PhDs in Population Health Sciences with a Biostatistics emphasis are the leaders of data-driven health care delivery. Graduates will direct research in academic, government, policy and health system settings.


Population Health Scientists with expertise in Clinical and Translational Epidemiology use advances in understanding of the molecular basis of disease to improve patient treatment and outcomes.

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Population Health is at the heart of a shifting health care landscape, using rigorous methodologies and research design to strategically improve care delivery to patient populations.

PhDs in Population Health Sciences are at leading edge of a new interdisciplinary approach to health care for people worldwide.

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Crystal Xu, PhD Graduate with a Biostatistics Emphasis, presents a poster the 2019 Annual Statistical Association Meeting on Estimating the Optimal Individualized Treatment Rule from a Cost-Effectiveness Perspective.
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Teryn Holeman, MD/PhD student, enjoying the beautiful Wasatch Front and hiking with her husband. Check out all that Utah has to offer besides a great education.  

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Amir Lueth

Amir Leuth, a PHD Student in the Clinical & Translational Epidemiology Emphasis, presenting a poster at the 2020 Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Conference on Placental Abruption in Nulliparous Women.

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Our PhD Students enjoying a football game in Fall of 2019Learn More


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 (

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 Research Assistant (RA) or Graduate Fellows (GF). Through the Tuition Benefit Program (TBP) student’s base tuition will be covered.

Student funding is reviewed and renewed annually 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 $25,320).  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.  In addition to the base tuition wavier (TBP) students will also receive support for differential tuition, and student health insurance.Students may be expected to pay: course fees, 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.

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