Applicants to the OIPRTP should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25 (based on a four point scale) and preferred minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of a combination of 300 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the test and analytical writing score of 4.5). However, application materials are considered in total.
Undergraduate preparation includes a bachelor of science degree, ideally including courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and biological sciences. Potential applicants are recruited from around the country.
Admission to the Ph.D. program requires completion of a masters’ degree in Environmental Health or equivalent degree. The required and elective coursework associated with the doctoral program is confirmed with the adviser (with program/graduate school approval) and based upon the primary focus and proposed research endeavor of each student. In addition to criteria identified for admission, there must be strong evidence of the ability to conduct a comprehensive research effort. All students must complete a thesis reflecting scientific inquiry.
Candidacy involves: writing an R01-type grant application, relevant to their identified research project, that is reviewed, critiqued, and approved by a committee in preparation for their oral examination; and successfully completing an oral examination that involves questioning of their proposal and coursework.
Prospective trainees are selected by the same criteria and process utilized for admission to the Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EnHS); applications are first directed for review to the School of Public Health after verification by SOPHAS and, subsequently, reviewed by the EnHS Admissions Committee and, then, by Directors/faculty of the relevant programs, pertinent to admission criteria and suitability for the program. For doctoral applications, a faculty member must confirm willingness to advise the applicant; all EHS faculty members vote regarding acceptance.
GRE test scores or other standardized post bacc test scores (e.g. MCAT, LSAT, DAT) are required of all PhD applicants to the EnHS program.