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Applicants must have a master’s degree. Those entering the doctoral program without an accredited Master of Public Health or Master of Science in Public Health degree will be required to complete, with a minimum grade of B-, course work in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Credits earned from taking these courses will not be counted as part of the required credits for the PhD degree. Students may submit a request for waiver for any of these courses to the division faculty for approval.

Students will not be allowed to begin dissertation coursework as a PhD student until the courses listed above are completed.

Minimum Academic Requirements

Applicants must meet academic minimum requirements for admission. The requirements listed are the minimum set by the Graduate School of the University of Utah and do not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Also, each academic department or program defines additional requirements. Applicants are evaluated with respect to university and departmental requirements and with respect to the pool of available applicants.

The minimum academic requirements for graduate admission are:

  • A bachelor's and master's degree from a regionally-accredited college/university,
  • At least a 3.00 or higher undergraduate weighted mean GPA,*
  • Meeting the academic department's admission standards, and receiving a recommendation for admission to their program.

*If the candidate has a GPA below 3.0 they must submit a justification letter. This letter should detail why the candidate's GPA is lower than 3.0 and why they feel that they are prepared to pursue the public health degree in spite of their lower GPA. This letter is different than the statement of purpose and will be included with the candidate’s application file.