PhD in Public Health Sciences in Health Promotion

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and, in most cases, should have completed a master’s or other graduate degree related to the theme of the doctoral program. Applicants who have a master’s degree in a different discipline may be admitted with the stipulation that they complete foundation course work during their enrollment for the doctoral degree. This coursework is in addition to the outlined curriculum, and is negotiated with the student’s academic advisor on a case-by-case basis.

  • The formal application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, application fee, at least two letters of recommendation, official transcripts of all college work, and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test must be submitted to the Graduate School Office of Admissions. Website:
  • The personal statement should be a one-two page essay which discusses the student’s background in health promotion, why the student is attracted to the field, and how the degree helps the student reach his or her career goals.
  • Students should score above the 50th percentile on the GRE.
  • In addition, prior work experience relevant to the health promotion discipline is also considered as a factor in acceptance into the program.
  • International students are required to submit TOEFL scores and a foreign credential evaluation of their transcripts. These are required no later than thirty days before the first day of classes of the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll.
  • Applicants must apply through the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS) at

Any questions, contact Barbara Parker at or 502-852-3290.

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