The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Public Health Sciences - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The PhD program in the Department of Public Health Sciences (formerly Health Studies) at the University of Chicago offers advanced courses of study in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research, supported by a core methodological curriculum in population-based research on human health. Students completing the program will be prepared to design and conduct methodological and substantive research on fundamental questions about human health and biomedical science from a population perspective. They will also be prepared to collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines to carry out such research.

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

The Department of Public Health Sciences admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Degree Objective

PhD degree

Application Requirements

  1. A completed application.
  2. Application fee
  3. Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from college or university professors who know the applicant's work well. Individuals who have been away from school for several years may submit recommendations from their employers.
  5. Graduate Record Examination scores. We require the GRE general test scores; subject test scores will be considered, but are optional.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. You will receive your admission decision letter via email.

Program Requirements

  • 19 graduate level courses
  • 2 teaching assistantships
  • Participation in the departmental seminar
  • Dissertation proposal and defense

Costs & Financial Aid

The Division of Biological Sciences offers academically qualified applicants complete and equitable support. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed an initial five years of support, which includes full tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend. The graduate stipend is competitive with awards offered at comparable institutions, is established at a level affording a reasonable local standard of living, and is adjusted annually to keep pace with increases in the cost of living.