Prospective students in the Bower School of Population Health must submit an online application for admission to the Office of Student Records and Registrar, an official transcript of undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) grades, and an official statement of scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical) received on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In addition, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation for PhD programs, and a personal statement. With the exception of those students applying for admission directly from a master’s degree program, the GRE examination must be taken within five years of application. Information regarding the GRE may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540. International applicants must have transcripts evaluated in a course-by-course report from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
Certain programs require prerequisites, and these may be determined by contacting the specific program to which the applicant desires admission.
Initial evaluation of applicants for admission to graduate programs is made on the basis of undergraduate (and graduate, if applicable) scholastic performance, letters of recommendation and scores received on the GRE. Those applicants for whom the initial evaluation indicates the scholastic competence necessary to successfully pursue a graduate degree may be further evaluated by personal interview.
PhD applicants will be evaluated based on the following:
MS applicants will be evaluated based on the following:
Individual programs may set higher minimum standards than those required by the SoPH. In view of that, students are encouraged to consult the director of their intended program of study and ascertain program-specific requirements.
As stated in the Grade Forgiveness Policy, applicants who have earned a grade of D or F in a course and who have successfully repeated the course at the same institution will have the higher grade used in calculating the overall GPA for admission.
Applicants whose native language is not English and/or who have completed their tertiary education primarily outside of the United States must submit official scores from one of the following testing services Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE-A) and meet the minimum standards set below
This requirement may be waived for students who are currently enrolled at a college or university in the United States and/or who demonstrate a proficiency in written and spoken English following a personal interview and by request of the Office of the Dean. Admission of a student to a graduate program must be approved by the dean or dean’s designee. No individual may enroll in graduate level courses without proper approval and notification from the SoPH.
Acceptance to the SoPH is conditional; the admission committee may rescind an offer of acceptance at any time before matriculations if an applicant fails to maintain expectations upon which the acceptance was based. Examples include, but are not limited to, a significant decline in academic performance, failure to complete prerequisites or other course work and degrees in progress, patterns of unprofessional behavior and incidents discovered in a criminal background check.
Any preadmissions agreement executed by the health care program with a student shall be void if there is a disqualifying incident or pattern of unprofessional behavior in the CBC prior to enrollment.
All accepted applicants should schedule an appointment with UMMC Human Resources prior to enrollment so that a set of digital fingerprints and photograph can be required.
Technical standards are non-academic requirements essential for meeting the academic requirements of the programs in the SoPH. Within any area of specialization, students must demonstrate competence in those intellectual and physical tasks that together represent the fundamentals of research in their chosen discipline.
The PhD degree programs and some MS degree programs at the SoPH require a dissertation or thesis based on independent research. Granting of those degrees implies the recipient has demonstrated a base of knowledge in their chosen field of study and possesses the ability to independently apply that knowledge to form hypotheses, design and conduct research projects, interpret results, and communicate these findings to the scientific community. Thus, a candidate for the PhD or MS degree in the health sciences must possess abilities and skills that allow for observation, intellectual and conceptual reasoning, motor coordination, and communication. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable.
The following technical skills are required of a successful student:
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