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University of Colorado Denver


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: February 1​

​The 2015-2016 SOPHAS Application​ will open in mid-August.

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** Students submitting the GRE typically average above the 50th percentile in all required categories.
  • 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, 3 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. 


 Application Instructions


 Phd Graduate Program Application Deadline & Clinical Sciences Program Overview

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).

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.

For more information about the currciulum​ and application process, please visit the Graduate School website.


 Mailing Adresses & Contact Information

For program-specific questions, please contact:
Program Administrator, Clinical Science Graduate Program
University of Colorado Denver
Mail Stop B141​
12401 E. 17th Avenue, Room 351
Aurora, CO 80045

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