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The Division of Public Health admits PhD in Public Health students for Fall admissions once a year. All application materials must be received by the Division of Public Health by February 15th. No late applications or application material will be accepted after that deadline.

Application deadline: Fall:  February 15th

Application and Required Documents

Application Fees

Unfortunately, we do not have control over the application fees or fee waivers. You can apply for a fee waiver through SOPHAS if you feel you qualify.
SOPHAS Fees and Fee Waivers

For Slate, the application fee is controlled by the University and there is no way for us to waive it.

Primary application through SOPHAS

  • Official transcripts for US/Canadian applicants
    • WES evaluation and unofficial transcripts for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose that identifies initial faculty mentor
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • English proficiency for international applicants (TOEFL/IELTS)

Secondary online application through Slate

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • English proficiency for international students (TOEFL/IELTS)

Online application - Applicants must submit an application through the SOPHAS system and the University of Utah. Applicants will receive information on applying at the University of Utah during the SOPHAS application process.

Transcripts - Prior to the admissions deadline: You must have an official transcript from each institution from which you earned college credit uploaded (including the University of Utah) to the online SOPHAS application.

If you are admitted into the PhD program: You must submit an official transcript from each institution from which you have earned college credit (except the University of Utah) to the Office of Admissions. Please see the Office of Admissions website for details on how to submit official transcripts. If you fail to submit official transcripts, you will be unable to register for classes.

Three letters of recommendation - Required for each masters applicant; the recommendation letters should come from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional capabilities, achievements, work experience and/or personal qualities—not family or friends. There is no specific format for these letters.

Statement of purpose - The statement, not to exceed 1000 words, should include comments relevant to public health degree(s), reasons for choosing public health as a future career area, any previous relative work experience and how the training will facilitate your career goals.

Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) Resumes and CV's should be professional and up-to-date.

Other Requirements


TOEFL international students - Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better (minimum score requirements are subject to change); must submit TOEFL scores at least iBT 61 or pBT 500 or an IELTS score of at least 5.0

Personal Interview

May be required, including international applicants. Telephone interviews may be conducted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Identify Possible Faculty Mentors

Review the research areas of faculty to identify those working in your area(s) of interest. Please identify these faculty members and describe your research interests in your statement of purpose. Applications will be reviewed by the nominated faculty members as part of the admissions process.

Check Your Application Status

The Slate online program allows applicants to track their application by logging back into the system with your PIN and password. Applicants are able to, and responsible for, tracking the progress of their applications.