Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and students are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to public health, academic preparation and experience.
We expect applicants to the doctoral degree to demonstrate commitment to public health through education, professional experience or volunteer service. In addition, our most competitive applicants:
- Have completed a rigorous baccalaureate degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all courses of record at the undergraduate and graduate level of study.
- Have earned a master’s degree in a relevant field of study. It is possible, although highly unusual, for a student with an exemplary undergraduate background plus exceptional public health experience to earn admission into the Ph.D. study without a prior graduate degree. These students complete both M.P.H. and Ph.D. course requirements during their graduate study at the University of Connecticut.
- Show evidence of having completed graduate courses with grades of B or better in at least three of the five core disciplines of public health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Behavioral Sciences, Occupational/Environmental Health, and Health Services Administration). Exceptional candidates who do not meet this criterion will be considered for admission with the expectation that three to five core discipline courses will be completed for non-degree credit in addition to other credit requirements of the doctoral degree (i.e., credits earned for these pre-requisites will not count against the program credit total).
The program offers a limited number of graduate fellowships or assistantships that provide stipends and tuition waivers. In addition, students with appropriate backgrounds may be offered financial support though assistantships and employment with program faculty. Funding decisions will be made at the time individuals apply to the program. General information, such as financial aid, is available at the Graduate School website.
Application to the Program
Prospective students apply directly to the Graduate School, which sets admissions regulations and policies for all graduate programs at the University of Connecticut. Completed applications are then forwarded to the Graduate Program in Public Health for review.
A complete application includes:
- Complete our online application
- The on-line application process requires a $75 fee and must be paid with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are highly recommended but not required. Exam should have been taken within the past 5 years.
- A current official transcript from each university-level school attended by the applicant.
- Three (3) current letters of reference from faculty or others who can address your potential for success in the doctoral program.
- A residence affidavit for determination of in-state/out-of-state tuition status.
- A recent TOEFL test score if English is not your native language.
- A personal statement expressing your reasons for applying to our program, your educational and professional goals, and a description of all relevant research and professional experiences to date. This statement should also include a suggestion of two to three members of our faculty whose work most interests you and might serve as academic advisors.
- A core coursework form must be filled out with your application.
Successful applicants demonstrate commitment to public health by evidence of at least three years’ duration –through education, professional experience, or significant volunteer contributions. Background or interest in research methods, as evidenced by demonstrated work experience, participation in independent or team-based research, a thesis-based master’s degree, description of research interests in the personal statement, or authored publications is highly desirable.
Applications are first reviewed by our admissions committee who ensure that minimum requirements for admission are met. Applicants who fail to meet these requirements are notified why their application will not be considered for admission. Complete applications will be forwarded to our admissions committee for full review. You can expedite this process by promptly submitting all the required material to the Graduate School Apply Yourself on-line system. The admissions committee considers all aspects of the application: evidence of strong commitment to public health, grade point average in graduate studies, rigor of courses taken in graduate school, experience in public health-related projects, statement of intent, and letters of recommendation. The committee evaluates potential applicants on the totality of these criteria, so that a weakness in one area may be outweighed by strength in other areas.
Final acceptance is dependent on finding an appropriate faculty mentor for your doctoral work.
Admissions, with rare exceptions, start in the fall semester of each year.
The official transcript should be sent to:
UConn Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Ext., U-1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152
To assure full consideration, applications must be received for program review by January 1 for international applicants and January 15 for U.S. applicants.
Definitions and Explanations
Official Transcripts: Request official transcripts from each college or university that you have attended. Ask that the transcript be sent to you — not to UConn — in a sealed envelope. Official transcripts are issued by the college/university attended and bear the impressed or colored seal of that institution. Compile all your transcripts into your packet of supporting materials. Do not open the sealed transcripts you send to us.
IMPORTANT: The most common reason for delayed consideration of graduate school applications is missing or unofficial transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are not accepted.
Letters of recommendation: Your letters of recommendation will be uploaded to your application by your recommenders (see application for instructions). Three letters of recommendation are required. There is no specific form used for letters of recommendation.
Personal letter of application: This document should explain your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your ultimate plans, and how you happened to select the field in which you hope to concentrate. Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received, will all be helpful. The committee wants to know those things about you that cannot be expressed quantitatively. This will be uploaded onto your application.
Residence Affidavit: All domestic applicants must complete the residence affidavit for in-state tuition status. Without this document you cannot qualify for in-state tuition rates. If you are not a Connecticut resident please check the appropriate box and upload.
TOEFL scores (International applicants ONLY): Students whose native language is not English must submit English proficiency scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper) or 250 (computer) is required for admissions. The TOEFL should be taken well in advance of the admission deadlines to assure consideration for the requested admit term. Copies of score reports sent to students are acceptable. To send your TOEFL scores along with your application, please use institution code 3915; a department code is not necessary.
Official GRE scores: The PhD program highly recommends but does not require applicants to take the GRE. If an applicant decides to take the GRE, they should send official GRE scores to the Graduate School and use the institution code 3915; a department code is not necessary.
For more information on applying to the UConn Public Health Graduate Program, please contact Barbara Case.