Applicants to our program are matched with funding during the admissions process. There is not a separate application for funding, but program staff may reach out to applicants to solicit additional information to help match them with funding opportunities on campus. All students, including international students, in the PhD program in Population Health Sciences are fully funded.
PHS Student Funding Policies
All students funding follows the University of Utah’s Tuition Benefit Program guidelines (https://gradschool.utah.edu/tbp/tuition-benefit-program-guidelines).
Students who are fully funded in the Department of Population Health Sciences fall under the 100% Tuition Benefit Category and are classified as either Graduate Assistants (GA), Graduate Research Assistant (RA) or Graduate Fellows (GF).
Student funding is reviewed and renewed on a semester by semester basis based on academic performance and performance within the parameters of the assistantship.
Population Health Sciences funded students receive an annual stipend equal to the current NIH pre-doctoral level (currently $23,376). This stipend is based on the expectation of 20 hours per week for the entire year, including summers. Students may work up to 40 hours per week over the summer for additional compensation, based on the availability of funding and approval of their faculty sponsor. The tuition waiver is included in a student’s funding package and it covers all base graduate tuition and Population Health Sciences differential tuition charges. Students may be expected to pay: course fees for classes offered outside of PHS, online course fees, differential tuition for courses taken outside of PHS, and international student fees. PHS student funding does not cover the cost of books or course materials.
Health insurance is covered for the majority of PHS students by their faculty sponsor.