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 1st. No late applications or application material will be accepted after that deadline.
Application deadline: February 1 (Fall)
Documents for application:
- Online application ApplyYourself link to
- GRE scores
- TOEFL/IETLS - International students only
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose
- Identify Initial faculty mentor
- Current Resume or Curriculum vitae (CV)
Online application - Once submitted, the application can’t be changed.
Be sure to review the Apply Yourself Tutorial to make sure you have included all of the required information. Also, upload all unofficial transcripts, including University of Utah.
Transcripts - Prior to the admissions deadline: You must have an unofficial transcript from each institution from which you have earned college credit (including the University of Utah) uploaded to the online ApplyYourself application. There are instructions on this in the ApplyYourself tutorial.
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.
General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - PhD applicants must submit General Test scores from the GRE no older than 5 years; no exceptions.
The GRE is required for applicants without a terminal degree (MD or PhD) earned in the U.S., with scores no older than five years (University of Utah school code 4853, department code 0616).
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
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 ApplyYourself 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. (This is helpful to verify all of your letters of recommendation have been submitted.)