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University of Colorado Denver

Colorado School of Public Health
 

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research 

Admissions Requirements 


 
To apply for admission to the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) doctor of philosophy program, applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application.​

Application Deadline: Feb. 1​

​The 2015-2016 SOPHAS Application​ is now open.

Admissions Requi​rements

  • A bachelor’s degree and master's degree​* in a field related to health services research from an accredited institutions.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework and any subsequent academic coursework. If the GPA is below a 3.0, applicant should include an explanation of why it fell below a 3.0 and how t​he applicant plans to address any prior academic deficiencies as a graduate student. Students admitted to the MPH program with an undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 will be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Prerequisite coursework completed at or above the undergraduate level: 1 semester of college level calculus.
  • Official GRE or MCAT scores** While we do not currently have a minimum score requirement, the average scores of the accepted applicants for the Fall 2013 semester were: 153.5 Quantitative and 155.8 Verbal. 
  • An essay that addresses career goals and purpose for study, approximately two pages, single spaced in length. The essay should describe past experience as it relates to the applicant’s interest in public health, career goals, purpose for applying to the program, and how the program will serve future goals.
  • Completed applications and submitted documentation including essay, CV/resume, test scores, 1 copy of all academic transcripts, 4 letters of recommendation and demonstrated math course work through integral calculus. 


*A graduate degree (or graduate work in process) in a relevant field is strongly encouraged, though the PhD program will consider exceptional candidates with a Bachelor’s degree. 

**If the applicant holds a graduate level degree from an accredited U.S. institution, the GRE may be waived.​​

 

 Application Instructions

 

 Phd Graduate Program Application Process

All completed application materials for the PhD Program must be submitted by February 1st of each year to be considered for admission (there is only one application submission and review process per year). CLSC accepted applicants may start as early as the summer term, as several required core courses are offered during the summer. Specific course offerings can be previewed at our Course Books and Course Schedules page. HSR accepted applicants may start in the fall term.

The Bursar's Office website can provide information regarding tuition costs (click on Graduate School link for CLSC/PhD tuition costs and School of Public Health link for HSR tuition costs).

Clinical Science PhD Program (CI & HIT tracks)

Qualified clinicians who have already earned either a professional doctoral degree (e.g., MD, DO, DDS, PharmD) or a health-related master's degree (nurses, pharmacists, public health, physical therapy, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, etc.) are eligible to apply to the CLSC PhD Program.

Minimum Criteria for Admission

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • An acceptable and verifiable GRE or MCAT score or earned MS/MA or PhD from an accredited US School
  • Health related master's or professional doctoral degree. Individuals without a health related degree but with an exceptional background and relevant experience in the health care field are encouraged to contact one of the Executive Leadership team members to discuss their interest further.

Please note that the Clinical Science Program does not provide stipends to assist with tuition and/or room and board expenses. In addition, we currently do not have any research or teaching assistantships to support the educational costs of international students.

Clinical Science PhD Program (HSR track)

Applicants should hold a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in a field related to health services research (i.e., social/behavioral sciences, epidemiology, management, biological sciences or health professions) or should have completed substantial coursework in these fields. A graduate degree (or graduate work in process) in a relevant field is strongly encouraged, though the PhD program will consider exceptional candidates with a Bachelor’s degree.

Minimum Criteria for Admission

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • An acceptable and verifiable GRE or MCAT score (waivers due to an earned MS/MA or PhD from an accredited US School will not be accepted - this is a program requirement!)
  • All applicants must have completed a minimum of one semester of college level calculus with a passing grade of B or better

Scholarship funds may be available for eligible PhD students accepted into the program. As a condition of this scholarship, the student will need to complete a minimum of six credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. You may also apply for a research assistant position or teaching assistantship with one of our faculty. For more information, please call Dr. Cathy Battaglia at 303-724-6387.

International Applicant Additional Admission Criteria

In addition to the general admission requirements listed above, international applicants must meet additional requirements dictated by the University. For additional information about these requirements, please review the International Student Requirements for Graduate School admissions.

Please note that the Clinical Science Program does not provide stipends to assist with tuition and/or room and board expenses. In addition we currently do not have any research or teaching assistantships to support the educational costs of international students.

Applying

The application package for the PhD program is available electronically. Please click here to create an account and access the application and instructions.

The application package MUST include the following:

  • Education and training, awards, publications, presentations, grants and research experience and other scholarly activity, this information should be provided in Upload A of the electronic application. (An option is to upload your CV)
  • Non-academic and professional experiences are to be detailed in Upload B of the electronic application
  • Identify your selected track of study, a proposed research project for your thesis, and if known, research mentor. In addition, include a description of how this program will enhance your career. (Provided in Upload C of the electronic application)
  • 3-4 recommendation letters (Once you submit your application on-line, your references will receive an e-mail explaining how to upload their letters to the on-line application system)
  • Transcripts from all higher education institutions. Students are not permitted to personally issue, send or deliver transcripts to program staff: All transcripts must be officially issued/sealed by and sent from the originating college/university institution. Therefore, when requesting an official transcript from your school,please instruct the school to send your transcript directly from their office to:

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 Mailing Adresses & Contact Information

Colorado School of Public Health 
13001 E. 17th Place B119 | Auroro, CO 80045

For program-specific questions, please contact:
Clinical Science Program
University of Colorado Denver
12301 E. 17th Avenue, B141
Aurora, CO 80045
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