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The Department of Population Health Sciences accepts students from a wide range of disciplines. All application materials must be submitted by the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. Please be sure to read all the application requirements below and upload all documents to your ApplyYourself online application PRIOR to submitting your application. Once an application is submitted information and documentation cannot be changed.

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

Fall 2023 Admissions Deadline
International Applications December 15, 2022
Domestic Applications January 15, 2023

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

Admission Standards

    Admission to the PhD in Population Health Sciences will require:

    • Meet admission requirements as set by the Graduate School at the University of Utah 
      • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university.
      • At least a 3.0 or higher undergraduate weighted mean GPA on a 4.0 scale. If the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, a GPA will be calculated based upon the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) if the student attended a U.S. institution.
    • Demonstrate English proficiency, if applicable.
    • Interview with Department of Population Health Sciences faculty and approval by the admissions committee
    • Availability of faculty mentor resources that matches the student’s research interest
    • Completion of departmental prerequisites

    Prerequisites will vary based on program emphasis and an applicant's educational background.

    Before entering the Population Health Sciences PhD program, all applicants are required to have a graduate-level biostatistics course. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to take one semester of graduate-level epidemiology. In addition, applicants should be proficient in STATA statistical computing. It is also recommended that applicants have previous research experience.

    1. Applications are due by the posted deadline. Applicants should ensure that all letters of recommendation have been received by checking their status in the ApplyYourself application
      • Applicants can send a reminder to an online recommendation provider, by clicking on the "resend" button next to the recommender's name on the online application. This will automatically generate a reminder email, along with the link to upload.

    2. Applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee. Top applicants will receive a request for an interview by late January. 

    3. Applicants will be notified no later than April 15.

    Application Requirements

      • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework
      • For international students, demonstration of English proficiency. Approved tests and required test scores are set by the Office of Graduate Admission.
      • A current Curriculum Vitae
      • Three to five letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral program
      • Research Statement

      The Department of Population Health Science utilizes a holistic admission review process. The Graduate Entrance Exam (GRE) is NOT required (submitting scores is optional) for the 2023-2024 application cycle. 

      As part of your application, you must upload a research statement. Please write a paragraph for each question below. The statement should be no more than two pages maximum (~250 words per question) and single spaced.

      1. Describe your academic background, research or professional experiences (e.g., team work, interdisciplinary projects), and achievements so far.  
      2. Your purposes and objectives (career goals) in pursuing graduate study in PHS and how will admission to this interdisciplinary program will help you obtain your career goals.  
      3. Please identify which emphasis you are interested in (biostatistics, clinical and translational epidemiology, or health systems research). Describe how the selected emphasis will help you address a population health or health system problem or another challenge you would like to address as part of your studies.  
      4. Identify 1-3 faculty members within the School of Medicine (at least 1 in the PHS department), whom you would be interested in as a faculty mentor. For each faculty member listed, please write 3-5 sentences to describe how this faculty member can help you achieve your research and/or career goals.

      The department will waive application fees for all Fall 2023 applications. Please request an application fee waive before submitting your application by emailing In the email request, please indicate the emphasis you are applying for and include your current CV and unofficial transcripts. Fee waivers will only be provide to students who meet admission standards.

      Applicants that have already have paid the application fee will not receive a refunded.

      Funding Opportunities

      Funding opportunities are available through the University of Utah’s Graduate School’s Tuition Benefit Program (TBP). The TBP offers eligible students a full tuition waiver, subsidized health insurance, and a yearly stipend based on employment as a Research Assistant. The department does not offer Teaching Assistant positions. Students in the PHS program are paid through positions in research groups. 

      Please note, that due to TBP restrictions, applicants who already hold a PhD or clinical doctorate such as PharmD, DPT, DNP, DDS, or MD are ineligible to participate in the TBP. These applicants will not be considered for financial support.

      Education Team

      Marcie Leek, MPA

      Academic Program Manager

      Maureen Murtaugh, PhD

      Director of Graduate Studies

      Contact Us

      Questions? Contact us by phone or email:

      Phone: 801-587-1606

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