Admissions

Applications will be evaluated on a number of criteria, with a focus on the quality of the research interests, alignment with population health sciences and fit with a primary mentor within the department. Successful Ph.D. applicants find a close fit with potential faculty mentors in the department and their own research interests.

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Application Deadlines

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
The application for the Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences is now available. Please apply online through the Duke Graduate School.

Application Requirements

Application FAQs

I have a logistical issue with some of my application materials (i.e., my test score reports or transcripts are delayed). Can someone in the department confirm that this is okay and won't affect my application submission?

No. Any issues or questions regarding your application materials should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions office, who oversee receipt and processing of all application materials. Prior to application submission, DPHS staff and faculty are not authorized to review application materials or make any decisions regarding their acceptability.

I've submitted my application. Who will review my application?

All submitted applications will be reviewed by the Ph.D. Admissions Committee. This committee is comprised of both department faculty and staff members, who have extensive experience in the field of Population Health. Selected candidates will be asked to complete a virtual interview with the committee members prior to a decision being reached.

When will I receive a decision?

All DPHS application decisions will be released in Spring 2022 for the next application cycle. Duke Graduate Admissions is the only office authorized to release the official decisions. Decisions will be released through email notification only. Additional information may be found on the Graduate School's admissions website.

Are test scores (GRE) required? 

GRE test scores are optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

What is the minimum GPA/GRE/IELTS score the department requires?

The department reviews all applications holistically, which means no single element of an application (e.g., test scores) will automatically eliminate a candidate from consideration, nor guarantee them admission. The Graduate School Admissions office has a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding test scores, which we encourage you to review.

I believe I qualify for an IELTS/TOEFL/DuoLingo English test waiver. Can the department staff or faculty review and confirm my eligibility?

No. DPHS staff and faculty are NOT authorized to review any application materials prior to their submission, including any standardized test information, nor are they authorized to confirm your eligibility for any waivers. If you believe you qualify for an IELTS/TOEFL/DuoLingo English test waiver, you may indicate so in your Graduate School application. Please direct any questions regarding IELTS/TOEFL/DuoLingo English tests to the Graduate School admissions office. You may also review a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding standardized tests here.