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The Department of Population Health Sciences only accepts applications submitted to the Graduate School via ApplyU.

Important Dates & Deadlines for Fall 2022 Admissions

Fall 2021 Applications are now under review

Timeline Date
*Priority Applications Due January 15, 2022
Admissions Decisions Begin March 2022
Interviews scheduled (As Needed) March 2022
University of Utah Graduate School Deadline  April 1, 2022
Student Acceptance of Offer Deadline    April 16, 2022
Statistics and Programming Bootcamps  August 2022
New Student Orientation August 2022

*Applications received after the priority deadline will only be reviewed if sponsored by a PHS faculty member. 

Graduate Admission Application

  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • The Graduate Entrance Exam (GRE) is NOT required (submitting scores is optional) for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Please note we have a holistic review process.
  • For international students, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • A Statement of Purpose (less than 1000 words) that includes research experience and interest and long term career goals
  • Three to five letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral program
  • A brief research statement that include the following elements:
    • Describe a knowledge gap in biostatistics, health systems research, or clinical and translational epidemiology that you have interest in addressing.
    • Describe your interest in transforming health care using population health sciences (biostatistics or health systems research, or clinical and translational epidemiology). Your interest does not have to be a dissertation topic but may be used to help us assign you to a faculty mentor.
    • If you have a faculty member whom you would like to be your faculty mentor, please indicate so here.


Admission to the PhD in Population Health Sciences will require:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all college and post-baccalaureate work
  • Acceptance to the Graduate School at the University of Utah 
  • Demonstrate English proficiency, if applicable. More information on requirements.
  • Interview with Department of Population Health Sciences faculty and approval by the admissions committee when desired or needed.
  • Availability of faculty mentor resources that matches the student’s research interest
  • Completion of departmental pre-requisites

Application Fee Waivers

The department will waive application fees for all Fall 2022 applications. Please request an application fee waive before submitting your application by emailing Applicants that have already have paid the application fee are not guaranteed to be refunded.

Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are available through the University of Utah’s Graduate School’s Tuition Benefit Program (TBP). The TBP offers eligible students a tuition waiver, subsidized health insurance, and a yearly stipend based on employment as a Research Assistant. More information about the TBP.

Please note, that due to TBP restrictions, applicants who already hold a PhD, MD, or PharmD are ineligible to participate in the TBP. These applicants will not be considered for financial support.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact us by phone or email:

Phone: 801-587-1606

Williams Building, Room 1N490
295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Education Team

Marcie Leek, MPA

Academic Program Manager

Maureen Murtaugh, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies