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
  • 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 - for graduate school admissions requirements, visit here
  • Demonstrate English proficiency, if applicable. Information on Graduate School English proficiency requirements can be found here
  • 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. Please request application fee waivers before submitting your application. Paid application fees are not guaranteed to be refunded.

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 2021 Admissions

Fall 2021 Applications are now open

Timeline Date
*Priority Applications Due January 15, 2021
Admissions Decisions Begin March 2021
Interviews scheduled (As Needed) March 2021
University of Utah Graduate School Deadline  April 1, 2021
Student Acceptance of Offer Deadline    April 16, 2021
Statistics and Programming Bootcamps  August 2021
New Student Orientation August 2021

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

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Education Team

Maureen Murtaugh

Maureen Murtaugh, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies



Marcie Leek, MPA
Academic Program Manager


Questions? Contact us by phone or email:

Phone: 801-587-2100

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