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Arnold School of Public Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Information related to application deadlines can be found at our deadlines and degrees page.

All transcripts should be mailed to SOPHAS. Information on how to send transcripts to SOPHAS can be found at this  SOPHAS applicant help center page.

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is not requiring GRE scores for any degree program for the Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 application cycle.

The Graduate School minimum GPA is 3.0.

With Graduate Director/Program Director and Academic Advisor approval, 1) master's and doctoral students can transfer up to 12 credits from courses that were NOT part of a completed master's degree program. For doctoral students, a limited number of graduate course work from a graduate program may be applied toward the PhD with advisory board committee and Graduate Director approval. Contact the Graduate Director or MPH Program Director for more information. 

Master’s degree: 2 years
PhD degree: 4 years

 All International students must have their transcripts verified by World Educational Services (WES) and must demonstrate their English language proficiency using TOEFL, IELTS, or another accepted test. Those who have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution that uses English as their primary language of instruction may ask to have this requirement waived.
 Epidemiology PhD students are required to find an academic advisor before they can be accepted into the program. Epidemiology master’s students and all Biostatistics students will be assigned an advisor upon matriculation but can choose to change their advisor at any time. Some students keep the same academic advisor for the duration of the program, while others change to their thesis or dissertation advisor.
Research experience is preferred but not required for Epidemiology master’s students. Epidemiology and Biostatistics doctoral students are strongly encouraged to have research experience.
You will receive a letter from the department indicating our recommendation to the Graduate School regarding admission. A letter from the Graduate School will follow in a few weeks, which will provide you official word of your acceptance.
 Yes, you can defer your admission for up to one year after acceptance.
Follow the links for information about funding in our program and to see tuition & fees for graduate students.
Yes. View our student health insurance plan page for more information.
 Yes. Master’s and doctoral students can attend classes on a part-time basis; however, it’s important to know that most classes are offered Monday through Thursday during the day. We have very few evening classes and no classes on the weekend. Doctoral students must fulfill the Graduate School’s residency requirement which is 6-9 credit hours in two consecutive semesters.
79 Epidemiology students (42 PhD, 14 MS, 23 MPH).
44 Biostatistics students (32 PhD, 12 MS).
 The Graduate School requires students to maintain a 3.0 average or risk being put on probation. Our department has more stringent requirements for each degree program. Please refer to the current student handbook for the degree-specific requirements. 
Beginning Fall 2023, the Epidemiology MPH degree will be offered fully online.


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