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Doctor of Philosophy


​Application Deadline: February 1

Admissions Pr​ocess & Instructions
 

To apply for admission to a Colorado School of Public Health doctor of philosophy program, applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application. International applicants must also complete the requirements outlined in our International Admissions process​.


Admissions Requirements

 Official Transcripts

You must have a bachelor's and master's degree, or have completed substantial coursework toward such a degree.

 

Additionally, you must submit official copies of your transcripts from every insitution you have attended with your application. Applicants should plan on having all transcripts from any non-US colleges or universities they have attended evaluated by World Education Services.

 

 
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 Minimum GPA

You ​must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate and graduate coursework. If your GPA is below a 3.00, you should include an explanation of why it fell below the minimum requirement and how you plan on addressing prior academic deficiencies. ​​​​​

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 Official GRE Scores

GRE Code: 7844

Please submit official copies of your GRE scores with your SOPHAS application using the code above.

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 Personal Statement

Your ​personal statement should be two pages in length, single spaced. It should describe your past experience(s) as they relate to your interest in public health, career goals, skills that you will bring to the program, purpose for submitting your application, and how the program will benefit you. 

Please also identify the faculty member with whom your research interests align.

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 Resume or CV

Include a copy of your current resume or curriculum vitae (CV). It should outline your: professional work experience, volunteer experience, academic credentials, professional affiliations, and any awards, honors, scholarships, or other recognitions received. ​​​​​​​
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 Four (4) Letters of Recommendation

​While not required, it is recommended that at least one letter come from a faculty member who can attest to your academic performance.​​​​​​​​

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​​​​​The three PhD program concentrations have additional, specific prerequisite admissions requirements:


Program Requirements

 Biostatistics

In addition to the general admissions requirements listed above, the Focus Area in Biostatistics requires the following prerequisite coursework:

  • 3 semesters of calculus (differential, integral, multivariable)

  • 1 semester of linear algebra

  • 1 previious statistics course

  • Experience with some statistical software (R, SAS, etc.)

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 Epidemiology

In addition to the general admissions requirements listed above, the Focus Area in Epidemiology requires the following prerequisite coursework:

  • 2 semesters of calculus (differential and integral) each with a grade of B or better

  • A previous upper level statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of B or better

  • Previous coursework or experience with some statistical software, e.g. SAS, R, etc.

  • Prior coursework in upper division (3000/4000 level)* biological sciences

  • All prerequisite coursework must be complete at or above the undergraduate level.

*Prior coursework needs to be approved by the Program Director. Students without sufficient epidemiological, public health, or biological training may be accepted into the program contingent upon the completion of specific science courses prior to matriculation or within an approved period of time after admissions.​​

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 Health Services Research

In addition to the general admissions requirements listed above, the Focus Area in Health Services Research requires the following prerequisite coursework:

  • 2 semesters of calculus (differential and integral) each with a grade of B or better

  • A previous upper level statistics or biostatistics course with a grade of B or better 

  • Previous coursework or experience with some statistical software, e.g. SAS, R, etc. 

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​​​​SOPHAS Mailing & Contact Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOPHAS
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471


617.612.2090
www.sophas.org​​​​​​

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


303.724.4585
colorado.sph@ucdenver.edu

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