PhD in Public Health Sciences in Health Management & Policy

Admission Requirements

Application deadline: March 1. Applications received after the priority admission deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

An applicant who has satisfactorily completed a Master of Public Health degree, or another relevant master’s degree or a health professional degree is considered for admission to the health management and policy specialization. Applicants already holding an advanced degree are evaluated on the basis of appropriateness of previous coursework, training and experience. The graduate work by such applicants is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the applicant, if admitted, may be required to take additional coursework prior to completing the minimum 51 credit hours required for post-master’s doctoral work. 

The minimum required documentation for full admission must include:

-- Graduate application submitted to the Graduate School.
-- Resume or curriculum vitae
-- A personal statement that is a clear, substantive one-page description of your professional and research experience as it relates to your goals in public health and the PhD program.
-- Official transcript for each degree
-- Official GRE Score* 
-- Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who have direct knowledge and experience with the applicant’s academic or professional work experience.
-- If applicant’s native language is not English, one of the following:
-- Official TOEFL score
-- ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification
-- Degree from an accredited U.S. Institution.
-- Foreign credential evaluation for each degree not from an accredited U.S. institution
-- Admission interviews by the PhD Committee are required and are in addition to your application for admission. An interview provides the PhD Committee an additional source of information and perspective about your potential fit for the University of Louisville.

*The recommended GRE requirement for PhD admission could be waived based on the candidate’s educational background. Considerations for the waiver would include a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or a Master’s degree in a quantitative discipline such as economics, math, or statistics. The request for the waiver would be assessed by the PhD Program Director during the admission interview.

The following are recommended criteria for admission:

-- Undergraduate and graduate GPA each ≥ 3.0 on 4.0 scale
-- GRE performance in 50th percentile or above for verbal and quantitative scores (Comparable scores on the MCAT or DAT are considered.)
-- If applicable, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score in 60th percentile or above

Application Deadline

  • Fall semester – March 1st.
  • Applications received after the priority admission deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Spring semester – Applications are not accepted.
  • Summer semester – Applications are not accepted.

Any questions, contact Pam Renner at  or 502-852-2797.

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