To apply to this program, you should hold an advanced degree in a related field. You should have prior coursework in biological or behavioral sciences and satisfactory grades in college-level courses such as statistics, algebra, calculus, or trigonometry. Demonstrated excellent writing skills are also desirable.
Effective 2021, SPH is not requiring the GRE for all master’s and doctoral degree programs. Learn more about our decision regarding the GRE.
Before You Apply
You are encouraged to contact the program coordinator at least several weeks prior to completing the application materials to obtain additional information about the application process.
Essay and Research Statement
PhD applicants are asked to submit both a personal essay and a statement of research interests. The statement of research interests is intended for the applicant to demonstrate a strong interest in a specific epidemiologic area and, if possible, to indicate interest in particular methodologies or study designs.
This statement is where you should describe, in some detail, the specific content area in which you propose to focus in your doctoral work, and why this area is of interest to you. It is not intended to be as specific as a dissertation statement and will not preclude your exploring other areas during your doctoral work.
The admissions committee expects that you have chosen a specific content area within your desired field of study, and within that content area, have some specific issues in which you are interested. If appropriate, you can also discuss methodologies related to this content area. Familiarity with the field is essential for successful application to the program.
The essay and statement can be submitted via SOPHAS.
After You Apply
You can expect to receive admission decisions about eight weeks after submitting a completed application to SOPHAS.