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

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Graduate Admission Application

  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Graduate Entrance Exam Scores (GRE recommended, but others may be considered with consent of the Department of Population Health Sciences)
  • 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
  • Program-specific additional questions
    • 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
  • TOEFL score of at least 550, if applicable
  • 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

Application fee waivers are available to students who meet specific criteria in one or both of the categories below:

Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine

The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences research enterprise as defined by the National Institutes of Health: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.  Additionally, individuals with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds fall under the designation of underrepresented populations in the US Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise.  For criteria and additional information, see:

Students in these identified categories who meet the University of Utah Graduate School minimum requirements ( are eligible for an application fee waiver.  Please email: for more information. 

Outstanding Scholastic Achievement

Students with a 3.7 cumulative GPA from all coursework taken (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible for an application fee waiver.  Please email requests along with unofficial transcripts to: for more information.

Fee waivers are only good until the application due date of January 31st.  All late applications will be charged standard fees.

Important Dates & Deadlines for Fall 2019 Admissions

Fall 2019 Applications are now open

Timeline Date
Applications Due January 15, 2020
Admissions Decisions Begin March 2020
Interviews scheduled (As Needed) March 2020
Student Acceptance of Offer Deadline    April 16, 2020
Statistics and Programming Bootcamps  August 2020
New Student Orientation August 2020

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Questions? Contact us by phone or email:

Phone: 801-587-2100

Find us at:

NIH Graduate Schools Fair
Bethesda, MD
July 17, 2019
Joint Statistical Meeting
Denver, CO
July 28-30, 2019
BYU Graduate School Fair
Provo, UT
September 19, 2019
Utah State Graduate School Fair
Logan, UT
September 24, 2019
University of Utah/Westminster Graduate School Fair
Salt Lake City, UT
September 25, 2019
SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference
Honolulu, HI
October 31-November 1, 2019