 3.0.
  • We will not accept GRE scores.
  • For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of 580 (written), 237 (computer-based), or 92 (internet-based) or above is  absolutely required . Use ETS institution code 1846. Find information on the TOEFL at
  • For the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a a score of 7 is required.  Find information on the IELTS at .
  • At least one semester of advanced quantitative preparation (e.g., calculus, statistics, or other) with a grade of “B” or better is required.
  • At least one semester of  calculus  with a grade of “B” or better is REQUIRED. AP Calculus is acceptable if it meets the UW standards for a “B.” .
  • College level biology is required. Student should have completed UW-Madison Biology 151&152 or the equivalent.

Applications are welcome from students with diverse academic backgrounds. Students who have strong academic preparation in the biological/medical sciences, quantitative analysis, or population health related social sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Historically, many applicants who have succeeded in our program have come to us with backgrounds in fields as diverse as microbiology, genetics, nutritional sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, environmental sciences, political sciences, business, sociology, education, engineering, psychology, economics, and actuarial science, to name just a few.

Current UW Graduate students should use the following checklist: Current UW Grad Application Checklist

All other applicants should use the following link: Graduate School- Admissions

Students admitted to our degree programs are automatically considered for any available scholarships, traineeships, or graduate assistant positions in the department. However, students are also encouraged to explore their own funding opportunities. Unlike many departments, we do not have a policy of admitting only students for whom we have initial funding. We do our best to help students finance their education and are most successful with providing funding to PhD admits. Potential funding opportunities are considered during the admissions review process but funding decisions continue to be made throughout the spring and summer.

It has been found that if you are not offered or do not find funding the first year and you do well in the program, there is a good chance you will be able to find funding for the subsequent year(s).

International applicants must submit a financial statement to the Graduate School which shows sufficient funds to completely support themselves.

The most common forms of funding support for our students are  assistantships and fellowships offered on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. There is no central clearinghouse for posting and filling the many assistantship opportunities that exist across campus. Some openings are filled through a formal application process, through informal networking channels or by departmental/faculty initiative. Students may wish to consider some of the following approaches when seeking assistantships:

  • Check all sources of postings for campus positions, including  The UW Student Job Center , the GradConnections newsletter  and listservs.
  • Network with faculty, mentors, staff support people (such as Departmental Assistants, Center Directors, office managers, etc.), and other graduate students in areas where you may possess appropriate skills, teaching experience, and/or technical expertise. Such individuals [e.g. faculty] are most likely to be aware of opportunities available to admitted PhD students . In addition, they might be aware of the colleagues’ needs or new grant opportunities. They may have other ideas to guide you in your search.
  • Do not limit yourself to the Department of Population Health Sciences. Our students frequently possess experience, training, and expertise that may satisfy needs for appointments in other departments/centers.

Departmental Scholarships and Honors

  • The Elliot Dick Fellowship Award
  • Gordon Johnson Health Management Fellowship
  • The David A. Kindig Scholarship
  • Donn D’Alessio Student Award
  • The Catherine Allen Memorial Outstanding Student Poster Award

Campus-Wide Student Scholarships and Honors

  • Excellence in Civic Engagement Student Award
  • Global Studies Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowships
  • Graduate Peer Mentor Awards
  • Institute on Poverty Graduate Research Fellows Program
  • Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Awards
  • Conference Presentation Funds

Financial Aid and Other Funding Sources

  • Office of Financial Aid
  • Child Care Tuition Assistance Program (CCTAP)
  • Funding Resources and Proposal Development
  • Funding and Scholarships for International Students
  • Eduardo Neale Silva Scholarship Fund
  • Grants Information Collection
  • FastWeb  and  FinAid!
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