Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Ph.D. program? 

The application for the inaugural Population Health Sciences  Ph.D. cohort is now available and can be submitted through the Graduate School. Please be sure to review your application prior to submission. All application materials should be sent directly to the Graduate School and not to the department. 

What applications materials should I submit?

Below is a list of the required application materials: 

What is the due date for the application? 

Applications are due by December 11, 2020

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 2021. 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? 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Population Health Sciences will not require test score submissions for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. You may still submit the scores if you wish, however, they are not mandatory.

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.

What kind of funding is available to students?

Those admitted to the Ph.D. program will receive a full-funding package while pursuing their degree. The package includes tuition coverage and a stipend. Please visit the Graduate School's Ph.D. Financial Support page for more information. 

Am I required to choose a program track prior to entering the program? 

Yes. The Population Health Sciences Ph.D. program offers two concentration tracks- Health Measurement and Health Services Research. You must select one of the tracks, and indicate such in your application.

Where can I review the course curriculum?

The Ph.D program curriculum is available here. Please note that the Ph.D. program course descriptions are pending university approval and are subject to change. 

Are applicants expected to contact potential mentors prior to submitting their application?

Applicants are not required, but are welcome to contact potential mentors if they wish to do so. Please visit our faculty webpage to learn more about our faculty and their areas of research. 



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