Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or a master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Preference is given to applicants who completed a data-based research thesis during their master's degree program.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. three letters of recommendation
  5. professional resume
  6. writing sample (six to 10 pages)
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. Applicants must submit a TOEFL score unless the requirements for an exception have been met. Details are available at:

An oral interview with program faculty is required prior to acceptance; the interview may be in person or by videoconference.

The personal statement should indicate research or scholarly interest, primary program area, statement of career goals and the name of a potential faculty mentor from the list of approved faculty mentors.

All applicants must have passed a graduate-level epidemiology course (e.g., EXW 642 Exercise Epidemiology, NTR 557 Nutritional Epidemiology, POP 598 Topic: Epidemiology) and a graduate-level research statistics course (e.g., EXW 501 Research Statistics or NTR 502 Statistics in Research) prior to admission, or if not completed prior to admission, must be completed prior to matriculating.

GRE scores (verbal, quantitative and writing) are not required but are encouraged.

It is expected that students admitted to the program have documented academic training and a strong interest in public health, health care or population health. Thus, depending on the student's academic training, background, scholarly interests and focus area, a student may be asked to take course deficiencies prior to or concurrently with graduate course enrollment.

Degree requirements

84 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation, or
84 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation - Dissemination and Implementation Science Track

Required Core (15 credit hours)
BMI 515 Applied Biostatistics in Medicine and Informatics (3)
EXW 645 Advanced Applied Methods and Data Analysis (3)
NUR 608 Qualitative Research Design and Methods (3)
POP 605 Population Health Systems Science and Theory (3)
POP 633 Population Health Ethics (3)

Track (15 credit hours)

Electives (30 credit hours)

Research (6 credit hours)
EXW 700 Research Methods (3)
EXW 701 Advanced Research Methods (3)

Other Requirement (6 credit hours)
POP 591 Seminar: Evaluating the Population Health Literature (3)
POP 780 Population Health Practicum (3)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
POP 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students select from tracks in health equity, complex adaptive systems, urban environments for health or dissemination and implementation science.

Other requirement course POP 591 Seminar may be substituted with approval of the academic unit.