Admissions Requirements

PhD in Public Health

Admissions

The application deadline for the PhD program is March 15. Ph.D. applications are accepted once per year (fall admission). Only full-time students (e.g., 10 credits per semester) will be accepted. Applications received by this deadline receive priority consideration but applications may be accepted after this date.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle at clements@unr.edu (Epidemiology) or Dr. Paul Devereux atdevereux@unr.edu (Social and Behavioral Health).

Admissions Requirements

The Admissions Committee places emphasis on the diversity of our graduate students who have the qualifications and credentials to succeed in public health practice. The multi-faceted nature of the public health profession now demands students from diverse educational as well as professional backgrounds. We welcome inquiries and applications from anyone who has a passion for improving the health of our communities. Therefore, while we seek students who meet BOTH University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) requirements for graduate status, we consider other important attributes such as volunteer and professional experiences, career objectives, and potential to contribute to the public health profession.

Prospective students must meet BOTH University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and School of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) requirements for graduate status, listed below:

  1. Earned Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or relevant masters' or doctoral degrees from accredited institutions.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale earned in a MPH or equivalent masters' or doctoral program of study.
  3. Competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on verbal, quantitative and analytic measures. GRE scores of accepted students are typically above the 40th percentile. However, scores will be assessed relative to other applicants in the pool and considered in the context of the overall application package. The exam must have been taken within the last five (5) years. The GRE is not required for applicants who have already obtained a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S. or Dr.PH from approved institutions.
  4. English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from non-English speaking nations with a minimum score of 550 for the TOEFL paper exam, 80 for the internet-based exam, or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's motivation, academic capability, scholarship potential, and personal goals for doctoral study.
  6. A written statement of personal career, educational and scholarship goals including identification of research interests and name(s) of faculty with whom you want to work.
  7. A Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which demonstrates evidence of professional and/or educational health-related experience.
  8. Academic health-related writing sample.
  9. An interview with Ph.D. faculty.

Prerequisite Coursework

Specialization in Epidemiology

Students will enter the Ph.D. in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology after having completed a relevant Master’s degree, typically the Master of Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology or biostatistics. Additionally, students must have documentation that they have completed the following MPH courses (or their equivalent). Students missing any of the required pre-requisites will need to complete the courses during their first two years.

  • CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 701: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 755: Health Policy & Administration (3 Credits)
  • CHS 725: Health and the Environment (3 Credits)
  • CHS 708: Epidemiology II (3 Credits)
  • CHS 703R: Applied Health Data Analysis (3 Credits)
  • CHS 753: Health Informatics (3 Credits)

Specialization in Social and Behavioral Health

Students will enter the Ph.D. in Public Health with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Health after having completed a relevant Master’s degree, typically the Master of Public Health (MPH). Additionally, students must have documentation that they have completed the following MPH courses (or their equivalent). Students missing any of the required pre-requisites will need to complete the courses during their first two years.

  • CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 701: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 755: Health Policy & Administration (3 Credits)
  • CHS 725: Health and the Environment (3 Credits)
  • CHS 705: Theoretical Foundation of Health Promotion (3 Credits)
  • CHS 720: Program Planning (3 Credits)
  • CHS 721: Program Evaluation in Public Health (3 Credits)

Application Process

There are two separate applications necessary for admission to the Ph.D. in Public Health program: one application and set of materials is to be filled out and submitted directly to SOPHAS and the other application is to be filled out and submitted to the Graduate School of the University of Nevada, Reno. Before applying for admission, please note the admission requirements above.

Application 1

The following materials are required for consideration for admission to the Ph.D. in Public Health program. These materials should be submitted directly to SOPHAS.

  1. One official copy of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's motivation, academic capability, scholarship potential, and personal goals for doctoral study.
  3. Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which demonstrates evidence of professional and/or educational health-related experience.
  4. A written statement of personal career, educational and scholarship goals including identification of research interests and name(s) of faculty with whom you want to work.
  5. An academic health-related writing sample. (For example, a first-author publication or a class paper).
  6. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on verbal, quantitative and analytic measures. Please submit scores using CHS's GRE code 7828.

Application 2

The following materials should be filled out and submitted directly to the Graduate School of the University of Nevada, Reno:

  1. Graduate School Application Online
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on verbal, quantitative and analytic measures. Please submit scores using UNR's GRE code 4844.
  3. Standardized test scores other than the GRE, including GMAT, MCAT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores.