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Fall 2021 Admissions: COVID-19 Statement
The Population Health Sciences PHD Program acknowledges the negative impact on students and any person interested in continuing their education. From testing facilities being closed, to classes moving online and in-person research opportunities lost – COVID has had an incredible impact on students and their opportunities. With this in mind, the Population Health Sciences PHD program would like to encourage anyone hesitant to apply due to COVID-19 impacts, to continue with their application.
Due to COVID-19 and its impacts on our community The Department of Population Health Sciences has made the following changes for the Fall 2021 admissions process:
- Due to the extensive impact that COVID-19 had on the GRE Testing process (closed testing facilities, moving testing online, etc.) the Department of Population Health Sciences will not require GRE scores for this admissions cycle. Any scores that are submitted will be blinded to the admissions committee to ensure equitable evaluation.
- All application fees for Fall 2021 will be waived. If you attempt to submit an application and receive a payment error please contact Brigette Dunbeck for assistance.
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
- 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: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-18-210.html
Students in these identified categories who meet the University of Utah Graduate School minimum requirements (https://admissions.utah.edu/apply/graduate/) are eligible for an application fee waiver. Please email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
|*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 application deadline will be reviewed as space and funding allow.
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